• Chicago, IL 60647, USA

    To Educate about, Preserve and Beautify

    our Historic Neighborhood

  • ABOUT LSP

    Mission

    Logan Square Preservation is a non-profit (501 (c) (3)) community organization dedicated to educating citizens about architecture, history and beautification. To read the bylaws click on this link.

     

    LSP holds a monthly meeting (Third Thursdays) to discuss all issues and projects.

     

    Meeting Time: 7 PM

    Location: The Minnekirken

    2614 N. Kedzie Blvd.

    Future Meeting Dates:

    June 20th, 2019
    July 18th, 2019

    August 15th, 2019

    September 19th, 2019

    October 17th, 2019

    Leadership

     

    President:  Andrew Schneider

    Vice-President: Jaime Szubart

    Treasurer:   Bruce Anderson

    Secretary:   William Bennett

     

    Board Members:

    Michelle Warner

    Elizabeth Blasius

    Vicki Logan

    John Parizek

    Heidi Thornton

    Kate Slattery

    Shana Liberman

    Steve Isakson

    Josh Gartler

    Ron Kaminecki

    Betsy Elsaesser

    Comfort Station

    Comfort Station is a turn-of-the-century structure turned multidisciplinary arts space in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square. Originally a shelter for trolley riders in the early 1900s, the building was eventually defunct and was used to store the city’s lawn equipment for decades. The space was adopted and restored in 2010 by Logan Square Preservation and opened as its current incarnation as a community-focused art space in 2011.

    Annual Preservation Award

    Each December, Logan Square Preservation presents an award to the best preservation project for that year.

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  • ZONING & LAND USE

    Recent letters from Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee:

    To submit a new proposal, please email zoning@logansquarepreservation.org. (*Please update your address book - other email addresses will be discontinued.)

     

    Logan Square Preservation is committed to keeping its residents informed about development in our community. We are also working to ensure transparency in government processes relating to zoning and land use, and encourage responsible zoning and development within Logan Square. Our job is to make sure that the voice of Logan Square is heard to keep our neighborhood diverse, sustainable and supportive of our neighbors.

    Our mission has several components:

    • We independently review requests for zoning changes or variances submitted to the offices of the 1st, 26th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 35th Ward Alderman for both residential and commercial properties in Logan Square Preservation's review area.
    • Logan Square Preservation monitors major land use issues that arise in areas immediately adjacent to Logan Square Preservation's official area. We inform the Logan Square Preservation board and membership to implications of these situations that could have a significant impact on our community.
    • Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee meets monthly to discuss zoning and land use issues. The committee also responds to concerns of the membership and community based on feedback from the general membership meetings.
    • Logan Square Preservation's Preservation and Restoration Committee provides feedback on letterhead to assist the Ward office in complying with an open community review process.

    Logan Square Preservation has members living within the borders of Belmont Avenue to the north, the Kennedy Expressway to the northeast, Western Avenue to the east, Armitage Avenue to the south, and Pulaski Road to the west.

    Special consideration is given to the Logan Square Historic Boulevard District.

  • 'Round the Square

    The newsletter of Logan Square Preservation

    Online Content – Fall 2019

    Logan Square's Lost Tunnel – Photos and Links

    From the Chicago Tribune

      Walkway Leads to Gang Turf, August 8, 1986

      Angry Residents Close Down Gang Haven, August 25, 1986

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    How to Research Your House Without Ever Leaving It

    Part One of a New Home Research Guideby Marcy Marzuki

    There are two parts to researching the history of your house, and the first can be done without even leaving it. All you need is Internet access and some time to kill.

     

    The Great Renumbering

    The first thing you need to do is to determine what your address was before and after the great Chicago address “streamlining” of 1909. Fortunately, the original guidebook to old and new addresses is available online.

        Check the guidebook here.

    Scroll down to find your street and (they are listed alphabetically with north listed first, then south). Then find your current number under the New column (divided between odd and even numbers). This will be the address your house has had since 1909. The old number next to it is what it was prior to 1909. You will need to know both numbers to go forward with your research.

    If you can’t find your street address as it exists today, your street may have changed names. Many Logan Square streets — especially north/south streets close to Humboldt/Sacramento Blvd. — changed names in the late 1800s and and early 1900s. Consult the following websites, and see what it was called before and after 1900. Or skip ahead and find the closest major intersection to locate your street.

    Chicagology Street Name ChangesChicago History Museum OnlineAncestry.com Street Finder

     

    Sanborn Fire Maps

    Next, go to the Chicago Public Library website. To continue, you will need a Chicago Public Library card. Log in with your card number and zip code. (If you don’t have one, go to the big house of books like people used to before Amazon. The Logan Square branch is at 3030 W Fullerton.) Once you are logged in:

    Click Browse > Online Resources > A-Z Resources > Illinois Sanborn Maps

    Select Illinois and Chicago
    Select 1894-1897
    Select Vol. 10 (1896)
    Select street index (second page)

    Find your street and your pre-1909 house number in the street index. Beside it, you’ll see the sheet number. Go to that sheet to find your house. Once there, you‘ll see the original building’s outline, or an empty lot if your house was built after 1896. House numbers are written near the front of the buildings, running along the street.

    Sanborn maps are surprisingly accurate. The outline will approximate the building’s original outer walls, including any protrusions such as a bay window. Other information is shown as abbreviations. An “S” marked on a building stands for store; “D” denotes a dwelling. There will be a number near the letter showing how many stories a house was when built, and B is sometimes written to indicate a usable or occupied basement. This Sanborn key will show you what other abbreviations mean.

    Once armed with this information, check out a second set of maps to see changes or additions. Select 1905-1951 and Vol. 10 (1921). The content and numbering of the sheets is consistent across all of the Sanborn maps, so you can go directly to the same sheet number as the 1896 map. Note that your address will have changed to the post-1909 address.

    You will be able to see any changes or additions to your house over the 25 years that elapsed between maps. Anything built onto your house will be shown. If your house was built as a single story, it might have changed to a 1½ story, meaning people have finished the attic and moved into it. Garages and sheds (or outhouses) tend to come and go. Depending on what was where on the two maps, you now know if your house was built before or after 1896 or 1921.

     

    More Publications

    If you live in a larger house or multifamily building, there is another way to research. Use your address to do an online search for building permits, which will tell you when your house was built, for whom, and who the architect was. Try both the pre-1909 and post-1909 addresses. Note that only a portion of permits are in the online database. To search all of the past permits, you might have to leave the house.

    Before you go to that extreme, there is still some online research to do. There is often a story about the people who lived in your building when they were born, died, got married, won a spelling bee, got drafted, made the honor roll, were injured in a car crash or held up a bank. Before the 1970s, newspapers commonly ran the entire addresses of people mentioned, so these stories can be found by searching for your address in their archives.
    Go back to the Chicago Public Library website and choose Browse > Online Resources > A-Z Resources > Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

    In the search form, enter your address in quotes. Many times the directional was left off an address, so you will want to try every variation. To search 1932 N. California Ave, try variations like “1932 California” “1932 N. California,” “1932 North California,” etc. This will bring up obituaries, and articles about events involving the people who lived in your building. Classified ads are time-consuming to search through, but worth it. Display ads usually come up if a business was run from your property or if you live in a multiunit property that ran large ads seeking renters. In the case of rental ads for a building, they can often give you clues as to when it was built, as it was common to take out ads for new construction occupancy.

    Note the names and ages of any person associated with your address to find even more by searching the Tribune archive, ancestry.com or another genealogical database. All of this will help build the history of your house.

    You can also search names and business addresses you find on the Google e-books site. There are a lot of old trade journals there with classified ads and letters to the editor and all sorts of things can turn up. One of the residents of my house once held a patent, and Matt Bergstrom used it to discover that his long-gone next-door neighbor was a honeybee expert and advertised his own invention to spin the honey out of honeycombs.

    And if the people that lived in your house weren’t all that enterprising or newsworthy, you can still find out who lived there in the late 1920s by using this online criss-cross directory. It’s similar to the 1909 directory – Find your street, then your number, and you’ll see who was living there. If you do not see the index or other display issues, try a different web browser. Note that the directory works best in Firefox.

    Coming in Part Two

    While you can get pretty far without leaving your house, there is so much more you can do that would not fit it in a single newsletter. In the next installment: getting offline and out the door. How to find your construction date (and other telling documents) at the Recorder of Deeds, and do in-person research at UIC, the Chicago History Museum and other locations.

     

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  • Miniature Monument

    Own a piece of Logan Square!

     

    We are offering this limited edition replica of the Eagle Monument for only $50 plus shipping.
    Though the original monument is made of marble, the miniature version is made from a marble resin - and stands only 15" tall x 4-1/2" at the base.

  • HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    1836

    Kimbell Farm

     

    Martin Kimbell and Sarah Smalley-Kimbell from New York establish the first farm in the area; a 160-acre parcel now bounded by Kimball (named for them), Diversey, Fullerton and Hamlin Avenues. Pictured: The Kimbell Farmhouse at the northwest corner of Kimball and Altgeld.

     

    1848

    Northwest Plank Toll Road

     

    The Northwest Plank Toll Road is constructed along the path of a historic Native American hunting trail, 14 feet wide, 27 miles from Chicago to Wheeling, Illinois. It was laid out directly from Kinzie Street to a flag struck at Armitage Avenue by W. H. Powell, proprietor of Powell’s Hotel, built in 1840. The road was an important route for the transport of fresh produce and hay. The road eventually provided a link between Chicago and Milwaukee, and then became known as Milwaukee Avenue. Pictured: The toll booth located at Fullerton and Milwaukee the morning after a mysterious fire.

     

    1869

    Park Boulevard System

     

    The Illinois Legislature authorizes the creation of a park boulevard system on the city’s periphery for recreation and relief from the rapidly industrializing city. They also served as catalysts for real estate development. It was constructed here by West Parks Commission, designed by Architect William LeBaron Jenney and refined by Landscape Architect Jens Jensen.

     

    1870-1880

    The Chicago and North Western Railroad

     

    The Chicago and North Western Railroad constructs two stations to serve the towns of Maplewood and Avondale, spurring growth in this then-rural area. Residents were served with water through several artesian wells.

     

    1870-1880

    Churches and Schools

     

    The area’s first church is constructed to serve a growing community of African Americans migrating from the South. Churches are later erected to serve Norwegian, Danish, German, Belgian and Polish communities. Several temples existed to serve the Jewish community.

     

     

    The first permanent school, a four-room brick building known as the “Little Red Schoolhouse” was constructed near the intersection of Milwaukee and Diversey Avenues and remained in use until 1914. Avondale School followed in 1884, Brentano in 1893, Darwin in 1900 and Monroe in 1905.

     

     

     

    1889

    Formation of Logan Square

     

    The towns of Jefferson and Maplewood are annexed to the City of Chicago, forming the community of Logan Square, named for John Alexander Logan, Civil War general, politician and founder of Memorial Day.

     

    1895

    Metropolitan Elevated Railway

     

    The Metropolitan Elevated begins running trains from the Loop to Logan Square, establishing the area as an important destination and transfer point. Pictured: The Logan Square elevated terminal.

     

    1901

    Schwinn Bicycle Company

     

    Arnold, Schwinn & Company construct a bicycle factory on Kostner Street west of the neighborhood. Founder Ignaz Schwinn builds a grand residence on the southeast corner of Palmer Square and nearby apartment building for the company’s employees. The residence was later demolished after being donated to St. Sylvester’s Parish. The parish constructed it's present day school on the site.

     

    1905

    The Logan Squares

     

    Jim “Nixey” Callahan quits the Chicago White Sox and purchases an amateur playing field on the north side of Milwaukee Avenue from Sawyer to Diversey. It was the home of the semi-pro team the Logan Squares, who defeated both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, both coming off the 1906 World Series. It was sold in 1924, the last large parcel in the area’s commercial district.

     

    1915-1918

    The Illinois Centennial Monument

     

    The Illinois Centennial Monument is designed and constructed by noted architect Henry Bacon, famous for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Evelyn Longman sculpted the eagle and bas-relief base with allegorical figures inspired by classical imagery with modern elements to represent the state’s history and contributions to the nation including agriculture, transportation, commerce.

     

    1930

    Automotive Row and Theatre District

     

    The Logan Square business district is fully built out including Automobile Row, one of the city’s great auto markets with every brand represented and a theater district which included the Congress, Rio, Paramount (now Logan), Harding and Rose theaters.

     

    1950-1960

    I-94 Northwest Highway

     

    The boulevards are widened to accommodate increasing automobile traffic and land is eventually cleared to construct Interstate-94 Northwest Highway, which bisects Logan Boulevard. The highway is named Kennedy Expressway in 1963, following the death of President John F. Kennedy. Pictured: Construction crews excavate Milwaukee Avenue through Logan Square for the new subway stations.

     

    1965-1970

    Logan Square Station

     

    The Chicago Transit Authority demolishes several historic buildings around Logan Square to allow for the construction of the Blue Line extension to Jefferson Park. The new stations were designed by Myron Goldsmith of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and set a new design standard that is adopted by transit systems across the country.

     

    1985

    Logan Square Preservation

     

    Neighborhood organization Logan Square Preservation successfully added the Logan Square Boulevards Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2005 most of that district became an official city of Chicago Landmark District with overwhelming support from the community.

     

    2005

    Logan Square Business District

     

    The Logan Square Business District is officially protected as the Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball Chicago Landmark District. It spurred a re-investment and restoration of some of the most significant retail buildings in the area.

     

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