Yesterday I posted that Avondale shows well in Reader's 2009 "Best of" list, and while Logan Square was equally represented in number on the Chicago Reader "Best of Chicago 2009" list (see my post over at Peopling Places), I think Logan Square was underrepresented for its geographic size.
You decide. Are the following, which also ranked best in the Reader list, just digging a little deeper for the Logan Square connection or stretching the truth? They may be one or two degrees from Logan Square, but none are as far as six.
Best Jazz Act - Mike Reed's People, Places & Things. Drummer Mike Reed is the organizer of the Pitchfork Music Festival put on by Pitchfork Media. Pitchfork Media makes its home in the Logan Square Auditorium building.
The Reader list includes the Reader's best picks, like the two above, and the best picks of readers of the Reader. The balance of this list is all readers' choices.
Best Filmmaker - Joe Swanberg. In the summer of 2006, Swanberg shot his film, "Hannah Takes the Stairs" (trailer below) in a Logan Square apartment.
Best Show I've Seen in a Long Time - Andrew Bird at Millenium Park, September 8, 2008. When not on tour, composer/violinist Bird was a regular at last year's readers' choice for Best Restaurant, Lula Café, and a Logan Square resident, though I'm not sure he still is. Bird recently shot a video (below) featuring Mucca Pazza, the band I first saw perform at Unity Park and which held the release party for its latest album at Stan Mansion.