Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 8-9-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, August 09, 2012

August 9, 2012


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


Following Wicker Park Fest and Lollapalooza, we thought this weekend might be a little quieter. But we have a lot of news, information, and great events to share. Fundraisers, in-store parties, Zagat's Best, new restaurants, free ticket giveaways, farmers markets and more are included below.

We're also excited to report we've just turned on the corner on 6,000 followers on Twitter. If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow us here: @wickerparkbuck. If you're not on twitter and would like up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on  Facebook.


Thanks, as always, for joining usHave a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.







Beyond The Coyote Dates Announced

Preliminary information has been issued regarding this year's Beyond the Coyote Festival of the Arts. This year's festival will take place from September 28th - September 30th. Its central location is at the Flat Iron Arts Building 1575 N. Milwaukee Avenue. When we have additional details we will let you know.



Stunning Wicker Park Fest Photo

This year during Wicker Park Fest we asked our amazing viewers to submit photos because we know you're taking a lot of them...and are sharing them with us. We received this incredibly photo from Darcy Horath and wanted to share it with you. If you'd like to copy or distribute this photo, please contact the photographer Darcy Horath for permission. Stunning Photo








Watch the UFC Lightweight Championship Fight - No Cover

Looking for a spot to watch the UFC Lightweight Championship this weekend? Head to The Standard Bar in Wicker Park. The fight will be on this weekend with sound and there's no cover. They'll be featuring drink specials too. UFC Championship



Win FREE Tickets to see My Morning Jacket

We're giving you an early warning on this one. If you'd like to be eligible to win FREE tickets to see My Morning Jacket be sure you're at The Fifty 50 at 2047 W. Division Street on Friday August 17th between 8:30pm-10:30pm. WXRT will be giving tickets away. Free Tickets.






Suspect Arrested & Charged

As a follow up to last week's Community Alert, we wanted to be sure to let you know a suspect has been arrested and charged in association with the recent attempted assaults occurring throughout the West Town area. No bail has been set. Arrest.


Farmers Market Tonight

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park at 1425 N. Damen. Farmers Markets.



This Weekend - In The Park

Please join the Symphony Sounds Quartet and Wicker Park Choral Singers this Sunday for classical music in the park 1425 N. Damen Avenue. After the concert, there will also be a guided tour of the Wicker Park Gardens starting at 1:00pm. Tour





Fundraiser for Ashley Pruneau

Friends and former co-workers of Mana are hosting a fundraiser at the end of the month for Ashley Pruneau at the Double Door. Ashley was recently seriously injured during a home invasion. She has worked in the area at a number of establishments and a number of local businesses have donated items for a silent auction and raffle. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.



Sean Healy Presents RZA

RZA is an American Grammy-winning music producer, author, emcee, actor, director, and screenwriter. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and considered to be one of the most influential and landmark hip-hop producers of all time. This weekend you can catch him live.  Sean Healy Presents








Modern Asian Heads to Wicker

Unfortunately, we don't have much information to share just yet but you may want to put MAK on your radar. We have. MAK will be moving in to the space formerly the home of The Renegade Craft store at 1924 W. Division and is looking to open this Summer. MAK Modern Asian.

The Blue Line Coffee Crawl

The Blue Line Coffee Crawl is the first established coffee culinary adventure of its kind. At each of three coffee shops, you will receive a tasting flight of three coffees, presented by the shop's owner or barista.  For additional details and ticket information. Coffee Crawl



Zagat's Top 10 List for 2012

Zagat just announced their top 10 Restaurant List for 2012. Some of the winners like the #1 Alinea come as no surprise. We're happy to report that 1 Wicker Park restaurant and 1 Bucktown restaurant made the list this year. Find out who: Zagat's Top 10.






Building Block Toys Fundraiser

Building Block Toys is a favorite local business in both the Lakeview and Wicker Park neighborhoods. And last week, Building Block Toys suffered very serious damage as a result of the strong storms that temporarily closed down Lollapalooza. An online fundraiser has been launched to help bridge the gap between the damage and what insurance will cover. If you'd like to help: Building Block Toys.


Grand Opening Party 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 this weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.



NEW'D & Bullfrogs and Butterflies Announce Closings

We're very sorry to report the news that 2 businesses have announced they will be closing on Division Street; one of our very favorite resale shops NEW'D located at 1917 W. Division and the adorable Bullfrogs & Butterflies located at 2124 W. Division Street. Both businesses are hosting very big sales. We will miss them both and wish them all the best. 



Nudie Jeans - Shop in Shop Tonight at Mildblend

Some people know Mildblend because they were the target of the flash mob robbery during Wicker Park Fest. Many know Mildblend because they're a very cool indie retail shop in Wicker Park. Tonight they're hosting a Shop-in-Shop featuring music and more. Hope you can stop by and show your support. Starts at 7pm. Shop In Shop.





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.


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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