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Chicago PD Issues Community Alert For Wicker Park Burglary, Sexual Assault

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 27, 2016
The 14th District Chicago Police Department/District Bureau of Detectives has issued the following Community Alert for Wicker Park, Bucktown and the surrounding areas according to the Office of News Affairs. The alert includes: Attempted Criminal Sexual Assault, Home Invasion and Residential Burglary that all occurred yesterday, Friday August 26, 2016. The specific details about the crimes according to the Chicago Police Department are listed below:


On Friday, August 26, 2016 at 12:45 am, a female was asleep in her residence on the 1400 block of North Greenview Avenue when she was awakened by a man standing at the foot of her bed with his pants down. The intruder removed numerous items from her home and fled the residence. Evidence suggests that this subject may have used the window to enter and/or exit the residence.

On Friday, August 26, at 10:45 pm, the victims were in their residence on the 1200 block of North Wood when they heard noises coming from the rear bedroom. The victim went to investigate the noise and observed the bedroom door had been locked from the inside. The victim forced the bedroom door open and observed the offender had escaped through the bedroom window. 

On Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm, a female was asleep in her residence on the 1800 block of West Evergreen Avenue when she was awakened by unknown subject, unclothed from the waist down, on top of her covering her mouth with his hand. The victim was able to break free and observed the subject fleeing the residence from the bedroom window.

About the Offender
The offender in the incident on the 1400 block of N. Greenview Ave. and the incident on the 1800 block of W. Evergreen Ave. is described as a black male in his 20's.

What You Can Do
Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in the area. Ensure doors and windows to your residence are secured at all times. Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors about the crime. If you have any information about this incident,lease call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8261

Anonymous Tips can be submitted to TIPSOFT.COM

Free Yoga Plus Free Snacks

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tonight one of the last free Yoga in the Park classes takes place in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Classes begin at 6:30pm Bucktown's Zen Yoga Garage will be teaching the class this week.

Immediately following yoga, Suzanne (Maggie) McKay RD, LDN– a registered dietitian nutritionist, will lead participants in playing Nutrition Jeopardy.  As they play they will learn about and consider – ‘Are Diets Focusing on Plant-Based Foods Healthier? Find out What the Research Shows. They will also be discussing the Mediterranean Diet. 

The winner of Nutrition Jeopardy will be awarded 3 months of Kind Snacks.

Suspect Arrested, May Be Bucktown Creeper, Charges Pending

Michael Hamrick - Friday, August 12, 2016

Wicker Wire: This just in. According to an announcement published on the Bucktown Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, a suspect who may be the Bucktown "creeper", has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

As a reminder, the Bucktown "creeper" has been committing home invasions; breaking into residents' homes and stealing their belongings while they were sleeping in their homes. Most notably, the "creeper" stood on the 2nd floor of a Bucktown home while the residents and 2 dogs slept in the living room below. Video footage caught him in the act. 

A suspect involved in a recent area theft was arrested Wednesday. Currently, there is speculation that he is also the Bucktown "creeper". Formal charges are pending. This arrest is the direct result of the hard work of the Bucktown Community Organization, the Wicker Park & Bucktown residential communities and the Chicago Police Department. 

This has been a great community effort spearheaded by Bucktown Community Organization President Steve Jensen. We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Tonight! Wicker Park's Final 2016 Movie in The Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 04, 2016

And just like that, the Summer is winding down. If you haven't taken advantage of the free Summer Movies in the Park you have one last chance to do so. Tonight, Thursday August 4, 2016 head to Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue to catch Star Trek (2009). All movies start at dusk.

A few special things will close out the movies for the season. The Wicker Park Advisory Council will be selling snow cones, you can pick up glow sticks from New City Church, sample David's Tea & Kind Snacks, sample Mini Babybel Cheese and pick up a Dunkin Donuts drink coupon. 

So head to the park tonight with a blanket and your popcorn to indulge in a beautiful Summer evening outdoors. You know Winter will be here before you know it. 


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