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Free Music Mondays Featuring Brooklyn's Ice Balloons

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014
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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

Event:


The Beer Nuts: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beer-Nuts-Fan-Page/108000979226688
Mexican Werewolf: http://mexicanwerewolf.bandcamp.com/
She's Crafty: https://www.facebook.com/shescraftychi 
Yeowulf: https://www.facebook.com/Yeowulf

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 lyndajlobo@gmail.com 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.

Leghorn Chicken Opens Thursday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

photo courtesy of Leghorn Chicken via Twitter

Wicker Wire: Ukrainian Village's Leghorn Chicken at 959 N. Western Avenue opens Thursday according to a report published earlier today via Chicagoist

The menu created by owner Jared Van Camp and Chef Sieger Bayer will feature 2 different types of sandwiches: pickle brined and Nashville-style hot chicken. They will offer rotating menu items like fried chicken skin, chicken nuggets and chicken fried fries and use only locally sourced chicken and produce.

Leghorn Chicken will open daily at 11am and will stay open until they run out of food.


Leghorn to Open Thursday [Chicagoist]


Ukrainian Village Mariano's Opening Soon

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 03, 2014


Wicker Wire: The Mariano's sign is officially up at 2021 W. Chicago Avenue and the former Dominick's Pharmacy is now a Mariano's Pharmacy ... and it's currently open for business.

The team at the new location in Ukrainian Village told us they are targeting a late March opening for the rest of the store.

Fingers are crossed.


Mariano's Moves Into Ukrainian Village

Wicker Park Trader Joe's Developer Meeting Monday

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, March 01, 2014

Wicker Wire:  We reported earlier that Trader Joe's has set their sights on the former Miller Lumber site at 1815 W. Division Street (Division Street and Honore) just West of the LaSalle II Elementary School in Wicker Park for their next location. Initial plans include the grocery store in the 14,000 square foot space on the ground floor and 2 levels of parking above.

The first meeting with the developer is scheduled for Monday March 3rd and 6:00pm at the LaSalle II Elementary School where preliminary plans will be presented. And, according to reports, a detailed list of concerns for the new store has been compiled. The primary concerns involve trucks and the additional traffic the store will bring to that location.

If you'd like to attend the public meeting, it will be held with the developer and the school council: Monday March 3rd. LaSalle II Elementary School 1148 N. Honore. 6:00pm



Trader Joe's Plans Wicker Park Store



High Fidelity Movie Location Sells in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, February 28, 2014

photo courtesy of http://thepopculturelypse.wordpress.com

Wicker Wire: Many know the space at 1514 N. Milwaukee Avenue (the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore) as the movie location for High Fidelity's fictional record store  "Championship Vinyl". The then-empty store was transformed into a studio set that acted as the primary location for the 2000 film and was owned by John Cusack's character Rob Gordon.

After filming the storefront remained empty until 2008 when it was boarded up.

High Fidelity location: the record store of pop geek Rob Gordon: North Milwaukee Avenue at Honore, Wicker Park, Chicago
This week DNAInfo is reporting that the commercial storefront was sold to a Newcastle-limited venture called House Music LLC on February 7, 2014 for $1.4 million dollars. The property above the commercial space is condos.

The corner space is 3,000 square feet with exposed brick and 13 foot ceilings. No word yet on possible tenants. We will keep you posted.



'High Fidelity' Record Shop Space Bought in Wicker Park [DNAInfo]


 


Bucktown Athletic Club Opens Next Week - Previews Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 27, 2014

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In case you missed the announcement in our Weekend Guide on Friday:

Chicago Athletic Club's newest location at 2040 W. North Avenue has been in the works for a very long time. Moving into the "Marvin Envelope Company" Building just West of North-Damen and Milwaukee Avenue, the fitness company encountered a few challenges along the way with construction within such a large brick, historic location. And plans had to be modified along the way resulting in a number of delays.

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Chicago Athletic Club announced last week they were hosting previews February 26th and February 27th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. You can even take a free class or 2 from 6pm - 8pm tonight.  


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We'll be at Double Door's 20th Anniversary Party tonight so be sure to let us know what you think of the neighborhood's newest gym via Facebook and/or Twitter. The Bucktown Athletic Club is scheduled to open March 6, 2014.


images courtesy of Chicago Athletic Club


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