Friday, December 10, 2010

Logan Square Weekend Update

December 10th:
Logan Square Welcomes The Double: An Urban Tavern


It is no surprise that Logan Square is a hub for great eateries and bars. And, this weekend starts off with the opening of yet another establishment, The Double: An Urban Tavern, located at 3545 W. Fullerton Ave. The menu is replete with several craft, draft beers, specialty cocktails, and a selection of wine and bottled beer. Specials to include a "double of the day" pour AND a Bloody Mary bar on Sundays. Welcome to the neighborhood The Double!


December 11th and 12th:
Logan Square Kitchen Presents Christmas Market





Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your family or friends? Well, look no further than Logan Square Kitchen's Christmas Market this weekend, Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th, located at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave. More than a dozen artisans will be showcasing their edible creations, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will feature fun holiday gifts for the culinary aficionado such as cookie decorating kits, gingerbread houses, gift baskets, and much more!  Indulge in some delicious treats including delectable pastries, decorated cookies, chocolates, and ice cream.

And, the one and only Santa Claus will be making a special appearance on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so bring the kids!

Admission is $1 and kids are FREE.

Please RSVP by calling (773) 342-2333 or CLICK HERE to help the many vendors estimate production.

For a complete list of vendors, please visit Logan Square Kitchen's website.

Happy Holidays!




Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy December Logan Square!

It's here - the snow has arrived! 



A reminder that you cannot park overnight on the streets when these signs are present (well you can, but you'll get a ticket). Let's make sure the only boots this winter are on our feet!






couple things to get into in the near future: 

Logan Square Holiday Art Sale & Winter Celebration
Saturday, December 4
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cole's Bar, 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue

Come make a day of it! Experience neighbors coming together to create a little extra warmth this holiday season with a flurry of activity. This inclusive event invites the public to see art, meet local artists, and explore our community rich in culture and diversity of ideas and backgrounds. Be a part of this 1-day extravaganza in the two blocks around California and Milwaukee.

Participating Logan Square Neighbors
AntiMatter Studio | Open Studio & Sale
Cafe Mustache | Local Crafts & Music
Cole's Bar | Showcasing over 25 artists' original fine art
& artfully-made crafts. Many items under $50.
Chicken Run | Food
Hairitics | Exhibit
LIMIT Community Mural
Logan Square Kitchen | Window Installation
Revolution Brew | Exhibit
Sulzen Fine Arts Studio | Open Studio
Threads Etc | Window Installation


For more information or to print out a map of participating locations please visit AnySquared.com.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Place To Call HOME


Home is a shelter to call your own. A safe refuge. A place of welcome.

And, this weekend, in an effort to welcome Chicagoans and non-Chicagoans alike to the neighborhood and celebrate Logan Square as a place that one can call home, a mural design, entitled "HOME," will be installed at the Logan Square CTA bus terminal at Milwaukee Avenue and Kedzie.

Johalla Projects and Logan Square's Alderman Rey Colón have collaborated with Chicago artists Nick Adam and Thor "Thunder Circus" Goodlife on the 35th Ward Mural Initiative, a program designed in support of installing this welcoming mural.

The mural serves as a visual expression of the home to include the Logan Square neighborhood. It raises awareness and is a reminder that our public space is where we live as well.

There is no place like home, and there is no place like Logan Square!

Welcome Home.

For more information on this mural installation, please visit http://johallaprojects.com/johalla.html

Special thanks to: 

Old Style, Flat Iron, Nicks, M. Fishman & Co., Erica and Michael McCormick, Revolution Tattoo, and the Chicago Transit Authority

Thursday, November 11, 2010

LS Weekend: Art, New Eats and Help LSK Get Their Zoning Back!

Really loving the warm fall weather...hope everyone has a great weekend!

Stop in to Sulzen Fine Art Studio to watch artist Julie Sulzen at work a new series of oil still life paintings. 

"Rockwell," oil  36" x 36," by Julie Sulzen
Open Studios
Friday, Nov. 12th, 5 to 9 PM
2720 W. Saint Georges Court
Repeats every Friday throughout Nov.

Sulzen's "wet-off the easel" paintings will be on sale for only $40 each.  Be sure to get in there early and claim your Sulzen original at this incredible price. Network with artists & neighbors while enjoying the art.


Letizia's Fiore interior, joomcool.com
Welcome Letizia's Fiore!  
The Wicker Park lunch favorite just opened its doors last week at 2456 N. California. Have you made it out yet to try Letizia's pizzas and piadinas from their wood-burning oven?  Or their arancinis (deep fried risotto-stuffed balls)? Yum, our mouths are watering already!

OwenEngine.com
Newcomer to Logan Square's dining scene, Owen & Engine has all the locals raving about its delicious British fare, impressively curated ale selection, and cozy environment. Coined The Best Bloody Bar in Town" by Daily Candy, Owen & Engine is our pick for dinner out this weekend.


Photo by Christina Noel
Our Favorite Green Kitchen Needs your Help! 
Fill out letters of support for Logan Square Kitchen, in time for its:

Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing Friday, Nov. 19th, 9 AM
City Hall, 2nd Floor

JUST IN: Anyone can speak out on behalf of LSK at the hearing! You are allowed to give a 2 minute testimony. If you can't make the hearing, please get your letters of support in before Friday, the 19th as they will help determine LSK's future.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spotlight On: Logan Square Artists at the Art Loop Open

There is STILL time to go see the magnificent downtown art exhibits at the Art Loop Open!

Chicago’s inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition judged by the public, “opened” in a big way the evening of Friday, October 15, attracting thousands to the downtown area to cast their votes among the 191 pieces of art on display in ten venues.  

Today is the last day to vote...Winners will be announced TOMORROW, Oct. 29, for the top three cash prizes:
  • $25,000 | 1st Place
  • $15,000 | 2nd Place
  • $10,000 | 3rd Place

Special thanks to Alyson Koblas,  Chicago Artist's Coalition Membership & Media Director for giving us a tour of Block 37!


Block 37: Art Loop Open from Logan Square on Vimeo.

Works by Logan Square artists Alyssa Miserendino, Yoona Lim, Jenny Montgomery, Monica Rezman, Laura Hagihara, Lindsey Meyers, Matthew Bansuch, Matthew Woodward, Terrence Hannum and Jane Michalski. To see more works by Logan Square artists head to Merchandise Mart and Hotel Burnham where you'll find Bree Gomez, Shawn Stucky and Lynn Basa.  Way to represent Logan Square!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween Logan Square! Things to do this weekend.

Logan Square's the place to be this Halloween weekend.  Wear your costume, bring your friends and head over to these great local events.
 
Carve your pumpkin at:
3659 W. Armitage
Thursday, October 28th 
5 PM to 2 AM

Pumpkins and tools will be provided.

Don't Miss Halloween Happenings at Bucket O'Blood Books and Records located at 2307 N. Milwaukee Avenue:

Book Party and signing with Author Kristin Stefanos
for her new horror/thriller novel "Lost Devil's Throne"
Friday, October 29th, 7 PM

Banjo of Terror: Halloween Acoustic Extravaganza
presented by Al Scorch and Marc Ruvolo
Saturday, October 30th, 9PM

Sweet Tooth? Check out:

Halloween Pastry Market
2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Sat & Sun, Oct 30 & 31
10 AM to 3 PM
 
Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This Weekend Oct. 22-24: Pumpkins, Art & Soul

It's that spooky time of year again.  And what kind of Halloween would it be without a pumpkin?

Bring the family and pick out your perfect pumpkin at Unity Park's 10th Annual Pumpkinfest this Sat, Oct. 23 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Decorating stations, a costume parade and music will be provided by DJ Rebel X for this free event.

Come early to be sure to get a pumpkin while supplies last.

10th Annual Pumpkinfest
Sat, Oct. 23, 11AM to 2PM
Unity Park
2636 N. Kimball Ave (b/t Wrightwood & Diversey)

For all you art lovers out there, if you haven't made it to the Art Loop Open yet, this Saturday is the perfect time to check it out.

Join esteemed artists Tony Tasset (Artist responsible for "The Eye" on State Street), Juan Angel Chavez (Artist, Sculpture Professor, SAIC) and Logan Square's own Lynn Basa (Artist, Author and Professor, School of the Art Institute) and as they discuss public art within the context of Art Loop Open. The lively discussion will be moderated by I AM Logan Square Board chairman and Chicago Artists' Coalition executive director, Carolina O. Jayaram.

Art Loop Open presents
Public Art: The Next Generation
Sat, Oct. 23, 1 to 3 PM
Block 37, 108 South State Street, 2nd Level, North End

Feeling Funky? Head over to the Whistler's monthly Soul and Funk Party on Fri, Oct. 22. Curated by Jay Wells and featuring new guest DJs for each monthly installment, the music and vibe promises to get you groovin'.Party starts at 9:30 PM on the 4th Friday of every month.

Soul & Funk Party
Fri, Oct. 22, 9:30 PM to close
The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Enjoy your weekend Logan Square!



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Musical of the Living Dead Opens in Logan Square

Are you part of the horde of zombie lovers in the Chicago area? Are you in the mood for a gory, yet profane good time during this harrowing Halloween season?

Musical of the Living Dead
A brand new zom-com (zombie comedy) musical at:
The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company
3421 W. Fullerton Ave.

October 7th - 30th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.)
Special Halloween Performance on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. that includes post-show cast party with cocktails, appetizers and a costume contest (the more outrageous, the better!)

Admission: $20; $35 for Oct. 31st performance

Trace the lives of 10 very different people trapped in a farmhouse during the scary outbreak of a zombie apocalypse. Brain-eating zombies abound outside as these people seek refuge and try not to get eaten. Be ready for blood, guts and gore as the suspense builds. Find out who the zombies come back to eat and who lives to fight yet another day.
**Features music covering the gamut from Gershwin to Green Day**

Click HERE to read an exclusive interview with the zom-com creators!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Logan Square Artists Accepted at Chicago's Inaugural Art Loop Open

Mark your calendar! 
October 15, 2010
5 - 8 PM
Inaugural Art Loop Open                                     

Come out and show your support for these two Logan Square artists who will be displaying their work at Chicago's Inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition.

 Memory Construct III

Stop by Block 37 (108 N. State) in the Loop to view Jane Michalski's, "Memory Construct III" and Lindsey Meyers' "Post Partum/We Might Look Like We Are In Love" and view lots of great art from local Chicago artists.

It's the public [YOU] who votes for the best art pieces in this interactive public art exhibition and competition, let's all vote for Jane and Lindsey! They are counting on us :) Voting runs through October 29th and must be done in person. All artwork will be for sale November 1 -12.
 Post Partum/We Might Look Like We Are In Love

200 pieces of art were selected from over 750 entries judged by an esteemed panel for the Inaugural Art Loop Open and a chance to win more than $60,000 in prizes. Ten official Loop sites will display the 200 pieces by Chicago talent:

Block 37 (108 N. State St.)
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (230 N. Michigan Ave.)
Hotel Burnham (1 W. Washington St.)
Macy's (111 N. State St.)
Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza)
French Market/Metra Mart (131 N. Clinton)
Palmer House (17 E. Monroe St.)
Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph St.)
theWit Hotel (201 N. State St.)
W Chicago-City Center (172 W. Adams St.)

Enjoy specially-priced "Artini" cocktails and other offerings as you cruise the venues and discuss the works with many of the artists. We look forward to seeing you on October 15th!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weekends in the Square: Chicago Artists Month, Local Music, Farmers Market

Michael Bolsinga
Join LIP at the Opening Reception Event for "Unfinished - Show us what you're made of"

Friday, October 8 
(Exhibit runs until Nov. 6)

New Wave Coffee
6 - 9 PM
2557 N. Milwaukee 

Plenty to see here! Start your weekend off right by enjoying the works of talented local artists.  “Unfinished” showcases the unique process of creation through finished as well as unfinished pieces of art. A “must see” for art enthusiasts!

Selected as one of twelve programs featured by LIP (Life in Progress) being highlighted during Chicago Artists Month (October)
On Display Oct. 8 – Nov. 6
Steven Barrett
Steven Barrett

On Saturday, Unwind at Cafe Mustache
Listen to the eclectic sounds of guitarists Rob Reid, Matt Shaw and Ty Maxon

Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Cafe Mustache
2313 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Grab a stool, sip some hot tea and unwind as these three gifted guitarists perform solo acoustic sets that will blow your mind.  Each artist presents their creative arrangements from a different perspective. Cafe Mustache presents live music every weekend, go to their website for more information, schedules, specials, and more!

Sunday's still mean Logan Square Farmers Market will be going strong from 10 - 3 PM! 
Pick up a pumpkin [or two, or three] to carve up before Halloween and get the apples FRESH for the seasonal caramel apples you should definitely make this year! 
**Don't forget you can also pick up your tickets to the Logan Square Harvest Dinner at the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce tent. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Logan Square Harvest Dinner: Eat, Drink and Have Fun While Supporting the Community


This year's Harvest Dinner is at the Historic Logan Square Auditorium - who couldn't absolutely love this building? It's the perfect place to join as a community in support of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce events, including the most popular Farmer's Market and Summer Sessions on the Square.

The Deats:
Monday, October 25
Doors open at 6 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 in advance (advance ticket sales end October 17); $50 at the door
Children under 12 are $10
Concert-only tickets are $10

Dinner will be served buffet style with items from local favorites, including Brand BBQ Market, Buona Terra, BTrue Bakery, Lula Café, Provenance/JDY Meats, Treat, Urban Belly/Belly Shack and Vo.
A post-dinner concert with Furious Frank and Royal Pines begins at 9 p.m.

Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Logan Square Farmers Market or call 773-489-3222.




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekend in the Square: Spice it up with a Latino Culinary Tour!


Spice up your weekend with the Logan Square Latino Culinary Tour on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 11 AM to 3:30 PM.
Tour begins at Multilingual Chicago language with a Spanish lesson,
and then takes participants to six
local restaurants featuring cuisines from Ecuador, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama and Cuba. Admission:$45 per person includes Spanish lesson, food, drinks and transportation. Register in advance on Multilingual's website.
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Take a Neighborhood Bike Tour on Sunday to burn calories from yesterday's delectable Latino feast. The four-hour tour starts at 1:00 PM at the Logan Square Centennial Monument, and will take travel through the Boulevard systems historic mansions and buildings as well as neighborhood parks and gardens. For more information visit: http://bigshouldersrealty.com/things/tours/2010.php

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After the weekend's over, be inspired on Wednesday, Sept. 29th during a free workshop by entrepreneurs/life coaches Nan Watts of Inspired Coaching and Carolyn Ou of Sandbox Consulting at Multilingual Chicago from 6-8pm. Space is limited! To save your seat, go to http://unhookedunplugged929.eventbrite.com

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October is Chicago Artists Month and Logan Square will be bustling with activity. Be sure that the following art events and gallery openings are on your radar:

Logan Square's Sulzen Fine Art Studio Travels to Concordia University: Sun, Oct 17


"The City as Studio" Artists Month Milwaukee Avenue Art Walk: Oct 9-24

Anysquared's Life in Progress (LIP) Series: October 3, 8, 18 & 27
featuring film screenings, open studios, a benefit and a group show featuring Logan Square artists Tracy Kostenbader, Brett Swinney, Julia Rochholz, Ryan Scheidt, Maria Hummel and Iris Iris Pasic (one of 12 featured artists chosen by Chicago Artists Month). Congrats Iris Iris!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Weekend Write Up: September 17, 18, 19

Date Night? Looks like Logan Square is the place to go for romance...
Congratulations to Lula Cafe and Longman & Eagle, who were named 2 of the Top 5 Restaurants for a first date in Chicago according to the Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky. Read the story here.

And while you're at Longman & Eagle [on your date of course] you'll be sure to notice their new fall menu filled with comfort-food inspired seasonal menu fare. Just added: Maple Braised Ham Hock w/Collard Greens, Creamy Grits, & Chanterelle Mushrooms.

Finish your evening with a Friday Night Dance Party at the Whistler, featuring a rotating cast of DJs from the greatest radio station in Chicago, CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) who will play a mix of everything from Soul to Hip Hop to Indie Rock bangers to Pop classics and beyond. Party starts at 9:30 PM.

For your art fix

The Music Lounge will be hosting X-Hibition Live Art 2, "X-2." Not your typical art show, there will be three separate spaces, featuring premiere artists, live music and other entertainers, as well as live models and live painting. Food will be available and drinks are available through Music Lounge/Humboldt Liquors.


Saturday, September 18
The Music Lounge
3017 W. Armitage
3 - 10 PM
$2 / door benefits Humboldt Park Social Services

They are also looking for X-Hibitionists for X-3:

1. Artists, including: painters, drawers, sculptors and more, to display their works.

2. Bands and individual musicians to perform throughout the day.

3. Other acts including: comedians, magicians, dj’s, anything you perform really.

These are all unpaid performances and showings however, you may sell cd’s, t-shirts, art and other merchandise during the show. A 5% gallery fee will be charged to the artist and donated to our charity partner. If you are interested in becoming a part of X-Hibition Live Art, please contact Allen Watts at 859-486-7597.

Enjoy the weekend everybody!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Weekend Write up: September 10, 11, 12, (13)

Another Busy Weekend for the Logan Squarites!


Especially for the folks at Busy Beaver Button Co., who are throwing a party to celebrate the opening of the world's ONLY Button Museum. Catch a "sneak peak" of the collection here.

You're ALL invited!

Friday, September 10
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
3279 W. Armitage

Festivities include the world’s largest Button-O-matic vending machine filled with 10,000 SOUVENIR buttons designed by contributors around the country and a showcase of treats from Old Style Beer, Nice Cream, the Pepperoni King, and Upton’s Naturals.

It’s the 15th Anniversary of Busy Beaver Button Co. too! Click here for the official Facebook invite.




Logan Square in the News
Hopefully some of you got the chance to see Dr. Lewis Coulson, Dir. of Logan Square Preservation, on WGN-TV this morning. He did a great job highlighting the upcoming 29th Historic Annual House and Garden Walk in our very own Logan Square. You can watch it below...

Details
Saturday, September 11
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are $18 the day of the Walk, discounted for seniors
Visit www.logansquarepreservation.org for additional info.




FRESKO: An Exhibition to Benefit Haitian Artists

Reception
Monday September 13
7:00 p.m.
Cole's Bar
2338 N. Milwaukee
FREE, Desserts provided

The exhibition, which will run at Cole's from now until October 2, consists primarily of paintings from three Haitian artists residing in the southern coastal town of Jacmel. The reception will highlight the exhibit with music provided by Chicago artists Ragged Claws & others.

Long held as an artistic epicenter in Haiti, Jacmel was broadly devastated by the January 12th earthquake. Each artist has their own story of having lost their home, family members, and their studios along with much of their work. In addition to the paintings on display, artisan crafts from one artist will be on display and portions from all drink purchases will go towards the artists as they continue to rebuild their lives in Haiti.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Logan Square Historic District House and Garden Walk

Last week, I AM Logan Square had the chance to get a sneak preview of the 29th Annual Logan Square Historic District House and Garden Walk with Dr. Lewis Coulson, President of the Logan Square Preservation Society. Get your own sneak preview....and join us this Saturday to catch a glimpse of Chicago history.

DONT MISS! Dr. Lewis Coulson will be appearing LIVE at 11:00 a.m. on WGN on Thursday, September 9, 2010 to talk a little more about the House and Garden Walk.

29th Annual Logan Square Historic District House and Garden Walk from Logan Square on Vimeo.


Saturday, September 11, 2011
Tours from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Starting point: 2759 N. Milwaukee, Historic Comfort Station

Advance tickets: $15 per adult, $12 for seniors
Purchased the day of: $18 per adults, $15 for seniors.

Ticket price includes admission into gardens as well as home tours. Participants should allow three hours to complete the tour at a leisurely pace.

Contact Andrew Schneider, 312-330-2083 or Michelle Warner, 773-308-4033, for additional information.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Weekend Write Up: September 3, 4, 5, 6

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everybody! Hope you're all prepared for fun end-of-the-summer gatherings with your friends and family :O)

And for those who are not quite sure of their plans....

The 32nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival is this weekend and Logan Square's own The Grilly Brothers Sextet from Orchestra Hall Recording Studio will contribute to the fest with a live performance on Friday, September 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Randolph Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center. (77 E. Randolph Street) For more details on The Grilly Brothers Sextet, please click here.


For those that want to *impress* their friends and family, take them to Lula Cafe for brunch on Sunday. After all, they do have the best pancakes around, not to mention their ecclectic menu has something everyone will love.

I AM Logan Square would just like to say, "Congratulations Lula for making it onto Travel + Leisure's top ten places to eat pancakes in America and Happy 11th Anniversary - We wish you many, many more!"




Sunday night, Cole's Bar
is hosting their movie night series, Cinema Minema. They will be showing Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, along with selling beer.cocktails.water.sprite.whateveryouliketodrink. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Expect it to be a little busier this week because of Labor Day on Monday.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Weekend Write Up: August 27, 28, 29

Hope you've prepared for a busy weekend.... (When are they ever NOT busy?!)

The Logan Square Affair is here, finally! Already written up in the Chicagoist, Windy City Rock, The Local Tourist, and tons more, we know this is most definitely gonna be a good time. You can still get tickets to come out and support our very own Logan Square artists!

::DETAILS: :Tickets are $8 Advanced, $12 Door: :Doors open at 8 PM: :Logan Square Auditorium: :2539 North Kedzie Blvd::

Please visit the Square Affair's website for more information.


COMING SOON to the 'hood...Fulfill your crepe fix at Logan Square's NEWEST addition, La Boulangerie - a French bakery located at 2569 N. Milwaukee. Check out the feature from Chicago Magazine to read a little more about the owner's innovative plan "Bread Flix." It's a bi-weekly bread service that area residents can subscribe to and have fresh bread delivered straight to their doorstep. Mmmm....Locally baked fresh bread :)


Get your flirt on Ladies...there's a free Flirty Girl Fitness Class being offered this weekend at Mixed Motion Art, 2355 N. Milwaukee. Come out to their Flirty Girl Fitness Open House this Saturday, August 28th from 12pm-1:30pm. Join Laura Flores for a FREE one hour class that will leave you feeling flirty and fit! You will have the chance to pick up the new fitness schedule offered at MMA as well as a chance to purchase your MMA 10 Pack Class Card.

It's August's turn for Summer Sessions on the Square! Come out to the Monument this Saturday, hangout with friends and listen to a great line-up of live music.

August 28, 2010
5:30 Girls Rock Camp (rock by Chicago girls)
6:30 Coupleskate (indie pop)
7:30 Fandanguero (Latin folk)
**With music between sets from El Ritmo School of Latin Percussion**

AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET ON SUNDAYS!
Logan Square Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Local Food and Local Farms


Monday, August 23, 2010

Help the Logan Square Farmers Market Be America’s Favorite Farmers Market!


It’s summertime and that means two things:

1) There are loads of delicious farm fresh produce available at the Logan Square Farmers Market every week;

and 2) American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has kicked into gear and we need your votes to win!

The process is simple. To vote for our market, all you have to do is:

1.) Go to www.farmland.org/vote

2.) Type in Logan Square Farmers Market; and,

3.) Click “Vote”

That’s it. That’s all it takes to bring Logan Square one step closer to being America’s favorite farmers market!

Now American Farmland Trust has introduced leader boards where you can keep track of the Top 5 markets receiving votes in Illinois.

Want to support multiple markets in Illinois? Search by state and you can vote for more of your favorites - just remember, you only have one vote to cast per market!

According to American Farmland Trust (AFT), the purpose of this contest is to re-connect local consumers to local farms, with the ultimate goal of keeping our nation’s farm and ranch land productive and healthy! Buying at the farmers market keeps money in the local community and helps farms and ranches remain economically viable. By voting, you’re helping support farms and communities across the nation. As American Farmland Trust says, “No Farms No Food™!”

So don’t forget to vote for Logan Square Farmers Market at www.farmland.org/vote and spread the word! Big thanks to everyone who has already voted!



Local Food and Local Farms

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There's nothing L A Z Y about this Sunday in Logan Square!

Grab the kids for this one...
Unity Park Advisory Council Presents DOME OF DOOM on Sunday, August 22!

Come in your monster attire around 6 PM to the Centennial Monument and join the procession to Unity Park, located at 2636 N. Kimball. (It's a great way to get another use of those Halloween costumes we store away for a year!) Once you get to Unity Park expect to prepare for battle - BY DANCING!




Immediately following the Dome of Doom, Unity Park Advisory Council presents the popular "Movies in the Park" series. This weekend, it's Where The Wild Things Are, PG. Oh and guess what, there's FREE popcorn (as long as supplies last). There will also be beverages and other little goodies available for purchase.






Another awesome event to check out:
The Vintage Bazaar comes to the Congress Th
eatre!
August 22 :: 12 - 7 PM :: 2135 N. Milwaukee

Looks like there's something for everyone at this modern day flea market. With over 60 vendors, the Chicago-based Vintage Bazaar travels from neighborhood to neighborhood. Produced by Katherine Raz and Libby Alexander, this flea has vintage oddments, collectibles, & more all for sale at thrifty prices.
Basically, it's like a swap meet without the socks & overstock + there will be beer & pie.
Check out their website for more info - BUT this is without a doubt something you shouldn't miss, especially if you love vintage!

And don't forget to stop by the Logan Square Farmers Market!
From 10 AM - 3 PM, stop by all of the vendor booths to grab your fresh local fares and favorites. The market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, through October 31..and is most definitely worth checking out if you haven't already. Bring a blanket and relax on Logan Boulevard with the family, everyone's doing it!

**If we missed your event, we just didn't know about it! Send us all your upcoming event information to the I AM Logan Square email - iamlogansquare@gmail.com**

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival video is online now!

Please enjoy a short video capturing some highlights from the 2nd Annual
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, presented from July 23 to July 25, 2010, in the heart of Logan Square.

Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to this incredible three-day event!

2010 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival - Logan Square - Chicago from Logan Square on Vimeo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Chicago Rarities Orchard Project - Bringing an Urban Green Space to Logan Square

The Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP), with support from the Chicago City Department of Zoning and Land Use and NeighborSpace, has been working to enhance and beautify Logan Square by designing one of Chicago’s first urban fruit orchards. CROP will unveil their plans for a Logan Square Plaza (at the corner of Milwaukee and Logan Boulevard) during a public meeting on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Logan Square Kitchen, located at 2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

**All are welcome to attend and checkout how hard CROP has been working!**

“The Logan Square Plaza Orchard is just the type of space the community needs. It will provide many opportunities for learning, cultural programming, and family activities,” declares 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colón.
















The project, featuring a mix of fruits, including apples, pears, plums and pawpaws, as well as interplanting berries, will create a public green space in Logan Square for residents and visitors to gather. It will also present partnership possibilities for local social and environmental organizations. The community managed orchard will be open to the public throughout the week, through special events, and programmed in coordination with Logan Square’s acclaimed year-round Farmers Market. The project is presently seeking volunteer support and funding and is anticipating completion for summer 2011, with the first plantings done next spring. View a short clip here for additional information.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Calling all small business owners in Logan Square!

This is an awesome opportunity for our small businesses in Logan Square to get the extra funds needed for renovations or build-outs!

Did you know that if you own or rent commercial property in a Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) district, you can get matching grants to improve your space - and here in Logan Square we have a large SBIF district. Check out the video here to see how Revolution Brewing and other businesses have already taken advantage of SBIF.

This Ravenswood business completely transformed after receiving a SBIF grant.

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Attend an upcoming workshop presented by ArtHouse Chicago and SomerCor 504 and learn more about this amazing opportunity. You will hear from the host, Multilingual Chicago about how they used their SBIF dollars to renovate and expand their language school space and 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon will also be in attendance to help promote SBIF within the Logan Square community.

Tuesday, August 17th 4:00 -5:30 p.m.
Multilingual Chicago
2934 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite C
*Light refreshments will be served*



Brought to you by ArtHouse Chicago, SomerCor 504 and Multilingual Chicago. For more information or to RSVP contact Melissa Stanley at 773-320-9234 or melissa@nicherealty.net.