Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Win This $25 Gift Card for Wicker Park's Via Carducci

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
One of the best Italian spots in Chicago this very cozy and intimate spot at 1928 W. Division Street offers authentic Italian favorites including: ravioli, spaghetti and lasagna. Most of the ingredients are imported from Italy.The food is consistently good and the service is always attentive. In the warmer months, the outdoor patio is packed. 


Weekends are also very busy so reservations are recommended.


And right now you can win a FREE $25 Gift Card for Via Carducci that you can use any time. Here's how:


Enter to Win This $25 Gift Card ! It's easy.


Via Twitter

>> Head to our  Twitter Page and RT our announcement to enter.




Via Facebook

Look for our announcement on our Facebook Page and tell us what your favorite Italian food/meal/dessert is. That's it. We'll enter you into a random drawing but you need to enter my 11:59pm tonight, January 22nd 2014. We'll pick and notify our winner at 9am tomorrow (1/23/14) and you'll have one hour to claim your prize.

Good Luck !

Experience Restaurant Week in Wicker Park, Bucktown Chicago

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2012_1_16_CRW.jpg The Seventh Annual Chicago Restaurant Week will delight the appetites of many from January 24 - February 6, 2014. During that week, more than 280 restaurants will participate for 10 full days. This annual event allows all of us to try some of the city's best chefs at restaurants with prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner. Many restaurants will fill up so be sure to make your reservations early.

Want to know which fantastic restaurants are participating in the neighborhood? Here's the list:

The Bristol

2152 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown




Carriage House

1700 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 384-9700




1616 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 772- 7100



Francesca's Forno

1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 770-0184



Grass Fed

1721 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 342-6000



Mirai Sushi

2020 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 862-8500



Red Door

2118 N. Damen Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 697-7221


SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 772-2727



The Savoy

1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 698 - 6925




1265 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 252-2020




2039 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 661-1540



For a full list of All Participants, head to Chicago Restaurant Week's Website.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters Back at Piece in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

photo courtesy of Piece via Facebook.

When Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are in Chicago, they never seem to miss their visit to Piece Pizza in Wicker Park.

They appeared, once again, at the favorite pizza spot last night, January 20, 2014.

Dave Grohl and team made an appearance last November and members of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana made another appearance at Piece Pizza in June of last year:

So if you'd like to bump into Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters the next time they're in town, be sure to head to Piece Pizza. 

Chicago PD Filming in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 20, 2014

photo courtesy of Diane Salomon via twitter @dianesalomon

Chicago PD is filming in the neighborhood today at Wood/Wolcott and Wicker Park Avenue. Just a heads up if you're in the area. The police you're seeing in a high speed car chase down the alley behind Milwaukee Avenue are just actors. The guy posted at Wicker Park Avenue and Wolcott, however, in the unmarked car is the real thing.

Embedded image permalinkphoto courtesy of Diane Salomon.

Also: Wolcott at Milwaukee Avenue is closed to traffic between the 7 Eleven and Walgreens where the crew is currently set up. 

La Colombe Says They're Opening Soon in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, January 16, 2014
photo courtesy of La Colombe 

We first reported on La Colombe heading to Wicker Park waaaay back in May of last year and their target date for opening then was September 2013.


Photo: Our newest location in Chicago's Wicker Park got a hand-gilded window sign by Gibbs Connors.Wicker Park location photo courtesy of La Colombe via Facebook.

Well, delays do happen and La Colombe is getting ready at long last to open their doors in the space formerly the location of Greener Cleaners at 1552 N. Damen Avenue directly next to the Blue Line in Wicker Park. Today is "health inspection day" according to an instagram photo published earlier.

They should be opening any day now.


We, of course, will keep you posted.



Related: La Colombe to Open in Bucktown.


PSA- Wicker Park Post Office is Moving - Closed This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wicker Wire: If you live in the area and happen to use the post office next to Staples, they're moving this weekend. Just a few doors down, however, the walk-up window will be closed on Saturday and they will be closed on Monday for the holiday as well.

Their new location will be 1240 N. Ashland, right by the Dunkin Donuts. They are unsure at this time as to whether customers will still be allowed to use the large parking lot for K-Mart, Staples, Jewel etc.

Just an early warning. 

$10 Burgers Tonight at Trenchermen - Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 Image courtesy of Trenchermen via Facebook

Each and every Wednesday, Wicker Park's Trenchermen offers an ah-mazing burger, popcorn, chips and beer for just $10 in their bar (only).

So what's on deck for tonight?


New Tonight
- Black pepper and lime kettle corn

The Dion Burger
- Hoosier grass fed beef, American cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, mayo, house bun, Trench chips

Solemn Oath Brewery
- Axe Scar Pig (American Red Ale)

Get 'em while you can. Limited quantities available - 2039 W. North Avenue. 

Potbelly To Open in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 - Centrum Partners plans to renovate this building. Photo from CoStar Group Inc.
Wicker Wire: According to a report published earlier by Chicago Real Estate Daily, Potbelly will be opening another spot in the neighborhood. They currently have a restaurant located at 1625 N. Damen Avenue.

The new location will be 1275 N. Milwaukee Avenue in the former Wieboldt's building owned by Centrum LLC and undergoing a major renovation and will taking over the 2,000 square foot space which was the former location of Oberweis.

No additional details are available at this time but we will keep you posted as they become available.

Potbelly to Open Wicker Park restaurant [Chicago Real Estate Daily]


Major Renovation Planned for Milwaukee Avenue 

Crime Alert - 7 Bucktown Burglaries

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 13, 2014

According to a report published by DNAINfo, police are looking for 2 men in connection with burglaries involving 7 Bucktown businesses within a 30 day period of time. The burglaries began on December 2nd.

The men are described as: black men who are 35-45 years old, weighing 180-250 pounds, standing 5 foot 8 to 5 foot 10 inches tall and medium complexions.

Most of the businesses affected were located on Damen Avenue and include:

-December 2nd: 2100 Block of North Damen Avenue.

-December 12: 2100 Block of North Elston.

-December 13: 2100 Block of North Damen Avenue.

-December 19: 1900 Block of North Damen Avenue.

-December 21: 1800 Block of North Damen Avenue.

-January 2: 1300 Block of West North Avenue.

-January 4: 1900 Block of North Damen Avenue.

If you have any information or see anything suspicious please contact the Chicago Police Department.

Police Looking for Men Suspected in Seven Burglaries of Bucktown Business [DNAInfo]

Links Taproom Opens Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, January 11, 2014

image courtesy of Links Taproom via Facebook

Links Taproom, an All-American craft beer and sausage-based bar, plans to open very soon in the space formerly Bin Wine Café at 1559 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park according to an update posted on their Facebook page. Plans to open (finally) are scheduled for the evening of January 11, 2014. 

Links Taproom will feature 36 All-American beers on tap, four All-American cask beers on beer engines, 40-ish All-American craft beers in large format bottles and about 10 by can. Five different types of wine will be available as well but the focus will definitely be on the beer.

Buried Alive Fries: topped with Italian sausage, bacon, cheddar, giardiniera, and green onions. Photo courtesy of Links Taproom.

Chef Andrew Kern has created the menu with 8 different types of links available including: Chicago Steak & Ale (sirloin, bacon, Bell’s Amber Ale, horseradish), bratwurst (veal pork shoulder, toasted spices, whole milk) and vegan (Portobello mushrooms, black beans, tamari, extra virgin olive oil). Snacks including: hand-cut fires, cheese curds, beer cheese soup, fried pickles, roasted peanuts, white bean hummus etc. will also be available. Brunch will be offered shortly after opening.

Links Taproom To Open Mid-December in Chicago's Wicker Park Neighborhood [BWW Food & Wine]

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