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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.

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

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

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