• The 2018 Logan Square Preservation

    House & Garden Walk will be on

    Saturday, September 8th, 2018.

    Logan Square Preservation invites you to its 33rd Biennial House Walk, September 8th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

     

    The meticulously restored Ryan mansion is just one of the rarely seen historic homes and churches on this year’s walk. Experienced docents will guide participants through the homes and discuss the unique interior and exterior architecture while providing insight on the property’s historical significance. As a bonus feature, this year’s walk will also feature a collection of vintage cars parked along Logan Boulevard.

     

    A courtesy trolley is included in admission. Please allow at least 4 hours to complete the house walk.

     

    The event kicks off at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church at 2614 N. Kedzie, conveniently located at the entrance of the Logan Square Blue Line stop (across from the Centennial Monument). Parking is also available at the City’s Emmett Street parking lot, located at 2630 N Emmett St. Tickets will be issued and tour maps provided at the church.

     

    Purchase Tickets Online:

    https://squareup.com/store/logan-square-preservation/item/housewalk-tickets

     

    Purchase Tickets In Person:

    The Dill Pickle Food Co-op, 2746 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

    or at Play, located at 3109 W. Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL

     

    If you purchase online, please bring your Square receipt. Note that the charge labeled “shipping fee” is a processing fee.

     

    We are also offering a discounted $10.00 membership to Logan Square Preservation. Consider supporting our efforts to protect the history and buildings of Logan Square.

     

    Advanced tickets are $25. Tickets purchased after September 2nd are $35.

     

    Make plans now to attend this always-popular event.

  • Latest News

    Zoning Change Proposal: 2618 N Milwaukee

    June Meeting, 2018

    To allow the redevelopment of the existing building into a hotel, with ground floor retail use, a roof-top restaurant, and an outdoor seating area.

     

    Update: Approved by vote of 105 in favor and 11 against. More information can be found in this recent article from Block Club Chicago.

    Thursday, August 16th, 2018. 7:00 pm in Minnekirken Church, 2614 N. Kedzie Blvd.

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  • Membership Benefits

    • Receive information via newsletters, specific interest e-mail and neighborhood alerts 
    • Vote on issues important to the community
    • Participate in member-only events
    • Join a local organizing committee
    • Volunteer with us for local festivals and community events
    • Voice your opinions in local discussions

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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 (+shipping/delivery).
    Though the original monument is made of marble, the miniature version is made from a marble resin - and stands only 15" tall x 41/2" at the base.

  • ABOUT LSP

    Mission

    Logan Square Preservation is a non-profit (501 (c) (3)) community organization dedicated to educating citizens about architecture, history and beautification.

     

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

     

    Meeting Time:          7 PM

    Location:                 The Minnekirken

                                    2614 N. Kedzie Blvd. 

    Leadership

     

    President:  Andrew Schneider

    Vice-President:  John Concannon

    Treasurer:   Bruce Anderson

    Secretary:   William Bennett

     

    Board Members:

    Michelle Warner

    Elizabeth Blasius

    Vicki Logan

    John Parizek

    Kerry Shintani

    Kate Slattery

    Shana Liberman

    Steve Niketopoulos

    Jaime Szubart

    Barnaby Wauters

    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.

  • ZONING & LAND USE

    If you would like Logan Square Preservation to review a new proposal, please download our Developer Checklist. To submit a proposal for review, please email lspzoning@gmail.com.

     

    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.

    All zoning and land use issues will be reviewed by Logan Square Preservation in a timely manner.

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

  • Restore The Minnekirken's Windows

    • The Minnekirken (Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church) is one of the most prominent landmarks on Logan Square. LSP is leading a fund-raising effort to restore the windows facing the square.

  • 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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