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CIMM Fest, National Record Store Day and More- Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekend Guide 4-20-13

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, April 20, 2013
April 20, 2013

 

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


Monday is Earth Day so you'll find lots of news and neighborhood events this weekend to support Earth Day. Want to participate in your local Clean & Green? Contact your Alderman. But that's not all. It's also National Record Store Day and the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest is off and running all weekend long. We also published another amazing picture by photographer Robert Martinez.

 

If you'd like updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter We publish lots of giveaways there including: free tickets, gift cards, dinners and more. Follow us there and you'll never miss a thing. Thanks, as always, for joining us this week. Have a great weekend and and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES


Jackson Junge Announces "Sex Sells" Exhibition - When Jackson Junge solicited artists for sexual imagery there was no way to predict what sort of submissions they would receive. And with a diverse group of artists, the interpretation of Sex Sells are quite varied. The exhibition opens May 8th with a reception for the artists May 10th. For a current list of neighborhood gallery exhibitions.

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS


Ashland Avenue Pegged for Revamp - Just announced this morning, Ashland Avenue has been selected for a major CTA overhaul beating out Western Avenue. Plans for the revamp will extend as far South as 95th and as far North as Irving Park. You can find additional details and preliminary plans here. 


Clean & Green - There are a number of ways to participate in Earth Day this year. First the Bucktown Community Organization will be relocating plants from the Bloomingdale Trail to another location. Want to participate?  Here's how you can become involved. Also this weekend, the Annual Clean & Green event facilitated by the Mayor's Office. You can help clean up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and more. For additional details about how to participate in Wicker Park and Bucktown contact your local Alderman's Office.


Green Music Fest Initial Line Up Announced - Still a few months away, Green Music Fest has announced a few preliminary bands for this year's line up June 22nd-23rd.Unfortunately, there is no Dinosaur Jr. or Raveonettes headlining again year.


Green Resources Community Fair This weekend you'll find a community fair happening in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. The fair will focus on how you can become more "green" and offers a number of classes - like yoga - and activities. It's free and perfect for kids too. 


Wicker Park Garage Break-Ins - If you live in the area and own a bicycle you may not want to keep it in your garage. There have been 4 garage break-ins on one small block of Crystal Street in Wicker Park. If you have anything of value in your garage and/or car, you may want to bring those inside. Garage Break-ins.
                                                                     

 

 

  ENTERTAINMENT




Chicago International Move & Music Festival- This weekend do not miss the 5th Annual CIMM Fest which features over 150 music and movie performances throughout Logan Square and Wicker Park. It's one of the best events of the year and you can see an incredible number of interesting and unique performances and film, documentaries, etc you won't be able to see anywhere else. Ticket prices are very reasonable. A don't miss. CIMM FEST.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANT NEWS



Dine Out for Life with Club Lucky - Every year Club Lucky participates in this terrific fundraiser to generate money which is donated to Dining Out For Life. So if you head to Club Lucky on April 25th, a portion of the proceeds is donated to this great cause.


Ripasso vs Schwa - Chef Battle & Fundraiser - For the 2nd time Chef Theo Gilbert (Ripasso) and fellow Chef Michael Carlson (Schwa) will battle to make the very best dishes using the same 3 ingredients... and one secret ingredient. It's all for a great cause and helps to raise money for Chicago Wapiti RFC, Youth Rugby Program. There are only 36 seats available so if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you may not want to wait much longer. Chefs Battle

 

Sticky Rice Adds Bucktown Location - For those of you looking for true authentic Thai food served in a very adventurous way, Chicagoans look no further than Lincoln Square's Sticky Rice. And they'll be opening up a brand new location this Summer in Bucktown. Western Avenue is adding an incredible amount of great new eateries and Sticky Rice is a don't miss; fried caterpillars and all. 

 

Time Out Chicago's Eat Out Awards - This week Time Out Chicago announced their 2013 Eat Out Awards. With the big changes happening right now at Time Out Chicago, this year's event was a little bittersweet. But a big congratulations are in order for all of the winners and the Wicker Park and Bucktown spots that won Reader & Critic Awards. 

 

 

 

  SHOPPING NEWS


National Record Store Day  - The 3rd Saturday in April is always National Record Store Day; a day when you have the opportunity to celebrate the independent record stores in your community and across the country. Be sure to stop by Reckless Records and Dusty Groove for food, giveaways, in-store performances, special promotions and more. Record Store Day.


Riley Announces Store Closing  - Earlier this week, Bucktown's long-term retailer Riley announced they would be closing. The building was sold last year and Riley's lease was not renewed. A member of the business community for 10 years, this is a big loss for the neighborhood. In addition, the very talented Chicago designer Carl Dahlstedt has also closed up shop at 2028 W. Division Street. Apparently they have relocated to Michigan.


Last but not least, we reported earlier that Kids Rule is also closing up shop on Milwaukee Avenue. Their big sale continues.

 


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