Discovering Logan Square

After spending most of my life in different parts of North Carolina, in the beginning of 2013 I moved to Chicago and found a place to live in the Logan Square neighborhood. I didn’t seek out this neighborhood, but I found a place to rent here that met all my requirements–it’s near a train station, affordable, dog-friendly, and has all the important things within walking distance. This neighborhood is steeped in history and is one of the most rapidly redeveloping areas of Chicago, and I feel fortunate to have landed here.

Soon after moving, I began photographing the neighborhood and its architecture. I started the site Chicago Patterns, where I have been posting my discoveries, for the some of the same reasons I founded Goodnight Raleigh a few years back: it motivated me to get out of the house, go exploring, and learn as much as possible about the city around me.

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Despite falling on hard times a few decades ago and more recently earning a reputation for gang violence and crime, Logan Square is once again becoming a destination for art, culture, and beautiful architecture among Chicago’s neighborhoods.

I knew that Chicago was a city of neighborhoods, but I didn’t realize just how different and unique all of the neighborhoods here are.

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