Get Featured

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Banh Mi & Co Expands to Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Updated March 20, 2014 - When we stepped into the former location for the Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop at 1740 W. Division in Wicker Park today, it still smelled like sugar cones and caramel corn. But the official signage is up and Banh Mi & Co is getting ready to move in. They are still targeting an April opening.


 - Banh Mi & Co. is opening in Wicker Park by April.

photo courtesy of Crain's Chicago Business

Published February 17, 2014 - Wicker Wire: Banh Mi & Co has signed a lease and is moving in to Wicker Park this Spring according to a report published by Crain's Chicago Business.

The Wicker Park location at 1740 W. Division Street (formerly The Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop) will be the fifth for Banh Mi & Co and John Sanchez, one of the chain's partners, says he hopes to open 5 more locations this year. 

The Vietnamese sandwich shop started in 2012 in Lakeview expanding quickly into Roscoe Village and the Loop.

Look for Banh Mi & Co to open in Wicker Park by April 2014.

Banh Mi & Co Expands to Wicker Park [Crain's Chicago Business]

The Fifty/50 Celebrates 6 Years in Wicker Park Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Celebrate 6 years with The Fifty/50   - 2047 W. Division Street - Wicker Park.

Join The Fifty/50 on Wednesday, March 19 beginning at 6pm for their Six-Year Anniversary Party! $1 house shots, $2 select sliders, $3 Fireball shots, $4 craft drafts, $5 Grey Goose FLAVORS vodka cocktails, $6 orders of their famous jumbo chicken wings, FREE birthday cake from their sister restaurant West Town Bakery & Diner, Hawks game, Bulls game, and a bunch of other fun stuff.
The Fifty/50 is located at 2047 W. Division Street in Wicker Park.

New Wicker Park Potbelly's Opens Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 17, 2014


Wicker Wire: Moving in to the space formerly Oberweis at 1293 N. Milwaukee Avenue, the Potbelly Sandwich Shop will officially open their doors to the public at 11:00am on Wednesday March 19, 2014.

They are hosting a fundraiser tonight where $5 buys you a sandwich and proceeds will help to raise funds for Wells Community Academy High School. They'll close up shop again tonight and reopen on Wednesday.


 Embedded image permalink


$10 Burgers and Beer Tonight At Trenchermen

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

image courtesy of Trenchermen via Facebook

Every Wednesday night Wicker Park's Trenchermen at 2039 W. North Avenue offers a special burger and beer pairing for just $10. Tonight March 12th the featured burger includes cranberry compote, Brie cheese and bacon. And it's being paired with 3 Floyd's Alpha King. 

They offer a limited number of burgers each Wednesday. First come- first served When they're gone, they're gone. 

Rodan Kicks off Double Feature Series Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

image courtesy of Rodan via facebook

Local H's Scott Lucas is screening 2 films tonight at Wicker Park's Rodan at 1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

7:00pm: Purple Rain - starring Prince and the Revolution

2nd Feature: Streets of Fire - starring Diane Lane

The movies are FREE and you'll be treated to gourmet popcorn. $2 tacos all night long.

Free Music Mondays Featuring Brooklyn's Ice Balloons

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Our Free Mondays have been hotter than ever this winter and TONIGHT

we continue our streak with Brooklyn's ICE Balloons featuring Kyp Malone

from TV on the Radio.

Show starts at 9pm.


If you want more info on the show, head to the Facebook event page or to our website.

10 Best Bands of 2013 – New York Observer

"Brilliant band of bizarros" –Village Voice

"This lurching, fuzzed-out act – fronted, naturally by a half-man, half fly 

creature –is  just the thing to make you feel you’ve stepped into another 

dimension.” –New York Observer

1035 N. Western Avenue Chicago.

Down and Dirty Double Door St. Paddy's Party

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Down and Dirty Double Door St. Paddy's Party 

Keep the kids home and start working out that stomach,
 because this event is not for the weak.  The rock band
Beer Nuts are headlining the most outrageous 2014 St.
Patrick's Day party in Chicago. It all goes down at Double
Door Monday, March 17th (yes the ACTUAL St. Paddy's Day)
and ladies get in the door free of charge. 
If Eminem's albums deserved a parental advisory label
on them, a Beer Nuts album would be uncharted territory
of hysterical raunchiness.  The RIAA doesn't have a label
for how ridiculous these songs are.  Songs like Blow Me
For Beer, and Got The Yea Yo go hand in hand with one
of Chicagoans' favorite St. Patrick's Day past-times,
getting good and drunk.  

Mexican Werewolf, She's Crafty, and Yeowulf make up the rest of
night's lineup. Mexican Werewolf describes themselves as, "Ugly
dudes playing ugly music for other ugly dudes." It's only half true.
They play high energy rock n' roll with the best of them, but their
message is what the whole night is about. Come one, come all.
No one at this St. Paddy's Day party cares what you look like,
it's just time to party.

What would a St. Patrick's day party be without She's Crafty,
Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute?  Just in case anyone
any trouble, they'll be leading the fight for the right to PARTAYYY!
Yeowulf will be starting the night off as the appetizer to the
hearty dish of humor-laden hard rock and ferociously
unadulterated party music.  

Show Details

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Concert Entrance: Double Door 1551 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, Il, 60622
Time: Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Price: $10 Adv / $20 DOS - Ladies get in free


The Beer Nuts:
Mexican Werewolf:
She's Crafty: 

Lost Dog Alert - German Shepard - Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Good morning everyone - this dog, Ryan, escaped from her back yard yesterday in Bucktown. She's somewhat timid and does show some fear aggression so if you see her please approach her slowly. Let her come to you. Treats will help.

She belongs to Kriser Store Manager, Mary Miller. She heads up the location in Bucktown at 1658 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Phone #- 773-235-1790.

Thanks, as always, for your help. 

Additional details below including contact information:

231-852-0681 (mary) 
847-650-4134 (lynda)

Here is extra info and Ryan's post from Lost Dogs Illinois:
Lost! #Chicago #IL (Paulina & Wabansia, Paulina & North) Ryan - Spayed Female German Shepherd mix. Call 847-650-4134 or 231-852-0681. Email if seen or found. Scared/Confused. Please do not call or chase - may cause Ryan to run in fear. 8 Yo , 60 Lbs. Black & Tan. Microchipped. Cook County. 60622. Missing 03-09-2014. bs

Wicker Park Woman Stabbed Outside of Nightclub

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 07, 2014

A woman in her 20's was stabbed after leaving a Wicker Park nightclub according to a report published earlier today by ABC News.

The woman was stabbed in the block of 1500 N. Damen Avenue in front of Flash Taco at approximately 2:00am Friday morning. Police say a man and woman pulled up in a car yelling gang slogans. A physical altercation resulted with a woman being stabbed in the neck and check.

The woman was admitted to Stoger hospital and her wounds are not considered life threateing.

Bloomingdale Trail Street Closures This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Bloomindale Trail Closes Western Avenue 

Over the next few weeks, crews will be removing, replacing and upgrading the major bridges along the Bloomingdale Trail, the centerpiece of The 606.  
The first phase will happen this weekend, with the removal of the bridge across Western, this Friday through Sunday (March 7-9). Work will start at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and continue 24-hours/day until complete. 
This means Western Avenue will be closed between Wabansia (1700N) and Winnebago/Cortland (1900N) during construction and all cars, buses, and pedestrians will have to follow a detour. A detour map is available here.  

Information provided courtesy of Alderman Moreno via email.

Recent Posts


Chicago Real Estate wicker park business closings wickerpark bucktown events wicker park music wickerpark bucktown community WickerPark Bucktown Deals bucktown chicago wicker park chicago bucktown rad events wicker park bucktown farmers market bucktown bars wicker park bucktown internships chicago wicker park bucktown real estate Wicker Park Bucktown Contests celebrity sightings wickerpark bucktown wicker park crime chicago emergency veterinary specialty lincoln park advertising opportunities wicker park bucktown weekend guide wickerpark bucktown sunday scoop wicker park bars chicago advertising opportunities Submit A Wicker Park Bucktown Business crime wicker park bucktown wickerpark bucktown black wednesday lakeview advertising opportunities wicker park art wicker park rad events wicker park bucktown community Bucktown wickerpark bucktown festivals wicker park bucktown marketing Wicker Park Festivals wicker park bucktown news Wicker Park, Bucktown, Bars, Shopping, Art Exhibits wicker park lollapalooza wicker park bucktown filming weekend guide Chicago Craft Beer Week west town advertising wicker park bucktown closings wicker park history Wicker Park Logan Square Chicago chicago fire filming Wicker Park Bucktown Restaurants Advertisement do division wicker park WickerPark Bucktown Elections wickerpark bucktown rad events wicker park real estate bucktown crime dr seth ghantous wickerpark bucktown lost and found chicago veterinary emergency specialty clinic wicker park bucktown shopping bucktown restaurants chicago artists Bucktown Retail News Bucktown Festivals wicker park farmers market logan square advertising opportunities Wicker Park, Bucktown, Holiday, Shopping, Events wicker park weekend guide wickerpark veterinary clinic wicker park restaurants wicker park fest wicker park bucktown alert