Sarah Polster has seen her neighborhood of Logan Square grow into from a little shopping strip to one populated with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. In the past 10 years, this vintage seller and owner of cushionchicago has watched empty storefronts open their doors and new pockets of commercial activity pop up.
According to Sarah, Logan Square could still use a decent grocery store but it has its pros like craft cocktail bars like Analogue and Whistler as well as Logan Square Theater, a historic cinema that plays first run and indie films. Sarah shares with us her favorite places to shop in her neck of the woods.
Logan Square Farmers’ Market: Off the actual square, I like to stop by this farmers’ market on Sundays. What’s great about it is that it’s open 10am to 3pm, when normal people go to the farmer’s markets. Us, creative people like to sleep in on the weekends. The Logan Square farmer’s market has become a big food market, full of indie food vendors and artisan foods. I like to get my bacon fix there.
Gaslight Coffee Roasters, 2385 N Milwaukee Avenue: A stop at this fairly new, independent coffee shop is part of my routine.
Wolfbait & B-girls, 3131 W Logan Boulevard: If you’re looking for good gifts like handmade Chicago souvenirs, this is the place to go. They also carry a great selection of clothes and jewelry. Great place to check out local artisans work.
Play, 3109 W Logan Boulevard: I regular stop by this toy store to pick up gifts for all the babies.
Contacts and Specs, 2644 N Milwaukee Avenue: As an eyeglass wearer, I pop in freqently to see the latest pairs and mull over different styles. One day I’ll actually make a decision and get some.
Fleur, 3149 W Logan Boulevard: I occasionally indulge in fresh flowers and this is my favorite place to do so. My favorite flowers are star gazer lilies.
Unique Thrift Store, 4441 W Diversey Avenue: Located on the west edge of Logan Square, I regularly drop into this local chain of thrift stores.
Lula Cafe, 2537 N Kedzie Avenue: This farm-to-table restaurant is one of the iconic restaurants in Logan Square. It’s been around for over 10 years and was the first hipster place in the neighborhood. It’s always packed for brunch.
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N Kedzie Avenue: One of the two most popular restaurants in Logan Square, we’ll get drinks in the neighborhood before stopping by here for dinner.
Be sure to catch Sarah at the Randolph Street Flea Market during Memorial Weekend. Sarah is participating in the biggest flea market event of the summer. Stay tuned to her Krrb corner for more details.