Entries Tagged as 'milwaukee avenue'

Two More New Things

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

ALWAYS new things every time we walk outside lately!


“Establish an amusement arcade accessory to a tavern.” Sweet! Emporium is opening a second location on Milwaukee Avenue, this one in Logan Square. I’ve always had fun at the one in Wicker Park, so I’m excited for this new addition around the corner from home!


I noticed this sign at 2317 N. Milwaukee in the building where the new dentist is, kind of by Vas Foremost and Tula Yoga studio. I assume we’re getting a frozen yogurt shop.

Update Feb 12, 2014: Definitely a frozen yogurt shop!


Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with a real sign.


Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with awnings.


Update May 23, 2014: OPEN!


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Excited for Summer and Fall Openings Logan Square

July 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment

1. The Radler is going to be a Bavarian beer hall and restaurant that uses locally sourced meat and produce. They plan to bring the cooking traditions of Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to the 21st century. They will serve fresh locally-made Bavarian styles of craft beer, as well as aged beer.

2. The Harding Tavern is a new restaurant/bar slated to open this summer. The owner is Esam Hani, who also runs the Latin American restaurant Cafe Con Leche in Logan Square. Photo courtesy of Ed.

3. I’ve seen this guy a few days in a row painting over the Theissen Printing sign on the building. This is where Chicago Distilling Company is opening up. Spirits like vodka, whiskey and amaro will be produced on site and tours will be given on the distillation process. There will also be a bar and a retail area to sell their different products.

In addition to these three, there are many other confirmed and rumored places coming to Logan Square, within walking distance of my condo, in the next several months:

4. The guys from Scofflaw are opening something in the old Bonny’s space.

5 & 6. Russ Grant from Boiler Room is opening two new places! A burger spot called Parts and Labor will open on Milwaukee just north of the square. He’s also opening a speakeasy-style bar called Prindiville in the building of the old mental health clinic that was shut down on Milwaukee Avenue.

7. Daddy Cool’s was open for about 3 seconds before it closed. In its space, the guys from Innjoy will be opening Madison Public House. They say this place will be pretty similar to Innjoy, which has been a popular Wicker Park bar for .. ? .. ever?

8. Las Islas Marinas closed recently and they say that the guys at Violet Hour will be opening something here. Ohh, Whistler, you better watch out!

9. Ronny’s has been shut down for quite some time and finally someone is opening something in the space. Land and Sea Dept. (who do Longman & Eagle, Empty Bottle and Parson’s Chicken and Fish) are said to be opening California Point, which will have a Bavarian theme and will serve sausages and soft pretzels. Can Logan Square handle TWO new Bavarian restaurants?

10. I only visited Rewster’s Cafe on Kedzie/Diversey once, but I really liked it and was a little bummed when it shut down. The Logan Square tapas restauarant Azucar is rumored to be working on a new spot to take the place of Rewster’s.

11. Reportedly, the owners of El Souk, a popular Middle Eastern restaurant in the Gold Coast, are opening a Middle Eastern restaurant in Logan Square. It will be on the first floor, below Suite 25 and next to Rocking Horse on Milwaukee Avenue. I thought it might be open by now, but I can’t even figure out the name of it.

In addition to these 11 (!!!!), there were a few places that opened this spring that we’re already frequenting! As well, there is at least one storefront getting worked on that I can’t figure out anything about. Anyone know anything about the spot next to Chicago Diner?

12. Parson’s Chicken and Fish is just around the corner and we’ve been there THREE weekends in a row already to hang out on the patio and sip cool drinks while indulging in the fried fish and grilled chicken, which we prefer over the fried chicken. Parson’s came to us from the Land and Sea Dept., mentioned above (#9). Since it’s opening in mid-May, Parson’s has become a real hot spot, even though it’s kind of out of the way on Armitage/Humboldt.

13. Intelligentsia opened just north of the square at the end of April. I visited with Jess once, and don’t get me wrong, I love Intelligentsia, but I don’t think I’ll go that often.. just because I pretty much have to walk past 5 other coffee shops to get there. I think I will still walk out of the way sometimes, though! I think it’s funny that the Intelligentsia says the reason they wanted to open in Logan Square is because it’s where their employees live and where they like to hang out.

14. Polanco, a Latino steakhouse opened in the old Real Tenochtitlan spot. The Reader says there are some hits and misses, but I feel like we need to check it out for ourselves one day!

Loving living in Logan Square!! Anything that I’m missing in this list?

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A Walk on California Avenue, Logan Boulevard, and Milwaukee Avenue

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Last weekend I wasn’t feeling the greatest but I was going stir crazy from being in the house too long, so I went out on a walk in Logan Square. I went north on California, west on Logan Boulevard, and then south east on Milwaukee Avenue. I was practicing using my 24-105 lens again. When I started off, I had the thought that I’ve walked this route so many times, there would be no photos to take. … but I like what I ended up with. There is always something new and interesting!

I always admire this sign at Sierra Tire Shop and Auto Repair, since I saw a guy hand painting it last summer… or the summer before.


I never really go to this car wash because there are other ones where you just drive through not too far away, but this self-service, coin operated car wash always reminds me of the old car wash in New London.

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Brooklyn has brownstones, Chicago has greystones.

Iglesia Central Hispana de los Adventistas del Septimo Dia, a church on Logan Boulevard, has beautiful columns in front.

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Two more of Iglesia Central Hispana de los Adventistas del Septimo Dia.

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On the left, Church of the Advent, on the right, another beautiful greystone.

Hand-in-hand, walking on the boulevard.

CTA Blue Line, Logan Square station.

A home-themed mural across the street from the Logan Square Blue Line station.

Half Italian is a newer shop on Milwaukee Avenue (opened Mar 2012). I’ve been following them on Facebook for ages, so I finally got to stop in. Cute! They serve sandwiches in the back and lots of Italian specialty groceries in the front.

Shop 1021 is another newer shop on Milwaukee Avenue (opened in June 2012 by the owners of Play). Nice place! Lots of books, stationary, gifts. I saw several things I wanted to buy, but resisted… for now!

Uncharted Books has been on Milwaukee Avenue since January 2012. This is a pretty cool used book store.

The eagle that sits on the top of the Illinois Centennial Monument at Logan Square.

Just some mural/graffiti that drew me in.

Never noticed this cute lobster on Las Islas Marianas sign.

Cool truck across from Dos de Oro. The place is still closing, though.

The building that Gaslight Coffee Roasters is in. This is a great coffee shop. It opened in the fall last year, I think.

Bank for savings. Not for ________.

El Condor! Literally!

CTA blue line train going into the California station.

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