Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your Wicker Park & Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide. We're sorry to report Plan B officially closed their doors last weekend. We remember when Plan B first opened on Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown and wish our friends the very best. On a happier note, we've included news and great events happening throughout the neighborhood starting with tonight. We've included everything from planning meetings for Bucktown's newest park, to movies, jazz, martini parties, magic and more. For full details about any event, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
Many people don't realize that the Treehouse Humane Society has a branch right here in Bucktown. The address is 1629 N. Ashland and there are many cats and kittens looking for homes. This weekend, they will also be hosting a Mew & View. For just $5 you can watch Where the Wild Things Are. Fun for all ages and for a good cause.
If you're missing the Wicker Park Farmers Market.
We understand. But each Sunday the Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market
is open from 10am -2pm and is held at the Congress Theater. You can find
fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and more and it's just a few
Chicago Athletic Club in Wicker Park & Bucktown The Wicker Park Athletic Club will be ending their pre-sale promotion shortly. So if you're interested in signing up, you may want to do so soon before the membership fees increase. We've also learned that a 2nd Chicago Athletic Facility is planned for Bucktown. The details are here.
This weekend, please join LVL3 at the opening
reception for their newest exhibition: Hold Onto Something Slippery. The
exhibition features a number of artists who express the creation
process through a variety of mediums and materials. Opens this
Picture a large marching band who thinks it's a
rock n roll band - with a punk influence - and a few cheerleaders thrown
in for good measure. Perfect. Now you have an idea of what Mucca Pazza
is. One of the most fun and entertaining acts around, you can catch them
this weekend at Double Door.
Jazz Weekend Arrives in Wicker Park in February. And because this event is event is a combination of music and fundraiser, we're providing a little extra notice. Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 10th and grab your tickets to see the very talented Kahil El Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble for a weekend packed with jazz in Wicker Park.
Don't miss Club Lucky's Monthly Martini Party next Wednesday in Bucktown. You can enjoy your Stoli Martini for only $6 and can pair them with any appetizer or entree that is only Club Lucky.
Most Romantic Restaurants
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we
thought it might you might be thinking about romantic places to take a
date. Well, we do have a few suggestions for you, should you need them,
that include everything from Le Bouchon to Cafe Absinthe. All great
spots so you may want to make those reservations early.
If you've ever ventured in to J. Wellington's, you know they have great burgers and sweet potato fries and we're sorry to report that they have closed their Wicker Park location. The RedEye is reporting that their lease has expired and they're looking for a new spot. Stay tuned.
This weekend is expected to be cold but you can
still head out and have fun with the kids this Saturday at Wicker Park's
Kids Rule. Each Saturday in January, Kids Rule has hosted a Planting
Workshop for kids of all ages. You'll find plants, recycled pots, lots
of eco-friendly material and when you're all done you can take it home.
Did we also happen to mention that it's FREE ?
The very cool and hip FuturGarb announced
today they're offering 20% off everything every Wednesday. So be sure to
mark your calendars for next week. And we'll be sure to remind you.
Have you ever considered Craniosacral Therapy?
We've just started the process and it is a fascinating experience. We'll
be sharing our experience with you later. If you're interested in
giving it a try now, you can save $10 with Wicker Park practitioner
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 are great picks for the weekend:
Don't miss the story of history’s most famous magician and his life-long war against Death features the deadly escape The Water Torture Cell, performed by award-winning magician Dennis Watkins.
The Drawer Boy
examines the lives of two WWII veterns whose lives are turned upside
down when a young actor visits their farm to gather reasearch for
a play. What starts off quite innocently unfolds into a powerful journey as the two older men rebuild the
story of their lives.
These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have so 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