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Logan Square is probably getting a Jewel Osco grocery store

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Within the past few years, enough bars and restaurants have opened in Logan Square to make it possible for residents to eat (and drink) at a different place every night of the week. But the popular North Side neighborhood has long lacked a large grocery store, which means many residents (especially those with cars) travel to nearby stores to stock their fridges. While there's a Cermak Produce on North Avenue, Tony's Finer Foods on Fullerton Avenue and Fresh Market Place on Western Avenue, there's no big-box, chain grocery store in Logan Square that stocks a wide variety of options in one location.

That will change when Logan's Crossing—the 130,680-square-foot development that will replace Logan Square's soon-to-be-demolished Mega Mall—is completed in the coming years. Curbed Chicago spoke with multiple sources with knowledge of the project to reveal that the development will likely be anchored by Jewel Osco, a grocery store chain that already has more than 30 locations across the city. If you're a Logan Square resident who was hoping for a Trader Joe's or a Whole Foods, you'll just have to move to one of the many other Chicago neighborhoods that hosts those chains.

There haven't been many updates on the timeline for the Logan's Crossing project (the graffiti-covered Mega Mall is still standing, as of this writing) but, coupled with the existing transit-oriented developments (L Luxury Apartments, MiCa and the forthcoming "micro-apartment" development at 2328 N California Ave), the new businesses and residences are poised to fundamentally alter the neighborhood. With a Jewel down the street and high-rises towering above the existing buildings, Logan Square is about to start looking a lot like Lakeview.

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