Spring has sprung in Logan Square, which means it’s time to emerge from your cozy hibernation hidey-hole and check out what’s new in the neighborhood.
Tour de Fat Leaves Palmer Square
New Belgium Brewing is moving its annual bicycle and beer fest, Tour de Fat, from Palmer Square to Northerly Island. The fest was a summer highlight in Logan Square due to its traditional bike parade, musical performers, carnival-like attractions and, of course, New Belgium brews. Tour de Fat will take place at Northerly Island’s Huntington Bank Pavilion and will introduce a high-profile headlining act to their lineup of “circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and mind-blowing provocateurs,” according to Time Out Chicago. This includes The Roots, which will be performing this year. Other changes include discontinuing the bike parade and charging a $30 admission fee with proceeds from the concert going to local nonprofit, West Town Bikes. Tour de Fat is scheduled for July 29, and tickets can be purchased here.
Wormhole Coffee Shop’s Owner Eyes Logan Square Location
The man behind Wicker Park’s acclaimed Wormhole Coffee and Logan Square’s Halfwit Coffee Roasters, Travis Schaffner, is set to open another coffee shop in the neighborhood at 3431 W. Fullerton Ave. As reported by DNAInfo, the coffee shop, which will house a cafe and roast beans on the premises, is not intended to be Wormhole 2.0. Schaffner is tentatively leaning towards an “outer space” theme reminiscent of the Cold War era, setting it apart from Wormhole’s 1980s movies-themed location. The coffee house will feature Halfwit’s coffee and will serve as a training ground for baristas. Schaffner aims to open by mid-summer.
Daisies Takes Over Former Analogue Space
Logan Square’s former Cajun hotspot has a new tenant in a restaurant, Daisies (2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.), which is focused on vegetables and pastas. At the helm is ex-Balena sous-chef, Joe Frillman, who, according to Eater Chicago, plans to source much of the restaurant’s produce from his brother’s farm, Frillman Farms. The menu, which Frillman describes as “Italian-inspired” will lean heavily on a rotating selection of pasta and vegetable dishes, but will not be strictly vegetarian. The restaurant will house a pickling program that will contribute foods and vinegars not just to the menu but to the cocktails from the bar. Daisies is expected to open their doors this spring.
Strack & Van Til Closing
Strack & Van Til (2627 N. Elston Ave.), a longtime fixture on the Logan Square grocery scene, will shutter next month. DNAInfo spoke with store manager Michael Buckley, who cited increased competition from Mariano’s, Target and Fresh Thyme as the cause for the closure. Strack & Van Til was set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in May but expects to close by April 18, depending on how liquidation sales progress.
“Kiss & Tell” at The Owl
The Owl (2521 N. Milwaukee Ave.) has partnered up with SlutTalk to host “Kiss & Tell” on March 30 at 9:30 p.m., reports DNAinfo. The event, which will explore different themes each month, mimics an open mic format and encourages attendees to share their stories of love, dating and sex through topics such as slut shaming, sexual identity and body politics. The theme for the inaugural “Kiss & Tell” is “My First __” and will be moderated by Alicia Swiz, a City Colleges of Chicago professor and feminist performer. “Kiss & Tell” is part of SlutTalk, a “collective dialogue that seeks to destigmatize the word slut” and encourage sex positivity through performances, workshops and social media. The Owl will offer drink specials for the event: half-off cocktails and beer from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and $4 5 Rabbit drafts throughout the evening.