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Although Logan Square is home to hordes of hipsters, it also supports a population of young families whose lives orbit around early bedtimes. George Langford, the 37-year-old director of facilities for Northwestern’s law school, loves the many family-friendly features, including his local Y—the McCormick Tribune YMCA (1834 N. Lawndale Ave.; 773-235-2525)—which offers daycare for kids, like his own, on the Chicago Public Schools’ Track E schedule. The brood stays close to home for grocery shopping, too: Dill Pickle Food Co-op (3039 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-252-2667) for organics, Tony’s Finer Foods (3607 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-278-8355) for staples, and Supermercado Chapala Tianguis (3552 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-227-7972) for “every bean you would like by five different manufacturers.” (The Mexican grocery also sells limes for a nickel apiece.) Eating out is a snap. George, a vegetarian, recommends the coconut spinach from Life on Mars (2910 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-489-6277); his wife, Cecily, 36, satisfies her craving for burgers at Street Side Café (3201 W. Armitage Ave; 773-252-9700). Cecily, a public-school teacher who sings in a band called I Kong Kult, also escapes to the legendary blues hall Rosa’s Lounge (3420 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-342-0452). Recently the Langfords let their daughter Mia pick any restaurant in Chicago for her sixth-birthday dinner. Her choice? The Brown Sack (3581 W. Belden Ave.; 773-661-0675), for chili and vegetarian sloppy Joes. Sometimes the world right around you is big enough.Edit Module
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