Logan Square is an official community area, historical neighborhood, and public square on the northwest side of the City of Chicago.
The Logan Square community area is one of the 77 city-designated community areas established for planning purposes.
The Logan Square neighborhood, located within the Logan Square community area, is centered on the public square that serves as its namesake, located at the three-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard.
The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards, stately greystones, and large bungalow-style homes.
Logan Square is a thriving, multi-cultural community of arts organizations, intimate music venues, locally owned shops, trendy cocktail bars and beyond.
The neighborhood is home to the Illinois Centennial Monument, which is designed by the same architect who created the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
The Logan Square Farmer’s Market, which features some of the region’s best vendors, is also located in the neighborhood.
Logan Square has always been a neighborhood with a strong immigrant presence.
The Logan Square Boulevards District encompasses the largest and best-preserved residential streetscapes along Chicago’s northwest side.
Logan Square stabbing incident
On Sunday evening, October 15, 2023, a woman was critically injured in a stabbing incident that occurred inside a laundromat in the 2200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.
According to the reports, a male offender whose age is not known yet, entered the business and stabbed the 25-year-old woman in her chest and both legs with a knife.
The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition.
The suspect fled the scene southbound on Milwaukee Avenue, and the police are investigating the incident.
Stabbing incidents in the U.S
There have been several cases of stabbing incidents in the US, some of which have been motivated by hate crimes. Here are some examples:
In January 2023, a woman in Indiana attacked a victim with a knife because of the victim’s race and national origin.
In April 2023, a man in California attacked Orthodox Jewish pedestrians with a car and a knife, causing serious injuries.
On October 16, 2023, a 71-year-old man in Illinois was charged with stabbing a 6-year-old Muslim boy to death and stabbing his mother multiple times.
The suspect allegedly targeted the victims due to the ongoing Middle Eastern conflict involving Hamas and the Israelis.
It’s important to note that these are just a few examples and there have been many other cases of stabbing incidents in the US.
Some of these incidents may be related to social inequality, abuse of alcohol and drugs, easy access to weapons, social and cultural norms, religious and political reasons among others.
The FBI defines mass murder as an incident where four or more people are killed in a single incident on a continuing basis without any significant time period in between each of the murders.
It’s also worth noting that the Justice Department has opened an investigation into the recent stabbing incident in Illinois and Attorney General Merrick Garland has stated that the department ‘will use every legal authority at our disposal to bring to justice those who perpetrate illegal acts of hate’.