In this series of blog posts, I’ll be providing a summary of the neighborhoods where I’m currently listing and developing homes.
Entertainment and Eating
Logan Square is fun. It has everything: an amazing hole-in-the-wall blues club, a gorgeous restored movie theatre with craft beer and reasonable prices, many of the city’s independent rock clubs (list of area venues here), its own neighborhood farmers market, and a Michelin-starred restaurant (and here’s the full city list).
A typical commute to The Loop by rail from Logan Square is thirty minutes, door to door. To O’Hare Airport, it’s about thirty-five minutes. By car, a typical drive to the loop without traffic is 15–20 minutes, and a trip to O’Hare is 25–30 minutes. The neighborhood’s biggest park is eight-acre Kosciuszko Park on the Northwest corner of the neighborhood, although the recently constructed 606 bike bath now runs along the south side of the neighborhood.
The average walk score is 88 (very walkable) and the bike score is 81. The boulevard system in the area makes traveling by foot a literal walk in the park. According to Zillow, home prices are projected to increase faster next year than this year, a 1.9% projected increase vs. an 0.2% increase over the past year. In spite of price increases, the median home value in Logan Square is still considerably cheaper than its neighbor to the east, Wicker Park, by around 28%!
A Bit of History
There are loads of interesting historical tidbits about Logan Square. For one, it was home to the founder of Schwinn Bicycle Company, as well as employees who lived in company housing in the neighborhood. Logan Square also used to have its own semi-pro baseball team, called, well, the Logan Squares. Next, the Illinois Centennial Monument was designed and built by the same architect as the Lincoln Memorial. Furthermore, the Logan Square Boulevards Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
If you’d like to learn more about Logan Square, here are a few good websites to start with:
- Logan Square Preservation’s History of the Neighborhood
- DNAinfo: Logan Square Neighborhood
- Choose Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood Guide