LOGAN SQUARE — There’s a new way to show your Logan Square pride.
The neighborhood group Logan Square Preservation just launched a new T-shirt ($21) and sweatshirt ($28) line featuring the logos of historic businesses and groups — and some of the proceeds go back into the community.
The logos belong to the Terminal Restaurant, the Logan Square Trust & Savings Bank and the Norwegian cultural club known as the Chicago Norske Klub.
Terminal Restaurant started out as a coffee stand in the old Metropolitan elevated station on Kedzie south of the square, according to Logan Square Preservation.
Over the years, the coffee shop, founded by John Papas, morphed into a restaurant with a cult following — a place where thousands would grab a bite before a show at nearby venues like the Logan Square Auditorium, Cedric Hall or Masonic Temple. Its location — in the heart of Logan Square — inspired its logo.
The Chicago Norske Klub was founded in 1890 as the fraternal organization for Norwegians in Chicago. The club built its own clubhouse at 2350 N. Kedzie Ave., which was designed by Giaver and Dinkelberg, the architects behind the Jewelers Building downtown. The clubhouse building has since been converted into condos.
Logan Square Trust & Savings Bank used to call the corner of Logan and Milwaukee home. Today, it’s located at 2551 N. Milwaukee Ave. with a slightly different name: Logan Square State & Savings Bank.
Fred Popp, the postal worker who famously rose to be founder and president of the Logan Square State & Savings Bank, made headlines for taking his own life in 1924 as an embezzlement scheme unraveled.
For more on the rise and fall of Popp, check out an old Tribune article from 1923.
The clothing line is a partnership with the Peoples Garment Company.
A portion of the proceeds benefit Logan Square Preservation, a group dedicated to the preservation and beautification of Logan Square.
The Chicago Norske Klub T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available for purchase in March. The rest are currently available.
All of the items will soon be available for purchase on logansquarestore.com and in select retail stores around the city. In the meantime, email the group directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
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