Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The
Insider's Weekend Guide. This week we're focused on New Years Eve
celebrations happening throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown. So if you're
still looking for ideas, you've found the right place. But that's not
all, we've included Time Out's 2011 picks for Favorite Food & Drinks
in the neighborhood and an extra big sale to end the year. Enjoy the
holiday and we hope you have a terrific - and safe - New Years Eve.
It's safe to assume every bar in the neighborhood is having a party. But here's a handy guide to some of the very best New Years Eve packages available this year.
So it's New Years Day and you're looking for a comfortable and casual neighborhood spot to watch the game. Look no further than Standard Bar & Grill. Flat screens fill the room and you'll be treated to a fun and casual neighborhood hang-out with great specials. They're also serving brunch.
Angelicies: A Look At The Modern Day Angel - is the perfect holiday exhibition featuring 20 Chicago-based artists. Head to Wicker Park's beautiful Jackson Junge Gallery to see the artists' interpretations of what an angels may truly look like.
Looking for a non-traditional - yet fun and entertaining - way to spend New Years Eve? Head to your closest music venue. This year we've got 2 great shows on New Years Eve: The Disappears and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Details are attached.
We know that bar parties aren't for everyone. So we've included some great alternatives for dinner. You'll find everything from authentic Greek fare to Italian appetizers and entrees to gluten-free menus and more. There really is something for everyone and the champagne is included.
It's that time again, for Time Out Chicago to publish their favorite Chicago food and drinks list. We've taken the liberty to provide you with their favorite spots in Wicker Park and Bucktown ... and there are many. Check out the details here.
Retail/ShoppingGreenheart shop is eco-friendly & committed to supporting fair trade practices. This week they're playing host to an incredible sale of 50% off holiday merchandise. But that's not all. Lots of beautiful one-of-a-kind items are on sale so be sure to stop by Greenheart before the end of the year.
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
the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Dennis Watkins
performs his magic every Friday night in Wicker Park. New Years he's
performing an intimate show at The Palmer House. And although it's not
happening in Wicker Park this weekend, it's sure to be a fun way to
spend New Years Eve.
The Magic Parlour's Special New Years Eve Show
Don't miss the very talented Dennis
Watkins and his special New Years Eve performance at The Palmer House.
Only 36 seats are available so don't wait until the last minute to buy
your tickets. Champagne toast is included.
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. We also include over 400 businesses in our directory. So if you're looking for a particular restaurant, shop or bar be sure to let us know. And for up-to-the-minute news throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates and news daily. We'd love to have you.
If you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, make sure you're included in The 2012 Insider's Guide. There's no better way to reach the community. Find out more here.
In closing, we wish you and yours a very happy, safe and healthy new year. Thanks again for your support and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide