Defined by stately, tree-lined boulevards and local farmer’s markets, the trendy Logan Square area of Chicago is at its heart an old-fashioned community of family-friendly neighbourhoods, parks and restored mansions. After sunset, nightlife is classy and casual, with gastropubs and artisanal cocktail lounges sharing space comfortably with dive bars, craft breweries and pinball pubs.
Four boulevards in Logan Square comprise the “Emerald Necklace” and the Logan Square National Historic District, home to an acclaimed collected of graystone homes made from Indiana Bedford limestone, and to the very walkable Logan Boulevard, known as the “Boulevard of millionaires.” The actual “square” of Logan Square holds the Illinois Centennial Monument, a 12-metre Doric Greek column that replicates the Parthenon colonnade on the Acropolis in Greece, but with carvings of American heroes such as Hiawatha and Daniel Boone. Visitors can spend the day at The 606 trail and park system as it runs through Logan Square and continues for 4.3 kilometres, connecting to other Chicago neighbourhoods
Situated on the north-west side of Chicago, Logan Square has a subway station on the CTA system, as well as CTA bus routes serviced primarily by a terminal on Kedzie Boulevard. The station also opens into Milwaukee Avenue, one of the best walkable strips for buzzy cafes, coffee shops and live music venues. Other main roadways include Diversey and Fullerton Avenues, and the North Branch of the Chicago River bounds Logan Square on the east.
The historic Logan Square area is a collection of smaller neighbourhoods, known for distinct cultural ties to immigrant populations from earlier centuries, including a strong Polish presence in the “Polish Downtown” of Bucktown and the Polish Corridor of Milwaukee Avenue. Other immigrants making a defining impact on Logan Square include the Ukrainians in Ukrainian Village and the European Jews during and after World War II.