Today, LoganSquarist turns eight. That’s eight years serving the wonderful, beautiful, artistic, complex Logan Square neighborhood that we’ve all fallen in love with. We’ve grown from a fledging blog to a robust website, evolving the site over time as the organization matured and neighborhood needs changed.
Since 2011, we’ve published 1,263 articles, hosted 85 neighbor meetups and a plethora of quarterly and annual events, all while serving more than 486,000 neighbors. And we did this through the support, passion and energy of 188 staff volunteers.
With every year that passes, I can’t believe what we’ve built—together. LoganSquarist truly wouldn’t be what it is without the neighborhood behind it.
Looking Back on Our History
It’s been a wild ride since we first launched a Twitter handle in 2011. From there, we hosted our first neighbor meetup at what’s now known as Reno and launched a website to host neighborhood news. In 2013, with Logan Square’s help, we hosted a fundraiser that raised enough money to incorporate and become a legitimate organization.
We’ve watched the neighborhood grow quickly, all while maintaining its character, and still needing grassroots local journalism in the wake of DNAinfo’s closure to thrive. LoganSquarist has grown with the area, while retaining its community focus of socializing the neighborhood.
Reflecting on the Past Year
In the past year, we refreshed the website and invested in additional calendar functionality to allow you the ability to find interesting events throughout the neighborhood and choose the kinds of events you get notified about. We also debuted a new-and-improved Store, allowing you snap up cool merch and support us in the process.
And like every year, we get the privilege of covering some of the neighborhood’s most talked about stories, and 2018 was no different. This past year, we joined you in discussing Target’s plans to join the Mega Mall development, helped choose the best of Logan Square in our annual awards program and report that crime in the area was at an all-time low (yeah!). As with every year, we saw businesses open and close—including Merchant, Café Tola and Mini Mott. Throughout the year, we also reported on neighborhood news, events, food + drink stories, business updates and arts + entertainment information, and published articles on politics, crime, lifestyle topics, family + youth and neighborhood history.
Celebrating 8 Years
Our celebration begins today, but we plan to celebrate all year long. In 2019, we will continue to deliver more neighborhood articles, host unique events and be a needed local resource. The festivities will kickoff with our annual fundraiser in May (stay tuned for more details!), our Best of Logan Square Awards (you vote your favorites!) and our popular annual Taco Crawl (keep a look out this summer, this event sells out every year!).
We will continue to deliver content to your inbox, whether that’s through daily or weekly articles, updates on LoganSquarist events and alerts on newly added calendar events. Just head over to the calendar and select the event categories, types and/or neighborhood areas you’re most interested in.
Thank You for 8 Years
I remain humbled by the amazing, glorious thing that is LoganSquarist, and I can’t thank YOU enough for the journey. It’s thanks to our readers, event attendees, business partners and advertisers that we’re able to support a volunteer-only hyperlocal organization.
Have a suggestion? Looking to volunteer? Want to support us with a purchase from our Store or a donation? Interested in advertising? There are a number of ways to help us continue to serve Logan Square.LoganSquarist is only as good as the neighbors, businesses and volunteers supporting us. We know we couldn’t do it without you and we don’t want to.
From everyone on the LoganSquarist staff, thank you for your continued support and readership.
Graphic: Jamie Runyan