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.

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:


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


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...

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

FRESKO: An Exhibition to Benefit Haitian Artists

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.