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A LITTLE ABOUT LOGAN SQUARE

With its expanding storefronts, restaurants, and nightlife, Logan Square is sure to become one of Chicago’s most sought after communities. This family friendly neighborhood will make you take a double take and make you question if you’re actually in the city. With its tree lined streets and endless amount of green, city living never looked so good. From modern condos, to vintage mansions, Logan Square will be sure to cover all your housing options. With its expansive dining options, your craving will be more than satisfied. The highlight of its entertainment and nightlife are its bars, as well as theaters, and other entertainment venues. Home to a miniature version of the Taste of Chicago, Logan Square hosts its very own Taste of Logan Square for those who don’t like the clamor of inner city festivals. If local and fresh produce is more your style, Logan Square is home to one of the many farmers markets in Chicago, a few months out of the year. 

Fashion is no minute detail in Logan Square, as the community presents various nationally recognized brands, and retail options. 

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LOGAN SQUARE HISTORY

This westside neighborhood is named for Union Army general and Illinois senator John A. Logan, who helped settle the area in the early 20th century. Incidentally, he was also the guy who established the holiday commemorating our nation’s soldiers, Memorial Day—so it’s a namesake to be proud of.But before John A. Logan came along, there were plenty of immigrants building up the area. Originally called ‘Jefferson Township,’ the land was settled by immigrants who had established themselves and became quite wealthy since arriving in America. Naturally, they would have loved to live on the South Shore with Chicago’s elite families, but the aristocracy turned up their noses at the new millionaires and made it quite clear they weren’t welcome in their neighborhoods. Thus, the immigrants chose the wide-open westside boulevards as the perfect place to erect their mansions. They lived in conjunction with working class immigrants, who constructed smaller, bungalow-style homes on the nearby streets. The arrival of the elevated train system in 1890 prompted a population expansion. And when the city paved the boulevards and added lush greenery around the squares, Germans and Scandinavians began building more homes in the area.Post World War I, the Scandinavians and Germans left Logan Square for different pastures, so Russian Jews and Poles began to take their place. The new group built up more flats and apartment buildings around the mansions, changing the look of the area. Logan Square had hit a peak of vibrancy and vitality, but in the 1930s, it all started to deteriorate. As in the rest of the city, population declined, resulting in deterioration of the beautiful architecture that characterized the area.However, 30 years later a sense of community brought the neighborhood back. The formation of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (which still exists today) started an initiative to restore old buildings and improve housing conditions in the area, and rehabbing the aged mansions became a real estate trend for many developers. In 1980, the neighborhood’s boulevards joined the National Register of historic places, making it official—Logan Square’s rich history, long-standing architecture and abundance of grass and trees earned it a spot as one of city’s most beautiful, and desirable, Chicago neighborhoods.

These days, not too much has changed. The area continues to be residential and family-oriented. As the years go by, Logan Square has maintained its draw for immigrants, attracting a large number of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, as well as some Eastern Europeans. Filling in the holes are artists and young working adults, many of who made the move west from nearby gentrifying neighborhoods.

STROLLING DOWN THE BOULEVARD

Have we mentioned the boulevards yet? They’re an essential part of this neighborhood. The city’s boulevards were developed in the 1800s to serve as a stretch of wide, green-filled roads for scenic carriage rides. Today, Logan Boulevard, Kedzie Boulevard and Humboldt Boulevard are some of the most beautiful streets in the city, lined with large brick and stone houses, tons of grass, rows of flowers and towering leafy trees. One stroll down any of these streets and it’s obvious why these roads have been designated ‘Logan Square Boulevards Historic District.’

In addition to the boulevards, this neighborhood is home to two squares: Palmer Square, and of course, Logan Square. Palmer Square is considered a small pocket neighborhood nestled within the confines of Logan Square, defined by Fullerton Avenue to the north, Armitage Avenue to the south, Kedzie Boulevard to the west and Milwaukee Avenue to the east. Right smack dab in the center is a 10-acre open green area (the ‘square’ in Palmer Square) providing west siders a place to walk, run, read, bring your dog, or rest a bit on one of the many park benches.

The Square of Logan Square, a circular patch of grass formed by Kedzie and Logan Boulevards and Milwaukee Avenue, is visible for miles, thanks to the mammoth Illinois Centennial Memorial Column. Built in 1918, it is a 70-foot tall Doric column topped with an eagle, and was built to commemorate the 100th year of the statehood of Illinois. Fun fact: the memorial was designed by Henry Bacon, the same architect of the Lincoln Memorial.

LOGAN SQUARE FACTS

Location: 5 miles northwest of the Loop
Bordering Neighborhoods: Humboldt Park, Avondale, Bucktown, Hermosa
Boundaries: Diversey Avenue to the north, Western Avenue to the east, Armitage Avenue to the south and Pulaski Road to the west
Crime Statistics: Go to CLEARMap to search specific streets and areas for crime incidents

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Logan Square Real Estate

Logan Square real estate blends old mansions, new condos, and everything in between. People from all walks of life—young singles, married couples, families—are drawn to the good schools and sense of community that Logan Square offers.A mix of two-story houses, modern condominiums, older apartment buildings and beautiful brick townhomes are available in the Logan Square neighborhood, which give this neighborhood a truley authentic vibe.

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