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Your Sunday Scoop-4 Things to Do in Wicker Park, Bucktown Today

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Good Sunday morning. The forecast is predicting partly sunny skies and 61 degrees. A nice Fall day is ahead and here's what's on our radar for Wicker Park and Bucktown today:


Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie so not. Starts at 2:00pm.

Dose Market

Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

Riverside Cafe Pumpkin Patch

Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch in Bucktown filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. 


Wicker Park, Bucktown Farmers Market 

The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back today and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left.



Have a great Sunday, GO Bears, and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

Apple Pie, Music, Chili and More - Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 19, 2013
October 19, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. Our Annual Halloween Guide is in the works. Feel free to check our Events section any time for more information. Could a new boutique hotel finally be opening at the corner of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue? Plans have been presented. And if you missed it earlier this week, Wicker Park resident and photographer, Andy Fowler, took this stunning picture of the skyline sunrise from his home. Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways. We've got a very special $25 restaurant gift card heading your way soon.

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

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie is not. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left..

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park next weekend. Get those costumes ready.


In neighborhood news:  **Lost Dog Alert** A couple visiting their son in Wicker Park lost their dog. The dog's name is Hope and she was featured on ABC News because she was on the expressway at Armitage and the Kennedy. If you have any information please contact us via our website. Also in neighborhood news, a man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott. Police suspect it was gang-related.

 ENTERTAINMENT


Music: Chicago's most fun - and free - dance party heads back to Double Door. Don't miss Soul Summit on Saturday. If you'd like a VIP pass it will cost $10 and guarantees admission to the party. Also on Saturday, psychedelic death metal masters GIGAN play a free show at Reckless Records. On Sunday, Jam Productions presents, The Sounds. Get your tickets now.


Theater:  Collaboraction's Annual Beggar's Ball Fundraiser is Saturday.Tickets cost $50-$150 and include food, drink, a silent auction, music and entertainment. And it's all happening at Chop Shop. Tickets are also on sale now for The House Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. Don't miss this fresh and moving take on a holiday classic.



FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food  Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through next Saturday and this week they're hosting "Chili Day" with over a dozen of different types of chilis including Lindy's acclaimed red chili, Interuban Cafe and Pastry Shop's quinoa-black beed-sweet potato chili, Bergsetin's NY Deli's brisket chili Karl Craft Soup's lamb-pinto bean-corn chili and Feed Your Head's vegan chili. Other vendors include: Kuma's Corner, The Salsa Truck, Taco Joint, Bento Box, Head's red BBQ + moreThe Nosh's new hours are Saturday 10am-3pm.

Drink -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? We are once-again creating your guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Halloween Events. Information is being added as we receive it so stay tuned for details. If you're a neighborhood business, be sure to send us your information. And if you'd like to see what we've published to date, be sure to head to our Events section.



REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Remember this incredible 22,000 square foot orphanage-turned-single family home? It's located just north of Division at the corner of Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park and it's back on the market. A full 6 lots, the asking price is $3.5 million dollars.




SHOPPING EVENTS




Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

Ornot Gallery, inside of Ready Coffee, is hosting a vintage market this weekend. The hours are Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Ready Coffee is located at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, 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

Apple Pie, Boutique Hotels and Chili- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. Our Annual Halloween Guide is in the works. Feel free to check our Events section any time for more information. Could a new boutique hotel finally be opening at the corner of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue? Plans have been presented. And if you missed it earlier this week, Wicker Park resident and photographer, Andy Fowler, took this stunning picture of the skyline sunrise from his home. Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways. We've got a very special $25 restaurant gift card heading your way soon.


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

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie is not. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have 2 weeks left..

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park next weekend. Get those costumes ready.


In neighborhood news:  **Lost Dog Alert** A couple visiting their son in Wicker Park lost their dog. The dog's name is Hope and she was featured on ABC News because she was on the expressway at Armitage and the Kennedy. If you have any information please contact us via our website. Also in neighborhood news, a man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott. Police suspect it was gang-related.

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT


Music: Chicago's most fun - and free - dance party heads back to Double Door. Don't miss Soul Summit on Saturday. If you'd like a VIP pass it will cost $10 and guarantees admission to the party. Also on Saturday, psychedelic death metal masters GIGAN play a free show at Reckless Records. On Sunday, Jam Productions presents, The Sounds. Get your tickets now.



Theater:  Collaboraction's Annual Beggar's Ball Fundraiser is Saturday.Tickets cost $50-$150 and include food, drink, a silent auction, music and entertainment. And it's all happening at Chop Shop. Tickets are also on sale now for The House Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. Don't miss this fresh and moving take on a holiday classic.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food  Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through next Saturday and this week they're hosting "Chili Day" with over a dozen of different types of chilis including Lindy's acclaimed red chili, Interuban Cafe and Pastry Shop's quinoa-black beed-sweet potato chili, Bergsetin's NY Deli's brisket chili Karl Craft Soup's lamb-pinto bean-corn chili and Feed Your Head's vegan chili. Other vendors include: Kuma's Corner, The Salsa Truck, Taco Joint, Bento Box, Head's red BBQ + moreThe Nosh's new hours are Saturday 10am-3pm.

Drink -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? We are once-again creating your guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Halloween Events. Information is being added as we receive it so stay tuned for details. If you're a neighborhood business, be sure to send us your information. And if you'd like to see what we've published to date, be sure to head to our Events section.





REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Remember this incredible 22,000 square foot orphanage-turned-single family home? It's located just north of Division at the corner of Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park and it's back on the market. A full 6 lots, the asking price is $3.5 million dollars.






SHOPPING EVENTS




Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

Ornot Gallery, inside of Ready Coffee, is hosting a vintage market this weekend. The hours are Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Ready Coffee is located at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, 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

Black Pit Bull Lost in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 18, 2013



Have you seen this dog? A family brought their dog, Hope, to Wicker Park from Minnesota on a visit to Chicago last weekend. They were at Damen + Evergreen on Sunday when the dog escaped from a home there and has been on the loose ever since.


ABC News Published the following story on Monday night:

A dog caused a big traffic jam on the Kennedy Expressway Monday night.

If you have seen a black pit bull in the area please contact us immediately through the website. She is micro chipped.Thank you. 

Boutique Hotel in The Works for Wicker Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, October 17, 2013

After many years of discussion, the historic icon and landmark "The Coyote" or Northwest Tower as it's called, will become a boutique hotel....right on the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Wicker Park and Bucktown. According to a report published by DNAInfo Chicago, the plans include: 75 rooms, a diner/restaurant on the first floor, meeting rooms, a lounge with wi-fi, rooftop solarium and an underground valet parking garage designed to accommodate 28 -30 hotel guests. Prices are expected to range from $130-$170 per night.

The project also includes the Hollander Fireproof Warehouse. An additional 24 "shared rooms" are planned for this space.

The team behind the development, Convexity Properties, is planning a March 2014 start date for construction and hopes to have the new boutique hotel open by 2015. They are currently identifying who the hotel operator will be. 


Northwest Tower: Hotel Developers Share Plans for Art Deco Corner Jewel [DNAInfo]

Shooting in Wicker Park May Be Gang Related

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, October 17, 2013

A shooting in Wicker Park last night in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott may be gang-related according to a report published by the Chicago Tribune this morning.

A man was shot while visiting his grandmother police said. The man, 24, was standing on the sidewalk with a friend at approximately 3:55am when they got into an argument with 2 others. One of the other 2 pulled a gun and shot the man in the leg. He was taken to Stroger hospital and is in serious condition.

Police said all 4 people may be related to gangs. 


Arkansas Man Dies After Brought To Hospital By Cousin [Chicago Tribune]


100 FREE Doughnuts in Wicker Park Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Photo

On Wednesday October 16th Glazed and Infused will be giving away 100 vanilla bean doughnuts starting at 7:00am. Wicker Park location only. 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. First come first served. The doughnuts will be available until they're all gone.

Another Stunning Photo Taken By Wicker Park Resident Andy Fowler

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Every once in a while, we're the proud recipients of one of Wicker Park resident and photographer Andy Fowler's beautiful shots.

We received on early this morning following the sunrise. This photo was taken from Mr. Fowler's residence (on the rooftop). Please keep them coming.


For a full size view/photo head to our Facebook page.

Circus in the Parks, Chop Shop, Max's Wine Dive and More- Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 11, 2013
October 11, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered.Tonight, be sure to keep your eyes open for the performing arts group Out of Site at the Western Blue Line stop between 5pm - 7pm. You never know what they'll do. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.


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

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS




Wicker Park After Dark continues at Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue. A don't miss exhibition, photographer David Szpunar features the unusual and eclectic behavior surrounding nightlife in the neighborhood. Open through October only and you won't want to miss this one.

COMMUNITY EVENTS


The beautiful event Circus in the Parks is back again this weekend. And this weekend, it's in Commercial Park. A nice event for the whole family, get your tickets now. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have a few weeks left.

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Nicole Wiesner 'The Balcony' Trap Door Theatre
Music: Tonight Raheem Devaughn arrives at Double Door with a special guest to be announced. Tickets are still available. The show starts at 8:00pm. Also tonight, the Seattle-based five piece band The Moondoggies are playing a show to support their new album at The Empty Bottle. The show starts at 9:30pm.



Theater:  Closing this weekend, The Balcony at The Trap Door Theatre in Bucktown. The Balcony takes place in a Brothel during a bloody revolution. Find out why it's received 4 star reviews. Shadow Town opens at The Den Theater in Wicker Park and tells the story of 4 Chicago area sex trafficked girls through the eyes of their pimp.This original play is based on dozens of interviews with people involved in sex trafficking right here in Chicago.





FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -  In record speed, the Covo Gyro Market space on Milwaukee Avenue has already been leased to a Texas-based chain serving "Gourmet Comfort Food. Look for Max's Wine Dive to open next year. The Chop Shop officially opens today in Wicker Park. So the bar/restaurant/butcher/deli and venue are all now open for business. Remember those amazing gelato-doughnut ice cream sandwiches created by the team at Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused? Well they will be available again later this month.

Last but not least, time is running out to take advantage of Runa's Grand Opening Special. RUNA has officially opened their doors on North Avenue and is offering 30% off your next meal through October 15th. So you better hurry.


Foodie Events: Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday but their hours are shorter to accommodate the shorter days ahead.The Nosh's new hours are 10am - 3pm and you'll find The Nosh filled with delicious food like chocolate tamales, empanadas, doughnuts, chili and a whole lot more. Only a few more weeks left. Don't miss it.


Drink -  Standard Bar in Wicker Park is offering an amazing deal on Friday nights. For just $20, you get a wristband that buys you a full sized cheeseburger, fries, house wine, beer, soda, well drinks and more. This is one of the best deals in town.







SHOPPING EVENTS



Building Block Toys is hosting a big sale this weekend only in celebration of their 17th Anniversary. Everything is the store is 20% off. So head to 2130 W. Division Street and stock up. Sale hours: Friday 10am-7pm,  Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm and Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm. Also this weekend, CrossFit Logan is hosting a Grand Opening at 2080 N. Milwaukee Avenue Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. You can participate in a free workout at 10:30am, 11:30am or 12:30pm each day. 


Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. Another market open this weekend, the Handmade Marketfeaturing local artisans will be hosted by The Empty Bottle on Saturday from 12pm - 4pm.


That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, 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

Gelato - Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches - Oh My

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Photo: And this.photo courtesy of Glazed & Infused via facebook


They're baaaack. Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused are teaming up once again to bring you those amazing  gelato - doughnut "ice cream" sandwiches.

On October 24th they'll be featuring a brand new round that features their Fall flavors; one of which will be the Maple Bacon Doughnut with Banana Bread gelato. So if you missed it the first time or are just (finally) coming down off your sugar high, mark your calendar for October 24th and stay tuned for additional details about the new flavors and pre-orders.


Black Dog Gelato locations: 859 N. Damen Avenue and 1955 W. Belmont.




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