It’s hard to believe another year has passed and the holidays are upon. Even more amazing is to take stock of all the amazing growth Logan Square has seen. 2013 was a great year of growth for Logan, specially for businesses, restaurants and bars, and neighborhood festivals. Logan was also acknowledged for it’s up-and-coming status. Here I take a look at the past year.
Businesses + Neighborhood
Many businesses chose to make Logan Square their home. They included RoadieCab offer pedicab services, the Bird Nest Salon, Chicago Distilling Company, Concord Music Hall, Tusk, Chicago Ballet Center and Art Van Furniture. Although not a new business, Logan Square Studio, formerly Orchestra Hall, held its grand opening happened this year.
The neighborhood also got richer this year, offering more activities, arts and community resources. Were you one of the many to check out the Logan Square Night Market every Wednesday? Have you had a chance to check out The 606 and Bloomingdale Trail? Are you one of the many inspired by Three Run Two and their dedicated running community? Did you catch a performance from Theatre Y?
Our boulevards even were the center of mystery and intrigue with the addition of Sculptures on the Boulevards. Although many neighbors don’t love the art, the project brought attention to one of the best features in the area.
Food + Drink
Restaurants introduced new flavors to our palettes and drinks wetted our taste buds at new establishments throughout the neighborhood. This year we welcomed Longman & Eagle’s Offsite bar, Intelligentsia, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, La Farine, Nori Sushi and the Radler.
And although we welcomed the new, the old kept us intrigued by changing their menus and offerings. Masa Azul rolled out a new menu at the beginning of the year with new chef Jonathan Zaragoza. Go Tavern, formerly Dorothy’s, changed its name, Garden Grill got a makeover, Multilingual Connections moved to a new location and Brand BBQ retooled its menu and relaunched.
We also saw Logan Square establishments sweep the TOC’s 2013 Eat Out awards. Not bad for a neighborhood who just a few years ago was still viewed as a rough and shady area on the West side.
This summer, Logan hosted a number of festivals and events. Included in our outdoor activities were annual events such as the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Tour de Fat Chicago 2013, Brazil Fest and Holidays on the Square.
But the neighborhood also benefited from a number of fests moving and expanding to our fair streets. Urban Folk Circuit, CIMMFest, Logan Square Beer Festival, Market Daze, Remix Chicago, Open Streets, Learnapalooza, Fall Ball, Reeling Film Festival.
Did you make it to any of these events?
Growth for LoganSquarist
For LoganSquarist, we’ve had a fantastic 2013, and we have you to thank. Here’s a recap:
- In January, we rolled out monthly Neighbor Meetups. Over the year, we met many of you and enjoyed the hospitality of so many great establishments throughout the neighborhood. We’ve hosted our meet-and-greet events at 12 amazing places, including Masa Azul, Scofflaw, Ground Control, Busy Beaver Button, D’Noche, Township, Table, Donkey & Stick, Paladar Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar, Bang Bang Pie, Intelligentsia, The Logan Theatre and Brand BBQ. A big thank you to all of these venues for being our hosts!
- In May, we had our Spring Fundraiser at Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space. Thanks to your support, we were able to become an official business so that we can continue to serve the neighborhood.
- During the summer, we introduced our Summer on the Boulevard—a monthly informal outdoor gathering along the boulevards. We hope to expand our program next year with more fun events.
- We also rolled out the LoganSquarist Community forum, where many of you post questions and share information.
- In September, we hosted a Rummage Sale where some found a new beloved treasure from another man’s trash.
- This past fall, we also introduced the Know Your Neighbors column, which profiles interesting neighbors. You’ve met Felicia Yonter, Bill Bullock, Haley Smith, Katie Johnston-Smith and Alan Wegrzyn.
- In December, we joined forces with Holidays on the Square and Beauty and Brawn to host a LoganSquarist Winter Gala—an evening holiday party. More than 80 of you came out to celebrate the holidays.
- Lastly, we rolled out new email newsletter options to help you keep up with all the news in the ‘hood. Choose from a Daily Update or Weekly Edition, as well as our Events newsletter.
Plans for 2014
In the coming year, we hope to continue to expand what we do to serve you better. From articles you’re interested in reading to more events to a robust calendar of events, we want to make LoganSquarist your go-to resource that helps you explore the neighborhood even better. Here’s a few things to look forward to:
- New Events Twitter Account. There’s a ton of events going on every day in the neighborhood. We don’t want to clog our main Twitter account with events, so we created @LoganSqEvents to push out event tweets. If you’re interested, give it a follow.
- More Events. In addition to continuing our monthly Neighbor Meetups, this year we’re introducing quarterly events, planning to revamp our Summers on the Boulevard and hosting a Winter Gala in December. Stay tuned for details or subscribe to our Events newsletter!
- Neighborhood Awards. Later this spring, we’ll be introducing the LoganSquarist Awards, where you the reader can choose your favorites throughout the neighborhood and award your fave business with a Reader’s Choice award.
- Business Directory. We’ve had a business directory since our beginning, but we know it needs a little TLC. This year, we hope to make it more robust and complete.
Here’s to an amazing Logan Square 2014! And as always, thank you for reading and happy holidays!