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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender - Halloween Edition

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 25, 2013
October 25, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us for our special Halloween Edition. 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 a little neighborhood insider information just in time for Halloween .... did you know there are a number of area businesses that claim to be haunted? From mysterious sounds to voices and more: The Most Haunted Spots in the neighborhood. 

 

Last but not least, be sure to join our amazing 15,000+ followers on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways so you'll never miss a thing.


Thanks again for joining us, have a great Halloween and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



There are so many community events in the works this weekend. Tonight! Head to Wicker Park proper for the Annual Haunted Indoor Drive-In Movie. The field house is transformed into a movie theater. It's fun for all ages and it's free.The featured film this year is:  Twilight Saga- New Moon. But that's not all. The Chicago Park District and others are hosting lots of costume parties for the little guys.So we've created a full list of Halloween events Just For Kids.


Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch through Halloween filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins.Everything is provided by a local farmer and it's right in Bucktown.So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The very last Wicker Park Farmers Market of the season is this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. It's the final, as in very last, week. Don't miss it. 

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park proper this weekend. There are always lots of fun activities planned for kids. Don't have kids? There's a costume contests & parade for dogs.


In neighborhood news:  Speaking of dogs, last week we sent out an APB looking for a lost dog last seen running down the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage. A facebook search ensued and we're happy to report, Hope has been reunited with her family in Minnesota.

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: The 17th Annual Rock N Roll Halloween Bash arrives at Double Door next week and features: KISS, Axl Rose, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cars, Janis Joplin and many more. This event has stood the test of time and is lots of fun every single year. And this year, the party continues for 2 full days. Eight days of Halloween continues at The Empty Bottle. A $40 pass gets you into 4 shows all week long through Halloween. Need your music fix a little sooner? Catch Kid Congo (The Cramps, Nick Cave) this weekend for $10. 



Entertainment: A unique Halloween event that's featured every year, Sidney Friedman is heading to Davenport's on Milwaukee Avenue for Mind Shivers; a magical and mysterious night combining ESP, mind games, premonitions and more. This is Sidney's 15th show and he'll be in Wicker Park for 3 nights this weekend. Also this weekend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show arrives live at The Chopin Theater. This live show delivers the music, drama and camp you've grown to love in the film and it's this weekend only.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



FOOD - Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through this Saturday and this week and they're ending with a bang: Halloween Candy, Hot Apple Cider and lots of great food will be waiting for you. Also in food news, a new Italian restaurant called Azzurra EnoTavola is opening in the location formerly Gunner's in Wicker Park next Tuesday. 


DRINK -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? There are so many parties in the works for Halloween this year and many kicked off yesterday. You can still find Pumpkin Carving, Horror Movie Showings, lots of Costume Parties and a special performance by Mucca Pazzo. But that's not all. In the mood for a little Police and Nirvana? They'll be doing special performances at Jerry's. For a line-up of Events and Parties.





REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Real Estate Sales Up 30%- According to data provided via the MRED (formerly the MLS) real estate sales in the Wicker Park, Bucktown and surrounding areas are up 30% this year over last. Both single family home sales as well as condominium sales have increased dramatically and values are starting to follow. 






SHOPPING EVENTS




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 Halloween and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Dog Lost in Wicker Park Reunited With Family

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hope, the dog that tied up traffic on the Kennedy Expressway on October 15, is now back with her familiy.

Last week we began sending out an APB for Hope; a skittish black pit bull pup who had been brought to Wicker Park by her owners Dan and Mary Jo Dorman. They were visiting their son Chris, a Wicker Park resident, and were out for a bike ride when the dog escaped from the son's apartment. 

The next day, Hope, stopped traffic on the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage running through the lanes but wasn't caught by police.

We posted Hope's story everywhere with many in the community sharing the information and spreading the word. Over a week later, a West Town woman named Autumn Chim was walking her dog and Hope followed them home. Autumn had heard there was a search on Facebook looking for this dog and contacted us this morning via the Insider's Guide website. We were unsure, however, after emailing the owners if this was - in fact - their dog.

Chris went to see if the dog was Hope and we're happy to report they've been reunited per an ABC7 News Report today. A very warm thank you to all who helped us spread the word.

Your Sunday Scoop-4 Things to Do in Wicker Park, Bucktown Today

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Good Sunday morning. The forecast is predicting partly sunny skies and 61 degrees. A nice Fall day is ahead and here's what's on our radar for Wicker Park and Bucktown today:


Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie so not. Starts at 2:00pm.

Dose Market

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.

Riverside Cafe Pumpkin Patch

Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch in Bucktown filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. 


Wicker Park, Bucktown Farmers Market 

The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back today and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left.



Have a great Sunday, GO Bears, and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

Apple Pie, Music, Chili and More - Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 19, 2013
October 19, 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. Our Annual Halloween Guide is in the works. Feel free to check our Events section any time for more information. Could a new boutique hotel finally be opening at the corner of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue? Plans have been presented. And if you missed it earlier this week, Wicker Park resident and photographer, Andy Fowler, took this stunning picture of the skyline sunrise from his home. Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways. We've got a very special $25 restaurant gift card heading your way soon.

Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie is not. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left..

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park next weekend. Get those costumes ready.


In neighborhood news:  **Lost Dog Alert** A couple visiting their son in Wicker Park lost their dog. The dog's name is Hope and she was featured on ABC News because she was on the expressway at Armitage and the Kennedy. If you have any information please contact us via our website. Also in neighborhood news, a man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott. Police suspect it was gang-related.

 ENTERTAINMENT


Music: Chicago's most fun - and free - dance party heads back to Double Door. Don't miss Soul Summit on Saturday. If you'd like a VIP pass it will cost $10 and guarantees admission to the party. Also on Saturday, psychedelic death metal masters GIGAN play a free show at Reckless Records. On Sunday, Jam Productions presents, The Sounds. Get your tickets now.


Theater:  Collaboraction's Annual Beggar's Ball Fundraiser is Saturday.Tickets cost $50-$150 and include food, drink, a silent auction, music and entertainment. And it's all happening at Chop Shop. Tickets are also on sale now for The House Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. Don't miss this fresh and moving take on a holiday classic.



FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food  Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through next Saturday and this week they're hosting "Chili Day" with over a dozen of different types of chilis including Lindy's acclaimed red chili, Interuban Cafe and Pastry Shop's quinoa-black beed-sweet potato chili, Bergsetin's NY Deli's brisket chili Karl Craft Soup's lamb-pinto bean-corn chili and Feed Your Head's vegan chili. Other vendors include: Kuma's Corner, The Salsa Truck, Taco Joint, Bento Box, Head's red BBQ + moreThe Nosh's new hours are Saturday 10am-3pm.

Drink -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? We are once-again creating your guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Halloween Events. Information is being added as we receive it so stay tuned for details. If you're a neighborhood business, be sure to send us your information. And if you'd like to see what we've published to date, be sure to head to our Events section.



REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Remember this incredible 22,000 square foot orphanage-turned-single family home? It's located just north of Division at the corner of Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park and it's back on the market. A full 6 lots, the asking price is $3.5 million dollars.




SHOPPING EVENTS




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.

Ornot Gallery, inside of Ready Coffee, is hosting a vintage market this weekend. The hours are Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Ready Coffee is located at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.


 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Apple Pie, Boutique Hotels and Chili- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 18, 2013
October 18, 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. Our Annual Halloween Guide is in the works. Feel free to check our Events section any time for more information. Could a new boutique hotel finally be opening at the corner of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue? Plans have been presented. And if you missed it earlier this week, Wicker Park resident and photographer, Andy Fowler, took this stunning picture of the skyline sunrise from his home. Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways. We've got a very special $25 restaurant gift card heading your way soon.


Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie is not. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left..

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park next weekend. Get those costumes ready.


In neighborhood news:  **Lost Dog Alert** A couple visiting their son in Wicker Park lost their dog. The dog's name is Hope and she was featured on ABC News because she was on the expressway at Armitage and the Kennedy. If you have any information please contact us via our website. Also in neighborhood news, a man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott. Police suspect it was gang-related.

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT


Music: Chicago's most fun - and free - dance party heads back to Double Door. Don't miss Soul Summit on Saturday. If you'd like a VIP pass it will cost $10 and guarantees admission to the party. Also on Saturday, psychedelic death metal masters GIGAN play a free show at Reckless Records. On Sunday, Jam Productions presents, The Sounds. Get your tickets now.



Theater:  Collaboraction's Annual Beggar's Ball Fundraiser is Saturday.Tickets cost $50-$150 and include food, drink, a silent auction, music and entertainment. And it's all happening at Chop Shop. Tickets are also on sale now for The House Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. Don't miss this fresh and moving take on a holiday classic.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food  Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through next Saturday and this week they're hosting "Chili Day" with over a dozen of different types of chilis including Lindy's acclaimed red chili, Interuban Cafe and Pastry Shop's quinoa-black beed-sweet potato chili, Bergsetin's NY Deli's brisket chili Karl Craft Soup's lamb-pinto bean-corn chili and Feed Your Head's vegan chili. Other vendors include: Kuma's Corner, The Salsa Truck, Taco Joint, Bento Box, Head's red BBQ + moreThe Nosh's new hours are Saturday 10am-3pm.

Drink -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? We are once-again creating your guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Halloween Events. Information is being added as we receive it so stay tuned for details. If you're a neighborhood business, be sure to send us your information. And if you'd like to see what we've published to date, be sure to head to our Events section.





REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Remember this incredible 22,000 square foot orphanage-turned-single family home? It's located just north of Division at the corner of Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park and it's back on the market. A full 6 lots, the asking price is $3.5 million dollars.






SHOPPING EVENTS




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.

Ornot Gallery, inside of Ready Coffee, is hosting a vintage market this weekend. The hours are Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Ready Coffee is located at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Black Pit Bull Lost in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 18, 2013



Have you seen this dog? A family brought their dog, Hope, to Wicker Park from Minnesota on a visit to Chicago last weekend. They were at Damen + Evergreen on Sunday when the dog escaped from a home there and has been on the loose ever since.


ABC News Published the following story on Monday night:

A dog caused a big traffic jam on the Kennedy Expressway Monday night.

If you have seen a black pit bull in the area please contact us immediately through the website. She is micro chipped.Thank you. 

Boutique Hotel in The Works for Wicker Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, October 17, 2013

After many years of discussion, the historic icon and landmark "The Coyote" or Northwest Tower as it's called, will become a boutique hotel....right on the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Wicker Park and Bucktown. According to a report published by DNAInfo Chicago, the plans include: 75 rooms, a diner/restaurant on the first floor, meeting rooms, a lounge with wi-fi, rooftop solarium and an underground valet parking garage designed to accommodate 28 -30 hotel guests. Prices are expected to range from $130-$170 per night.

The project also includes the Hollander Fireproof Warehouse. An additional 24 "shared rooms" are planned for this space.

The team behind the development, Convexity Properties, is planning a March 2014 start date for construction and hopes to have the new boutique hotel open by 2015. They are currently identifying who the hotel operator will be. 


Northwest Tower: Hotel Developers Share Plans for Art Deco Corner Jewel [DNAInfo]

Shooting in Wicker Park May Be Gang Related

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, October 17, 2013

A shooting in Wicker Park last night in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott may be gang-related according to a report published by the Chicago Tribune this morning.

A man was shot while visiting his grandmother police said. The man, 24, was standing on the sidewalk with a friend at approximately 3:55am when they got into an argument with 2 others. One of the other 2 pulled a gun and shot the man in the leg. He was taken to Stroger hospital and is in serious condition.

Police said all 4 people may be related to gangs. 


Arkansas Man Dies After Brought To Hospital By Cousin [Chicago Tribune]


100 FREE Doughnuts in Wicker Park Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Photo

On Wednesday October 16th Glazed and Infused will be giving away 100 vanilla bean doughnuts starting at 7:00am. Wicker Park location only. 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. First come first served. The doughnuts will be available until they're all gone.

Another Stunning Photo Taken By Wicker Park Resident Andy Fowler

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Every once in a while, we're the proud recipients of one of Wicker Park resident and photographer Andy Fowler's beautiful shots.

We received on early this morning following the sunrise. This photo was taken from Mr. Fowler's residence (on the rooftop). Please keep them coming.


For a full size view/photo head to our Facebook page.


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