City Cast

Get to Know Logan Square

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on August 30   |   Updated on September 1
Logan Square Boulevard

Logan Square Boulevard. (Wikimedia Commons)

There’s no shortage of things to do in Logan Square — from the popular farmers market (which is back on) to walking the 606 to dining and drinking at any number of restaurants in the area.

But before it was the “Midwest headquarters of hip,” the Northwest Side neighborhood first saw an influx of residents after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Many immigrants have since called Logan Square home — including Latinx Chicagoans. Activists have organized to fight gentrification in the area.

Media personality Jill Hopkins is a South Side native who moved to the area in the late ‘90s. Having bought her Logan Square house 10 years ago this month, she shares her favorite spots in the neighborhood.

Something to Eat

“Have a sandwich at Wyler Road. In a residential area, the patio is a neighborhood meet ‘n’ greet with BLTs and house-made chips.”

Something to See

“Know that cute cottage right off the Centennial Monument? There’s art in those walls. Comfort Station hosts gallery showings and concerts as well as community meetings and pop-up markets. Not bad for a former transit stop!”

Media personality Jill Hopkins showing off her fangs and with DJ Kool Keith at the Logan Arcade

Media personality Jill Hopkins showing off her fangs and with DJ Kool Keith at the Logan Arcade. (Courtesy of Jill Hopkins)

Something to Do

Logan Arcade is what I thought grown up nightlife was when I was a kid. They have the best selection of pinball machines in the city, an amazing staff, and immaculate vibes. If you like to laugh, the Lincoln Lodge has high quality comedy and comedy classes all week long.”

Have more Logan Square recs? Write them in, and we’ll update our map! Reader Zorin D. did!

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