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Logan Square Recreation

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August 10, 2007

Chicago Guitar Lessons

In business since 1979, Michael Powell teaches acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass at levels from beginning to advanced. Voice lessons (by De De Z), Pro Tools tutorials, and instrument repair and setup are also offered. | 3021 N. Troy | 773-463-0212 |


This four-year-old language school offers small classes and private lessons in Spanish, French, and Mandarin for both adults and children. Spanish grammar instructors have advanced degrees in Spanish or another language. The school also offers translation services, private tutoring, Spanish for health-care workers, and custom classes for groups. Informal conversation classes are $180 for 12 hour-long sessions. The “Intercambios” program matches English and Spanish learners to teach each other; call for details. | 2504 N. California | 773-235-1499

Diversey River Bowl

Commonly known as the Rock ’n’ Bowl, this cavernous, cacophonous bowling alley caters to families, leagues, and slumming hipsters alike with video games and pinball, a pro shop, a full bar, fog machines and a light show (Thursday through Sunday nights), and a bumpin’ sound system. Rates vary by day and time. | Sun-Fri noon-2 AM, Sat noon-3 AM (June-August) or 9 AM-3 AM (September-May) | 2211 W. Diversey | 773-227-5800 |

Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts

Named best overall martial arts school last year by Black Belt magazine, this “martial arts university” offers one-hour classes in a slew of styles—karate, tae kwon do, capoeira, jujitsu, kickboxing, kung fu, you name it—for kids, teens, and adults. There’s another location in Lincoln Square. | 3596 N. Milwaukee | 773-545-3423 |

Fireside Bowl

The other rock ’n’ bowl (see listing in Music) offers good, old-fashioned bowling without all the flashing lights and fog. Lanes run $3.50 a game or $20 an hour. There’s a full bar and lounge with a pool table and video games. The lanes and the bar are available for private parties. | Sun-Thu 6 PM-12 AM, Fri 6 PM-2 AM, Sat 6 PM-3 AM | 2648 W. Fullerton | 773-486-2700 |

Haas Park

Under an acre in size, Haas Park is one of the busiest parks in the city—Logan Square has the second smallest amount of green space of any neighborhood in Chicago. Last year plans to expand the park moved forward (after an almost ten-year struggle) with the purchase and demolition of the adjacent Worldwide Distributors warehouse. Facilities include a baseball field and a spray pool; a newly renovated playground opened this spring. | 2402 N. Washtenaw | 312-742-7552

Kosciuszko Park

At the northwest corner of Logan Square, Kosciuszko Park was established in 1911 and is distinguished by its Tudor-style field house, designed by architect Albert A. Schwartz. Facilities include tennis courts, a playground, a basketball court, and an indoor pool. | 2732 N. Avers | 312-742-7546

Logan Square Draught Beer Preservation Society

Draught beer preservation societies are now active in Ukrainian Village, Andersonville, and Roscoe Village, but Logan Square’s is the granddaddy of them all. Founded in 2005, the group is dedicated to “protecting beer drinkers’ rights and advocating for improved public beer drinking facilities in Chicago’s Logan Square community.” Such civic-minded spirit is manifested mostly in pub crawls on bike and on foot. (The agenda for the July 11 membership meeting at Quenchers started at 7 PM and concluded at 7:04 with a “post-meeting reception.”) See the Web site for upcoming events. |

McCormick Tribune YMCA

This spiffy new facility opened in 2001 and features a basketball gym, racquetball courts, an aerobics studio, and a fitness center, plus a game room and child care. There are plans for an aquatic center addition, but as of now there’s no swimming. Memberships are $42 a month for adults, with family, youth, and senior discounts available. | Mon-Fri 5:30 AM-9 PM, Sat 8 AM-3 PM, Sun 9 AM-2 PM | 1834 N. Lawndale | 773-235-2525

Mozart Park

This five-acre park at Armitage and Avers, around since 1914, features a gym, two softball diamonds, a brand-new fitness center, and two outdoor basketball courts. | 2036 N. Avers | 312-742-7535

Unity Playlot Park

This three-quarter-acre park offers play areas for toddlers and older children, including a sandbox, multiple play areas, a water playground, a basketball court, and more. | 2636 N. Kimball | 773-478-1410 R

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