If you are buying a house in Chicago and considering Logan Square, use this neighborhood real estate guide for an insider's take before you purchase a home. Logan Square is a hot area for buyers looking for single family homes for sale, and low entry condos for sale.
Set along extra wide leafy streets, massive turn-of-the-century mansions are the backdrop to beautiful gardens and well-maintained lawns. A strip of green grassy medians are almost a secondary front yard for the occasional barbeque or picnic get together. These are the boulevards. Bicyclists travel leisurely up and down these stately thoroughfares but you can just as easily imagine that once upon a time, horse-drawn carriages once did the same. Where is everyone en route to in Logan Square? That would be the hotbed of restaurants and bars — and multiplying breweries and distilleries — that are now a destination in themselves.
The roundabout traffic circle where Logan Boulevard meets Kedzie Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue cuts through is considered "The Square" proper but the boundaries of the entire neighborhood are quite large. Continuing south on Milwaukee, another major intersection at California Avenue is nightlife central. Palmer Square and its namesake park is a quiet residential pocket.
Logan Square is a sizeable area, and where the CTA Blue Line 'L' doesn't cover transportation needs, many major bus routes help supplement (including #73 Armitage, #74 Fullerton, #75 Diversey, #49 Western, #52 California, #82 Kimball). The 24-hour train line is convenient to downtown and O'Hare International Airport with stops at California (elevated station) and Logan Square (subway station; note a secondary Spaulding entrance/exit a few blocks further north).
There is also a Metra train station, Healy, for the Milwaukee District/North line on the neighborhood's western skirts, not to mention a prominent bike culture for the active commuter.
Both boulevards are lined with beautifully restored homes on wide lots, and whether you are out casually brunching or people watching or snacking at the sprawling Logan Square Farmers Market, you get the sense of a tight knit community that is welcoming, hard working and proud. And has an independent streak: check out Wolfbait & B-Girls for a shop that boasts handmade goods from over 170 local artisans.
See its creative side through its art and cultural hubs: Galerie F, home to works by local artists and patron to street art, Chicago's brick-and-concrete canvas; Comfort Station, a former transit shelter turned multidisciplinary space for exhibits, screenings, concerts and more; and Hairpin Arts Center with its year-round cultural programming. If it's more music specifically that you want, Rosa's Lounge has the blues covered, while other venues varying in size and vibe draw local and up-and-coming talent: from dives and no-frills stages mainstays like Logan Square Auditorium.
Get a taste of the emerging nightlife district that extends beyond the boulevards on Milwaukee Avenue, between Fullerton and Sacramento. Some places to start? Revolution Brewing, the largest independent craft brewery in Illinois, has its brewpub on this block (and its production brewery nearby with tours open to the public). Have a swill in the tasting room followed by a tour at Chicago Distilling Company, a small-batch craft distillery that turns out vodka, whiskey and gin from organic grains sourced from Illinois. Or find the ultimate rec room in Emporium Arcade Bar.
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The Essentials: Eat & Drink
For a taste of the neighborhood, start with a low key brunch: Lula Cafe, Jam and Johnny's Grill form a trifecta that beckon every weekend. Find authentic eats at places like Panaderia La Central and Taqueria Moran, where $5 can still go a long way: a set of steak tacos, a tall horchata or a tray full of traditional cookies. If you want to dive fully into the sweets route: Tastee Freez, Miko's Italian Ice and Margie's Candies are where Chicagoans go to get their fix.
- Longman & Eagle: A full farm-to-table menu from one of the "Best New Restaurants in America" AND over 300 whiskeys AND a 6-room inn upstairs? Sign us up
- Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: Whether you go sweet and savory, you can't go wrong with these homemade treats
- Fat Rice: Since opening in 2012, this restaurant has put the spotlight on the cuisine of Macau and picked up some serious awards along the way
- 90 Miles Cuban Cafe: Recipes from their grandmother (Lechon and Ropa Vieja) make up the menu, the boisterous space features a charming patio, and it's BYOB to boot
- Parson's Chicken and Fish: Think Austin backyard party vibe x Route 66 Americana look x 1970s cool = a wholly Instagram worthy combo in which to enjoy cold beer and fried chicken
- Billy Sunday: A cozy cocktail den for grown ups, drinks here take on a scholarly approach with a dash of inventiveness
- The Whistler: Can there be any hipper of a combination than bar/gallery/music stage/record label? We think not
- Scofflaw: Go on a gin marathon then fuel up on foods like Kale Salad with chickpeas and avocado, or Charred Cauliflower with curry-tahini dressing
- Telegraph: Every neighborhood needs a good wine bar, and this could be one of Chicago's best
- Lost Lake: A warm, tropical tiki heaven no matter what the Chicago weather gods may throw at you
Anchoring the Area
The Logan Square Boulevards District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and is part of the greater Chicago Park Boulevard System Forming a sort of "Emerald Necklace", these green spaces are interconnected by a system of 8 parks, 19 boulevards and 6 squares. Logan Square has the distinction of being home to four of those boulevards (Logan, Kedzie, Palmer and Humboldt).
Designed by Henry Bacon (the same architect of the Lincoln Memorial), the Illinois Centennial Monument is a symbol of the neighborhood. Topped with an eagle sculpture, the 70-foot marble column is a landmark that stands tall in the center of the busy public square.
See the neighborhood from an elevated perspective on The 606, a 2.7-mile trail that rises above city streets as a former train line turned bike-and-running path.
With its iconic marquee glowing outside, The Logan Theatre screams vintage. The movie house was established in 1915 and after thoughtful renovation, boasts original detailing, an adjacent lounge and four screens showing a mix of new blockbusters, independent picks and classics. Though currently closed, the massive Congress Theater is undergoing renovation in the hopes of reviving the designated Chicago Landmark to its glory as a stunning 1920s era auditorium.
Locals Who Live Here
Generation of working class families have established this neighborhood, with a variety of backgrounds represented — Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Polish too. Single professionals and young couples are the target audience for the growing number of luxury apartments for rent and condos for sale in Logan Square, while growing families and investors will find single family homes for sale and multi-unit buildings for sale (from brick bungalows, to frame cottages to graystone 2-flats) among the real estate supply.