Logan Square boasts some of the most beautiful vistas in Chicago. From the allées rich with trees receding down the boulevards to the spectacular views of the skyline visible from loftier vantages such as the El platforms, our neighborhood is a feast of visual delights. Not all of them are so grand: artfully arranged storefronts, tiny gardens and of course the bounty of urban wildlife draw the eye as well. Whether you’re walking, driving or riding a bike, when you traverse the square, you’re inundated with greenery, history, architecture and art.
The structure of the neighborhood lends itself to the contemplative life. In fact, the defining boulevards were originally constructed to facilitate not only practical transport, but also appreciation of the environment. The term “flâneur,” or stroller, is nearly synonymous with another anachronism: boulevardier. In the 19th century, these terms referred to a subset of the leisure class, seeing and being seen as they wandered the scenic streets of Europe.
While carriages no longer wheel down our promenades, the the original sensibility of the neighborhood remains. And Logan boasts a far more diverse array of characters now. Picnickers and power walkers, bike riders and photographers, families and singletons from all over the world stream down Kedzie, Logan and Humboldt during the warmer months, soaking in the sights and flaunting the latest in urban style.
Below, take a tour of Logan by day through one person’s eyes. And tag @logansquarist when you share your own unique perspectives of the neighborhood. For a view of Logan at night, see our previous photo essay in this series.