Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Deals of The Day- The Savoy, Feast , DIVVY !

Michael Hamrick - Monday, December 16, 2013

photo courtesy of The Savoy via Facebook.

Wicker Wire:

We always on the look out for amazing deals in the neighborhood. And these are great deals ending soon.


Save on a 1 Year Membership or 3 twenty-four hour passes to be used by June 2014.

Feast - 1616 N. Damen Avenue- Bucktown

Save 50% For A Limited Time Only

The Savoy- 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue- Wicker Park

Save 46% on Brunch or Dinner

Ends in 2 days.

Great spots. Great deals. All information courtesy of Groupon.

Meet Santa Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday December 14th 11am-2pm
Chop Shop
Santa will be at the Chop Shop this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Parents can bring the kids in for complimentary polaroid photos with Santa taken by a professional photographer.

Santa will be stationed by the Christmas tree in the 1st Ward event space with festive backdrop going on the large projection wall and holiday music. 

Chop Shop serves lunch beginning at 11 am and has introduced new items like their burger, kale salad, and steak sandwich along with their deli sandwiches and salads. 

Saturday, December 14th 11 am to 2 pm. FREE photos. 

Chop Shop/1st Ward
2033 W North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Don't Miss The 15th Annual Holiday ArtShow This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 13, 2013
December 14th and 15th -- Noon -5pm Each Day
Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley Bucktown

images courtesy of the Bucktown Holiday Art Show via Facebook

The 15th Annual Bucktown Holiday Art Show provides art lovers and shoppers with the opportunity to find unique pieces of art and one-of-a-kind gifts. 

All different types of media are featured including: ceramics, paint, photography, water colors, jewelry & textiles and the show features 100 artists.

Cost is $2 at the door or you can download a pass for free admission HERE.

Monday Night is Holiday Movie Night at Double Door

Michael Hamrick - Monday, December 09, 2013
Holiday Double Feature! A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Wicker Park's Double Door has announced this holiday season is going to be a little different .... and a lot more fun. Every Monday from now until Christmas, you'll be able to catch a double feature holiday movie for FREE at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Holiday Movies Include:

Monday December 9th 

Holiday Double Feature
A Christmas Story • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Doors: 7:00PM  Show: 7:15PM
$4 Sailor Jerry Egg Nog 

Monday December 16th

Holiday Double Feature
Elf • The Nightmare Before Christmas
Doors: 7:00PM  Show: 7:15PM
$4 Sailor Jerry Egg Nog 

Monday December 23rd

Holiday Double Feature
Bad Santa • Die Hard
Doors: 7:00PM  Show: 7:15PM
$4 Sailor Jerry Egg Nog 

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CTA Plans $492 Million Blue Line Overhaul

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, December 05, 2013

Wicker Wire: Mayor Emanuel announced this morning at the Logan Square Blue Line El Stop that a huge renovation is in the works for the CTA's Blue Line. "Your New Blue" as the project is called will upgrade 13 tracks, stations and signals as well as eliminate slow zones and add 4G internet connections to the line's subway tunnels.

According to a report published by the Chicago Sun-Times today, the O'Hare Blue Line is the fastest growing of all of the system's lines "so this investment reflects an investment in the city" said Emanuel this morning. The Blue Line will stay open throughout the project. Stations may see temporary closures and closures over the weekends but the line cannot be closed because closing a line to the airport isn't possible.

The project is expected to take 4 years to complete and is also expected to cost $492 million dollars. 

The first stations to be impacted will be: Damen, Western and California. However no start date has been announced.

For additional details:

$492 Million Overhaul of Blue Line Could Cut Trip From Downtown By 10 Minutes [Chicago Sun-Times]

Ukainian Village Dominicks To Become Mariano's

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mariano's Moves Into Ukrainian Village

Wicker Wire: Roundy's has announced they're paying $36 million dollars in cash to Safeway Inc. to take over 11 Dominick's stores.

And the location at Damen and Chicago Avenue (2021 W. Chicago Avenue) is one of those locations according to a report published by Crain's today.

With the 11 additional stores, Mariano's will operate 29 stores by the end of 2014 and will employ 10,000 people. 5 stores currently under construction, including the location at Ashland and Webster in Bucktown, are expected to open next year.

Mariano's Buys 11 Chicago Dominicks [Crain's Chicago Business]

Lots of Beer and 8 Different Types of Links - Links Taproom Opening Soon in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, November 30, 2013

image courtesy of Links Taproom

Links Taproom, an All-American craft beer and sausage-based bar, plans to open very soon in the space formerly Bin Wine Café at 1559 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park according to a report published earlier this month by BWW Food & Wine.

Links Taproom will feature 36 All-American beers on tap, four All-American cask beers on beer engines, 40-ish All-American craft beers in large format bottles and about 10 by can. Five different types of wine will be available as well but the focus will definitely be on the beer.

Chef Andrew Kern has created the menu with 8 different types of links available including: Chicago Steak & Ale (sirloin, bacon, Bell’s Amber Ale, horseradish), bratwurst (veal pork shoulder, toasted spices, whole milk) and vegan (Portobello mushrooms, black beans, tamari, extra virgin olive oil). Snacks including: hand-cut fires, cheese curds, beer cheese soup, fried pickles, roasted peanuts, white bean hummus etc. will also be available. Brunch will be offered shortly after opening.

Look for Links Taproom to open mid-December in Wicker Park. 

Links Taproom To Open Mid-December in Chicago's Wicker Park Neighborhood [BWW Food & Wine]

Black Wednesday in Wicker Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, November 27, 2013
  • The Hawthorne Effect
    Wondering what to do the night before Thanksgiving? Here are a few ideas for Wednesday night fun in Wicker Park & Bucktown and include everything from burlesque to theater to music and pub crawls.

Burlesque at Debonair Social Club
Looking to do something a little different tonight? Head to Debonair Social Club to see Angela Eve's live performance. She combines visual art, dance, burlesque, circus and aerial finesse into one show all starting at 10:30pm tonight. For ticket info. 1575 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Division Ale House- Start Time 4pm


The Wicker Park Irish bar features specials the night before Thanksgiving such as $5 20-ounce Guinness imperial pints, $4 cups of housemade short rib chili and $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots. Music by resident DJs with no cover charge starting at 9 p.m. The drink deals are on offer from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (regular business hours). The kitchen is open until midnight on Black Wednesday. The Division Ale House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  1942 W. Division Street Wicker Park

Double Door's Rock Show
Not in the mood to belly up to a bar? Head to Double Door tonight to catch 4 great acts for only $5. The Hawthorne Effect, Board of Governors, Boots with Spurs and John Charles Weston are all Chicago-based and the show starts at 8:30pm. Ticket Info. 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

High Noon Saloon - Start Time 4pm

On Thanksgiving Eve, High Noon Saloon, Wicker Park’s Tex-Mex restaurant and bar, features $4 smoked turkey tacos, $4 Goose Island Green Line drafts, $3 Jameson shots and $3 apple pie moonshine shots. Free live music by Josh Bryant starting at 9 p.m. The drink deals are on offer from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (regular business hours). The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on Black Wednesday.  High Noon Saloon will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.  1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park

Piece Pizza - Live Band Karaoke 

Piece is kicking off their Thanksgiving Holiday party at 9pm and will feature special festive drinks, $4 well drinks and $4 shots of Wild Turkey. They will also be tapping their holiday brew Festivus. 1927 W. North Avenue Wicker Park. 


The Fifty 50  

Drumsticks and Dreidels features lots of drink specials, some served with bacon and $8 smoked turkey legs. 2047 W. Division Street Wicker Park. 

The Nutcracker - The Chopin Theatre

If you're looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit, head to The Chopin Theatre tonight to see the annual favorite The Nutcracker. The show starts at 7:00pm. 1543 W. Division Street Wicker Park. Tickets. 

Trolley Pub Crawl

The Pioneer Tavern Group is hosting a Black Wednesday Pub Crawl that travels between Lotties Pub, Frontier and the Pony every 1/2 hour from 7pm - 12am. At Lotties there will be a special whiskey sampling. At The Pony you can catch the Blackhawks game and live music and then you'll head to Frontier's Speakeasy. The details.

Chicago Fire Filming at Lotties Today

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jesse Spencer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Foster.

Chicago Fire is filming again in Bucktown. But the filming location is limited just to the area surrounding Lottie's Pub (Cortland and Winchester) at 1925 W. Cortland. So if you're looking to take a photo ... or just stalking... they will be there today and should be there until around 10pm or so.

Wicker Park, Bucktown Area Single Family Home Values Up 32%

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 25, 2013

Wicker Park Bucktown Area Real Estate Values Up- Way Up for Single Family Homes

2031 W. Shakespeare $784,500 Koenig & Strey Real Living

With so much written this year about the 'crazed' real estate market and how properties have been selling in a day, it's tough to understand exactly what is happening at the moment in Chicago real estate; specifically as it relates to Wicker Park and Bucktown area real estate.

It's easiest to look at the numbers to tell the story. And in a year over year comparison, here's where real estate sales are when you look at 3rd Quarter numbers for 2012 vs 2013. 

1744 W. Crystal Street - $899,000 @properties

Single Family Home Sales

In the 3rd quarter of 2012 (July - September), the average sale price for a single family home was $637,000 and the average market time was 116 days. Within this 3 month period, 54 single family homes were sold.

For the same period for 2013, the average sale price for a single family home was $870,000 and the average market time was 75 days. Within this 3 month period, 84 single family homes were sold.

In comparing the 3rd quarter of 2012 vs 2013 for area single family homes, values have increased 32% while market time has been reduced to almost half. The number of single family homes sold has has also increased approximately 55%. New construction of single family homes is helping drive the increase in value as are fewer short sales and bank-owned properties. Own a single family home in the area? These rebounding values should come as great news.

So how have condominiums been faring?

1036 N. Hermitage- $604,000 @properties 

Condominium Sales

In the 3rd quarter of 2012 (July - September), the average sale price for a condominium was $382,000 and the average market time was 75 days. Within this 3 month period, 231 condominiums were sold.

For the same period for 2013, the average sale price for a condominium sold was $406,000 and the average market time was 42 days. Within this 3 month period, 356 condominiums were sold in Wicker Park, Bucktown and the surrounding areas*.

In comparing the 3rd quarter of 2012 vs 2013 for condominium sales, values are up 6%. Thenumber of condominiums sold in the 3rd quarter of 2013 has been increased by 54% and market time has been reduced to half of what it was in 2012. Why no big increase in value for condos? Part of the reason for that may be that a number of new condo developments for condos sold so quickly this year, they were never even listed on the MLS. Values could be a little higher when you factor those sales in.

So the news is positive if you own a home in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukrainian Village, East Village and Noble Square; particularly if you own a single family home. We'll keep you posted on future trends and any new developments in real estate news. 

Published via Real Estate Contributor and IL Broker Thyra DeCicco @properties. 1875 N. Damen Avenue. 312-498-6066. thyra@atproperties.com 

*The area used for this analysis included the area from 800 North to 2400 North and 1200 West to 2400 West. All data was provided via the MRED formerly the MLS November 21, 2013.

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