In recent years, Logan Square has transformed into one of the most vibrant Chicago neighborhoods to explore. The historic section of the city’s northwest side is now known for its dining, nightlife, and shopping options, which include video arcade bars, record shops, breweries, and bookstores. Hop on the Blue Line train to Logan Square and check out some of these neighborhood hotspots.
Longman & Eagle
Located right across the street from the Logan Square subway station, gastropub Longman & Eagle has been one of Logan’s most popular eateries since its arrival in 2010. Grab a beverage from the bar’s drink menu, which contains more than 300 varieties of whiskey, and enjoy local ingredients in dishes like braised pork cheek and wild boar sloppy joe. Longman & Eagle also has six hotel rooms available for rent above the bar, so you can eat, drink, and sleep all in the same place if you’re so inclined.
With its warm, candlelit ambiance, Scofflaw is the perfect place for a date or small social gathering with friends. Check out the craft beer and gin-based mixed drinks, which Scofflaw specializes in, and don’t forget about the kitchen, which stays open until 1 a.m. every night. Get cozy by one of the multiple fireplaces and warm up with a hearty dish like roasted chicken with lentils.
Since 1999, Lula Cafe has been one of Logan Square’s best dining options thanks to its creative, wide-ranging menu. Settle in with a tasty vegetarian quesadilla stuffed with ricotta and summer squash. Or if you’re more of a seafood fan, try the black risotto with poached squid. By now everyone knows how great Lula’s is, so if you’re coming for brunch, arrive early or expect to wait for a table.
Wolfbait & B-Girls
Situated next to the roundabout that serves as the center of the neighborhood, clothing store Wolfbait & B-Girls is one of the reasons Logan Square is among the best Chicago neighborhoods to explore. The vibe inside is eclectic, creative, and fun, so allot plenty of time to look around. Pick up something for yourself or buy a gift for a friend from the boutique’s impressive collection of jewelry, greeting cards, candles, soaps, handcrafted Chicago souvenirs, and apparel from local designers.
More than 100 years old and recently renovated, the Logan Theatre is impossible to miss, with its giant “LOGAN” marquee lighting up Milwaukee Avenue. While the theater does screen new movies, some of its most popular events are late-night showings of classic comedy and horror films from the ’80s and ’90s. Stop in early and grab a drink in the attached bar area, which also hosts weekly events like trivia and standup comedy nights.