Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

100 Musicians and More - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, November 16, 2013
November 15, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. Here are this week's picks for neighborhood events. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider news and information as well. If you missed it earlier this week, Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl made another appearance at Piece Pizza. He and members of Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Cheap Trick had been at Piece earlier this year and Mr. Grohl made another surprise visit again on Monday.

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



The 8th Annual Free Fountain Decorating Social is Saturday from 10am-4pm. Meet your neighbors while decorating the historic fountain in Wicker Park surrounded by urns. Coffee and water are provided and it's encouraged to bring food to share. Also on Saturday, don't miss The Indoor Family Fun Fest . Fun for all ages, your $45 family ticket helps as a fundraiser for both the park and local wellness programs. 


Chill Fest is this Saturday in Wicker Park and features over 100 acoustic acts in bars, restaurants and shops throughout the neighborhood. From 12pm-6pm, you can enjoy music in a 'living room' type setting throughout the neighborhood. Also tomorrow, the free Soul Summit Dance Party ,one of the largest parties in town, heads back to Double Door. Did we mention it's free? 

The Nutcracker opens this weekend at The Chopin Theatre and runs through the holiday season. Don't miss this fresh take on a holiday classic. The New Colony Presents: Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up. A comedy focused on Hollywood's hottest couple splitting up for good. At Collaboraction Theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building.For ticket info


There's so much restaurant news to share this week. Tonight, from 5pm-7pm Stephanie Izard (Girl and The Goat) will be at Bucktown's Goddess and Grocer to sample her new marinade and sauces. Starland, formerly Ripasso in Bucktown, has announced they've lost their lease and their last day in the neighborhood is Sunday. The Michelin Guide has announced all of their winners for 2014 and Takashi and Schwa are starred once again. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless shares more details of his new Wicker Park restaurant heading to the former Salud space and Pizza-by-the-Slice is heading into the site formerly Cafe Con Leche in Bucktown.

Put this on your radar: Frontier's Gumbo Cook-off features a head to head competition of amateur and professional chefs alike; many from the neighborhood including: Trenchermen, Takito Kitchen, Red Door and Small Bar are participating. So you know the gumbo will be good. Also this weekend, you can Deck the Halls at Club Lucky. On Saturday, the team at Bucktown's Italian eatery will be creating their winter holiday wonderland with their award-winning decorations. Be the first to take a look and grab a sleigh bell martini.


A funny triangular lot at Moorman and Hermitage used to be a fur cleaning business many years ago. Now, 2 "smart" single family homes were just built there and each sold in one day. A sign of the times. Another sign of the times, a brand new development is being built by Noah Properties at 1256 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. The space use to be vacant land. But soon 12 new posh condos will be in its place.



Collector Tom Leahy is hosting a one day sale at a pop up shop on Saturday at 1184 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The One Dale Sale will include: furnitures, toys and lighting will be priced to sell quickly.  Dose Market  continues this Sunday in Wicker Park and the theme of this week's market is: Art Look featuring clothing; coffee, chocolates and more.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks for sending us your events and information. If you'd like to receive this each week via email on Friday afternoon, just sign up below.

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

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