Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Big Star, Free Tickets & More - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekend Guide - April 5, 2013

Michael Hamrick - Friday, April 05, 2013

April 5, 2013


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

This weekend we're featuring theater, music, fundraisers and more. You can also win FREE tickets to a few of the shows at Double Door so please check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for details. There is also lots of news to share. A number of businesses are expanding this Summer like Big Star and Emporium Arcarde. Full details and more are included below. Last but not least, Do Division 2013 has announced the preliminary line-up for this Summer's fest.

For up-to-minute updates and news throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter and you'll never miss a thing. Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great weekend and and we'll see you in the neighborhood.




Emporium Arcade to Expand This Summer

Yes Emporium Arcade has announced that expansion plans are in the very near future. Emporium Arcade will be taking over the adjacent space at 1368 N. Milwaukee Avenue. This new space will include more games, an additional bar and a movie screen for games and possible movies.


Lottie's Pub, Chicago Fire and The Mob

Lottie's Pub may be featured in as many as 9 episodes of NBC's hit Chicago Fire. The tv storyline includes the purchase of the pub by 2 firemen. So Lottie's aka Molly's in the show, is a predominant part of the story. But that's not all. Did you know Lottie's Pub was a meeting point for both mobsters and public officials in the 1930's? Lottie's Pub






Wicker Park Choral Singers Fundraiser - This Saturday you can join the Wicker Park Choral Singers for a night of intrigue, crime busting and of course, music. You'll follow specific clues during the event and sleuth your way around the world to restore music. Light hors d'oeurves and adult beverages will be served. Tickets are $45. Fundraiser




Girl Group ChicagoCrime Scene Last Chance - This is the final weekend to see Collaboraction's Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology. This powerful show closes at the Flat Iron Building on Sunday.

FREE Tickets - Don't miss your chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to 2 upcoming shows at Double Door. Girl Group Chicago magically recreates the aesthetic of the 1960’s with their charming harmonies and custom-made, A-lined, mod-cloth dresses. We are also giving away a pair of free tickets to the FU Manchu show early next week. They will be performing their album "The Action is Go" from start to finish. Both shows are at Wicker Park's Double Door.


Empty Bottle Named in Top 20 US Clubs - Rolling Stone Magazine has named The Empty Bottle as one of the top 20 clubs in the country. They're in good company with Lincoln Hall and Schubas rounding out Chicago's top 3 on the list.


Official Lollapalooza Party Monday - On Monday, Lollapalooza will be kicking off their opening party with Do312 and you can win tickets and giveaways. You can also sample a little food from Graham Elliot. But you have to RSVP.





Wicker Park Historic Landmark - Sells For $125,000 Over Asking
We've been keeping our eye on this stunning turn-of-the-century building for a while. And if you've ever walked past Damen and Schiller, you've walked right past this 6,000 square foot residence on the park. The combination of updating required and slow real estate market pushed this landmark into foreclosure. But this year? It just sold well over asking at over $900,000.






Big Star's Getting Bigger - This very popular - but very small - taqueria has announced they are expanding at long last. Plans include moving the take out window to the building where Caravette Real Estate was located and expanding the cafe itself. With an approval by the city, the patio may also be expanded to include the parking lot next door. Summer is the target date for the expansion. Big Star.

Chicago Chop Shop - Additional details have been released about Chicago Chop Shop heading to North Avenue this Summer. What can you expect to find here? A gourmet butcher, a restaurant-bar serving up a seasonal menu and small plates. Wine, craft beer and a rooftop patio. The adjacent venue will be called The 1st Ward. Details.

Miko's Italian Ice is Open - It's a sure sign of Spring when Flipside Cafe, at 1846 N. Damen Avenue, closes up shop for the season and Miko's Italian Ice opens. And Miko's officially opened for the season April 1st. 




Photo: Almost There

Moon Voyage Targets Monday - We really love the sound of this new boutique heading to Wicker Park just around the corner from the Violet Hour at 2010 W Pierce. A little off the beaten path? Maybe. But it sounds like they're going to be worth the trip. And they're targeting Monday as their opening day.


Also this weekend, AKIRA and Mazi Dance Fitness are teaming up together to provide FREE classes, buy-one-get-one discounts, food, drink and more. And it's all happening Sunday.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. If you have information to share be sure you do so through our website. If you'd like to receive this information each week, just sign up below.


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



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