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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

CrossFit Opens, New'd to Close, $1 Oysters, Lollapalooza Aftershows and More

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 03, 2012

August 3, 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park Fest has come and gone for the year and this week we're focused on: Art, Music and Theater with a few special events like $1 Oysters, 5 Course Beer Dinners and Grand Openings included for good measure.

 

But that's not all. We're also excited to report the Insider's Guide was featured in last Friday's Red Eye and our Twitter feed @wickerparkbuck was recommended as the Twitter account to follow for news and information about Wicker Park & Bucktown. So if you're not already following us ....

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week (if you're not on Twitter), be sure to follow us on  Facebook. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendars! The Bucktown Arts Festival is taking place this month in Senior Citizens Memorial Park, also known as Holstein Park, at 2200 N. Oakley. Growing every year, this festival showcases 100's of different artists and is lots of fun for everyone. The Bucktown Arts Festival is one of the oldest in the city and it's FREE. The dates are here: Bucktown Arts.

 


Save $5 All Month at Arts N Spirits

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or evening, head to Arts N Spirits 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. You'll be surrounded by music, art and great people. It's BYOB so you can even bring a little champagne in on Sunday mornings for mimosas. And this month, you can receive $5 off on one of their classes. Grab your coupon here: Arts N Spirits.

 

 

Thicker Than Water Opens This Weekend

Park Schreck Gallery has announced their upcoming show Thicker Than Water, featuring work by Mark MacKinnon, Chad M. Sperzel-Wuchterl, and Chris Gans. Park Shrek's newest exhibition opens this Friday. The gallery is open to the public 11am–6pm (Thursdays until 8pm), Sundays 12–5pm, and closed on Tuesdays. For additional details: Park Shrek

 

 

  BARS

         

$1 Oysters Every Day at The Bluebird

Bucktown's Gastropub/Wine Bar/American Restaurant The Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Avenue announced this week they'll be serving up $1 oysters every single day from 5pm -7pm. This is a fantastic deal. Don't miss it. Oysters.


 
5 Course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner - Bangers & Lace

Next week do not miss Bangers & Lace 5 course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner designed by Chef Adam Wendt. The menu looks incredible and we've attached it so you can take a look for yourselves. You know this is going to sell out so make your reservations now: 5 Course Dinner. 1670 W. Division Street



Why We Love the Violet Hour

There are some places that always just stand out in your mind. Not just in Wicker Park or Bucktown. But in Chicago. The Violet Hour is one of those places. Quiet and sophisticated, The Violet Hour offers a place where you can actually have a dialogue with your friends while being on the receiving end of perfectly mixed drinks and stellar service.  If you haven't been there lately: The Violet Hour. If you can find it ...

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 


Community Alert: Attempted Sexual Assaults

This week the Chicago Police Department issued a Community Alert for an individual possibly responsible for as many as 15 attempted assaults in the area including: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Please stay aware and if you see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1. Let's get this guy. Community Alert Details

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am for a very special performance.This weekend features music, dance and more. For additional details about this weekend's extra special show in the park:  Magic Boat.

 

 

 

  MUSIC


Lollapalooza After Party in Wicker Park

We love Lollapalooza. And when the official event ends in Grant Park, the party will continue in Wicker Park. An official After Party has been planned at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club on Saturday night. If you RSVP to Do312, there's no cover. After Party.

 

 

Lollapalooza AfterShows in Wicker Park

All of the Lollapalooza AfterShows at Double Door and one of the AfterShows at The Empty Bottle have sold out. There's still time to get tickets for a few of the shows but you better do it soon. Lollapalooza.

 


 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

CrossFit Opens in Wicker Park

For those of you looking for a more intensive workout, look no further than CrossFit now open on Division Street. CrossFit features an extensive training program as well as "workouts of the day". Located at 2133 W. Division Street, the doors opened officially just yesterday. CrossFit.

 

 

Grand Opening At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for next weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

Wicker Park's NEW'D to Close

We're very sorry to report that one of Wicker Park's coolest resale shops and staple on 1917 W. Division Street has announced they will be closing. Their final day is August 31st and they currently are selling everything in the store...while hosting a 50% off sale. We will miss Nikki and team very much and wish them all the best.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Smartphones - Trap Door's New Hit

Voted by the Chicago Reader 2012 as having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners, Trap Door is back with another winning and entertaining show: Smartphones. And tonight - and every Thursday night - you can get 2 for 1 tickets. Two for just $20. Smartphones.






Support Our Mission
Last but not least, many have asked us how they can help support our mission. So we've set up a handy little way for people to contribute if you'd like to. Many of you assume we have some sort of funding or sponsorship. We don't. We're a small indie business in the neighborhood. So if you'd like to support us, here's a little information on how you can do it. Donations.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

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

 

 

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