Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
Logan Square has become one of Chicago’s latest “it” neighbourhoods with its wide green boulevards, indie boutiques, and locally-owned, award-winning restaurants.
The Logan Theatre opened in 1915, initially as the Paramount Theatre, and still acts as a neighbourhood beacon today thanks to its iconic marquee sign and original stained-glass entrance. Check out the latest flick, an independent film or a local film festival and grab a cocktail afterwards at the connected lounge.
Browse for gifts at Wolfbait & B-girls, a homegrown shop and marketplace showcasing the work of about 250 local artisans as well as Chicago-based fair-trade companies. Founded by two Windy City designers, it’s chock full of Chicago-made jewelry, clothing, greeting cards and other funky gifts.
Behold the literary and non-fiction shelves of Uncharted Books, a cozy used bookstore. They host various readings and events ranging from poetry to comedy. Be sure to pet to Ramona, the resident rescue dog who has a spot in the front window or beside you.
Settle in for dinner at Daisies, a newer restaurant with a unique vegetable-driven and pasta-focused menu. Drawing inspiration from the Midwest and sourcing locally in part from the chef’s brother’s farm, this simple and rustic spot embraces a “root-to-fruit,” no waste philosophy.
An airy, high-end women’s boutique, Felt offers ready-to-wear, handpicked clothing, shoes and accessories from both established and emerging designers from around the world. Inquire about the Felt by Mail program to receive personalized outfits.
Lines often spill out the door at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, likely the city’s most popular pie shop. Take a coffee break and tuck into a slice of the best-selling key lime pie, made with a house made graham crust and a key lime custard.
A Guide to Chicago
A visit to Chicago could be spent simply exploring its architecture. Its eclectic buildings range from neo-Gothic to Roman revival. While its architectural heritage lends considerable atmosphere, the city also offers visitors chef-driven restaurants, aquatic recreational opportunities, sporting events and shopping.