In its third year, the multilocation kick-off-to-the-season Holidays on the Square (@HolidaysOnTheSq) features special events, promotions and activities offered by Logan Square small businesses. Organized by local business owners and volunteers, the event aims to encourage residents to shop locally and strengthen community ties. This year’s lineup of fun proves to be even bigger and better than last year.
Enjoying Holidays on the Square
So what’s in store this year? Pop-up shops, wine and food tastings, discounts and more. This year’s line up includes plenty of Activity, Shopping and Food + Drink.
Ann Kienzle, owner of toy store Play (@playlogansquare, 3109 W. Logan Blvd.) and unique gift store Shop 1021 (2650 N. Milwaukee Ave.), believes Holidays on the Square is unique opportunity to shop for the holidays and support local community. “Small business is vital to any community, and Logan Square—a very community-oriented neighborhood—has been so welcoming to all of the new and growing businesses here. Holidays on the Square is our way to bring the community together to enjoy unique merchandise, great food and drink, and to encourage patrons to do their holiday shopping right in the neighborhood.”
Check out what’s in store this year:
Help Portrait: Logan Square (at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave.) Groups, families and individuals are welcome to receive free portraits from professional photographers, a print and disc of the file (plus free gift wrap). Stop by the free event from 10 am – 3 pm.
RoadieCab (@ROADIECAB) If the weather allows, “sleigh rides” will be offered by the pedicab service throughout three “stops”: the California/Logan/Fullerton area, the California/Armitage corridor and the Square.
Spilled Ink Press (@SpilledInkPress, 2650 N. Milwaukee Ave., inside Shop 1021) Santa’s elves will be ready to creatively wrap, with fancy ribbon and paper, any gift from any store purchased during the event.
Food + Drink
Dunlay’s (3137 W. Logan Blvd.) Take advantage of half-price holiday drafts all day!
Intelligentsia Coffee (@IntelliCHI, 2642 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Check out pop-up shop with Contacts and Specs from 12 pm – 4 pm and complimentary drink tokens. In addition, if you purchase a bag of beans, make an eye exam appointment and purchase a frame/lens set, receive $100 off.
Bird’s Nest Hair Salon (3131 W. Logan Blvd.) Pick up your free mini shampoos and conditioners while supplies last.
Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records (2307 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Stock up on books for you and yours and with each purchase, another book will be donated to a local charity. Festive snacks also will be on hand for noshing.
Contacts & Specs (@ContactsnSpecs, 2644 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Enter a raffle for a chance to win a Mykita frame and sip on a signature Mykita drink. The winner will be announced a week later via Facebook.
Mops Beauty Shop (2500 N. California Ave.) Regular and new clients who come in that day to pre-book an appointment will be entered to win a “Hair Must Haves” holiday gift basket worth over $200! In addition, new clients will receive $10 off appointments made.
Shop 1021 (2650 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Pop-up shops with local vendors and book signing with Logan Square author Adam Jones from 12 pm – 2 pm at Shop 1021.
Inviting Friends & Family to Come to Logan Square
You keep trying to explain to people who don’t live here just how awesome la Vida Logan really is, but their tiny minds can’t grasp it. You invite them to our better bars, our respectable restaurants, our enviable events—but they can’t fathom venturing west of Ashland or into the Big, Bad, Voodoo City (from the ‘burbs) without reaching for the smelling salts. “Gasp!” they say. “Golly Gee!” It’s all so dramatic.
It’s also totally ruining your holiday spirit—especially when you are related to the gaspy golly-sayers and you KNOW they’re getting you a reindeer tie or some heinous sweater that was probably knit by an overworked kid in Bangladesh and purchased in a MonopolyMart to stuff your ungrateful stocking.
Well, no more! You can not only do all your shopping around the square and treat yourself to an actually pleasant experience with better options—you can bring the family to Holidays on the Square and show them what a beautiful, friendly, open-hearted, fun-loving neighborhood this truly is!
And then pick out your own gifts! Things you might even want! It is a season of miracles, after all!
It’s worth a try, right? So do it for science—and grab your phone and call one of the relatives and get ready to read this right into the mouthpiece … Ready? Let’s go!
Hello, [relative’s name], how are you?
Yes, it’s [your name]. I said HOW ARE YOU? (Be loud. She’s deaf.)
Oh, I’m fine! Really good. Things are going very well! My [choose one: art installation/publishing company/burlesque troupe] had a great fall, so I’m looking forward to [holiday of that side of the family’s choice]! How about you?
Oh, you know, there are a few things I’d really love. And one of them would be to take YOU out shopping! Yeah, you know my neighborhood has this great day every year where all the stores are giving out cool discounts and there are cookies and snacks and caroling (There could be caroling. It’s not like there’s a law against it.) and everyone walks around enjoying the decorations and it’s a great time to do all your [Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/etc.] shopping because all those little stores have really cute things you just don’t see everywhere else and (breathe) wow, the deals are really good! Plus, it’s super fun!
Oh, like clothes and books and jewelry and stuff for, let’s say, if you had a really NICE apartment. You know, mine is kind of empty, but if I had more money I would totally make it look nicer because there are so many great stores around here. But anyway, all kinds of things! There are vintage shops and cooking shops and toy shops and a florist that sells beautiful things for your house, too. There’s one place on the Square that every time I walk past, I see something [name of hardest other relative to shop for] would really love! I know! Yeah, I can’t wait to go this year! But I thought maybe you’d go too, [relative’s name or title], so we could enjoy it … together!
Yeah, it’s Dec. 7, on all the streets around me! Logan, Milwaukee, California, Kedzie, Fullerton and Armitage! I mean, I sure hope you don’t already have other plans. And we could get lunch while you’re here! I can smell the [fragrant item] coming from [favorite Logan Square eatery] every time I walk past. In the cold. Long after the winter darkness has fallen. While the wind howls around me and as my belly howls within. And, it makes me soooo hungry …
(wait for it)
So, soooooo hungry …
You can! You will! Oh, golly gee! That’ll be so much fun!
Congratulations! You’ve improved your holiday experience exponentially. But that’s not all—you’ve made responsible, fun-filled, non-wasteful shopping a possibility for at least one family member, which improves the odds for everyone else in the family to get a gift they love, too. You should call them. See if they want to go. And if everyone, and their shopping-list-peeps, comes out to shop at their neighborhood small businesses, why then, you’ve made the whole neighborhood better.
Just like that. Just by enjoying the shopping you were gonna have to do anyway.
Neat trick, right? See you on the Square!