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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

Wicker Park Bucktown Area Community Alert Issued

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The 14th District of the Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert in response to a robbery at the Western Blue Line Stop at 1909 N. Western Avenue. We posted information about this robbery earlier today.






Image provided courtesy of Steve Jensen via Facebook.




Photo of suspect provided courtesy of the Chicago Police Department.

Wicker Park's Rodan Wins Chicago's Best Wing Fest

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 24, 2014

photo courtesy of Rodan via Facebook.

Thousands of chicken wing lovers gathered to celebrate Chicago's 15th Annual "Best Wings Fest" on Sunday afternoon which took place at Bailey Auditorium at 1340 W. Washington Street in Chicago.

25 local eateries participate in the annual fundraiser and this year, "Best of the Fest" was awarded to Wicker Park's very own Rodan located at 1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Congratulations guys. Great job.


What You Need To Know: Seth Ghantous - Chicago Emergency Veterinary Specialty

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, February 24, 2014

 My beautiful and sweet dog Rainn (on the right) before her untimely death December 2013 at Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center at 3123 N. Clybourn Avenue Chicago IL 60618.

Unconscionable things happened to my dog at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Special Center (3123 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago) under the "care" of the attending physician Dr. Seth Ghantous. This matter is currently being investigated by multiple state regulatory agencies. Subsequently, the details of this specific case cannot be disclosed. When the time is right, however, I will share the details of Rainn's heartbreaking story.  


Before You Bring Your Pet To Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Special Center - PLEASE READ THIS 

I took my beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier, Rainn, to the Chicago Veterinary Emergency + Specialty Center at 3123 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago for a routine blood test and exam. 5 days later my beautiful, happy and energetic dog was dead. She had just turned 8 years old.

Unimaginable things happened to my beloved friend at CVESC, under the "care" of the attending physician Dr. Seth Ghantous DVM. It is still difficult for me to come to terms with this devastating experience and what they did to my cherished friend.What I experienced was so egregious and so traumatic, it has changed my life and my view of veterinarians forever. Please do your homework before taking your pet to a veterinarian. Do not blindly follow a referral; even if it's a veterinarian referral. If you look at online reviews (as I did), know that consumer reviews for CVESC are being filtered by YELP so you are not seeing all of the reviews that have been published about this facility. 

Reviews That Are Not Recommended are reviews that YELP decides not to share with you, the consumer, and these reviews are not included in the business's rating. There are 10 1 star reviews posted for CVESC in the past year that are listed in a section on the bottom left hand side of the YELP page. 

Filtering (hiding) negative reviews about a health care facility is public endangerment and your pet's life could be at stake. A number of consumer warnings are also filtered on the YELP website; clearly misrepresenting consumer feedback.  

I attempted to post an honest 1 Star review on YELP about my personal experience and my reviews were also hidden and deleted; again endangering the public. So I am publishing here where the information cannot be censored and I can reach people with the truth. 

If it's too late and you've already had a negative experience at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center at 3123 N. Clybourn Avenue, PLEASE TAKE ACTION. It is extremely important to let the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation know about your experience.

What you need to do:


1)Submit a formal complaint immediately to the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. You can instantly report your experience online to those who regulate veterinarian licenses in the state of Illinois. Do this now

2)If you're trying to get your pet released and CVESC is refusing to do so (which happened to me and others) please know that no veterinarian can hold a pet against the owner's will. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association: The treatment plan must be agreed upon by both parties. If you don't agree, you can terminate your relationship with the vet at any time and bring your pet home.

If the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center refuses to release your pet into your care, walk outside, call 911 and wait for Police assistance. This directive comes directly via the Chicago Police Department.

My objective is to protect innocent animals and fellow pet owners from the same devastating experience my sweet Rainn and I experienced. Please feel free to contact me via the "Contact Us" form below for additional information. And please know, if you've had a terrible experience at CVESC you are not alone.
 
I have been contacted by many other people who have shared their stories with me. 

Formal complaints have been filed with the IL Department of Professional Regulation, American Veterinary Medical Association, Attorney General and others.




Thyra DeCicco - Publisher
Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide



Source of Information: Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Special Center 

Owners of Big Star, Violet Hour Plan New Mexican Spot in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last year we reported the team behind Wicker Park's Big Star and Violet Hour (One Off Hospitality Inc), had secured the space formerly Cipolina at 1543 N. Damen Avenue setting their sights for a new eatery in the neighborhood.

And according to Chicago Magazine's Penny Pollack, Paul Kahan (Chef and Co-Owner of One of Hospitality), the new space is going to be more Mexican.

With Rick Bayless's new restaurant opening this year at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue and the many Mexican spots already in the neighborhood already, we were hoping for something a little different. But opening a "sister to Big Star" as Kahan describes it, makes perfect sense for the location.

Additional details to follow as they become available.

 

 

The Power 100 [Chicago Magazine]

Snow Brawl 2014 is ON Tonight in Wicker Park !

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 17, 2014

Do312, Chicagoist and RedEye are back in the hood again for the annual Snowbrawl in Wicker Park.

#Snowbrawl 2014 starts at 8pm. Meet at the Wicker Park Field House 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Put your cell phone in a zip lock bag and come prepared. The last couple of years have been great and this year we have waaaaay more snow.

image courtesy of Do312 via Twitter

The Chicago PD Is Tweeting

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 13, 2014

image courtesy of Chicago Police Department 14th District via Twitter

Wicker Wire: One of the most interesting feeds on Twitter is @Chicago_Scanner who provides up-to-the-minute information on police dialogues and crimes in progress coming across the scanner.

Well it turns out the Chicago Police Department, themselves, is now getting a whole lot more social. The 14th District of the Chicago PD covers Wicker Park and Bucktown (Division Street to Belmont - 90/94 to Central Park). You can follow the tweets of the 14th District located at 2150 N. California on Twitter @ChicagoCaps14.

You can follow us @wickerparkbuck.

Wicker Park's Storefront Company Closes Up Shop

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

StorefrontSignage.jpgphoto credit: Timothy Hiatt

Wicker Wire: We're sorry to share the news that Storefront Company at 1941 W. North Avenue  has closed up shop according to a report published by Eater Chicago earlier this week. Open for less than 2 years, the team behind Debonair Social Club and Chef Bryan Moscatello parted ways in early December when Moscatello moved to Colorado.

The restaurant closed after serving their New Years Eve pop up dinner with Dirk Flanigan ... and never reopened. We will keep you posted on any new developments.


Storefront Company Hangs Up The Closed Sign [Eater Chicago]

At Long Last, Sticky Rice Opens Today

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Photo: Tilapia Apple Salad. Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice Chiang Mai via Facebook.

Wicker Wire: We reported waaay back in April of last year, that Sticky Rice would be opening a 2nd location and we've been waiting for this one to open since last Summer. So we're excited to report,  at long last, the 2nd location for the much beloved Sticky Rice is set to open today according to a report published by DNAInfo.

Sticky Rice Chiang Mai moved in to the space formerly Dunkin Donuts at 1746 N. Western Avenue bringing authentic and adventurous Thai food to the neighborhood. Unlike the original spot which offers 100 items, the 2nd location will offer about half of that according to today's report. The focus is on dishes from Northern Thailand and you'll find everything from appetizers to noodle dishes, soups, salads and a number of different entrees. Entrees include many favorites from the original location like: papaya and beef salads and curries, a tilapia apple salad that features the who fish (pictured above), baby squid lime soup and more.

Today's report doesn't mention whether or not the more adventurous items on the North Center menu will also be included here....like those fried caterpillars. So we'll be sure to check in and let you know. We've been waiting for this one to open for a long time.

For additional information: Sticky Rice Chiang Mai - 1746 N. Western Avenue. Phone: 312 - 818 - 1810. Hours Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm, Fri- Sat 11am - 11pm and Sunday 12pm - 10pm. 

 

Sticky Rice to Open Bucktown Location

Sticky Rice Chiang Mai Brings Northern Thai to Wicker Park [DNAInfo]


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