August 9, 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. Tonight "Out of Site" will be
performing at the Western Blue Line El stop. So keep your eyes open for
Haley Morgenstern between 5pm-7pm. Local music showcase MOBFest kicks
off at Double Door tonight and The Abbie Hoffman Theatre Festival which
is featuring 72 hours of non-stop music, performances and film also
starts today.We have lots of neighborhood news to share as well
including new restaurants, real estate development, free yoga classes,
bocce ball and more.
Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
Tonight! Out of Site
is popping up with performing art at the Western Avenue Blue Line El
stop. These performances are scheduled throughout the neighborhood each
Friday from 5pm-7pm until October 11th. But you're getting the inside
scoop of who they are and what this is. So when people say "what the
heck was that"? you'll already know.
Mark your calendars. One of the biggest
festivals of the year is right around the corner. The Bucktown Arts Fest
is just a couple of weeks away and showcases the work of hundreds of artists. A don't miss event.
Events in Wicker Park: The Wicker Park Farmers Market
is open again this Sunday at 8am. We suggest you get there early. Although the
market is open until 2pm, many of the vendors sell out and close up shop before 2pm. The symphony
will be in Wicker Park this Sunday for their final show this Summer and
last but not least, the final free yoga class in the park originally
planned for last Monday was rescheduled by Lululemon due to weather. So
if you'd like to participate, head to Wicker Park proper (Damen &
Schiller) Monday August 12th at 7:00pm.
The 1st Medical Marijuana Clinic
in Chicago opened on Wednesday with almost 10 people in line. But it
may not be what you think. Also in neighborhood news, those bocce ball courts are finished and ready. If you don't have the equipment, you can rent it from Small Bar on Division Street. And the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest has announced their date for this year. If you're competing, get those recipes ready.
Music: MOBFest kicks
off tonight with lots of musical talent at Double Door. Not only will
you be able to experience 2 full days of artist showcases, there's also
an industry panel session on Saturday afternoon. So you can network and
interact directly with music industry professionals. $5 in advance. $7
at the door.
FOODIE NEWS & DRINK
Earlier this year we reported that La Pasadita had closed up their 3rd
location at 1141 N. Ashland Avenue. So what's moving in? Tacos.
Authentaco is moving in this year. Also in food news, Bucktown's
Ripasso has closed in Bucktown to reconcept. We loved the fresh pasta
there but they've been feeling a change is in order. So Ripasso (under
the same ownership) will be re-opening as Starland featuring more cozy comfort food and small plates. Also in restaurant news, Ready Coffee announced this week they are offering free yoga classes every Saturday morning beginning August 17th.
Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival The Nosh
is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each
week. Last week we tried the fried oyster bahn mi courtesy of The Bento
Box which was terrific.This week new businesses, like Wicker Park's
Plenty Food, will also be participating.
- Congratulations to Wicker Park's Division Ale House who is
celebrating their 4 year anniversary this weekend at 1942 W. Division
Street. They're celebrating with a $25 pig roast on Saturday August 11th from 2pm -5pm.
The word of the week this week in real estate news is development. A Chicago-based developer Centrum LLC bought the West Town Commons
earlier this year and they've expanded their reach to include several
additional residential and commercial properties on the south end of
Milwaukee Avenue. Big plans are in store for renovation on Milwaukee
Avenue. Also in development news, 3 vacant lots on Division Street were just sold this week. We will keep you posted on any new developments.
That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and
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Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide