LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors can learn more about Logan Square’s unique architecture — and its underappreciated brickwork — at upcoming tours led by one of Chicago’s foremost brick experts.
The guy behind the “Brick of Chicago” project, Will Quam, is hosting neighborhood tours across the city, including three in Logan Square. The first Logan Square tour is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The second is planned for 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21, and the third for 3 p.m. Sept. 5. Tickets cost $10-19, and can be bought online.
For the tours, Quam will lead the group around Logan Square for about an hour and a half, pointing out the neighborhood’s architectural highlights. Tour-goers will get a history lesson on Logan Square’s “handcrafted greystones, 19th century churches [and] opulent 1920s storefronts” — with lots of brick facts sprinkled throughout, of course.
“Logan Square sits at the north end of Chicago’s vast and beautiful boulevard system, a system developed in the late 1800s to dramatically increase Chicago’s green space. A neighborhood initially populated by Danes and Norwegians, Logan Square is filled with some of the most eclectic buildings and details in Chicago,” Quam wrote.
Quam turned his obsession with masonry into the popular Instagram account @brickofchicago, which he parlayed into a series of neighborhood tours.
“I tried to start paying a little closer attention to the world around me and I started noticing the repetitive architectural forms in Chicago, like the courtyard apartment or the two-flat or the six-flat, the workers cottage. And I noticed it was the brick or the masonry that often gave it its individuality,” Quam said in 2019.
In addition to Logan Square, Quam is hosting walking tours in Fulton Market, Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Noble Square and Rogers Park. For more information, visit the Brick of Chicago website.
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