When we opened our doors six years ago, we at Provenance Food and Wine have learned a lot, especially in that first year. And honestly, we learn something new every day. But we’ve met some wonderful people, some lifelong friends and some stellar employees.
Since 2006, Logan Square has seen what might be called a “surge” in business openings, but the area has maintained its small community feel that made us say, “We want to open a business here.”
I know as Logan Square residents, we truly treasure the fact that we can walk to a number of other businesses and have a unique and personal experience. When we need flowers, we go to Fleur (@FleurInc, 3149 W. Logan Blvd.). When we need a gift, we head to Shop 1021 (2650 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Wolfbait & B-Girls (@wolfbaitbgirls, 3131 W. Logan Blvd.) and Saki Records (@SakiStore, 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.).
When we want a cocktail, we have a number of choices that aren’t at all like the cookiecutter-type places in other parts of the city. We can go to The Whistler (@WhistlerChicago, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Township (@YourTownship, 2200-2202 N. California Ave.), Logan Square Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.) and other venues to see music.
Don’t feel like cooking? Logan Square restaurants have you covered? We can head to Buona Terra (2535 N. California Ave.), Hachi’s Kitchen (2521 N. California Ave.), Lula Cafe (@lulacafe, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd.), Longman & Eagle (@LongmanandEagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.), El Cid (@ElCidChicago, 2645 N. Kedzie Ave.), Letizia’s Fiore Ristorante & Natural Bakery (2456 N. California Ave.), Maza Azul (@MasaAzul, 2901 W. Diversey), Yusho (@yushochicago, 2853 N. Kedzie Ave.), Revolution Brewery (@RevBrewChicago, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Taqueria Moran (2226 N. California Ave.), Dante’s Pizzeria (3028 W. Armitage Ave.), Brand BBQ (@BrandBBQ, 2824 W. Armitage Ave.), Brown Sack (@TheBrownSack, 3581 W. Belden Ave.) and so many more. The gamut of cuisine is just about covered.
And while I don’t think they’d tout themselves as a wedding venue, we even got married at a local watering hole—Weegee’s Lounge (3659 W. Armitage Ave.)—officiated by a friend and loyal customer!
We definitely have some great places to spend our money. And we know and appreciate that spending money in our neighborhood comes right back to us in so many ways, including a nice quality of life. As Ohio transplants, we are able to contribute to our community and live in a part of this city that we’ve come to call home. We can call it home because we truly have another family here! Our staff, many of our customers and other business owners have become dear friends. We often hear customers thanking us for being here, which makes this tumultuous road of self-employment worth the bumpy ride—not to mention brings a tear to our eyes!
Thank you Logan Square for your friendship, your support, your reassuring words … all of it! We’re honored to call this home and where we are so fortunate to work, and I tip my glass to you!