All posts tagged: Logan Square

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Do This: Danish Opera & Phillipines Benefit

Full disclosure, my friends are involved in these amazing projects. Check them out this week! Help the Philippines! Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show Local bands Bow & Spear, The Sueves, and Mirror Coat are teaming up with Bric A Brac Records to host a concert benefitting Central Philippine communities ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The show goes down this Wednesday, January 22 at The Burlington beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. The entirety of proceeds from this event will benefit the Parent Teacher Associations of communities surrounding the Village of Santo Tomas who were affected by one of the worst storms ever recorded. In addition to live music, the event promises food and items raffled off by Bric A Brac. In working through the individuals who are personally invested in the rebuilding efforts, whose local savvy can stretch a buck, we can maximize the impact of our contributions. Utilizing volunteer labor from parents and students and locally produced donated goods where possible, our contributions can help to cover the other miscellaneous costs necessary to support the …

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Margie’s Candies: Chicago’s Sweet Spot

Still undecided on where to take your Valentine? One Logan Square spot has been satisfying Chicago’s sweet tooth for over 90 years. Serving up sundaes, shakes, splits, candies, and all manner of confections, Margie’s Candies has been a neighborhood staple since 1921. Margie’s was founded by George Poulos, a Greek immigrant who renamed the shop in honor of his bride whom he met there. Margie herself manned the store for many years and the business continues to be run by their son, George. Legendary among Chicagoans, Margie’s has hosted its share of notable guests over the years including Al Capone, the Beatles, Liz Phair, and even the MTV crews that featured an interview with Margie in the 90’s.¹ Margie’s stays true to its roots in every way. Stepping inside, one enters an old school soda shop the like of which you won’t find these days. It’s the kind of that appears now only in movies or your grandmother’s stories. Squeeze into a booth and admire the original soda fountain while flipping through the mini-jukeboxes at each …

Design*Sponge Book Signing in Chicago

“I have always believed that great design doesn’t have to come with a high price tag or require a professional degree,” says Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney in the introduction of her new book. Indeed, the decor inspiration and DIY website has grown from Grace’s “outlet to express my love of design and decorating” to a design mecca where 75,000 of the faithful pilgrimage daily seeking aesthetic awakening. After founding a national meetup series for women in design businesses and an annual scholarship for art and design students, Grace has given her fans more to love, delivering the long-requested book. Design*Sponge at Home is a nearly 400-page collection of home tours, design tips and history, and DIY project tutorials that captures, “the same sort of excitement, inspiration, and motivation that we strive for online.” Grace’s 30-city book tour stopped in Chicago last night for a craft event and signing at the State Street Anthropologie store. Those who missed her pre-event craft workshop on creating a wax stamp seal can find the instructions in the book, of course, on page 213. …