The Whistler The limited number of drinks doesn’t overtax the hipster bartenders at this low-key bar/gallery/venue/cocktail lounge. There is live music/DJs seven nights a week. 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Revolution Brewery This was the first brewery in Logan Square, and if you want, bring in that growler, where they’ll fill it up if you want to get some beer to go. It’s a large, boisterous space with a decent menu. 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Scofflaw A gin-focused cocktail lounge where the drinks outshine the food, but it’s so ingrained in the neighbourhood, you’re likely to see a number of regulars sipping the night away. 3201 W. Armitage Ave.
Telegraph (and Reno) Telegraph is the more grown-up, wine-focused, erudite older sibling, who relishes serving whole fish and a few ambitious nose-to-tail entrées; Reno is the kid-sister next door, where a wood-burning oven cranks out homemade bagels in the a.m. and pizzas at night. Telegraph: 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave. ; Reno: 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Where to stay:
Longman & Eagle The six chic rooms at this mini inn feature works by local artists. Starting at $85. 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Where to shop:
Wolfbait & B-girls Art Institute of <QL>Chicago grads run this quirky store <QL>that features the creations of more than 170 local artisans. Get that cool Chicago souvenir shirt or mug here. 3131 W. Logan Blvd.
*play This toy store carries hard-to-find products from smaller producers and manufacturers. 3109 W. Logan Blvd.
Shop 1021 A funky home and gift boutique, right next to a new Intelligentsia coffee shop that’s also worth checking out. 2650 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Saki Records Stop here for hard-to-find records, original art, magazines and a real cross-section of the area's creative culture. 3716 W. Fullerton.