It’s no secret anymore. Or maybe it never was a secret. In any case, everyone knows about Logan Square now. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get out there for a night on the town before every beardo in Chicago takes his be-tighted date to Longman and Eagle (which, btw, got a MICHELIN F*CKING STAR) for ironic PBR’s. Sure, the Red Eye just did a huge profile of this exploding neighborhood. I still insist: you don’t need to head south to Humboldt Park yet to have a totally, like, authentic Chicago outing. Here’s what you can do in Logan Square that they didn’t talk about:
“Work from Home” – Or from New Wave Coffee, whichever you’re closer to. New Wave has a hugely open space and is the rough equivalent of the neighborhood’s lower-key version of Wicker Park’s Filter. If you want a smaller venue, Cafe Mustache opened more recently and is getting great reviews from totally legit Yelpers…
“I’m like, kind of an aspiring audiophile” – Retro tech is obviously now mainstream (the music industry grew in only one category last year: vinyl sales). So head over to Saki to and take some Instagrams of yourself buying the new Black Keys pressing, you hipster.
Daytime Drinking is for the Unemployed – And boy does Logan Square have its share of blue-collar bars for drinks on the cheap. Close to Saki is The Whirlaway Lounge, a damn good bar with damn cheap drinks a damn simple storefront and damn friendly staff. And it’s on the way back from Saki as you head north on Palmer Square Blvd, one of Logan Square’s awesome tree-lined thoroughfares.
Where do I take My Date Before Drinks? – Definitely Bucket-o-Blood. Just do it.
Sh*t, the wait at Longman and Eagle is Two Hours Long: That’s okay, the wait at Cafe Lula will probably only be an hour and a half! You can’t go wrong with either of these haunts, but Revolution Brewing is reputed to have some solid fare and definitely has amazing beers.
Now I just need to see a show that I’m going to pretend to like because the band is local and the tickets were $5. – Have at it.