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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

The Replacements, Bucktown 5k, Open Streets and More

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 13, 2013
September 13, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. This week we've got lots of news to share and special events you won't want to miss. The Bucktown 5k is this weekend so you can take a nice run through the most scenic parts of Bucktown. Open Streets is also back this Sunday and Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland to Kedzie. But you can run, bike, skateboard and more without worrying about traffic. Riot Fest also kicks off tonight with 80 incredible bands plus the farmers market and The Nosh continue.


Last but not least, for up to the minute information, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We give away lots of great prizes. So be sure to follow us there and you'll never miss a thing.


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

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS



Mark your calendars for next weekend when Wicker Park After Dark opens at Jackson Junge Gallery. Wicker Park After Dark  features photographer David Szpunar's perspective of the unique nightlife and many of the unusual things that happen in the neighborhood in the wee hours of the night.


 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



Two big events arrive this weekend in the neighborhood. First the annual Bucktown 5k is Sunday and participants take a scenic run through the neighborhood. There's still time to register if you haven't already. An expanded Open Streets also takes place on Sunday from 10am -3pm. And this year, the event includes Logan Square. Three miles of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland Avenue all the way to Kedzie. If you've never tried a Divvy bike but would like to. Now would be a great time. There are also lots of events planned for kids.

 

Also this weekend, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is back on Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. 


Things to put on your radar for next weekend: Circus in the Parks and the Twilight Tour of Wicker Park.

 

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: The Riot Fest Music Festival and Carnival is this weekend and it's all happening right around the corner. The bands that have been booked this year are just incredible and include: The Replacements, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Joan Jett, Blondie, Dinosaur Junior, Flag, Bob Mould, Guided by Voices and more. 80 bands in total will be featured plus there will be carnival rides, and lots of food and drink. The 3 day tickets sold out long ago but a few single day tickets are still available.


 After Shows for Riot Fest are selling out. Even if you're not going to the festival, you can still grab a great show right in the neighborhood.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -   A cute little Italian Deli has just opened on Western Avenue. Rosie's features sandwiches (like sub and meatball sandwiches), soups, salads, pizza, gourmet items, meats, cheeses and more. Their goal is to offer as much locally sourced and organic food as possible and the pizza we had was terrific. Rosie's West Town Deli


Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each week. This week includes: The Rice Table, Chicago's Dog House, Bad Happy, The Bento Box and many more ... even organic treats for dogs will be available. Dogs are welcome and there's no admission fee.


Drink - Bucktown's Red Door is hosting Slurp & Slush this weekend. And what is Slurp & Slush? It's an oyster shuck off between 3 notable Chicago Chefs. Your $40 ticket buys you food, drinks and appetizers. 





REAL ESTATE NEWS



This 22,000 square foot brick and limestone building at Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park was originally an orphanage in 1903 when it was first built. Over time it was converted into a single family residence. Yes you heard us: single family residence. Recently listed at $3.5 million, this huge property has been sold and is currently under contract. You can check out a few photos of this incredible property right here: 1239 N. Wood Street.






SHOPPING EVENTS

Fulton Fest - Chicago, Illinois

Just south of the neighborhood, Fulton Fest celebrates Chicago's independent entrepreneurs and artisans on Damen Avenue at Fulton. You'll find food, drink, music and great local businesses. Today only. 


And a little insight we'd love to share. We came across this incredible grocery store on Western Avenue called Amish Healthy Foods. Amish Healthy Foods is like a tiny little independent small business version of Whole Foods and the owners travel to an Amish community every Wednesday. They head back with fresh produce, eggs, cheese, butter, honey and too much list. A don't miss.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, be sure to 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

Chicago Fire Filming in Bucktown Friday

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland Avenue) has been busy this week with film crews all week long including those from NBC's new show Chicago PD. Chicago Fire film crews are back beginning tonight (or early Friday morning) at 2:30am and continuing through 11:59pm Friday September 13th.

Cortland Street at Damen east to Winchester and parts of Winchester outside of Lottie's Pub are no parking zones through tomorrow. 

Chicago PD Begins Filming in Bucktown Today

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Chicago PD", a spin-off of NBC's blockbuster hit "Chicago Fire" begins filming in Bucktown today.

Parking restrictions are in place all day for Winchester north of North Avenue and on Cortland at Damen Avenue until 3pm today September 11, 2013.


Image courtesy of NBC.com

Chicago PD

ABC's Mind Games Filming in Wicker Park Today

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A number of streets in the middle of Wicker Park are off limits today for filming of ABC's new tv show Mind Games starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn.

Watch the Chicago Bears Today in Wicker Park on 20 Foot Screen

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Bears kick off their official season today in Soldier Field and if you're not going to the game you can catch it today at Emporium Arcade. They'll be showing the game on their new 20 foot movie screen and will also be providing a buffet with food from Antique Taco.

So if you're looking for a spot today where you can watch the game with a great view of all of the action, head to Emporium Arcade: 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Two Men Shot in Wicker Park Friday Night

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 07, 2013


The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that 2 men in their 20's were shot after a fight broke out in Wicker Park's park - located at 1425 N. Damen Avenue at approximately 11:45pm last night. Two groups of people were involved in the fight. One man was shot in the leg. One man was shot in the abdomen.

Both men were taken to Advocate Illinois Medical Center.

Please stay aware and if you see anything unusual please call 911 immediately. Thank you.



Renegade, Riot Fest and Football - Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 07, 2013
September 7, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. This week we've got lots of news to share and special events you won't want to miss. The Renegade Craft Fair kicks off tomorrow on Division Street from Damen Avenue to Paulina. And you'll find the street filled with over 300 indie craft artists. But that's not all. We've also included food, drink, community events and even a couple of real estate deals that won't be around for long.


Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Last weekend we gave away Platinum Cubs Tickets worth $200! So be sure to follow us on social media and you'll never miss a thing.

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

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS




Dog Lovers! Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue is hosting a Puppy Art Party this weekend. So bring your pooch to Jackson Junge in Wicker Park and meet artist Kate Hoyer. She paints incredible custom pictures. Also at Jackson Junge, Wicker Park After Dark opens in two weeks and features a photographer's perspective of Wicker Park nightlife.

 



COMMUNITY EVENTS



On Saturday, be sure to bring your kids to the adorable Magic Boat Puppet Show. The show starts at 11am right in the Wicker Park Playground. Also in the park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. Chef Rick Bayless is there on a regular basis so you never know who you'll bump into while you're there. 

Next Weekend: Two big events arrive next week in the neighborhood. The Annual Bucktown 5k is right around the corner and there's still time to register if you haven't already. And Open Streets heads back to Wicker Park and Bucktown. This year Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland all the way to Kedzie in Logan Square. Plan accordingly and be sure to watch those parking restrictions.



 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: Right on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown, The Hideout Block Party is this weekend and lots of great talent will be squeezed into a few short days. Who can you find at 1354 W. Wabansia this weekend? Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann to name a few. A family-friendly event fill with food, fun and lots of music. Also this weekend, the wonderfully flamboyant and provocative rapper Mykki Blanco heads to Empty Bottle and if you RSVP via Do312, you can get in for free before 10pm. 


Early WarningThe After Shows for Riot Fest just went on sale and many shows have already sold out. So if you'd like to attend any of these, you'd better buy your tickets now. Also, Emporium Arcade will be hosting an After Party that's not currently included on this list. So we will keep you posted on that. The party at Emporium is next Sunday. Details to follow. 






FOODIE & DRINK NEWS



Food -   These 5 new eateries are the ones we're most excited about at the moment, and they are on our radar for 2013. You'll find everything from new cake doughnuts to Italian pastry to Asian fare and more. Keep your eyes open for these new Wicker Park and Bucktown Restaurants opening soon.


Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each week. This week includes: The Rice Table, Chicago's Dog House, Bad Happy, The Bento Box and many more ... even organic treats for dogs will be available. Dogs are welcome and there's no admission fee.


Drink - Emporium Arcade is kicking off the Chicago Bears Season at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue with a party this Sunday. The game will be shown on their 20 foot long movie screen and a buffet from Antique Taco will be provided. And if you're looking for college games: we have you covered with this handy little College Football Guide. If you're wondering which bars feature which college football teams, you can find them there.





REAL ESTATE DEALS

1636 N Claremont

This week you can find 2 incredible deals in the neighborhood if you're looking for 2-flats or multi-units. The first is located in Bucktown at 1636 N. Claremont. This well-maintained brick Victorian property is a 2-flat and is located on a quiet street but close to everything.Currently listed at $580,000. The 2nd is located at 2610 W. Cortland 2 blocks west of the Western Blue Line El stop. Currently occupied as 4 units, this property is also very well maintained and is currently listed for just $399k. These are great deals and in nice locations so you better hurry. 





SHOPPING EVENTS
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One of the nicest events of the year, Renegade Craft Fair is back Saturday and Sunday on Division Street. You'll find food, drink and over 300 indie-craft artists from 11am -7pm each day. A don't miss and the weather looks like it will be cooperating. Also in shopping news Steven Alan is opening their very first Midwest location in the space formerly the home of Riley at 1659 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.


That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.

 

 

To receive this each week, just sign up below. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Renegade, Riot Fest, Football and More - Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 06, 2013
September 6, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. This week we've got lots of news to share and special events you won't want to miss. The Renegade Craft Fair kicks off tomorrow on Division Street from Damen Avenue to Paulina. And you'll find the street filled with over 300 indie craft artists. But that's not all. We've also included food, drink, community events and even a couple of real estate deals that won't be around for long.


Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Last weekend we gave away Platinum Cubs Tickets worth $200! So be sure to follow us on social media and you'll never miss a thing.

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

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS




Dog Lovers! Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue is hosting a Puppy Art Party this weekend. So bring your pooch to Jackson Junge in Wicker Park and meet artist Kate Hoyer. She paints incredible custom pictures. Also at Jackson Junge, Wicker Park After Dark opens in two weeks and features a photographer's perspective of Wicker Park nightlife.

 

And tonight, don't miss First Friday's at The Flat Iron at North and Milwaukee Avenue. Artists' studios are open until 10pm 

 



COMMUNITY EVENTS



On Saturday, be sure to bring your kids to the adorable Magic Boat Puppet Show. The show starts at 11am right in the Wicker Park Playground. Also in the park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. Chef Rick Bayless is there on a regular basis so you never know who you'll bump into while you're there. 

Next Weekend: Two big events arrive next week in the neighborhood. The Annual Bucktown 5k is right around the corner and there's still time to register if you haven't already. And Open Streets heads back to Wicker Park and Bucktown. This year Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland all the way to Kedzie in Logan Square. Plan accordingly and be sure to watch those parking restrictions.



 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: Right on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown, The Hideout Block Party is this weekend and lots of great talent will be squeezed into a few short days. Who can you find at 1354 W. Wabansia this weekend? Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann to name a few. A family-friendly event fill with food, fun and lots of music. Also this weekend, the wonderfully flamboyant and provocative rapper Mykki Blanco heads to Empty Bottle and if you RSVP via Do312, you can get in for free before 10pm. 


Early WarningThe After Shows for Riot Fest just went on sale and many shows have already sold out. So if you'd like to attend any of these, you'd better buy your tickets now. Also, Emporium Arcade will be hosting an After Party that's not currently included on this list. So we will keep you posted on that. The party at Emporium is next Sunday. Details to follow. 






FOODIE & DRINK NEWS



Food -   These 5 new eateries are the ones we're most excited about at the moment, and they are on our radar for 2013. You'll find everything from new cake doughnuts to Italian pastry to Asian fare and more. Keep your eyes open for these new Wicker Park and Bucktown Restaurants opening soon.


Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each week. This week includes: The Rice Table, Chicago's Dog House, Bad Happy, The Bento Box and many more ... even organic treats for dogs will be available. Dogs are welcome and there's no admission fee.


Drink - Emporium Arcade is kicking off the Chicago Bears Season at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue with a party this Sunday. The game will be shown on their 20 foot long movie screen and a buffet from Antique Taco will be provided. And if you're looking for college games: we have you covered with this handy little College Football Guide. If you're wondering which bars feature which college football teams, you can find them there.





REAL ESTATE DEALS

1636 N Claremont

This week you can find 2 incredible deals in the neighborhood if you're looking for 2-flats or multi-units. The first is located in Bucktown at 1636 N. Claremont. This well-maintained brick Victorian property is a 2-flat and is located on a quiet street but close to everything.Currently listed at $580,000. The 2nd is located at 2610 W. Cortland 2 blocks west of the Western Blue Line El stop. Currently occupied as 4 units, this property is also very well maintained and is currently listed for just $399k. These are great deals and in nice locations so you better hurry. 





SHOPPING EVENTS
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One of the nicest events of the year, Renegade Craft Fair is back Saturday and Sunday on Division Street. You'll find food, drink and over 300 indie-craft artists from 11am -7pm each day. A don't miss and the weather looks like it will be cooperating. Also in shopping news Steven Alan is opening their very first Midwest location in the space formerly the home of Riley at 1659 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.


That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, be sure to 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

Fantastic Investment Opportunity - Logan Square-Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 06, 2013


This multi-unit at 2610 W. Cortland Avenue just hit the market this week and at $399,000 it looks like an exceptional opportunity. Just 2 blocks west of the Western Blue Line stop and 2 blocks west of the heart of Bucktown, this property offers a unique opportunity as a live/rent or investment opportunity.

4 units are currently inhabited with 3 generating over $2,000 in rental income. Both 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom rentals are offered here. The property has also been well-maintained and includes: a new roof in 2013, newer kitchens and appliances, hardwood floors, central air and heat and a 2 car garage.

Just listed 3 days ago by @properties, showing times are only available today (September 6th) and tomorrow (September 7th). If you're interested you need to hop on this immediately. You know this one will sell quickly.


Published September 6 2013 by real estate contributor Thyra DeCicco, licensed IL broker, @properties. 1875 N. Damen Avenue. 773-432-0200.

Renegade Craft Fair Heads to Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

September 7th and September 8th

Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park
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The Renegade Craft Fair has grown at an incredible rate each and every year. In 2013, the fair will will held Saturday September 7th from 11:00am - 7:00pm and September 8th 11:00am - 7:00pm on Division Street between Paulina Street and Damen Avenue.

 

This  DIY extravaganza is in its 11th year features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. 

This year you'll find a vintage pop up market by The Vintage Bazaar, entertainment/music by Reckless Records and CHIRP radio, a photobooth by Magnolia Photo Booth Company, food by: Antique Taco, Mana, Glazed & Infused, Black Dog Gelato + more.

This is a great "don't miss" fest. You never know who you'll meet there. Last year we bumped into Mayor Emanuel.




 

 


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