As we get ready to jump into a new decade, LoganSquarist wants to take a minute to reflect on our top stories of 2019 and what a strong year it’s been. From Erik Island’s hit article about a local Air-BDSM to Shanti Chu’s restaurant reviews on Good Fortune and Namaste Chicago, we had a packed year of diverse content that stayed true to our mission of engaging and socializing the neighborhood.
It’s surreal to think we are almost nine years old and have been doing what we do for all these years. But none of it could be possible without you, our wonderful community, so from the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you. Thank you for reading, supporting, challenging and engaging with our work that keeps us growing and connected in the community.
Take a look back on the top articles of 2019 and get ready for more to come in 2020!
- Bored with Airbnb? Logan Square has an Air-BDSM: Your favorite story this year, LoganSquarist readers, was about the neighborhood’s sex dungeon. So, hopefully, we helped you all plan some interesting staycations.
- 2019 Best of Logan Square Winners: Nothing can beat a sex dungeon, but also, nothing can, quite literally, beat the winners of our 2019 Best of Logan Square awards. Brush up again on the neighborhood’s favorite hair salon, music venue, brunch spot, dive bar and more.
- Thieves Snatch Phones During Daytime Robbery at Logan Square Starbucks: Be careful out there, coffee-drinking Logan Square cellphone-havers. Our third most-read story alerted you all to some literal daylight robbery.
- Good Fortune: The Highly Anticipated Swanky, New-American, Mediterranean Spot is Here: In September, we explored Good Fortune (2528 N. California Ave.), the new spot blending French technique, Midwestern produce and Mediterranean spices at the old General location.
- REVIEW: Namaste Chicago Enhances Logan Square’s Diversity in South Asian Cuisine: You liked our review of the new Indian and Nepalese spot Namaste Chicago (2515 N. California Ave.) almost as much as our reviewer liked the vegetarian momo with orange chutney.
- Two Logan Square Schools Included in City-Wide CPS Program Expansion: We let you know about a welcome expansion investment announced this spring that included two area schools: Goethe and Chase elementary schools.
- What’s Going on in Logan: April 2019: You all were particularly interested in Logan Square events in April— perhaps eager to escape the long winter with, for instance, the reopening of Miko’s Italian Ice.
- Giant Chefs to Open Fun Dive Bar + Restaurant In Summer: You were all intrigued to learn that the award-winning team behind Logan Square’s Giant (3209 W. Armitage Ave.) planned to open a “dressed-up dive bar” serving American-Chinese food in Bucktown.
- Summers Are For Patios: Where To Drink And Dine Al Fresco: This is a bittersweet one, as we head into January, but the beginning of 2019’s summer had you all super into the best outdoor spots in the hood.
- Logan Square Teacher Recollects on Growing Up in Community, Teaching and Mentoring Students: In May, we honored Teacher Appreciation Week with a profile of Miguel Santana, a long-time technology educator at Chase Elementary, who shared lessons from 24 years of teaching.