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Best date move

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Requesting “The Good Book” at Billy Sunday
If you ask for the “good book” at Logan Square’s Billy Sunday, you might get an eyebrow raise from your date: that’s their off-the-menu leather-bound back-bar selection (not the Bible), that includes rare varieties of fine spirits like scotch from defunct distilleries all over the world. One particular offering is a 1943 Glenlivet from Gordon and MacPhail that goes for $600 a pour, one of the last bottles around today (it was illegal to distill during World War II). They’ve also got a fondness for fernet, stocking hundreds of different kinds hailing from almost every comune in Italy and representing every decade since 1930.
3143 West Logan, (773)661-2485, billy-sunday.com

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Best new boutique opened in the last year or so

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Tusk
Tusk, owned and operated by Mary Eleanor Wallace, is the newest addition to what seems to be a developing Armitage Corridor in Logan Square (triangulated with Parsons and Scofflaw). The shop is stocked with elegantly curated often pale-colored and flowy items: chunky sweaters and silk-patterned tops, limited-edition tote bags, publications and jewelry by local artists. Don’t miss the paintings by formerly Chicago-based abstract painter Michael Hunter on the walls. It’s only open some evenings and on weekends for now, but we all know Penelope’s is already jealous.
3205 West Armitage, (423)903-7093, facebook.com/Tuskchicago

AUDIENCE CHOICE: Revival a GO-GO, 1653 West 18th, (312)203-9171, facebook.com/RevivalAGoGo

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Best flower shop

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Fleur
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote “The Earth Laughs in Flowers” adorns the exterior of Fleur in Logan Square. Inside you will giggle like a schoolchild for the sheer cuteness of everything, including the catchy indie pop and occasional small puppy. Always perfectly adorned for any season or occasion, the store conjures an old European nook with its fresh stems in metal tins. Cards, gifts and other precious trinkets lay all around to further tempt. Next time you find yourself waiting for a seat at Lula Cafe, wander around the corner and get lost in Fleur’s splendor.
3149 West Logan, (773)395-2770, fleurchicago.com

AUDIENCE CHOICE: A New Leaf, 1645 North Wells, (312)642-1576; 1818 North Wells, (312)642-8553; 312 South Dearborn, (312)427-9097, anewleafchicago.com

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Best pet-pampering salon in Logan Square

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Temple of the Dog and Meow Lounge
Expansion along Milwaukee Avenue is rampant, but our furry friends don’t have to fret, there’s a place for them too. Temple of the Dog (nothing to do with the nineties band) and Meow Lounge offers pet washes, nail trims, spa treatments, pet transport and walks out of their boutique storefront. They never overbook, so your pooch has room to stretch and, with cat-only days, kitties can get comfy too. With discounts for newly adopted shelter rescues too, it’s a welcoming, personalized experience no pooch could deny. They’ll get your pet in style and ready for a walk along the boulevard.
2344 North Milwaukee, (773)698-6508, templeofthedogchicago.com

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Best attempt to connect communities

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Learnapalooza
Created by Maggie Schutz and Sarah Press as a constructive way of getting fellow neighbors together, Learnapalooza is just past its fourth year and now counts two more neighborhoods besides the original Wicker Park locations—classes also take place in multiple venues throughout Lakeview and Logan Square. “Palooza” makes sense, since this is an extremely dynamic one-day-a-year learning marathon, offering courses as diverse as “Night Photography,” “Find Your True Self” and “How Excel Can Make Your Life Easier,” among many others. Classes are taught by volunteers and open to the public. Donations are welcome, as well as expertise.
learnapaloozachi.com

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Best humanity-enriching use of a Yelp review

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Longman & Eagle
Yelp could be called a necessary evil. Some have insinuated that the user-based review service actually hurts small businesses by creating perfect expectations out of the gate. So what better way to deal with a scathing review than deck the halls with it? That’s what Logan Square’s Longman & Eagle did, printing their “favorite review” on every coaster in the restaurant. The reviewer accurately bemoaned what most people find appealing about the Michelin-starred establishment, its “dark, gloomy and noisy” aesthetic, lambasting its medieval dishes, “bone marrow and wild boar,” proclaiming, in summation, “Yucky!” The user has since removed their review.
2657 North Kedzie, (773)276-7110, longmanandeagle.com

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Best bar turned rock venue

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The Burlington
Music was always a major part of the Burlington, with DJs regularly spinning garage-rock vinyl back when it was the new bar in Logan Square. But with the expansion into the back room of the venue, the Burlington is now one of the coolest spots in the city to catch an up-and-coming local act. Shows are never more than ten bucks, and if you don’t want to pay to go back there, no sweat—local DJs are still up front with the candy jars.
3425 West Fullerton, (773)384-3243, theburlingtonbar.com

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Best new neighborhood brewery and restaurant

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Revolution Brewing
Logan Square’s Revolution Brewing isn’t simply one of Chicago’s growing number of breweries, it’s a modern beer hall. The bar’s multiple levels have spacious seating, whisky-barrel-paneled walls and ornamental ceiling tiles. Their menu has some standout items including the Workingman burger and the Tempeh Reuben (vegan). But it’s their craft brews that are the main attraction. Their seasonal specialty brews are a must, like the Rosa Hibiscus Ale (flowery and sweet) or Cross of Gold (mild hoppy flavor). It’s normally a packed house, but don’t fret, sit at the bar and try one of their draughts while waiting.

Revolution Brewing, 2323 North Milwaukee, (773)227-2739, revbrew.com

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Best new bar or club opened in the last year or so

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L210
Only open for a few months and not open to the public, Nike’s invite-only, ultra-exclusive hang suite in the West Loop was a non-ground level, exposed brick sanctuary that was the city’s best-kept secret that kept the sporting events, videogames competitions, global music and drinks going non-stop. Well, while it was open.

Audience Choice: Scofflaw, 3201 West Armitage, (773)252-9700, scofflawchicago.com

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Best facelift on a North Side bar

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Township
Across from the California Blue line stop, the old mainstay Cafeteria de Pancho has now been transformed into Township. The layout has remained the same, allowing MP Shows, one of the city’s largest talent bookers, to schedule live music nightly. The production company’s purchase was a needed permanent residence since losing their main booking venue at Fireside Bowl. Township’s restaurant offers a daily brunch menu, food specials and a decent beer selection. Though the patrons may miss Pancho and his array of magic tricks, he’s sure to pop in occasionally.

Township, 2200 North California, (773)384-1865, yourtownship.tumblr.com

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