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We are planning to move in the next month or so. We have a few options in Logan Square but I'm not very familar with the neighborhood.<br>
We are currently in West Rogers Park.<br>
Any comments? Suggestions of other neighborhood to check out? Thanks!
 

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Logan Square is definitely affordable.<br><br>
It isn't yet a huge family neighborhood. A lot of singles. There are a lot of rehabs still being worked on too so I would say its "up and coming".<br><br>
The one thing that you may want to discuss is safety. It still has a lot of theft issues (a friend got his car stolen from in front of his house in broad daylight).<br><br>
What kind of neighborhood are you looking for? I :heart: Chicago!
 

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Welcome to MDC!<br><br>
I live in Rogers Park, too, but the single family homes here are <i>way</i> out of our price range. We have a condo right now but I would love to have a yard...someday!<br><br>
Are you looking for a condo, single family home, townhome? Is price a big factor? Diversity? Cool charter schools? Big parks? Near the lake? Near the train?<br><br>
I've been scouting neighborhoods for a cohousing organization so I can give you some neighborhood suggestions if you want to share what you're looking for!
 

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Well...We are still renters. But character-wise...Near cool charter schools=good. Parks and green-ness=good. Easy public-trans, doesn't need to be the train so much. Work and such is on the east side of Chicago, so easy access that way.<br>
Active parents/play groups in the area is good too. Walking distance to grocery and such. Added plus of bookstore or coffee shop always good.<br>
TIA.
 

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Really? I had the impression it was a big family neighborhood. Families, art students and gangs (not so good.)<br>
And Lulu's, yum.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Really? I had the impression it was a big family neighborhood. Families, art students and gangs (not so good.)<br>
And Lulu's, yum.</div>
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I guess just from my perspective I think of Roscoe Village as a huge family neighborhood...so maybe for me its just not really comparable...<br><br>
I second Lulu's and the Opart Thai House!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I live in Logan Square and love it! The community is very diverse and there are lots of families as well as singletons. I've met many friendly and interesting parents during walks along Logan Blvd. and at the Kimball Ave. park.<br><br>
We've always felt welcomed at the local restaurants we go to: lula's, dunley's, el cid (the best mexican food around), the red apple (polish restaurant). There is a Tues. morning playgroup at St. Berchman's Church that's open to all.<br><br>
But shopping is not so great... There's a dirty Dominicks on Belmont, a produce market on belmont with no organic items but there is a small farmer's market in the summer on northeast corner of Logan and Kedzie and a gap outlet with good discounts for the whole family. A couple of walgreens and target is pretty close, an interesting flower shop (fleur) and new boutique with one-off and local designers.<br><br>
There's the Logan Theatre (cheap $1.50 movies) and a new public library.<br><br>
I don't know much about the schools as I haven't looked that far ahead (ds is 15 mos).<br><br>
We have a two flat and rent one floor out which allows us to have a small yard. But there seems to be rehabbed condos and appartments for rent everywhere I look...<br><br>
Public transportation is good- blue line, belmont/fullerton/diversy/california bus.<br><br>
My sister lives in Roger's Park and we both think Logan Square is about the same safety wise... I am always cautious but I am that way in any part of the city.
 

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Gosh we moved down by UIC when we came here, but my favorite place was in Logan Square. there are some beautiful (and reasonably priced) rentals there... this one was WOW. And lots more space than we ended up getting...<br><br>
The only really redeeming part of where we are is that it's a mile to work for dh, so no real commute at all, which is really nice when he ends up having to work 10-12 rh days.
 

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It is a working class, mosly Latino neighborhood as far as families go. I agree that the crime level seems comparable to Roger's Park on average, with less variabillity from block to block.<br><br>
Not many parks, etc or grocery stores. Schools in the neighborhood are not good at all - no elementary charters yet. I sub for CPS and I dread going to Logan Square or Humboldt Park(adjacent - much more dangerous neighborhood) more than any other area on the Northside.<br><br>
The public trans is good to downtown and Northwest side because of the blue line. It's slow going to the lake by bus, because you have to get through super congested Lincoln Park. I'm not sure what you mean by the east side though. Northside lakefront?
 

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Wow. I wonder how many of those who responded actually live in Logan Square. I am a long time resident and here are my impressions are:<br>
1) It is a very diverse. Which works for us since I'm Black and my parnter is White.<br>
2) There are a lot of familes of different ethnicities.<br>
3) It is economically diverse as well.<br>
4) It has may historic houses along Logan Blvd as well as on Kedzie, Kimball, and Bernard.<br>
5) It has a great Garden Walk which is a wonderful way to get to know the area and the people.<br>
6) It has the Blvd which during the spring, summer, and fall is a great way to see families and neighbors.<br>
7) It only has one child friendly park- Unity park on Kimball.<br>
8) It has a few resturants.<br>
9) It does not have any good grocery store within walking distance.<br>
10) It is probably as safe as any other part of the city. However, not as politically connected so when things happen here it makes the news unlike when the occur in other areas of the city.<br>
11) I don't know anything about the schools but, sorry to say, a good public school is rare and not the norm. Simply look at CPS stats.<br><br>
Just my two cents.<br>
Zora
 

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Opart is in LINCOLN Square - not Logan Square. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Zora: I was kind of thinking the same thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I've lived in Logan Square for 13 years. Love it! It's a great "central" location and growing by leaps and bounds. I'd say it's very diverse, and there's a good mix of singles, families and various incomes and ethnic backgrounds (though probably not as diverse as Rogers Park).<br><br>
When we first moved here, there was a LOT more gang activity than in the past few years. I'm chagrined to say it's probably due in large part to "problem" apartment buildings being converted to condos. It makes me sad to see innocent people being displaced but the mama bear part of me cheers that the bangers are also having to leave....I feel better about my kids playing outside without them hanging on the corner.<br><br>
There are NOT a lot of parks. In fact, Logan Square has the least amount of Park space in the city. Unity Park, used to be a playlot, and it was expanded, closing up part of Schubert Ave. to make it into a small park. There was a huge fight over whether or not to allow basketball hoops. The awful Vilma Colom almost blocked basketball hoops altogether. Check out [urlhttp://<a href="http://www.longhaulpro.org/pages/series/series_photo_pages/homeplace/unity_w_lyrics.html%5B/url" target="_blank">www.longhaulpro.org/pages/series/series_photo_pages/homeplace/unity_w_lyrics.html[/url</a>] for more about that fight. It was a thrilling display of unity, which shows why "Unity Park" is so aptly named.<br><br>
Also, there's a Logan Square list-serve on yahoo.
 

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I recently moved to Avondale/Logan Sq and agree with pp's. Though, I think, like Rogers Pk. some parts are better than others. I feel very safe on my little square block but fearful of unfamiliar territory. I hope to visit Unity park on Kimball when my DS is older. I would welcome you to come. I think there are a lot of positive changes going on here and would love it if more MDC mamas would move here!
 

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i miss logan square! i have no added input but wanted to read this thread because i lived there about 10 years ago....right off of logan blvd by the expressway. i moved out to west logan (armitage & kimball area) and wouldn't recommend going that far west. maybe it's changed a lot in the last 5 years but it was a bit dangerous then. we regulary heard gunfire & our street corner was a hangout (st. louis & shakespeare). the fireworks on the 4th of july were insane, too! quite a show....or rather, loud & smokey performance.<br><br>
i'm a suburban mom now, though.....go city girls! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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