Logan Square remained undamaged during the Chicago fire in 1871 and grew rapidly thereafter. German and Scandinavian immigrants moved in as the Milwaukee Avenue street railway was established. The construction of the “L” in 1890 led to the rapid building of new homes around the train stations and to developing a boulevard system.
Following World War I, Logan Square boomed in population as Poles and Russian Jews moved into the area, leading to further construction of rental flats. After 1930 the population of Logan Square began to drop. The construction of the Northwest Expressway in the 1950s and the Blue Line disrupted commercial life, leading to the evacuation of most residents.
Groups of Hispanic people moved into the area and by 1990 made up almost two-thirds of the population of Logan Square. However, in the last twenty years the area has seen major gentrification with a major growth in the white population and a decline in the Hispanic population by over twenty percent.
information courtesy of Moody Publishers
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