Friday, May 17, 2013

MAAF 2013: Changing It Up!

Summer is right around the corner and Chicago is gearing up for festival time – one of Chicago’s many summer highlights as almost every neighborhood hosts a festival for Chicagoans and visitors alike to get to know their respective communities.

Logan Square hosts the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival via I AM Logan Square along with our new partner this year, Land and Sea Dept. This year’s festival has a fresh new face with a new logo, new dates, and new festival layout. This year the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) will take place at the end of June instead of July. Save the dates in your calendar for June 28th through June 30th. In addition, the festival will take place in one contiguous place instead of three separate locations along Milwaukee Ave. This year the festival will be held on Milwaukee Avenue between Kedzie and Diversey keeping everything close so you won’t miss out on visiting any vendors, artists, or pop-ups.

This year’s initial participants include Bike Lane, Drug Factory Press, Elastic Arts, Fourth Is King, Green Bean Dayschool & Nursery, Hearty Tavern, The Logan Theater, Longman & Eagle, Lula Café, M. Fishman, Nothing Major, Nourishing Notes, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Public Media Institute, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Puffs of Doom, The Rocking Horse, Saki Records, Sonnenzimmer, South Logan Arts Coalition, The Owl, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Trailer Park Proyects and Threewalls. New participants are being added daily, and the full musical lineup will be announced shortly.

There are a few booth spaces left at $100 for independent artists and nonprofits. Sign up to share your artistic talents and/or the mission of your organization. Neighborhood businesses that would like a vendor space at the fest are highly encouraged to participate.  MAAF is offering a special discount of 25% off a booth space for neighborhood businesses. We want all of our neighbors to participate as this is a festival to showcase our community so new residents to Logan Square, those that hibernated during the winter, and residents of other communities can see and experience what Logan Square has to offer.

To request more information or sign up for booth space, please send an email to

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sustainably Delicious: The Chicago Diner Shares Their Story

Vegetarian, sustainable, eco-friendly – The Chicago Diner: Logan Square is green all-around while serving up deliciously vegetarian meals. Kat Barry has lots to share with you, Loganites, about the wonderful new diner in Logan Square.

April 2, 1983. In a city known for meat packing & hog butchering, a brave pair of optimistic vegetarians opened a ground breaking meat free eatery called The Chicago Diner. Since then, co-owners Mickey Hornick & Jo Kaucher, have built a reputation for wowing customers with unique and innovative dishes, changing minds about “The Way a Diner Should Be”. Eventually, they settled on the charming slogan “Meat Free Since ‘83”.

Despite its diminutive size, only seating 50 patrons, this tiny Diner has managed grand feats: garnishing Michelin Guide recommendations, Zagat ratings, ‘Best of’ recognition & reader’s choice accolades ‘til the cows come home, pun intended, from the likes of VegNews Magazine, The Chicago Reader, Vegetarian Times & WGN’s showcase: Chicago’s Best.

In November of 2012, having grown into a bustling destination spot, The Chicago Diner: Meat Free Since ’83, opened a second location in the Logan Square neighborhood at 2333 N. Milwaukee.

The Chicago Diner: Logan Square offers the same menu as Halsted Street, inventively recreating meatless American classic comfort foods like The Radical Reuben™, Buffalo Wingz, Mac & Cheeze, Burgers and Country Fried Steak as well as dairy free/trans fat free desserts & shakes from the in house bakery. The bar serves tap & bottled locally crafted beers and a dozen fancy cocktails featuring organic, small batch liquors.

The new spot takes sustainability to a new level: housed in a US Green Building Council LEED Gold certified facility, incorporating repurposed materials & fixtures throughout, as well as employing other Earth conscious initiatives like eco-friendly disposables; FSC & Rainforest Alliance certified menu paper; container & waste oil recycling; high efficiency appliances, lighting & HVAC systems.

Old meets new in the Chicago Diner: Logan Square, with classic but re-imagined meat free foods paired with reclaimed/vintage & eclectic furnishings in a modern efficient space. An eye opening experience all around in a hip & exciting neighborhood. No matter which meat free Chicago Diner one chooses, Lakeview or Logan, there’s a comforting feast in store.

Thanks so much!
- Kat Barry

The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted
Cell: 412-735-2852

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Year, New Changes at Café Mustache

Café Mustache has done some revamping with their lineup of events and their menu. To start off, they have expanded their calendar of events to six days a week – Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, the café will close at 8pm. Café Mustache has events lined up such as live music gigs, DJ’s, and even a trivia night among others. In their efforts to provide a performance space and offer patrons a lively atmosphere, Wi-Fi will not be available after 8pm Monday through Saturday.

In addition, Café Mustache is increasing their selection of regional spirits and has changed up their menu to include food made with local ingredients. Check out their new menu and visit their website to attend an event.

I myself will be going by this week to get a taste of their vegetarian chili with avocado and their herbal tea, blood orange blend.