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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

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 


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