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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Big Buck World Championship Heads to Wicker Park This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth overall in last year's Big Buck Hunter World Championship. Erlandson and husband Jerod return to Chicago this weekend to compete for the top prize.Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth… (Lily Homstad )

Almost 100 of the world's best players will head to Wicker Park's 1st Ward/Chop Shop this weekend to compete in the Big Buck Hunt Championship. The Big Buck Hunt Championship is an arcade game tournament that offers more than $63,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000.

And these players take the game seriously. Sara Erlandson (pictured above) is a two-time Ladies Tournament Champion. All the fun kicks off at the 1st Ward event space located at 2033 W. North Avenue.

Big Buck Championship Returns to Chicago This Weekend [RedEye]

Last Chance! Win This Mott Street Gift Card

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

If you haven't ventured to Wicker Park's Mott Street at 1401 N. Ashland, you really need to try them out. We're not sure if it's the innovative fresh food, the sleek industrial feeling or the excellent service that makes Mott Street a welcome addition to the neighborhood. But it's certainly a favorite.

And you can win a $25 Gift Card to go try them out for yourself ... or head back if you've already been there.


How Do You Enter to Win?

We're all about keeping it real and 'keeping it positive' ... as much as we can. So tell us one thing you like about Wicker Park and/or Bucktown. That's it. That's how you enter. You can post your entry (comment) below our contest announcement on Facebook or you can send it to us via Twitter (@wickerparkbuck) with the hashtag #whatsmotttolike....Get it?

All entries must be received by Friday November 8th at 5pm and we'll enter you in a random drawing at 6pm on Friday November 8th. The winner will be announced via Facebook and Twitter and you'll have one hour to respond to claim your prize.

Good Luck !

One of A Kind Illustrated Wicker Park, Bucktown Map For A Limited Time Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Mapphotos courtesy of Joe Mills

Everyone knows how passionate Chicagoans are about their neighborhoods. And that certainly is the case for Wicker Park and Bucktown. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

So local Chicago artist/illustrator Joe Mills had an idea; to create a unique map for these neighborhoods and others that integrate the neighborhoods' unique landmarks, streets, building structures, history and special events into one beautiful 18 x 24 screen print. And the one he created for Wicker Park and Bucktown is fantastic.Even small detailed pieces of history like the section of Pierce Street in Wicker Park West of Damen Avenue being referred to as Beer Baron Row has been integrated into this one-of-a-kind illustration. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

The newly named 606 and small details like the Churchill Dog Park, Mr. Wicker (of Wicker Park) and the Coyote (for the Northwest Tower at North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue) have all been included. The artist has only created 100 of these and all pieces will be numbered and signed by Joe Mills. Get them while you can. Each print costs $25.00

For additional information head to Joe Mills' Website. 

Actress Sophia Bush Gets Inked in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 04, 2013

photo courtesy of Sophia Bush via instagram

Sophia Bush, formerly of "One Tree Hill" and currently of "Chicago PD" (a spin off of Chicago Fire), landed in Wicker Park Sunday night for a little ink.

According to a report published by the Chicago Tribune, the actress visited Speakeasy Sunday at 1925 W. North Avenue with friends and DJs The Jane Doze who performed at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club Friday night. According to those bandages pictured above, it looks like everyone walked away with a little something new.

Published on Bush's instagram account:

Remember that time @thejanedoze and I were gonna get tattooed in SF? Well ... #Chicago did it for us. Thanks @HeathRave. We ๐Ÿ’› you. #SpeakeasyTattoo

Sighting: Actress Sophia Bush Gets Tattoo in Wicker Park [Chicago Tribune]

Wicker Park Church for Sale - $2.2 Million Dollars

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 04, 2013

photo credit: mikechicagorealtor.com

The beautiful and unique turn-of-the-century church sitting squarely on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen at 1905 W. Schiller directly across from Wicker Park's park and dog park is currently on the market. But it would be difficult to know that unless you walk by or are specifically looking for this type of property or investment because it's not currently listed on the MLS.

Boasting 16,000 square feet, this building is currently being used as the Mision Cristiana Church and offers an auditorium, banquet rooms, classrooms, kitchen and an apartment according to the listing currently being featured on the commercial real estate website Loopnet

Because of its perfect location in the heart of Wicker Park, this property will appeal to developers, those looking for church facilities and/or possibly even those seeking to create a unique single family home. The asking price for 16,000 square feet (and its prime location) is reasonable. 

For additional information about this property contact our real estate contributor and licensed IL state broker Thyra DeCicco @properties 1875 N. Damen Avenue. 312-498-6066. 

Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Sunday Scoop

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, November 03, 2013

Good Sunday Morning-

A pretty Fall day ahead. Mostly sunny and 52 degrees. Looking for something to do today? Here is what's on our agenda for Sunday in Wicker Park and Bucktown:

Dose Market 

Showcasing a variety of food, artisans, home decor, clothing, accessories and more. Dose Market is open from 10am-4pm at Wicker Park's Chop Shop.

Moonshine's 5th Annual Chili Cook Off 

Sample a wide variety of chili today and vote for your favorites. This event is also a coat drive so be sure to bring a warm coat to donate. You'll get a discount on your ticket too. Head to Moonshine on Division Street.

Paint the Chicago Bean

Join Arts n Spirits and #BeSomebody for this special byob event in Bucktown starting at 2pm. You'll also come home with a beautiful new piece of artwork.

Missing the Wicker Park Farmer's Market? Head to Logan Square. Their Indoor Farmers Market officially opens today in a new location.

That's it for the day. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


Save right now at Jane's, Moonshine, Emporium Arcarde, Cheetah Gym, Sorelle, M.Go Salon Services and More. 

Oh Good Lord - Amazing Seafood And Underdog - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 01, 2013
November 1, 2013


Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. 

Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. New this week: we've been scouting the neighborhood for really great deals and we're publishing those on a regular basis. This weekend, you can also win a Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street.

So be sure to follow us on  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 


Don't forget to turn those clocks back an hour on Saturday night and have a great weekend.



Tonight! O Good Lord Opens at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. A special holiday exhibition at Jackson Junge Gallery, O Good Lord features a diverse group of artists from around the world. The group exhibit will be on display through January 12, 2014. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for tonight from 6-9pm. In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to dress for the reception in the theme of "Saints & Sinners".  





The very last Wicker Park Farmers market was hosted in the park last week. But if you're looking for locally sourced food and products this Winter, you can head North on Milwaukee Avenue to the Logan Square market in its new location. The Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market opens this Sunday.




A unique Halloween event that's featured every year is the 17th Annual Halloween Bash at Double Door which started last night and continues tonight. On the bill: Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, The Black Keys, Neil Young and more. Also this weekend, Shadow Town continues at The Den Theatre. The production tells the true story of sex trafficking in the Chicago area. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Promise Program, Anne's House and the Dreamcatcher Foundation.


Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basement

FOOD-  Underdogg Returns.Wicker Park's Underdogg closed after 20 years in the basement of Flash Taco to become Heat; a gourmet hot dog and sausage spot.Well the space is becoming  Underdog once again (with one less g) and they're looking  to re-open this month.  A little Insider scoop: there's an incredible seafood place in Wicker Park/East Village that's byob. Reasonable, delicious and very much off the radar of most Wicker Park and Bucktown residents.


These 2 delicious food specials should be on your radar. On Wednesday nights, Trenchermen offers a $10 burger deal and The Savoy offers a fish fry. The details.


Last but not least, here is an incredible deal you can score right now in the neighborhood. But you know these don't last long: 50% off Food & Drink at Jane's Restaurant. Excellent food and ambiance right in Bucktown.

DRINK -  This weekend Moonshine's 5th Annual Chil Cook-Off is back. On Sunday from 4pm - 9pm you can sample all different types of chili and enjoy a variety of drink and beer specials while watching football all day long. Bring a coat too. It's also a fundraiser/annual coat drive sponsored by 1st Ward Alderman Moreno. 


If you're looking for a unique real estate investment opportunity in Wicker Park, this church may just be the spot for you. Boasting over 16,000 square feet, this property is located right on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen in the heart of Wicker Park and directly across the street from the park and dog park. It includes: an auditorium, kitchen, banquet rooms, classrooms and a lot of square footage. Wicker Park Church


As we reported earlier, Milwaukee Avenue at Paulina and south to Division is getting a significant makeover due to the purchase of a number of properties by Centrum Partners LLC. Blockbuster, Payless and Oberweis have moved out. Pet Supplies Plus and The Vitamin Shoppe are moving in. New Wicker Park Businesses.

Mango, an adorable little grocery store, is also setting up shop at LeMoyne and Western Avenue. Their focus is on organic items, milk, ice cream and some packaged goods. 

Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.


That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 





 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Underdog To Reopen in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basementphoto courtesy of DNAInfo Chicago

According to a report published yesterday by DNAInfo Chicago, UnderDog is re-opening this year in the basement of the Flash Taco space 1570 N. Damen Avenue in Wicker Park.

Underdogg to Heat to Underdog Once Again

For those who may not know, UnderDogg (with 2 g's) was a late night hot dog spot that closed its doors to greasy fries and veggie dogs in 2009. The owners re-concepted and the space became Heat; a gourmet hot dog shop with an emphasis on game and other unique fare like duck and elk hot dogs and boar sausage. 

But now it seems the space is heading back to its former UnderDogg roots. The new concept is not only losing the extra "g", however. It's losing the gourmet spin and game hot dogs.This casual eatery is featuring a new menu including Mexican-style hot dogs, Vienna beef hot dogs and will eventually add an ice cream parlor and coffee. They will also be adding veggie dogs back onto the menu. 

Prices for the dogs will be $3 and that includes fries. Gyros and burgers will stay on the menu.

Sounds like the newer version of the original concept may just be a better fit for the late night crowd at North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. UnderDog is in the middle of renovations but is looking to reopen in November of this year and will, once again, be open until 5am. 

Underdog - 1570 1/2 N. Damen Avenue - Wicker Park

UnderDog Returns to Neighborhood's Main Hub Below Flash Taco [DNAInfo Chicago]

Beetlejuice Rides the Blue Line

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A great Halloween photo of Steve O Sullivan waiting for the Blue Line published October 29, 2012 by People of the CTA.

 PhotoHave any cool Halloween photos? Tag us on Facebook or send them to us via Twitter. We're happy to share with full credit to you of course.

Wicker Park's Intelligentsia Says Late Fall For Opening

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wicker Wire: For those who may not know, Intelligentsia and PNC will be sharing the commercial space at 1611 W. Division Street; in the new high rise located on the corner of Ashland/Division.  Initially Intelligentsia thought they would have their Wicker Park location open by the end of October. But the opening date has been changed and the new date is a little more ambiguous. The team at Intelligentsia is currently in the design stage and they're hoping to open late Fall. 

We will keep you posted.

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