Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider Weekend Guide. If you've signed up to receive our Weekend Guide, you'll receive it every Thursday morning at 6am. If you haven't signed up, you receive it much later. So some of these events may have already occurred. Sign up! So you never miss a thing.
Many of you have been inquiring about the space formerly occupied by the US Postal Service on Division Street. With the help of Alderman Moreno's office, we've learned the space is being converted into a gym and are happy to hear the news. We don't have a lot of details at this time but will share what we know when we receive additional information.
We will not be issuing a full Weekend Guide next week due to Thanksgiving holiday. We will, however, continue to be very active on the Insider's Guide website and via all of our social media channels. So if you need us, please don't hesitate to let us know. There are many festive holiday parties and big promotions & sales happening so we will continue to keep you apprised of any and all neighborhood news. In the interim, we hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanks, as always, for your support and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
At long last, the owners of Bangers & Lace have opened the doors of The Anthem; the retro 1970's sports bar
serving up meat loaf, mashed potatoes, fried twinkies and Budweiser.
The soft opening was last night but the Grand Opening is today. We're
heading there shortly and hope to see you there.
Piece's Thanksgiving Eve Party
Join Piece on Thanksgiving Eve (November 23rd) for the tapping of their Holiday Brew Festivus, live band karaoke, $4 well drinks, $4 Wild Turkey and all the New Haven style pizza you can handle.
Moonshine's 3rd Annual Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook Off arrives this weekend. The
first prize winner will walk away with $500 in cash and the highly
coveted Gilded Ladle Award. You'll find every type of chili here and the
audience is encouraged to participate in selecting a winner. The cost
is only $5 if you bring a warm coat to donate.
Every year the Wicker Park Garden Club does an
incredible job of decorating the fountain and park for the holidays.
This year the WPGC and Chicago Park District will be kicking off their
festivities on November 19th. We're invited and so are you !
“Angelicies: A Look At the Modern Day Angel” a group exhibit featuring 20 Chicago based artists, will be on display at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave, through January 15, 2012. An opening reception, free to the public, will be held Friday, November 18, 6pm – 9pm.
We extend a very warm congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Michelin Guide Restaurant Awards. Winning a Michelin Guide Award is a very big accomplishment and all 2012 winners were winners in 2011 as well. Great job Wicker Park & Bucktown restaurants on this very impressive accomplishment!
Just in time for the cold weather, Forever Yogurt has introduced their brand new hot chocolate bar called Froth. And we're not talking powdery mixes here. This is the real deal with this decadent drink being made with melted chocolate.
This weekend Club Lucky kicks off the
holiday season with their award-winning holiday decorations which will
be ready for viewing on Sunday November 20th. Grab a great Italian meal
and incredible martini while you're there. Sounds like a perfect way to
spend an evening in Bucktown.
Grown Folk's Stories celebrates their 2nd anniversary at The Silver Room
tonight. Hosted by Cara Brigandi, there will be a reception from 6-8pm with DJ Jay Too and
special live performance by SSSSnake! Stories will be follow from 8-10pm with giveaways and prizes.
Clever Alice Celebrates 15 Years
15 Years ago
Clever Alice was located on Clark Street in Lincoln Park. They quickly
expanded into the River North neighborhood and eventually landed in
Bucktown 3 years ago. Being a successful business owner for 15 years is a
huge accomplishment and we hope you'll have a chance to wish Clever
Alice a very Happy Anniversary tonight!
An Orange Moon Grand Opening Party
Looking for uber - hip vintage
furnishings and furniture? Well guess who's moved in to the
neighborhood? Please join An Orange Moon for their Grand Opening
Celebration this Friday. Food, drinks, music and cool vintage style are
all waiting for you.
Lush Bucktown is hosting their Grand Opening party this coming Saturday the 19th from 1-6PM. It's open to the public but you should RSVP first because the first 100 RSVPs who show up get a Golden Wonder Bath Bomb.
Small Business Saturday - November 26th
Show your support! Shop local on November 26th. It's a great way to give back to those who have helped to build our incredible neighborhoods.
We love the variety of theater and performing arts
options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to
film and more. Check our Theater section
for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:
Dog lovers! Don't miss Life's Ruff tonight at the Gorilla
Tango Theatre. 12 previously homeless dogs perform their hearts out for
1 night only.
The Nutcracker - Back By Popular Demand
The House’s newly imagined version of THE NUTCRACKER
first premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007, was at The Chopin in
2010 and is back at the Chopin Theatre this year due to popular demand.
You can catch this holiday classic through December 30th.
These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have many special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.
Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide