Thursday, September 8, 2011

This September Logan Square is all about Preservation!

Chicago is well known as the home to some of the world's finest architecture and Logan Square is no exception!  Notably, our neighborhood boasts over two miles of early 20th century historically-preserved homes and buildings along one of Chicago's most pristine boulevard systems. In a time when cookie-cutter strip malls, condos and homes seem to be taking their place as the new American "architecture," there are fortunately organizations in our city who not only appreciate Chicago's historic architecture, but also work to preserve and protect it. Two of these committed nonprofit organizations, Preservation Chicago and Logan Square Preservation, will be hosting two unique events in Logan Square this month in support of their shared missions.

Preservation Chicago will hold its annual fundraiser in Logan Square's new Arts Center located at the Hairpin Lofts (2810 N. Milwaukee Ave) on Friday, September 23 from 6 to 9pm! Preservation's Stacey Pfingsten describes the event as having a bit of an old-world carnival theme--with everything from juggling to magic shows and world class music. The ticket price is $85 in advance and $100 at the door, and all the money raised goes directly to funding Preservation's mission: preserving Chicago's historic architecture-- irreplaceable homes and structures with a deeply rooted history. And remember- that ticket includes a festive feast of fair-style bites, an open bar and a unique silent auction, featuring one-of-a-kind donated items!  You will also be entertained with juggling, magic shows, old world jazz tunes, Revolution brews and plenty of gourmet popcorn! There will be free valet parking. To reserve tickets or for more information: visit Preservation Chicago's website, call 773-334-8800 or email info@preservationchicago.org.


In addition to Preservation Chicago's fundraiser, Logan Square Preservation is hosting its annual House and Garden Walk--a guided interior tour of historic homes and buildings along Logan Square's boulevards and surrounding streets this Saturday, September 10, from 10 am to 5 pm. You can arrive at any time during those hours, but they suggest allowing at least 3 hours for a leisurely walk. When you arrive, meet at the starting point at 3024 W. Logan Boulevard, where you will receive a welcome talk, brochure and map.  You are then able to see the homes at your own pace, but will greeted at each home by a docent who will guide you through the interior spaces. Tickets for the event are $15 ($12 for Seniors 60+) in advance and $18 ($15 for Seniors 60+) the day of the walk.  Purchase advance or day-of tickets at the 3024 W. Logan Boulevard location.


All too often we take the spectacular architecture of this city for granted, but this month we have two fantastic opportunities to support and even experience this rich history that this city--and our own neighborhood-- have to offer!


--Brooke Herbert

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