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Welcome back to Neighborhood Style Showdown, our quest to determine Chicago's most stylish neighborhood.
Yesterday we threw Pilsen in the ring with Andersonville and put River North up for a bout with Wicker Park. For the first round today, featuring Logan Square versus Southport Corridor in Lakeview lets keep in mind that style is not about the labels you wear or the stores you buy them from but how you put together the outfit and the neighborhood's overall style.
Both neighborhoods have distinct style that isn't immediately identifiable; Logan Square because it's still growing and Southport Corridor in Lakeview because it's so neighborhood-y there are so many palatable stores. Before we start on the Lula Cafe crowd, let's talk about the hotties hanging out at Southport Grocery. With stores like Anthropologie and Free People the style is affluence that can afford a "gently used" look or clothing with the appearance of a story, but it's actually brand new. They also really like jogging and yoga up here, so there's a reason Athleta and Lululemon exist.
Logan Square on the other hand has shops like Wolfbait & B Girls which specializes in Chicago-based companies selling hand-made items, which, obviously tend to look handmade. Down the street there's Family Thrift, where every Longman & Eagle whiskey drinker scoops up a plaid bottom-down to wear to dinner. Besides being home to Dollybird jewelry and Shop 1021 which recently made an appearance at Dose Market, there's Boulevard Bikes, Armitage Bikes and Bike Lane which all call Logan Square home. The style over here is a "gently used" look or clothing with the appearance of a story and it actually does have a story.
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