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Neighborhood Hotspots: Logan Square

December 21, 2017

This post was a Tide Spin post. Tide Spin has now merged with Pressbox to create Tide Cleaners.


Logan Square has enjoyed booming popularity in the last several years, standing its ground beside the “pretentious” Wicker Park and drawing a plethora of new business and development to the area--including the city’s favorite laundry and dry cleaning service, Tide Spin.


Despite the influx of newcomers, the community’s been careful to preserve its historic roots--Logan is dotted with historic monuments and buildings. It’s even named after the Civil War general and politician John A. Logan, also the founder of Memorial Day. Hop on the Blue Line to see what all the rage is about!




Farm-to-table diners, Michelin stars, mom-and-pop locales, and all things brunch are a few things you’ll find on Logan Square’s ever-expanding culinary map. From late-night burritos to fancy dining, Logan Square is truly a hodgepodge of tasty grub.


  1. Lula Cafe -- Serving the farm-to-table concept before the hype (1999), the chefs are experts at scouting their sustainable sources. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner (closed on Tuesday), Lula’s items change with the seasons. A vegetarian tasting menu is offered every night, but a creative fixed price dinner for $45 is offered Monday nights only--and they claim it hasn’t been the same in 18 years.

  2. Longman & Eagle -- It’s held a Michelin star for seven straight years, but this hotspot feels like any regular, no-frills locale. Menu items depend on available local ingredients, prices are reasonable, and they don’t take reservations. It’s simple goodness! Our favorite brunch dish is the Sunnyside Duck Egg Hash sprinkled with Black Truffle Vinaigrette.

  3. Parsons Chicken -- Good ol’ American cooking is the bread-and-butter of this popular joint: fried Amish chicken, homemade potato chips, fish fry, and creamy coleslaw. Its spacious outdoor patio with picnic tables, striped umbrellas, and a bonfire is reason enough to come and hang out for a while.

  4. Reno -- Considered the “best pizza” by Chicago Reader Food Critic Mike Sula, you can be the judge on 2 for $20 Pizza Tuesdays, followed by $2 whiskey shots or PBR. Reno otherwise serves some mean brunch sandwiches on bagels or English muffins, which go down well with the house’s special Bloody Mary mix.



Getting a drink in Logan Square is contextual: do you want to kick it with locals at a dive bar? Get craft beer directly from the source? Sip cocktails at a speakeasy? We suggest picking your mood and going down one of these paths.


 Revolution Brewery


  1. Crown Liquors -- This is both a taproom and a liquor store, and has an awesome outdoor patio. It has over 500 beer selections, free wine tastings on Friday night, and live music Sunday and Tuesday--no cover charges.

  2. Emporium Popups -- Located next door to Emporium Logan Square, this popup space features a series of rotating bar, music, and shop experiences. October featured a Stranger Things theme, and they’re currently running a “Hip Hop Holiday” with hip hop-themed drinks and decor.

  3. Revolution Brewery -- Anyone who’s into craft beer has likely had the Anti Hero IPA, but a lot more than IPAs are brewed in-house: Revolution also produces dozens of seasonal ales, porters, pilsners, barrel-aged stouts, and more. It’s no surprise that Revolution is the largest independent craft brewery in the state,



Exploring Logan Square means you’ll be walking along its picturesque boulevards, which are part of the city's 26-mile Chicago Boulevard System. You can take it up a level on the former Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated greenway that became part of The 606 that spans 2.7 miles. On your journey, be sure to stumble upon these neighborhood originals.


Logan Theatre 

  1. Logan Theatre -- Built in 1915, this movie house will fulfill your nostalgic feelings of going to the movies, with the added plus of a full bar. The theatre is known to host themed late nights by the season, like horror for October or holiday movies in December. Besides movies, the theatre hosts open mics and trivia nights.

  2. Bang Bang Pie -- You can’t stop by the neighborhood without picking up a slice of pie. Seasonal pies include key lime, spiced eggnog, peppermint chocolate, and cranberry cheesecake.

  3. Palmer Square -- Located in the center of the neighborhood near Kedzie and Humboldt Boulevard, this park is the perfect green space to have a picnic or go for a run. In the summertime, you’ll find people hang their hammocks, walk on tight ropes, or free their pups for a game of catch.


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