One of our fave Chicago bloggers, Christina of Cuddlepill recently posted her Logan Square Neighborhood Guide. She let us post it for you below and we added a few extra photos of eats and drinks to help entice you to check it out…
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I find myself spending more and more time in Logan Square. What used to seem so far away is now only just a few stops away on the Blue Line. This happens to be the “in” neighborhood at the moment in terms of where the coolest new bars and restaurants are popping up, and of course I follow the food wherever it goes (shocker). I will say that the dining & bar scene in Logan is unique to the rest of the city – the owners are taking more risks and don’t succumb to what’s currently mainstream. It’s also unbelievably pretty. The charm of the beautiful, historical houses on Logan Blvd and all of the greenery is truly hard to come by in Chicago. Clearly, I’m a big fan. Anyway, I can go on and on…so let’s get down to business. Here are my top spots to eat, drink, shop & explore in Logan Square.
Photo via Lula Cafe
Lula Cafe is one of my favorite spots for brunch. Their Bloody Mary’s are amazing (just the perfect amount of spice), and I legit crave their brunch bowls. It’s also great for lunch/dinner.
Dos Urban Cantina is awesome for upscale Mexican food. Their drinks are also spot on.
Chicago Diner is up there for best vegetarian. Their wings (meatless – of course) are insanely delish and the variety they have will blow your mind – did you know vegetarian gyro existed?!
Gaslight Coffee Roasters is one of those local, corner coffee shops…and basically a hipster mecca. We do know that hipsters know their coffee, though, so all good signs. Service is great, and their baked goods are worth a try as well.
photo via Mezcaleria Las Flores
My favorite bar of the moment is Scofflaw. I love everything about this place. The service, drinks (they were all spectacular, and I’m not even a Gin drinker), vibe…I can go on forever. It’s a must-go!
I haven’t been to the The Whistler for a few months now, but I still remember really enjoying it. It’s an uber cool vibe, with live music & DJ sets along with solid cocktails. They also do film screenings, and their film choices are sometimes extremely strange…but always entertaining.
A mezcal-focused cocktail bar? Am I dreaming? Nope – it exists at Mezcaleria Las Flores. Even if you’re not into mezcal, these guys will convince you try it (and you will enjoy it – promise!). You can also order bites from Johnny’s Grill next door…the perfect combo.
Photo of Wolfbait via Cuddlepill
Felt Chicago is a relatively newer, upscale boutique in the area. They carry some big name designers (i.e. IRO, Equipment), but they also have a nice selection of smaller brands that are up & coming. They only bring in a few sizes in each item, which makes it feel more hand selected & exclusive. Definitely worth stopping by!
You’ll find a variety of unique clothing, prints, and just awesome things all around at Tusk. They also have pieces that are made locally which can be hard to come by in Chicago.
If you’re looking for a local florist, Fleur is the place to go. You won’t find your typical arrangements here – they truly take a different approach when it comes to flowers.
Wolfbait is a super cute knick knack-y store in the heart of Logan. They have a ton of hand-crafted items from local designers & artists. My favorite are these coasters featuring the most famous/historical Chicago landmarks.
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Photo via Serious Eats
Logan Square Farmer’s Market occurs every Sunday from May to October – definitely worth checking out this weekend for Memorial Day!
Logan Square Arts Festival is held every summer – think music, tasty food, lots of people and an art gallery! This summer it’s happening 6/24-6/26. Mark your cals.
Catch a flick at Logan Square Theatre – it’s 100 years old! Did I mention their tickets are also WAY cheaper than the normal movie theatre? Or that they have a bar & lounge open late-night? Are you there yet?
Walk down Kedzie Boulevard and take in the gorgeous historical homes. Read a book or take a walk through Palmer’s Square – it’s that wide green space between Humboldt Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard (also part of Logan Square Boulevard National Historic District).
photo via Cuddlepill
What are your favorite spots in the city? Tweet Christina at @cuddlepill and hashtag #logansquare!
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