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The Active Traveler's Guide to Logan Square

Chicago's Hippest Neighborhood - Just a Five Minute Uber Ride

After you've pushed yourself to the limit at the club (and maybe treated yourself to an incredible lunch at Chromium), get out and explore Chicago like a local. Just a quick, five-minute Uber ride from the hotel is Logan Square, the city's hippest, most creative neighborhood. While you'll see the skyline as you check out Milwaukee Avenue's boutiques, art galleries, and cocktail bars, you'll get a cultural experience that feels worlds away from downtown, the Loop, and River North.

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For a Scenic Neighborhood Tour

Go for a Run Down the Boulevards

Logan Square stands at the intersection of three of the city's premier boulevards, which means the neighborhood is lined with lush greenery and historic, stately mansions. Rent a Divvy bike or go for a run down the pedestrian friendly Logan, Kedzie, and Humboldt Boulevards.

Walk the 606

The Bloomingdale Trail, more commonly known as the 606, is an urban bike and running trail that traverses Logan Square, Bucktown, and beyond.

For A Classic Movie Experience

The Logan Theatre

Few sights signify the neighborhood better than The Logan Theatre's glowing neon marquee. Inside the restored, 100-year old theater you'll find a vintage Art Deco bar, a half-dozen new releases, and classic midnight movies. Plus, the theatre is less than a block from some of Chicago's best restaurants - including Longman & Eagle, Lula, and Reno - making it the perfect spot for date night in Logan Square.

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To Replenish Your Body

Logan Square Farmers Market

Located on Logan Boulevard at Milwaukee Ave, the Logan Square Farmers Market is the city's premier outdoor marketplace. In addition to handmade breads, locally-grown produce, and fresh-cut flowers, you'll find an array of local food vendors like Chiya Chai and the Radler. If you didn't find what you were looking for, take a five-minute stroll up Milwaukee to the neighborhood's beloved Dill Pickle Food Co-Op.

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For the Perfect Instagram Moment

Murals, Street Art, and Monuments

Logan Square boasts one of the country's most vibrant artist communities. Not only will you find galleries throughout the neighborhood and rotating installations at the Comfort Station, you'll find murals and commissioned street art at seemingly every turn. As you explore the neighborhood, you'll find endless Instagram opportunities, including the Greetings From Chicago Mural at Milwaukee and Palmer.

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For the Best Brunch in the City

Lula, Longman & Eagle, and Fat Rice

Logan Square is home to a bounty of trendy, nationally-acclaimed restaurants, and brunch provides the perfect introduction to the neighborhood's creative food scene. Lula Cafe is a Logan Square favorite and introduced the city to farm to table dining. And you can't go wrong with the Michelin starred whiskey bar Longman & Eagle or Macanese Fat Rice.

Chromium

While Logan Square is home to some of the city's hottest restaurants, you don't need to leave the hotel with some of Chicago's best farm to table dining at Chromium.

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For a Midday Pick-Me-Up

Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Whether you need to catch up on work while traveling or just need a boost after a grueling morning on the tennis courts, Gaslight Coffee Roasters boasts some of the city's best coffee. Expect bright, fair trade coffees in a cozy shop with plenty of taxidermy, great playlists, and amazing croissants. If you find yourself further north on Milwaukee, the funky, fruity single origin pour overs at Intelligentsia are also phenomenal.

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For a Healthy Dose of Nostalgia

Emporium Arcade Bar and Logan Arcade

Your competitive streak follows you when you walk off the tennis court, and Logan Square has great arcade bars where you can enjoy nostalgic bouts on the bubble hockey rink, at the Pac Man machine, or on the air hockey table. Both Emporium and Logan Arcade feature restored, vintage games and extensive craft beer menus.

If you're looking to bring some nostalgia home, Bric-a-Brac Records is a 90's wonderland with toys, movies, and memorabilia that promise to bring a smile to your face.

For a Chicago Cocktail Tour

Lost Lake, Scofflaw, and More

Logan Square is the epicenter of Chicago's craft cocktail scene. For inspired tiki drinks and Instagram-worthy presentations, head to Lost Lake, named the 2018's best bar in America. Just two blocks south on Kedzie, Billy Sunday is exploring new flavors and features a menu of rare and antique bottles.

Gin-focused Scofflaw is a cozy Chicago favorite, and The Whistler blends creative cocktails with live music nightly.

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To Experience Chicago Culture First-Hand

Street Fest Season

For the purest expression of life in Chicago, don't miss one of the city's annual summer street festivals. Located at the Centennial Monument on Logan Square proper, the Logan Square Arts Festival features works from local artist, food from neighborhood restaurants, and performances from national touring acts.

The Logan Square Food Truck Fest, Revolution Oktoberfest, and the Chicago Bears Block Party are also great neighborhood fests that embody Logan Square's eclectic energy.

For Chicago's Best Blues Club

Rosa's Lounge

Logan Square is home to mid-sized venues like Concord Music Hall and hip, intimate concert spaces like Cole's and The Burlington, but the oft-overlooked Rosa's Lounge is a must-visit for anyone interested in the Chicago blues. This cozy, old-school club has cheap drinks and features a rotating cast of the city's best performers. Artists like Billy Branch, Vance Kelly, Sugar Blue, and Lil' Ed bring an inviting, authentic blues experience to Logan Square Tuesday through Saturday nights.

Boutique Accommodations near Logan Square

The Hotel at Midtown offers a luxury fitness resort experience, just a mile from the heart of Logan Square. A five-minute ride from Milwaukee Avenue's dining, shopping, and nightlife hub, The Hotel at Midtown provides the perfect home base for active travelers that love to immerse themselves in local cultures.

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When you stay at the Hotel at Midtown, you'll be an honorary member of the country's premier fitness club, enjoy free parking, and have access to our boutique spa. Explore our luxury accommodations and reserve your stay at the Hotel at Midtown!

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