Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Mariano's Market Gets Ready To Open Tuesday

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 24, 2014

Wicker Wire: At long last, and in record speed, Mariano's Market gets ready to open at 2021 W. Chicago Avenue in Ukrainian Village. A preview and ribbon cutting were hosted this morning with the Chairman / CEO Bob Mariano, Alderman Burnett Jr. and Mayor Emanuel. The shelves are still being stocked and the layout is very similar to the Dominick's previously in the space; the reason for that... so the opening of the new Mariano's could happen more quickly. A few changes have been made. The Starbucks has been replaced by a juice bar. And the cheese section features wine pairings. This store will feature "game" meat based on the demographics and interests of the neighborhood.

The new location at Chicago + Damen Avenue will provide 350 jobs to the local community.

The team at Mariano's Market stated this is a store wholly focused on the neighborhood and their community; welcoming your input. Mariano's Market officially opens at 6:00am on Tuesday March 25th.

No firm date is available at this time regarding the opening of the new store at Ashland and Webster in Bucktown. Mariano's has only confirmed it will open later this year.

Blue Line Derailment - Bus Shuttles Running to O'Hare

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 24, 2014

photo courtesy of ABC News

This morning at approximately 2:50am an eight car Blue Line CTA train derailed at O'Hare International Airport after failing to stop and climbing up an escalator. Approximately 32 people were injured; none with life threatening injuries. Twenty-six of those passengers have been taken to area hospitals for bumps and bruises. Six people had more serious injuries. Almost all passengers have been released.

At this time the CTA is running shuttle buses between the Rosement Blue Line el stop and O'Hare International Airport. It will take approximately 24 hours to remove the train cars from the tracks so the shuttles are expected to continue into tomorrow.The rest of the Blue Line train is roughly on schedule.

There is no reason yet for why the train failed to stop and an investigation is underway.

Blue Line Derailment Injuries 32, Train Hits Escalator At O'Hare [ABCNews

Happy Fish Fryday - 7 Spots Where You Can Find It Today

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 21, 2014

photo courtesy of Big Star

Wicker Park - Whether you're observing Lent or just in the mood for seafood, here are a few recommendations right in our own back yard:


1)Antique Taco or Big Star - Fish Tacos-  Either of these spots are great for fish tacos. The Crispy Fish Tempura Tacos at Antique Taco are served with sriracha tartar sauce, smoked cabbage, chives, sesame. At Big Star the beer battered tilapia is served with chipotle may, cabbage, cilantro and lime.

Antique Taco- 1360 N. Milwaukee Avenue  *** Big Star- 1531 N. Damen Avenue


2)Frontier Fish Fry Fridays

Now through Friday, April 11

$15 Fish Fry Fridays

In observance of Lent beginning Friday, March 7, Frontier will offer $15 Fish Fry Fridays with rotating fish options, hushpuppies and hand-cut fries. 1072 N. Milwaukee Avenue


3)Link's Taproom - Friday Fish Fry and New Menu additions. Link's Taproom recently added smelt to their daily menu and on Fridays they include a weekly fish fry. The fish fry includes: lake perch, a potato pancake, french fries, cole slaw and of course tartar sauce. You can wash it all down with your choice of 36 drafts. 1559 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


4)Mac's American Bar - Friday Fish Fry - every Friday through April 18th from 5:00pm - 11:00pm Mac's is serving up a fish fry & chips; through Lent only. 1801 W. Division Street.


5)Mariscos El Veneno - Seafood with a Mexican flair- Two blocks south of Division Street on Ashland, this tiny neighborhood gem serves everything from lobster to red snapper, prawns and more. And the price is very reasonable. 1024 N. Ashland Avenue. Additional details.

6)Takito Kitchen - Takito is offering a Sesame Tempura Shrimp Taco through April 11th only that includes: a sesame tortilla, habanero turmeric aioli, napa cabbage, pickled carrots, Urban Till cilantro. $15 for 3 or $19 for 4. Lunch or dinner. 2013 W. Division Street.


7)The Savoy - Anything and everything - The Savoy brings globally inspired seafood and a raw bar to the heart of Wicker Park. So you have many options from which to choose. 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

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.


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$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: 

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