Logan Square Preservation
Meeting Minutes March 19, 2020
NO MEETING WAS HELD DUE TO CORONAVIRUS STAY AT HOME ORDERS. The following reports were sent by email to members.
Presidents Report- The Grace Church masonry work is ready to resume on the front of the building as soon as the weather permits, and the Chicago Park District has expressed interest in partnering with the church to program there. In other grace news, The Grace Furniture project continues to crawl ahead with the developer looking for an ordinance to declare the blue line access area as a public way.
Preservation & Restoration-
Beautification-the garden at the boys and girls club is progressing, the tree planting project is currently under review
Comfort Station- The Comfort Station has suspended all programming until further notice. This includes our major fundraising dinner which was scheduled at Lula for April 6. We issued this news via an eblast, social media, and it's posted on our website.
Archival- The archive committee has been researching the best software for storing the catalog database of the LSP archives in order to make items viewable online from anywhere. Steve Isakson has spent many hours this month testing a shareware database software but ultimately, we decided this will not work for us. Instead we have chosen a subscription database software which is customizing its product to fit how we’d like the database to be organized. We should be able to move ahead with the actual cataloging of items in the next month.
Outreach- Meet-Up Events
Marcy and the Meet Ups team decided to cancel the April event, along with the many cancellations.
Dates are scheduled for two more events.
June 3rd - The Old Plank, new Tex-Mex bar/restaurant in the former Parts & Labor space.
Oct 14th - The Bob Inn, a piece of history in the neighborhood since 1945.
The Meet Ups team is also hoping to plan a joint event with LSP / Logan Square northeast and Avondale neighbors. The event is intended to build a relationship, as well as strengthen the Avondale neighbor’s knowledge and involvement as development increases along the eastern part of Diversey Ave.
The Spring edition is already in the works! Leslie, our Newsletter Editor has decided with the team that it will be online-only since most locations for print distribution are likely to be closed.
The newsletter is also planning to work with Andrew on a statement and potential ways we can help support local businesses that have been affected. They intend to coordinate around existing efforts, including any plans by the Logan Chamber of Commerce and the Alderman in each ward. Stay tuned for announcements and details on LSP’s web site (www.logansquarepreservation.
After hearing many comments at the Logan Square Arts Fest similar to “Where’s the Art?" Josh Gartler and myself (Steve I) are interested in working with the ‘Fest organizers to provide a few lower or fully-sponsored booths for local artists. If you have contacts with local artists that may be interested, please contact Steve Isakson (steve.isakson@
Steve Isakson, O/E/F Committee Chair
Membership-there were 16 new/renewing members in the past month. No events are planned for the next month.