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Where to Dine, Shop & Play in Chicago’s Hottest West Side Neighborhood
Neighborhood in Brief: Named after Civil War hero and politician Gen. John A. Logan, this now bustling Near West Side neighborhood was first settled in the mid-1800s. Chicago's Logan Square has certainly come a long way since those pioneering days, offering one of the city's most exciting and diverse neighborhoods for culinary adventures and more.
While restaurants and cocktail bars are a large part of the attraction to Logan Square--starting with early adapter of the farm-to-table movement Lula Cafe in 1999--there's so much more. Additional destinations include a number of slick boutiques and thrift stores, antique shops and live-music lounges. Street parking in Logan Square is much easier than downtown and in neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and River North. It is about a 10-minute drive or 15-minute train ride to/from downtown hotels.
The adjacent Avondale neighborhood is just north of Logan Square and it's safe to state that it's largely benefited from the... latter's popularity. The once heavily Polish community also enjoys a diverse population, with dining and drinking destinations reflecting that diversity.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Where To Stay
Longman & Eagle in Brief: The property features six loft-like rooms, ranging from standard to luxury, but each offers a unique personality. Directly below the small, yet contemporary rooms is the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle restaurant.
Amenities: Each room includes a 22- or 32-inch HD LCD television with Apple TV, a media player, as well as vintage Sony analog stereo cassette tape set up and accompanying mix tapes. Complimentary wired and wireless internet access is available. There is also rotating artwork by local artists in each room.
Room Rates: Longman & Eagle Inn rooms start at $95 a night.
Parking: Street parking is available, but it's a mixture of free and metered parking. There is also a paid parking lot directly across the street from the property.
Address: 2657 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-276-7110
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Where To Dine
Jam Restaurant in Brief: Chicago's brunch scene is pretty intense, and one of several top players happens to reside in Logan Square. Jam's appeal is its simple breakfast offerings amped up with seasonal and local ingredients. The signature dish is malted custard French toast topped with macerated cherries, lime leaf cream and pink peppercorns. It's closed Wednesdays and BYOB.
Address: 3057 W. Logan Blvd., 773-292-6011
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Where To Drink
Scofflaw in Brief: Cocktail culture rolls strong in Logan Square and this gin-soaked joint has earned a spot in our nightlife guide. What's especially cool about Scofflaw is that even though its menu is thick and comprehensive with original and classic drinks, there's no pretension to be found. It's also a popular brunch destination, and during winter, seats around the fireplace are some of the most coveted in the neighborhood.
Address: 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-9700
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Where To Play
Emporium Arcade Bar in Brief: The Logan Square outpost for this mini chain (locations also in Wicker Park and Lincolnshire, Ill.) is directly in the heart of the nightlife action. Guests can relive their childhood days by playing retro and contemporary arcade games in a swanky setting. There is also shuffleboard, pool, air hockey tables and more. There's lots of craft beer to be consumed.
Address: 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-360-8774
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Where To Shop
Meyvn in Brief: Men who love looking and smelling great, yet insist they're not dandies, are certain to appreciate this fashionable boutique that's on the same block as Longman & Eagle Inn. Meyvn showcases awesome men's designer clothing, accessories and apothecary goods. Deejays spin on weekends.
Address: 2627 N. Kedzie Ave., 312-852-6012
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