Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Insider Weekend Guide - Labor Day Edition - Has Just Arrived !

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012


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


This weekend is Labor Day Weekend; the unofficial end of Summer. But we have many fantastic Fall events heading our way far beyond this weekend and into September. So here's your preview of what's in store for Fall. As always, we have lots of information and great Insider deals to share. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.


Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great Labor Day Weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.




  Brent Riley at Firecat Projects       

Brent Riley Opens at Firecat Projects

For his latest show in Chicago, longtime resident  Brent Riley will present 42 original inkjet prints at Firecat Projects 2124 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  The series began in 2006 and was finished 2012. The inkjet prints are “Original” in the sense that these pieces exist in no other form. Opening Reception is Friday. For additional details: Brent Riley.



Jackson Junge Gallery Announces Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asked artists to render their vision of such an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.





2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Wondering what to do this Labor Day? Head to Bangers & Lace 2nd Official Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year the winner downed 17 hot dogs in just 5 minutes. Think you can beat that record? $25 buys you a Bangers & Lace t-shirt, all the hot dogs you can eat in 5 minutes and a nice cold beer to wash it all down. The Grand Prize winner scores 2 Bears Tickets. Sign up up to 1 hour before the contest starts. Hot Dog Eating Contest.




College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We know how great it is to watch the game with a pack of alums so every year we publish our College Football Guide so you know where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.



FatPour - Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening is tentatively scheduled for September 7th. Nothing official has been announced as they still have one more inspection to go. So stay tuned for details. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter. The Grand Opening Party will be in mid-September.




13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by next weekend. 13th District.

5 "DON'T MISS" Fall Events

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer but it's not the end of great events heading into Wicker Park & Bucktown. Open Streets are expanding from the Loop into the neighborhood, Circus in the Parks are back, The Coyote Festival of the Arts arrives at the end of September and so much more. Put these on your radar. Early Fall Events.



Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.



Bloomingdale Trail - World's Longest Elevated Park

Did you know that when the Bloomingdale Trail is finished it will be the longest elevated park in the world? True story. Paris and New York City also have elevated parks but ours will be the longest. You can find the details and ABC's video report right here: Bloomingdale Trail. 



Renegade Craft Fair - Next Weekend

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 



Spanish Classes Start Soon - Sign up Now

Back to school takes on a whole new meaning with Elena Chicago. Join Elaine Winer for new Fall classes and learn Spanish in a casual and relaxed environment. Elaine's reviews have been outstanding and you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy Club Lucky's ambiance while learning. Hurry! Classes start next week. Spanish Classes.






Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.






Avenue N Guitars Rock For Kids Showcase Tonight

Tonight Avenue N Guitars located on North Avenue in Wicker Park is hosting a free showcase to benefit "Rock For Kids". The doors open at 7:00pm and the showcase begins at 8:30pm. For additional information including bands in the showcase: Rock For Kids.



Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening on September 8th in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.








Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar Opens For Lunch

Off the beaten path, Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar offers fresh delicious food and an impressive selection of wine. They are also now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. With a large patio and easy street parking during the day, head to Blue Star Bistro and enjoy a delicious lunch presented beautifully. Blue Star Bistro.


 In Search of The Best Pisco Sour

As long-time neighborhood residents and true Insiders, we have insight you just can't find anywhere else. We look beyond the hip and trendy to what's truly good and share information you should know. So here's a little Insider information for where you can find a great authentic Pisco Sour. You won't see this in other publications but you will find it here...enjoy! Pisco Sour Tour.


Wicker Basket Cafe' - What You Should Know

Another great Insider tip for the day... is Wicker Basket Cafe'. After venturing in for our Saturday Sandwich feature, we just can't wait to head back. The sandwiches there are de-licious and after writing our feature, we heard from others that their egg salad sandwich is addictive. Off the beaten path at 2113 W. Division Street, Wicker Basket Cafe' has a nice patio, solid service and tasty food. Wicker Basket Cafe'.







David's Tea To Open in Bucktown

DAVIDsTea is quickly expanding and is opening 3 new locations in Chicago; 924 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park, 1645 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown and 3530 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. in Chicago. Look for Bucktown's shop to open October 13th. DavidsTea.



Final Sale at NEW'D - Most Items $5

Thursday and Friday will mark NEWD's final 2 sale days so be sure to stop by. Everything must go and most items are listed at $5. NEW'D has been a great spot at 1917 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and we wish them all the best. NEWD Sale.



Labor Day Sale with 70% Off at STA

Wicker Park's Second Time Around is kicking off a Labor Day Sale this weekend with 70% Off All Summer Merchandise and 20% off new Fall arrivals. STA sells designer clothing, accessories and shoes at a fraction of their original price. Be sure to check out their sale. You'll find some incredible values here: Second Time Sale.



ZOOM Whitening - Only $169 !

THIS is an incredible value! If you book an appointment with ORA Dental in September, you can score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169. The regular price is $599. What are you waiting for? They book up early so be sure to schedule your appointments now...before this deal ends. Zoom Whitening Deal.

Those are the highlights for the week. Hope you have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! 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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