Whether you’re just popping in for a visit or you call Logan Square home, this hip neighborhood is jam-packed with things to do. Home to some of Chicago’s most inventive cocktail bars and best restaurants, there’s plenty to experience in Logan Square that doesn’t involve gluttony. Just take a stroll down Milwaukee Avenue and you’ll instantly feel the neighborhood’s contagious buzz. If you’re looking to explore Logan Square beyond its nightlife, here are some attractions you can’t miss.
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The best things to do in Logan Square
The Logan Theatre is the unofficial landmark of the neighborhood, outfitted with a towering neon sign that let's you know eactly where you are. This renovated theater features an upgraded sound system, new screens and projectors, and perhaps best of all, a lobby bar and lounge that hosts events like live comedy and movie trivia. You'll find a diverse mix of second run studio movies and indie flicks in addition to a robust lineup of midnight screenings of classic favorites each weekend.
Logan Arcade was originally located in the back room of Logan Hardware, a record store and vintage arcade museum, but once that shop moved down the street, the Arcade took over the space. Inside, you'll find a fully stocked bar and a blinking, beeping menagerie of lovingly restored arcade games. The back room is filled with pinball tables (which account for roughly half of the available games), so flipper fanatics will be able to waste away hours setting new high scores.
Built in the early 1900s, this small building in Logan Square used to be a place where trolly riders could stop to rest during their journey. Logan Square Preservation took the building over in 2010, turning it into a community art space. Comfort Station regularly hosts art exhibitions, live music and film screenings while providing a public meeting place for neighborhood residents of all ages.
You probably just know it as "That big column in the middle of the square," but it does have a name—and historic value. The Illinois Centennial Monument commemorates the 100th anniversary of the state of Illinois being accepted into the Union. The monument also serves as the site of the annual Logan Square Arts Festival, which brings music, food, drinks and vendors to the park surrounding the towering structure.
Located on the most rapidly changing block in Logan Square, Galerie F hosts regular art shows displaying gig posters, fine art prints and street art. The gallery also stocks a selection of prints by local and national artists which are available for purchase. If you need something flashy to fill the walls of your new apartment, this is a great spot to start looking.
Designed by William Le Baron Jenney in the mid-1800s and enhanced several years later by Jens Jensen, Humboldt Park was once the nation’s greatest public park, boasting acres of Prairie-style gardens, grazing animals and a meandering river scene. Though the animals are long gone, the park still offers extensive rose beds as well as tennis courts, an inland beach, baseball fields and bike paths.
Located along the neighborhood's historic boulevard, the Logan Square Farmers Market occurs every Sunday from May 18–October 26. The market draws vendors from Wisconsin, Michigan and southern Illinois, featuring plenty of seasonal produce, farm-raised meats and fresh baked goods. Arrive early to beat the crowds, grab your groceries and enjoy a meal from Chicago Diner, Spencer's Jolly Posh or Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese.
Named for the 15th governor of Illinois, John McAuley Palmer, this seven-acre park located between Logan Square and Humboldt Park dates back to the creation of the boulevard system in the 1870s. Palmer Square was a popular spot for cyclists (or "wheelmen") in the early 1900s, though you're now more likely to find runners on the track that circles the park's perimeter. Kids will appreciate a playground inspired by the classic book The Velveteen Rabbit.
Yes, we know—technically this one's in Avondale, but if you're in the area, the Revolution Brewing tour is not to be missed. As one of the largest breweries in Illinois, Revolution’s Kedzie Avenue facility makes dozens of Rev brews in-house. Learn from the brewers themselves about how they craft the unique, flavorful drinks Chicagoans just can’t get enough of. Plus, two beers come with your tour ticket. Private tours are available by request.
The Hairpin Arts Center is a non-profit arts center established by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts in 2011. It resides in a building built in 1930, which was once home to the Hump Hair Pin Manufacturing Company. The Arts Center offers year-round arts and cultural programming for the neighborhoods of Logan Square and Avondale.