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Guide To: Family Fun In Logan Square

June 24, 2011 6:00 AM

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Logan Square

Bordered by Diversey Ave. to the North
Bloomingdale Ave. to the South
North Branch of the Chicago River to the East
Metra-Milwaukee District North Line railroad to the West


Chicago’s vibrant near northwest side community of Logan Square has long been a hot bed for emerging artists, but it’s a great place for families, too. This community offers a host of great places to eat, play and enjoy as well as free outdoor events like concerts and yoga in the square.

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Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival

Between California Ave. and Kimball Ave.
July 29-31
Hours: Friday: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
http://milwaukeeavenueartsfestival.org/

If you are looking to take the kids to see some of the finest art in the city, then head down to the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. The event will be held from Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31 and there is something for everyone. Kids of all ages are certain to enjoy this festival which also features some of the city’s top musicians.

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Free for all in the square

Summer Sessions on the Square
At the monument (Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Ave.)
4th Saturdays June-September
Hours: 5:30-8:30pm
www.summersessionsonthesquare.org

Check out these family friendly outdoor concerts that feature great bands in a variety of genres, booked by local favorites, The Whistler and Chirp radio.

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Eat Locally

Logan Square Farmers Market
Sundays June 5th-October 30th
Hours: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
www.logansquarefarmersmarket.org

The Logan Square Farmers Market is filled with children, dogs, bikes and live music. It’s become a weekly gathering space where friendships are forged and the vibe is more small town community than urban anonymity. Check out the freshest local produce and meet members of The Dill Pickle Co-Op, a community owned grocery store with one of the city’s largest bulk grocery selections in the city. They’re a full-service grocery store featuring fresh, local and organic food. You can also find out about getting CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes of farm fresh food delivered weekly.

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Babies and Brews

Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
10 a.m. weekend brunch
www.revbrew.com

Kid’s menu might not be the first word that comes to mind when you hear Microbrewery, but Revolution Brewing has just that. This amazing eatery brews up 35 different types of beer a year, and still remembers the littles, with crayons and a menu just for them. Their gourmet offerings go far beyond pub grub, and make for a great family evening beyond the local pizza place.

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Beyond Bag Lunch

The Brown Sack
3581 W. Belden Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
closed Sunday
www.thebrownsack.com

We also highly recommend this fun eatery as a kid friendly haven of tasty treats. This establishment has enough selection on the menu for even the pickiest eaters in your family. It’s a great way to sit and enjoy a nice meal and a good way to beat the heat.

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Fun on Wheels

Logan Boulevard Skate Park
2430 W. Logan Boulevard
Open until 11 p.m. nightly

Logan Square is home to the city’s first covered skate park, sequestered under the Kennedy expressway. This means shade from the summer sun and skating rain or shine. They recently garnered attention as the kick off site for the national Maloof Skateboarding Road Tour. The skateboard company not only sponsored big cash contests and giveaways, but also hosted a day of community service to clean up the park.

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Kidical Mass

2nd Saturday of every month
3064 W. Palmer (Palmer Square)
www.thechainlink.org

This spin off of the adult Critical Mass bike rides is for kids of all ages who are off of training wheels and accompanied by an adult. Rides average 4 miles along quiet, residential streets and take approximately an hour. Younger children are welcome in trail-a-bikes or seats. Costumes encouraged.

Caffeine

New Wave Coffee House
Milwaukee Ave. and Logan Boulevard
Hours: 7a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays
8a.m.-11 p.m. weekends
www.newwavecoffee.com

Feed your caffeine. Logan Square is home to a number of coffee houses where families and children are welcome. Check out our favorite, New Wave Coffee House, for great coffee, free Wi-Fi, comfy couches, ever changing art works and sweet tunes.

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Retro Theatre Movies at Retro Prices

Logan Theatre
2646 N. Milwaukee
$1.00 kids movies
Hours: 1:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Sat-Sun
10 a.m. kids’ movies Tues-Weds

Check out this historic movie theatre where all shows for all ages are just $4 (Paramount films $5) and kids’ movies are $1.00 at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays all summer long.

Bonnie Kenaz-Mara explores adventures in urban-odd ball-off the wall-alternative-eco-punk parenting in Chi, IL. at ChiILMama.com
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