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Logan Square

About Logan Square

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Logan Square is a community area located in Chicago, Illinois. The name is used to describe Logan Square as a community on the city’s north side or the actual square which is the 3-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard. The community area of Logan Square is, in general, bounded by the NIRC railroad on the west, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, Diversey Avenue on the north, and the SOO Line railroad on the south. The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards and large bungalow-style homes.

The neighborhood is home to a diverse population comprising Latinos (primarily Mexican and Puerto Rican, with some Cuban) and Eastern Europeans, as well as a younger “progressive” crowd comprising primarily white, college-educated artists and professionals primarily from middle-class backgrounds who are attracted to the diversity and “bohemian” lifestyle. At one time, Logan Square boasted a strong Norwegian-American population. With relatively inexpensive housing and rent available, this neighborhood is a favorite for students, artists, and working-class citizens. More elaborate, stylish, and expensive houses and mansions line historic Logan Boulevard (2600 N).

The community area and neighborhood are named for General John A. Logan who served in the Civil War, and later in Congress. One of the most striking intersections in the city, the square itself is a circular green space located at the center of a traffic circle formed by the junction of Kedzie and Logan Boulevards and Milwaukee Avenue. At the center of the circle is the Illinois Centennial Memorial Column, built in 1918 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood. The monument, designed by Henry Bacon, famed architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and sculpted by Evelyn Longman, is a single 70-foot tall marble Doric column topped by an eagle, in reference to the state flag. Relief’s surrounding the base depict figures of Native Americans, explorers, farmers and laborers intended to show the great changes experienced during the state’s first century.