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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

Photograph: Wendell Remington
Logan Square Farmers Market

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. 

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Friday

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.

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Go shopping

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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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.

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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

Have coffee and biscuits

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.

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Eat lunch and play ping-pong

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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Play games and have drinks

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. 

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Sunday

Shop the farmers' market

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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See a movie

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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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).

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Lounge in the park

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.

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