Logan Square - Chicago neighborhood   

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Logan Square is a community area located on the near northwest side of the City of Chicago.
The name, used here to describe the city-designated community area defined by U.S. census
tracts, also applies to one of a number of smaller, more loosely defined residential
neighborhoods within the Logan Square community. The
Logan Square neighborhood is
centered on the public square that serves as its namesake.
Logan Square has the 3-way
intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard.

The community area of
Logan Square is, in general, bounded by the Metra/Milwaukee District
North Line railroad on the west, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, Diversey
Avenue on the north, and Bloomingdale Avenue on the south. The area is characterized by the
prominent historical boulevards and large bungalow-style homes.


is a neighborhood located in the east of the Logan Square community area in
Chicago northwest of the Loop. Bucktown gets its name from the large number of goats
raised in the neighborhood during the 19th century. A male goat is a buck. The original Polish
term for the neighborhood was Kozie Prery (Goat Prairie). Its original boundaries are
Fullerton Ave. to the north, Western Ave. to the west, Armitage Ave. to the south, and Damen
Ave. to the east. Real estate agents later extended it boundaries to the Kennedy Expressway
to the east, Western Avenue to the west, North Avenue to the south and West Fullerton
Avenue to the north as a selling point and to capitalize on the up and coming "Bucktown"
This Realtor expanded Bucktown crosses south into the West Town Community Area by 2 1/2
blocks.  It is primarily residential, with a mix of older single family homes, new builds with
edgy architecture, and converted industrial loft spaces. The neighborhood's origins are
rooted in the Polish working class, which first began to settle in the area in the 1830s.[citation
needed] A large influx of Germans began in 1848 and in 1854 led to the establishment of the
town of Holstein, which was eventually annexed into Chicago in 1863. Additional population
influxes include European Jews, Mexican immigrants and Puerto Rican migrants. Puerto
Ricans concentrated along Damen and up Milwaukee Avenue from the 50's until the 80's.
They supported the Young Lords and other groups that campaigned in the 80's and voted
strongly for Harold Washington's victorious mayoral campaign which called for
"Neighborhoods First" not city hall.
In the last quarter of the 20th century, a growing artists' community led directly to widespread
gentrification, which brought in a large population of young professionals. Bucktown is
directly north from Wicker Park.

There are many bars and restaurants in the vicinity and there has been a large number of
"teardowns" of the older housing stock - replacing them with new and large residential
buildings. There is a significant amount of shopping on Damen Avenue from North Avenue
(in Wicker Park) going north until Webster Avenue. Bucktown is readily accessible on the
Blue Line.

Palmer Square

Palmer Square neighborhood of Chicago is a pocket neighborhood located within Logan
Square. Although there is no consensus on this neighborhood's exact boundaries, the City of
Chicago Neighborhoods Map shows that it is generally bound by Fullerton Avenue (2400 N)
to the north, Armitage Avenue (2000 N) to the south, Kedzie Boulevard (3200 W) to the west,
and Milwaukee Avenue (~2400-2800 W) to the east.

The neighborhood’s name originates from the large 7-acre (28,000 m2) Palmer Square open
green space (now called Palmer Square Park, pictured to the left) that sits near the western
edge of the neighborhood. New Belgium Brewing Company's Tour de Fat takes place in
Palmer Square Park every summer.

The City of Chicago in 2005 received a matching grant from the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources to develop a playground (which is being called a "creative play space based on a
Velveteen Rabbit theme"), walking trails, soft surface jogging trail, open lawn areas, lighting,
seating, and landscaping in Palmer Square. After extensive community input and prolonged
design and construction periods, the Chicago Park District (CPD) recently finished
construction of the park and opened it to the public in July 2009.

Palmer Square neighborhood's vibrant character, bustling business corridors, and charming
tree-lined streets make it a popular neighborhood for a diverse group of individuals and
families. Its location is directly west of Bucktown, north of Humboldt Park, and northwest of
Wicker Park, and places its residents within walking distance to a number of shops, coffee
houses, and restaurants. Easy access to the highways and the public transportation system
also makes it a popular neighborhood for commuters who work in Chicago's Loop or for
students who attend colleges nearby or downtown. The neighborhood is just west of the
Kennedy Expressway (routes 90/94) and near the California and Western stops of the CTA's
Blue Line for a quick ride to Chicago’s downtown and O'Hare International Airport. The CTA's
bus routes #52 (California), #56 (Milwaukee), #73 (Armitage), and #74 (Fullerton) also run
through this neighborhood.


Population (2000)
- Total         82,715
- Density         25,595.1/sq mi (9,882.3/km2)
population up 0.13% from 1990

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