Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 6-14-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14th, 2012


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


We're back to business as usual this week with fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood and the latest Wicker Park & Bucktown news. If you're looking for a fun idea for Father's Day, we've got it. Also this weekend, don't miss Learnapalaooza. One day a year the neighborhood is filled with free classes & workshops. Sign up now if you haven't already. We're also happy to report that our neighborhood outdoor pools open this weekend -- just in time for the 90 degree days heading our way.


But that's not all. This week Lollapalooza Aftershows were announced and the final line-up for Wicker Park Fest 2012 released.


For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.





Dads Paint for FREE At Arts N Spirits

Looking for something fun & creative to do with Dad this weekend? Head to Bucktown's Arts N Spirits. Your Dad can paint his favorite sports stadium while you socialize, listen to music, drink your beverage of choice (byob) and just have an all around great time. And this weekend, Dads can paint for FREE. Make your reservation today. Father's Day.


Into the Void - Opening Weekend

This week don't miss the opening of Into the Void; Park Schrek's newest exhibition featuring the works of Steve Amos. The title for the show, comes from one of the artists earlier paintings, one that sparked and influenced an entire series. Work will be on display beginning this Friday, June 15th through July 30th. For additional details and gallery hours: Into the Void.






Emporium Arcade Opening Soon

With license in hand and inspections all passed, we're not really sure what's keeping Emporium Arcade - located at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue- from officially opening their doors. They've said they're ready to open any day now. So be sure to have plenty of quarters on hand. We're expecting their doors to be open this weekend. We were able to catch a sneak peak of Wicker Park's hottest new bar last week. Emporium.

The Anthem Launches New Patio Menu

The Anthem has launched a new lighter Summer Patio menu just in time for the steamy weekend ahead. What can you expect? Vodka punch, magaritas,vodka popcicles and Juicy Lucy sliders/pork belly sliders for just $4 each. And for all of the veggies out there, vegetarian sliders are also available. The Anthem.







Bueller? Ferris Kicks off Movies in the Park Tonight

Tonight Ferris Bueller's Day Off kicks off the Summer Movies in the Park series in Bucktown. The weather should be just perfect and all movies start at dusk. Next Wednesday The Wizard heads to Wicker Park proper. For the full line up this Summer in Wicker Park and Bucktown: Movies.


Learnapalooza This Weekend Only

Learnapalooza is an annual Summer event that takes place in the neighborhood for one day only. Businesses throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown play host to all sorts of workshops and classes that are absolutely free of charge. But be sure to sign up now if you haven't already. Classes fill up very quickly. Learnapalooza.



Milwaukee Avenue - Wood Street Intersection Getting Redesign

As residents of Wicker Park for 7+ years, we can attest to the fact that this intersection is the most dangerous in the neighborhood for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians...and we are excited to report that at long last ... this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where so many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.






Richard Lloyd Show Canceled

We're sorry to report that Richard Lloyd (of Television) has been hospitalized and the remaining tour has been canceled. If you have tickets for the show this weekend at Double Door you can receive a refund at the point of purchase. Richard Lloyd



Lollapalooza AfterShows Announced

This week Do312 announced the 2012 Lollapaooza Aftershows happening throughout Chicago. So if you don't have the time or money to attend Lollapalooza proper this year in Grant Park, you can still catch a great show at one of the aftershows. Here are the acts playing in Wicker Park venues this year. Aftershows.



Wicker Park Fest Announces Full Line Up

Wicker Park Fest announced the headliners for this year several weeks ago. This week, they released the full line up heading to the neighborhood at the end of July. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.






Bedford Development Group to Open Carriage House

The orange notice has been posted in the front window at 1700 W. Division Street stating the Carriage House is moving in to the space formerly the home of Edge (Division Street & Paulina St) and this week the details of the project were released. We're excited to report the developers behind The Bedford are opening a new bar/restaurant in the space with a focus on all that is "Southern". Target date for the opening is September 2012. The Carriage House.


Father's Day Brunch & Dinner Ideas

Still wondering where to take Dad this weekend? Club Lucky is offering an incredible All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with everything from fried chicken and spare ribs to biscuits & gravy. They're including breakfast dishes, lunch fare and delicious desserts. Taxim is also offering a special menu for Dad (and discount) and Bucktown's Red Door is offering a whole goat with lots of sides for $18.


Purple Cow Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop Update

Hand-dipped ice cream cones, malts, shakes, sundaes and more are heading to Division Street. Purple Cow (in the space formerly Anastasia Chatzka at 1740 W. Division) has a few more city inspections to entertain and then their doors will open. They'll also be serving up doggy ice cream and homemade candy and popcorn. Look for this new Wicker Park spot to open by early July. Purple Cow.







Temple Beautiful Expands Classes/Workshops

This week Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division Street announced a number of new dance, acupuncture, yoga + more classes and workshops. We've just published their schedule into July. Sign up early. Space is limited for these classes. Temple Beautiful.






Early Warning - Harry Houdini Heads to The Chopin in July

Earlier this year we reported Death & Harry Houdini was selling out shows far in advance due to the talent and popularity of magician Dennis Watkins. Death & Harry Houdini will arrive back at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park on July 7th. Get your tickets early: Houdini.


Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.



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




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