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For many years the large house on the Northeast corner of Logan Boulevard and Washtenaw has been decorated for the holidays. Halloween is impressive but Christmas is over the top!
We love to take our out of town holiday guests to see this busy amalgam of decorations which never fails to impress. The house itself, front and side and the adjoining yards are deluged with embellishments. This time colored foil has been added so it looks resplendent in the daytime too. It's such fun that you'll definitely want to return after dark to for a totally different experience.
There's a rumor that the house is owned by someone in the outdoor decorations business which, when you see this marvelous environment, you'll agree is entirely possible. In the evening you'll see groups of people stopping by to enjoy the display. For us it's an important part of the holiday season.
The other day we were headed out of town so we stopped at Lula Cafe for lunch. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It's welcoming and low key. The staff is pleasant and helpful and the customers look like you'd like to have them as friends. That's pretty much a rarity in these days of hip. Lula is definitely an outpost for the Logan Square area and beyond. There was a short wait last Friday, so arrive by noon if you want to be seated promptly. Check out the art too...I liked the work currently on view and I'm really picky.
Lula opens at 9AM daily and serves breakfast until 2:30. This enables some to segue into lunch while others begin their day. I had a delicious tofu scramble with ginger miso sauce. There's always a homemade soup. The pan seared celery root with spaghetti sauce sounded good too. There's lots to choose from including more serious entrees for dinner. Not surprisingly there's a special brunch menu on weekends but a prix fixe "Farmer's dinner" on Monday evenings is a novel twist.
For more on Lula Cafe look on our archives under "food and drink", noting "This Is Lula" on January 22 of '07.
The Christmas House, Logan Blvd and Washtenaw; Lula Cafe, 2537 N. Kedzie, 773.489.9554. Lula is closed on Tuesdays.