Logan Square is the hipster nirvana of Chicago. Long known as a primarily Latino community, the complexion of the neighborhood has gone through a transformation in recent years as a merry band of artists, musicians, and creative types have infused the locality and its many activities with a youthfully eccentric vibe and boho energy. It is a curious juxtaposition considering the history that pulses through the neighborhood, the name of which is taken from the small park that surrounds the imposing Illinois Centennial Monument honoring the 100th anniversary of Illinois joining the Union.
Against this momentous backdrop steeped in past glories, Logan Square has stealthily become the destination for all things new and reimagined in Chicago. From the hippest cafés to the coolest coffee shops to Michelin-worthy restaurants by James Beard award-winning chefs, this corner of the city has it all.
The neighborhood features innovative, über-cool outposts like
The Whistler — a hybrid cocktail bar, gallery, record label, and music venue — and the pioneering Lula Cafe, a beloved classic that was farm-to-table before the term was a de facto buzz word in the culinary world. These favorites co-exist alongside ever-evolving local staples like the small, family-owned club Rosa’s Lounge, where musicians keep the Chicago Blues tradition alive and well. Don’t miss the historic art deco Logan Theatre, which dates back to 1915, and screens new releases, cult classics, and indie favorites while serving beer from neighborhood breweries in a revamped bar and lounge.
Speaking of breweries, a visit to one of Logan Park’s many stellar taprooms is a must on any beer lover’s itinerary. Revolution Brewing is the largest independent brewery in the state and has been credited with kicking off the craft beer craze. Bixi Beer features craft beers imbued with intriguing Asian-American flavors and perfectly paired with an Asian-inspired menu. The brewmasters at Middle Brow experiment with wild ales to yield funky and delicious brews. These taprooms are not to be missed. Ditto for Logan Square’s Pretty Cool Ice Cream which may well offer the most buzzed about sweet treats in all of Chicago.