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Friday Top Five: Volume 6 – Logan Square, we got nothing but love for ya

Our little neighborhood got some mad props this week from the Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Awards. Four of our local hot spots were winners in their respective categories and made us Logan Squarists very proud of our hood. We have some of our own favorites that we’d like to share with you…right now…here is our Friday Top Five:

1. Chicago Diner. It was too perfect to hear that the second Chicago Diner location was going to be in Logan Square. I love having Vegan options within walking distance..and another one just sprouted up called Ground Control! that I need to try sooner rather than later.

2. Provenance. Our local wine & cheese store. We are always stopping in here to pick up wine, beer and snacks for weekend entertaining. Located on California, between Logan Boulevard and Fullerton; stop by and visit this local gem (and pick up some unique wine and beer). The staff is very friendly, they offer a great selection of small-batch beers, handcrafted spirits, artisanal cheeses & specialty food items and they keep track of your wine purchases so they can recommend similar wines you may like visit after visit.

3. New Wave. Though the coffee here is one of my favorites (Metropolis, roasted right here in the Chi), New Wave offers many other quirky things you would expect from a coffee shop. To name a few: old school Nintendo hooked up to a HUGE old school TV, a multitude of vegan and gluten free treats, bathrooms that encourage graffiti (bring your Sharpie), sweet jams hand picked by the staff, and the ever-changing local artwork displayed all around the shop. Whether it’s before hitting up the Farmer’s Market in the summer, or prior to a nail appointment at Spa O, or just on my way home from Susan’s house, I can’t help but stop in and get a coffee or a freshly made iced tea.

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Housemade Zima. Brings me back to my high school days and drinking in the basement. Sorry Parents…

4. Billy Sunday. One of the newest additions to the Square, Billy Sunday is the boozy (in a good way) little brother to Yusho. Focusing on seasonal cocktails and small plates, Billy Sunday has a relaxed atmosphere where you can either stop in for one drink or cozy up to the bar for several. Also, I have two words for you: Housemade Zima.

5. The Dill Pickle. When you are on a mission to buy local as much as you can, things can get a bit difficult during the winter or when going to the farmer’s market slips your mind. Lucky for me, and everyone else in Logan Square, the Dill Pickle has a great variety of produce, local meat, eggs and baked goods. Not to mention, the bulk section is pretty awesome. Coffee beans, loose tea, spices, granola, and other standard bulk items, it is a great place to get those one or two quick items or a full fledged shopping trip. AND, if you become a member, which is what I did this past Sunday, you get 5% off your entire purchase. Woohoo!

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