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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.

The Cars, KISS, Queens of the Stone Age And More This Week at Double Door

Michael Hamrick - Monday, October 28, 2013

Slutter as KISS
Don't Miss The Double Door's 17th Annual Halloween Bash; one of our very favorite neighborhood events of the year. October 31st. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Tickets just $10. Who's on the agenda this year? The Cars, KISS, Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age and many more. Plus the bash continues for 2 full days. On November 1st, you can see Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty....the list goes on and on. 


Slutter as KISS

Slutter as KISS
SLUTTER is the finest all-female KISS revue in the country. Featuring four of Chicago's hottest and most talented creatures of the night, this quartet of hard luck women has the magic touch to resurrect the energy of the original KISS shows 100,000 years ago. Clad in traditional KISS make up, leather, vinyl, studs, and spacesuits, SLUTTER features the hissing, purring, shedding Peterless Criss, the sexually ambiguous, always inappropriate starchild GG Stanley, the gluttonous, self-aggrandizing goddess of thunder Vagene Simmons, and the firey, radioactive Lace SHEley.


AM Taxi as The Cars
AM Taxi as The Cars
With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, Chicago-based AM Taxi combines experience with exuberance on their Virgin Records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance. The band was formed almost two years ago—with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt—by longtime Windy City bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann. The trio began writing and recording and produced their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly after, they were joined by brothers John and Luke Schmitt on guitar and keyboards. AM Taxi began establishing a rep as a dynamic live outfit with headlining performances at local clubs like the Metro and soon after recorded their second EP, The Good, The Bad and The Fed Up. .

There are also songs about things everyone can identify with, like a couple in which no matter how much he messes up, she takes him back (“Charissa”) or New Year’s resolutions gone bad (“Champagne Toast”).

“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.”

Big Paraid and Brighton MA as Queens of The Stone Age
Big Paraid and Brighton MA as Queens of The Stone Age
BIG PARAID, the aggressive crush pop trio out of Chicago, released their debut record in March of 2013. Since then, they have marched on through the House Of Blues, Metro, the Taste Of Lincoln Ave, and Lincoln Hall. They have also made handsome appearances on the Mancow Morning TV Show, Chicago's own JBTV, and the trio has told the exciting truth to radio DJs on WXRT, WBEZ, and WLUL.

The BIG PARAID live experience, which encompasses bombastic original rock songs, choreographed dancers, and a confetti cannon, is not one to be missed.

Brighton MA is a five-piece rock band from Chicago. Named for lead singer/songwriter Matt Kerstein's hometown, Brighton MA has existed in various forms since 2006. In the past year, founding members Kerstein, Sam Koentopp, and Jim Tuerk have been joined by Joe Darnaby and Jon Ozaksut to develop their most cohesive sound to date. BMA has built a reputation throughout the Midwest on a series of blistering live performances and a catalog of undeniably tuneful and well-crafted songs, heard on such prime-time television shows such as Gossip Gir, One Tree Hill and Castle. The diversity of songs has led them to share the stage with a number of noteworthy and disparate sounding performers, from Old 97s, Elvis Perkins, and Mason Jennings, to Man Man, The Essex Green, and Appleseed Cast to name a few. With an ever-expanding catalog and a quickly building fanbase, Brighton MA are a band on the rise and poised to break through.

BMA is currently working on their as of yet untitled third LP, a followup to Amateur Lovers [2008] and the self-titled debut EP [2007].


Hessler as W.A.S.P.
Hessler as W.A.S.P.

Fueled by music to leave you feeling an adrenaline overdose equivalent to a lightning strike, HËSSLER is an all out onslaught created to ignite your soul and seduce your mind. Trainwreck with the insane and follow the Windy City quintet into a heart pounding, blood pumping, over the top trip into an exhibition of carnage and excitement.

HËSSLER have shared the stage with: W.A.S.P., Loudness, Cinderella, Steel Panther, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Skid Row, Warrant, Lizzy Borden, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Bang Tango, Sister Sin, The Last Vegas, All That Remains, Otep, Obsession (featuring Mike Vescera), Enuff Z Nuff, Trixter and performed at Rocklahoma 2012, playing right before Slash, as well as Summerfest 2012 in Milwaukee (the biggest music festival in the world).

DJ Erik as DJ Axl Rose
DJ Erik as DJ Axl Rose
"Ah just act the way ah feel. Elvis Presley"







The Halloween Bash Continues on Friday November 1st with Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Neil Young and more.


Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
http://doubledoor.com



IL State Law Mandates Cars Yield To Pedestrians

Michael Hamrick - Monday, October 28, 2013

Photo: Division and Paulina - Wicker Park 

In light of the fact that it's Halloween week and a lot of people will be out (including kids) here's a friendly reminder to all people driving in Illinois: It is not optional to stop at pedestrian crosswalks. It is an Illinois State Law. 


If you're driving a car in Illinois, you should be familiar with this law. If you're not, here's what you need to know effective 2010:


Illinois drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks.  


Definition of “crosswalk” 
There are several kinds of crosswalks. 
• Signalized: These are crosswalks at stop signs and traffic signals. 
• Unsignalized: These are crosswalks that don’t have a stop sign or traffic signal. They are also referred to as “mid-block crosswalks.” 
• Marked: These are the crosswalks you can see. Painted lines on the road designate their location. 
• Unmarked: Not all crosswalks are marked with paint. The law is filled with jargon (see below) but simply put, a crosswalk is present whenever a sidewalk leads into the street. 
 

Illinois drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians in any of those crosswalks: marked, unmarked, signalized or unsignalized. 

 
Legal Definition of a Crosswalk 
 
Illinois defines crosswalks as “That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs, and in the absence of a sidewalk on one side of the highway, that part of the highway included within the extension of the lateral line of the existing sidewalk to the side of the highway without the sidewalk” (625 ILCS 5/1-113 (a)) 
 

Violation penalties 

Penalties for violating this law vary by county and may include fines and court costs. Cook County penalties start at $50 and may include court costs. 
 

Take action

 
You can take action if a car does not come to a complete stop while you are in a crosswalk. Call 911 and report them. If possible, record the license plate number and include that along with your location in your police report. 



If you don't yield for a pedestrian in a cross walk, you're breaking Illinois State law. And you can be reported and fined. But is that really necessary? 

Apparently, with the number of drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, it is.



Information courtesy of the Active Transportation Alliance

Get Dosed! Dose Market Continues Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm you can head to the Dose Market located right in the heart of Wicker Park and Bucktown .... in the new space at the 1st Ward/Chop Shop located at 2033 W. North Avenue. 

Dose Market will feature a selection of garments, jewelry, food, sweets, design objects, gifts and more. A variety of entrepreneurs, boutiques and restaurants are featured every weekend and the market is located directly next to Chop Shop where you'll find amazing food, coffee, pastry and a full service kitchen.

Dose Market kicks off Sunday September 29th and continues every Sunday through December 15th. Here's a look at each week and Dose Market will be filling in the details for every Sunday's market:



There is an entry fee of $5 per week. Discounts for season tickets are available. For additional details, visit the Dose Marketwebsite. 



images courtesy of Dose Market 

Final Wicker Park Farmers Market of The Season is Today

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Updated October 26, 2013 - The very last Wicker Park, Bucktown Farmers Market of the season is today. So grab that fresh produce and those awesome tamales while you can. Open til 2pm. 







Sundays 8am - 2pm
Wicker Park Proper - 1425 N. Damen Avenue

 The Wicker Park Farmers Market at 1425 N. Damen Avenue will be open from June 3rd through October 27th on Sundays from 8am - 2pm. For those who don't know, the market is located in Wicker Park proper on the corner of Damen Avenue and Wicker Park Avenue.

Insiders know it's best to get there early. If you wait until 1pm, the best of the best is gone and many of the vendors are closing up shop. Just a little "insider" information from people who attend the market every week.

We've also discovered Chef Rick Bayless makes regular trips to the Wicker Park Farmers Market. He made this Vine earlier this year and we had a little fun with the talented Chef on Twitter. He loves our farmers market.



 

 

Boo Palooza, Horror Movies, Parties and More -Your Wicker Park Bucktown Halloween Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 26, 2013
October 26, 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. 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. 

Last but not least The Empty Bottle is hosting a FREE paranormal brunch on Saturday.

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

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.


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