Holidays on the Square

Roscoe Mayo, a sales associate at *play, a toy store in Logan Square. Photo by Francisco Dominguez

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ogan Square is set to kick off their Fourth Annual Holidays On The Square this Saturday. Attendees will get to experience a tree lighting and, best of all, a visit from Santa too.

For the past four years establishments at the heart of Logan Square have offered area residents a chance to try out and explore their businesses a little more in depth by giving away freebies, offering great holiday deals and hosting food tastings.

EXTRA visited a few of the local businesses in Logan Square to see what these deals are all about. First off is *play, a toy store located at 3109 W. Logan Blvd. The store and gift shop for kids that has been around for about four years and has a broad range of toys, from stuffed animals to educational books. Roscoe Mayo, an associate at *play, told EXTRA, “This year, *play is going to be one of the lucky places where Santa will be visiting in Logan Square to take pictures.” Picture with Santa will take place from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. for a small price.

The Wolfbait and B-girls work station. Photo by Francisco Dominguez

Right in front of *play, EXTRA stopped by Wolfbait & B-girls, a female-owned and operated independent handmade appeal business. Wolfbait & B-girls showcases over 170 local artisans and Chicago-based fair- trade companies. You can find everything from jewelry to handmade clothes to frames and even paintings. Shirley Kienitz, one of the designers tells EXTRA, “By shopping locally, you help and support their community and their artists.” This year, Wolfbait & B-girls will also be giving out some refreshments.

Katie Walker (left) and Colleen Macone, hostesses at Lula Café. Photo by Francisco Dominguez

Just around the corner from Wolfbait, is Lula Café, which is located at 2537 N. Kedzie. Lula Café, a restaurant offering breakfast, brunch and dinner. They have been around the neighborhood for 15 years now. Colleen Macone, one of the hostesses for Lula Café, said, “Over the years, there has been a lot of business in Logan and are more drawn to local shops rather than big corporation ones.” Lula Café is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. six days per week. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Make sure to check out Holiday in the Square this weekend where over 30 local businesses including restaurants, clothing stores, toy stores and book stores will be participating and giving out great deals.

For more information about Holidays on the Square check out its Facebook page.

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