Best Small Venue for Big Ideas

Comfort Station

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Anyone passing through Logan Square has likely noticed the small brick building on the corner of Milwaukee and Logan and wondered, What the hell is that? Constructed in the early 20th century as a shelter for trolley passengers, the building eventually fell into the somewhat ignoble role of storage shed for the city's lawn equipment. But in 2010 it was rescued by Logan Square Preservation and completely restored. Now Comfort Station serves as a community-focused art space featuring exhibitions, musical performances, and a summer film series. The season kicked off with an exhibition featuring the work of local artist Nathan Vernau, which is up through 6/30; Wednesdays are devoted to film, Thursdays to musical performances, and all events are free. The only extant building along Chicago's old boulevard system, Comfort Station is once again offering a reprieve from the daily grind—things just look a little different nowadays.