Logan Square is a unique, contemporary neighborhood with strong ties to Chicago’s past. Named for Civil War General and Statesman, John A. Logan, this northwest side enclave features the creative work of world-renowned landscape and building architects like Jens Jensen and William Le Baron Jenney.
The area comprises the northwest point of Chicago’s historic boulevard system connecting different parts of the city through a series of wide streets and green park spaces. At the intersection of Kedzie and Logan Boulevards, you’ll notice one of the neighborhood’s most prominent features, the Illinois Centennial Column. This prominent landmark, designed by Henry Bacon, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., was erected in 1918 to commemorate the state’s 100th birthday. At seventy feet, this tall marble tower lets you know exactly where you are: the center of it all.
Logan Square is one of 77 recognized community areas of Chicago, but the name more commonly refers to the smaller area bordered by the north branch of the Chicago River to the east; Kimball Avenue to the west; Diversey Avenue to the north and Fullerton Avenue to the south.
This alluring neighborhood has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. You’ll find great gastropubs, even a brewery, and plenty of choices for great Mexican food. There’s no shortage of friendly hangout spots where friends can meet and commiserate after their commute from work.
As an added bonus, Logan Square is well connected to other great neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Bucktown. It’s also easy to get to with Blue Line stops at Logan Square (Milwaukee and Kimball) and California. The Kennedy Expressway cuts across the northeastern edge providing easy access for downtown or out-of-town travelers. Housing stock in Logan Square is a mix of styles that reflects the diversity of its early immigrant inhabitants, each of whom brought a bit of the flavor of their home countries with them. Castle-like greystones dot Logan Boulevard with brick two-flats lining the many side streets. Large bungalows can be found as you explore the inner blocks, with single family homes and newer construction apartment buildings situated throughout.
For those people looking to experience the best the city has to offer, Logan Square is an ideal place to live. Factor in the many choices of dining, transportation and housing options, plus all the outdoor events like the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, and you’ll discover there are many reasons to love Logan Square and not many reasons to leave.