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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

The Haute and The Dog Shutters in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Less than a year after opening at 1252 N. Damen Avenue, 312 Dining Diva is reporting today that The Haute and The Dog shuttered on Sunday November 10th....sort of. Although the storefront has closed up shop, they will continue the catering side of their business. But the owners would like more freedom to take on other projects. Following Bagel on Damen, it will be interesting to see what moves into this location at Potomac and Damen in the heart of Wicker Park's historic district.

The Haute and The Dog Shutters; Here's Why - (312) Dining Diva

Wicker Park - Lost Cat Alert

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello everyone:

A Wicker Park resident has lost her cat. It was accidentally let out by its caretaker on Hoyne between North and Division Street. If you see it please let us or Kat Levitt know. Contact us via our site or Kat via Twitter @agirlandherfood.


Chef Rick Bayless Shares Vision For New Wicker Park Restaurant

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 11, 2013

Updated November 10, 2013:  Work is well underway for the new Rick Bayless restaurant heading to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

And Chef Bayless announced during the Chicago Humanities Fest this weekend a little more about his vision for the new space. According to Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Pang:

For those who may not know Xoco is a Mexican Cafe that features street food and snacks including: churros, empanadas, tortas, caldos and more. Look for Chef Bayless's new cafe to open in Wicker Park this Spring 2014. 

Updated September 24, 2013: Following our publishing of the information outlined below, Alderman Moreno confirmed with us directly that the rumor is true and Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless will, in fact, be opening a restaurant in the former Salud space 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. He has signed a 10 year lease for the space.

Published September 23, 2013 - Eater Chicago is reporting that Chef Rick Bayless may just have his sights set on the space formerly that of Salud in Wicker Park at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. According to the report published earlier today, Bayless is opening a new restaurant but the location has yet to be disclosed. A number of sources have confirmed the spot will be in Wicker Park and a new tenant just signed a 10 year lease 2 months ago.

Bayless is a Bucktown resident and the host of Mexico - One Plate at a Time. He has also recently been focused on opening Fronteras Frescos and Tortas Fronteras in different locations throughout the country.

New Rick Bayless Restaurant Coming- Is it in Wicker Park? [Eater Chicago]

Celebrity Sightings, Big Buck and More- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
November 8, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. Here are this week's picks for neighborhood events and news. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. If you missed it earlier this week, a very talented artist and illustrator was selling a very limited edition map of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Once we published the info, they sold out within an hour. If he prints more, we will definitely let you know. Also, did you happen to see Sophia Bush in Wicker Park? She's filming for Chicago PD and got a little ink in the neighborhood. And there's still time to win that Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street. We're drawing a winner's name at 5:00pm today. Head to  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 



Paint for FREE. Looking for the perfect date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown. It's a lot of fun, byob, you'll come home with a cool new piece of artwork and tonight! guys will pay for free. The cost is usually $40 per person. A great deal and great time.



Plans are progressing to transform The Coyote (Northwest Tower Building) at North-Damen-Milwaukee Avenue into a boutique hotel with as many as 120 rooms. A community meeting was held this week in Wicker Park and plans were approved. The developers behind this project are looking to begin construction in March 2014. 


If you see these guys roaming the streets this weekend, they're not really armed...and hunting. The Big Buck Arcade Game World Championship is taking place at the 1st Ward/Chop Shop. Wooden Shjips/Cave/Rabble Rabble head to the Empty Bottle for their rock and roll record release show. Chicago Afrobeat Project returns for another show at Double Door.And the very special 15th Annual All Souls Jazz Festival heads back to The Chopin Theatre. 


The Michelin Guide has just announced their 2014 Bib Gourmand Award Winners. Out of 67 winners, 9 are in West Town and 5 are in Wicker Park or Bucktown. A very big congrats to all and an extra special congrats to Mana Food Bar and Mott Street who are first-time winners. If you missed this earlier, lots of people celebrated lawmakers' passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois. However, not everyone was happy. And this person was sure to let The Bongo Room know it.
With a chill in the air and temps possibly heading into the 30's next week, one of our favorite spots for dessert and hot chocolate.


Palazzo has relocated from Oak Street and Michigan Avenue and recently opened their doors in Bucktown. Featuring the collection of Jane White, Palazzo is hosting a very big sample sale with as much as 70% off. Sale ends November 30th. The Handmade Market which features artisans of all types will be open this Saturday at The Empty Bottle from noon-4pm and  Dose Market  continues this Sunday in Wicker Park. For you deal shoppers, we're keeping our eyes open for amazinggroupon deals. Last week we spotted deals from Jane's, Emporium Arcade, Nature Yoga, Cheetah Gym, Blue Fin sushi and more. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 


 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Guys Paint Free Tonight At Arts n Spirits

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

Looking for a cool date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown at 1921 N. Damen Avenue. It's a great little spot where you'll be instructed how to paint a picture. Plus it's byob. You'll come home with this cool picture and tonight, guys paint for free.

That's a savings of $40. 

Sign up like you would for a traditional class but guys won't be charged.

Tonight only in Bucktown.

You'll be painting this:

Sign up information: https://www.artsnspirits.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=1747

Big Buck World Championship Heads to Wicker Park This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth overall in last year's Big Buck Hunter World Championship. Erlandson and husband Jerod return to Chicago this weekend to compete for the top prize.Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth… (Lily Homstad )

Almost 100 of the world's best players will head to Wicker Park's 1st Ward/Chop Shop this weekend to compete in the Big Buck Hunt Championship. The Big Buck Hunt Championship is an arcade game tournament that offers more than $63,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000.

And these players take the game seriously. Sara Erlandson (pictured above) is a two-time Ladies Tournament Champion. All the fun kicks off at the 1st Ward event space located at 2033 W. North Avenue.

Big Buck Championship Returns to Chicago This Weekend [RedEye]

Last Chance! Win This Mott Street Gift Card

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

If you haven't ventured to Wicker Park's Mott Street at 1401 N. Ashland, you really need to try them out. We're not sure if it's the innovative fresh food, the sleek industrial feeling or the excellent service that makes Mott Street a welcome addition to the neighborhood. But it's certainly a favorite.

And you can win a $25 Gift Card to go try them out for yourself ... or head back if you've already been there.


How Do You Enter to Win?

We're all about keeping it real and 'keeping it positive' ... as much as we can. So tell us one thing you like about Wicker Park and/or Bucktown. That's it. That's how you enter. You can post your entry (comment) below our contest announcement on Facebook or you can send it to us via Twitter (@wickerparkbuck) with the hashtag #whatsmotttolike....Get it?

All entries must be received by Friday November 8th at 5pm and we'll enter you in a random drawing at 6pm on Friday November 8th. The winner will be announced via Facebook and Twitter and you'll have one hour to respond to claim your prize.

Good Luck !

One of A Kind Illustrated Wicker Park, Bucktown Map For A Limited Time Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Mapphotos courtesy of Joe Mills

Everyone knows how passionate Chicagoans are about their neighborhoods. And that certainly is the case for Wicker Park and Bucktown. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

So local Chicago artist/illustrator Joe Mills had an idea; to create a unique map for these neighborhoods and others that integrate the neighborhoods' unique landmarks, streets, building structures, history and special events into one beautiful 18 x 24 screen print. And the one he created for Wicker Park and Bucktown is fantastic.Even small detailed pieces of history like the section of Pierce Street in Wicker Park West of Damen Avenue being referred to as Beer Baron Row has been integrated into this one-of-a-kind illustration. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

The newly named 606 and small details like the Churchill Dog Park, Mr. Wicker (of Wicker Park) and the Coyote (for the Northwest Tower at North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue) have all been included. The artist has only created 100 of these and all pieces will be numbered and signed by Joe Mills. Get them while you can. Each print costs $25.00

For additional information head to Joe Mills' Website. 

Actress Sophia Bush Gets Inked in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 04, 2013

photo courtesy of Sophia Bush via instagram

Sophia Bush, formerly of "One Tree Hill" and currently of "Chicago PD" (a spin off of Chicago Fire), landed in Wicker Park Sunday night for a little ink.

According to a report published by the Chicago Tribune, the actress visited Speakeasy Sunday at 1925 W. North Avenue with friends and DJs The Jane Doze who performed at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club Friday night. According to those bandages pictured above, it looks like everyone walked away with a little something new.

Published on Bush's instagram account:

Remember that time @thejanedoze and I were gonna get tattooed in SF? Well ... #Chicago did it for us. Thanks @HeathRave. We ๐Ÿ’› you. #SpeakeasyTattoo

Sighting: Actress Sophia Bush Gets Tattoo in Wicker Park [Chicago Tribune]

Wicker Park Church for Sale - $2.2 Million Dollars

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 04, 2013

photo credit: mikechicagorealtor.com

The beautiful and unique turn-of-the-century church sitting squarely on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen at 1905 W. Schiller directly across from Wicker Park's park and dog park is currently on the market. But it would be difficult to know that unless you walk by or are specifically looking for this type of property or investment because it's not currently listed on the MLS.

Boasting 16,000 square feet, this building is currently being used as the Mision Cristiana Church and offers an auditorium, banquet rooms, classrooms, kitchen and an apartment according to the listing currently being featured on the commercial real estate website Loopnet

Because of its perfect location in the heart of Wicker Park, this property will appeal to developers, those looking for church facilities and/or possibly even those seeking to create a unique single family home. The asking price for 16,000 square feet (and its prime location) is reasonable. 

For additional information about this property contact our real estate contributor and licensed IL state broker Thyra DeCicco @properties 1875 N. Damen Avenue. 312-498-6066. 

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