Your perfect weekend: Logan Square

Hang out in one of Chicago's hippest 'hoods for some of the city's best food, drinks and even a little time outdoors
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Logan Square has some of the city's best cocktail bars, as well as seemingly endless options for brunch, new shops and even just relaxing out in the grass near one of the many wide, tree-lined boulevards. Here's our itinerary for a relaxing weekend not far from home. 

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to the Logan Square neighborhood

Friday

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Restaurants, Eclectic

Brunch at Lula Cafe

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11am: Lula Cafe
 
Start with one of the city’s top brunches (try the tofu-and-veggie scramble with ginger-miso sauce or grab a breakfast burrito) at Lula Cafe. Get there early to snag a seat on the patio for a view of the Illinois Centennial Monument.

Shopping, Boutiques

Go shopping

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1pm: Wolfbait & B-Girls

Buy handmade souvenirs at Wolfbait & B-Girls or venture over to City Lit for a great selection of books.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Dinner and drinks

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7pm: Yusho and Lost Lake 

Order some steaming ramen from the Japanese grill Yusho. Then bring on the vacation vibes with a postdinner drink at the tiki bar Lost Lake.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Say goodnight

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9pm: Longman & Eagle

Grab a nightcap at OSB, a.k.a. Off Site Bar, at the inn and Michelin-star rated restaurant Longman & Eagle. Then retire to one of six totally hip and adorable rooms upstairs.

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Saturday

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Restaurants, Bakeries

Have coffee and biscuits

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9am: Intelligentsia and Bang Bang Pie Shop

Begin early with a heart-starting cup of coffee from Intelligentsia (2642 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-945-1690, intelligentsiacoffee.com), then head to Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits off the California Blue Line for to-die-for fluffy biscuits at one of the picnic tables.
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Eat lunch and play ping-pong

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1pm: Parson's Chicken & Fish

Take a walk and hit the patio at Parson’s Chicken & Fish for a Negroni Slushy and fried chicken. After a round of ping-pong, hop on a Divvy bike just outside to cycle back into the center of the ’hood. 

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Bars, Beer bars

Play games and have drinks

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5pm: Emporium Logan Square, The Whistler, Revolution Brewing

A quintessential night in Logan Square includes pinball and snacks from the indoor food truck at Emporium Logan Square, followed by an elaborate cocktail on the Whistler’s patio (2421 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com). For an experience that’s a little more laid-back, head next door to Revolution Brewing (2323 N Milwaukee Ave; 773-227-2739, revbrew.com) for some local beers. 

Sunday

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Shop the farmers' market

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11am: Logan Square Farmers Market

Recover with some shopping (produce, flowers and even hot sandwiches) at the Logan Square Farmers Market. 

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Movie theaters, Independent

See a movie

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1pm: Logan Theatre 

Catch a flick at the Logan Theatre. The cozy indie theater has a full bar, too, if you need a little hair of the dog.

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Shopping, Flower shops

Buy some gifts

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4:30pm Fleur and Shop 1021

Hit Fleur for plants, or get great gift ideas at Shop 1021 (2650 N Milwaukee; 773-235-1021, shop1021.com).

Things to do, Parks and gardens

Lounge in the park

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5pm: Palmer Square Park 

Toss a Frisbee or lounge in the grass at Palmer Square Park (2200 N Kedzie Ave) to end the day in one of the city’s coolest places.

Chicago staycation ideas

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The best Chicago staycation ideas

The next time you’re considering maxing out your credit card for a trip to some far-flung land, take a look at what’s around you. We did, and we discovered this city is home to some truly memorable staycations.

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