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LOGAN SQUARE has a cultural heritage rich with flavor. The German, then Scandinavian, Polish, Eastern European, and Latino groups who settled into this area brought new dishes and traditions. As the temperatures dip and we spend more time indoors, Logan Square Preservation brings you historical recipes you can add to your table. (More coming on our site!) The recipes are in their original format.

Guten apetit and buen apetito!

Original Recipes of Good Things to Eat

Logan Square Chapter No. 560 Order of the Eastern Star, 1919

Soak twenty-five cents worth of navy beans overnight. [2 lbs.] Parboil and pour off the first water and wash beans. Add enough bacon to season, then one pint chili sauce and several onions (small ones). Add one level teaspoon mustard, one and one half cups scant brown sugar, pepper and salt. Bake in a hot oven.

Three tablespoons flour, three eggs, one very scant cup of sugar, one lb. of dates cut up fine, one teaspoon Dr. Price’s baking powder, one teaspoon vanilla. Mix beaten yolks and sugar, add sifted flour, dates, nuts, then baking powder, whites of eggs beaten very stiff last. Bake one half hour or more in slow oven. Serve cold with whipping cream.

One quart pickled cabbage, one and one half pounds of spare ribs, one half pound of fat bacon. Put cabbage in a stone bowl, place spare ribs on top. Cut up the bacon in small pieces, strew overtop, cover with one and one half cups of water and bake in an oven one and quarter of an hour. Serve with mash potatoes.No odor in house this way.

One cup boiled rice, one cup toasted bread crumbs, one and one half cups peanuts ground fine, one egg, one tablespoon butter, one half green pepper chopped, one tablespoon chopped parsley. Cook rice, drain, add butter, other ingredients, thinning with rice water if needed. Bake about half an hour and serve with tomato sauce.

Six yolks of eggs beaten very light, one and one half cups maple syrup, one pint whipping cream. Add maple syrup to yolks and beat one minute. Cook in double boiler until thick. Then add whipping cream and freeze

Fourth Congregational Church

The Daughters of the King Cookbook
2625 N. Talman Avenue

1 generous pound flakey fish like cod, chopped, three cups of mashed potatoes, salt and pepper to taste, a one-half tablespoon of butter and one beaten egg. Mix all ingredients together and form into balls, fry in fat. Serve with cream sauce with sliced hard boiled eggs.

Brown the following in two tablespoons of bacon drippings: one medium onion and one green pepper cut fine, one pound round steak cut in cubes. Then add one and one-half cups of water and simmer gently one hour. Then add one large can of tomatoes, one teaspoon salt and one-half cup of rice which has been boiled briskly in one quart water for twenty minutes. Simmer all gently together for about twenty minutes. Serves six or eight.

Three cups of sugar, one-quarter teaspoon cream of tarter, cold water – enough to dissolve. Boil until it crystals in a cup of cold water. Turn out in a platter. When it is cool, flavor with vanilla and beat into a cream, mold in shape and dip into dissolved bakers chocolate.

Twelve firm oysters, red pepper, twelve slices bacon (thin), chopped parsley. Drain well and wipe oysters dry and lay each oyster on a thin slice of bacon. Add a little red pepper, sprinkle with chopped parsley. Fold bacon around oysters. Fasten with a wooden toothpick. Brown slowly in a frying pan and serve very hot.

Twelve green peppers, twelve red peppers, one tablespoon salt, twelve cucumbers, twelve onions. Put all through food chopper and let stand over night. Pour boiling water over in morning and then pour off, making it real dry. Boil five cups sugar, two tablespoons celery seeds, two tablespoons mustard seeds, three pints vinegar, add vegetables, cook ten minutes, stir and can.
For more recipes from other historic neighborhood recipe books including The Lutheran Day Nursery of Chicago, The Julejentenes Kokebok, The Serbian Family Table and more, visit

The first English-language church in Logan Square, the 110-year-old Grace United Methodist Church at 3325 W. Wrightwood Avenue, was almost silenced. Desperately in need of repairs, the church was slated to become a housing development before an anonymous donor gave up to $100,000 to fund its restoration, distributed through Logan Square Preservation.

The repair work will be completed in three parts, focusing on the primary parapet on Wrightwood, the water-damaged buttress on the east side, and the rusting steel I-beams and first-floor windows on Wrightwood. Weather permitting, most of the restoration will be finished by late January.

The second part of the project is to engage the community. For that, Logan Square Preservation has met with several stakeholders and hopes that there will be a positive outcome — with a robust partnership for programming — that will connect Grace Church and the community for decades to come.

In many cultures, the passing of a loved one is memorialized with the lighting of candles. On December 22, 2019, the late Frank Lopez was honored with thousands of electric lights, the same ones he had lit on Christmas, and then Halloween, for 35 years. Lopez died of cancer in November at age 85. His home at 2656 W. Logan Boulevard was the “Electric House,” the pride of Logan Square and an attraction for Chicagoans far and wide. It was his gift to us, to the country, city and neighborhood he loved. (Lopez was an engineer from Mexico who immigrated to the US and bought Chicago Wire Design Company in the 1970s.) On the last Sunday before Christmas, as 100 friends, family, and neighbors gathered to sing carols and share memories of Lopez, the lights became more than just electric bulbs. They were flickering mementos to his lingering spirit. He will be missed. “The reason I do it is because I see so many people, so many kids, they pass by over here and I have music on, and I see all their smiles," Lopez told Chicagoist in 2015, “I enjoy that.”

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend these next important and informative meetings!

Monthly Meetings on third Thursdays:

January 16
February 20
March 19
April 16

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Logan Square Preservation has the need for some experienced volunteers for our ongoing projects.

House Walk Organizers: Play a part in the 34th Annual Logan Square Housewalk. As an organizer, you will help bring to life an event that attracts all of Chicagoland and beyond to step inside the beauty and history of our homes and raises money to support our organization. Contact
Events Volunteer Committee: We’re organizing our 2020-21 schedule. It’s a good way to get engaged in Logan Square.
Web Wizards: We are also looking for computer-savvy folks to help update and enhance our online presence. Please email

Now forgotten by all but diehard racing aficionados, a thoroughbred called Whirlaway, renowned for his unexpected wins and erratic losses, was briefly the most famous horse in America — and the inspiration for one of Logan Square’s oldest and most beloved bars.

Whirlaway’s first win was in suburban Chicago at Lincoln Fields (now Balmoral Park) in 1940; the following year, he won the Triple Crown. Shortly thereafter, the Whirlaway Cocktail Lounge opened in a storefront at 2629 N. Milwaukee Avenue with an owner’s quarters above. Local lore claims it was a winning bet on Whirlaway that staked the former tire store’s retrofit as a bar. But the owner may have placed one bet too many on the fickle colt: The lounge was for rent in 1946 and had a new owner by 1952.

Emily Wisniewski, an immigrant from Grodno, Poland, married and naturalized in 1936, but her husband seems to have been long gone by the time the Chicago Tribune ran a story on “Miss” Emily Wisniewski. The 39-year-old Whirlaway owner had confronted a would-be burglar and chased him down the street, firing her gun five times. The December 7, 1953 headline: “Fires at Prowler” tops a carefully posed photo of Emily giving the camera the side-eye. Police declined to detain her, finding her response perfectly reasonable for the time — and the neighborhood.

Years later, on December 29, 1967, Emily found her saloon threatened by a force bullets couldn’t stop. The City of Chicago condemned a block of buildings along Milwaukee including the Whirlaway to make way for Blue Line construction. With just weeks to go before the wrecking ball, Emily turned her attention to a little bar that was for sale at 3224 W. Fullerton Avenue.

Said to have once been owned by a local gambler who went by the Runyonesque moniker “Broadway Jones,” it featured an owner’s quarters at the back, two apartments above, and a terra cotta storefront. It apparently had a legacy in liquor: a 1909 story tells of a “bloody dirk [dagger] wrapped in human hair” found behind a liquor store at that address, but no victim was found. Despite its slightly sordid history, Emily bought the place and rechristened it with the Whirlaway name she’d paid for — adding the Polish word for tavern, “Karczma,” to its new awning. She continued to run the bar with an iron hand until 1980, when, at the age of 70, she decided to retire (she would live another 20 years).

Maria Jaimes and her husband, Sergio, naturalized immigrants from Mexico, approached her with an offer, and Wisniewski accepted. Maria remembers Emily as a feisty owner — she would use the backyard hose to disperse patrons when they got out of hand or she had simply had enough of them. Maria wondered how any one woman could run such a rough-and-tumble place, not realizing she would one day have to do just that after her beloved husband passed away in 2009.

Since then, with the help of her son, Sergio Jr., Maria has become the den mother to a (somewhat) less rowdy clientele. With her encouragement, they don full Chicago Blackhawks gear for every game, dress up for Halloween, and occupy the stools on nearly any sports night. As the neighborhood gentrified, Maria added top-shelf whiskeys and craft beers, but keeps things simple and friendly — a rare, true neighborhood bar that has stayed just that as the decades passed. The only change was the awning: Maria got tired of people asking what “Karczma” meant and had the awning remade.

So today — some 75 years later — it is the Whirlaway Lounge once more; like the racehorse for which it was named, a little erratic, always high-spirited, and still a winner.

Is your home a sight to see, inside and out? Or do you know someone whose Logan Square residence is simply ravishing? Nominate your neighbor (or yourself) for the 34th Biennial Logan Square Housewalk, which will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020.  Don’t be shy!
Just what is LOGAN SQUARE PRESERVATION and what do we do?

LOGAN SQUARE PRESERVATION is a cornerstone non-profit organization working for over thirty years to preserve, restore and beautify the historic square, architecture and boulevards that make the Logan Square neighborhood unique.

You can help support the continued beautification of this magnificent and historical area by becoming a member of Logan Square Preservation where you’ll have a voice in important issues affecting one of the most desirable places in the city to live. Informative and topical meetings are currently held the third Thursday of each month. You’ll be notified of locations and meeting agendas by email.

Join today if you would like to help keep and preserve Logan Square the acclaimed neighborhood that it’s always been and remains today.
THANKS to our CONTRIBUTORS...  Matt Bergstrom - Leslie Gray - Steve Isakson - Vicki Logan - Marcy Marzuki - Ian P. Murphy - Kate Paris - Andrew Schneider
 PRESIDENT Andrew Schneider      VICE-PRESIDENT Jaime Szubart
 TREASURER Bruce Anderson      SECRETARY William Bennett

 Elizabeth Blasius - Betsy Elsaesser - Josh Gartler - Steve Isakson - Ron Kaminecki - Shana Liberman - Vicki Logan - John Parizek - Kate Slattery - Heidi Thornton - Michelle Warner 
Logan Square Preservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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