May 24, 2012
Hello and welcome to your Memorial Day Edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.
First and foremost, thank you so much for your help in making us Wicker Park & Bucktown's most popular neighborhood guide. We've reached almost 8,000 followers on social media alone and 10's of thousands of people visit us online each month. We couldn't do it without you and are very appreciative of your support.
Secondly, we receive
information, events and news all day long. Our Weekend Guide is
expanding every week so we've streamlined the format a little so it's
easier for you to read. Hope you like it. Just click on the accompanying
links for more detailed information on any topic. Last but not least,
we've included our highlights for Memorial Day Weekend. Chicago Craft
Beer Week continues with special events planned up and down Division
Street, Poi Dog Pondering will be playing 2 VIP shows this weekend,
there's lots of Summer Fest news to share (with Do Division right around
the corner), you can win FREE brunch for 4 this Sunday and a couple of sweet deals are waiting for you too.
Thanks, as always, for
joining us. Have a great, long Memorial Day weekend and we'll see you in
Division Street IPA Crawl
forces with Smallbar Division and Bangers
& Lace to bring you the IPA's of North America. Only a short
distance separates three of the best destinations for beer in Chicago.
Tonight just head to Division Street to taste some of the best
IPA's coast to coast. IPA Crawl.
don't know that Wicker Park's Moonshine at 1824 W. Division Street is actually a brewery. And
tonight, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, local brewer JD McCormick
is opening the doors to the brewery. Doors open at 5pm and you're
invited to join JD for a free tour to learn what goes into making a
great local craft beer. Moonshine Tour.
weekend People Lounge - located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue - is
introducing a brand new brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. What can you
expect? This is not your standard bacon & eggs. Expect higher end
fare and creative twists on your traditional favorites. The menu looks
delicious an you can take a peek at the new brunch options waiting for
you right here. Brunch Menu.
Do Division June 1st - June 3rd
Division 2012 is just around the corner and will be a 3 day festival
for the 1st time in its history. Shopping, food and, of course, great
music will be waiting for you. The final line-up includes: Pinebender,
The Antlers. Peanut Butter Wolf, Le Butcherettes, Murder by Death and
more. But that's not all, there are also lots of fun activities for
kids. The details are here: Do Division.
The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
For young and old
alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the
Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am.
This annual Summer event kicks off this Sunday and will continue through
September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park
Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then
head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.
Wicker Park Fest Headliners
Although still 2
months away, Wicker Park Fest has announced the headliners for the 2012
neighborhood festival which will include: The Drums, Cursive and local
favorites including Joe Pug and Kill Hannah. The festival will take
place on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue & Wood Street July
28th and July 29th. Stay tuned for additional details about: Wicker Park Fest.
93XRT Presents Poi Dog Pondering Weekend
Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering will be playing not 1 - but 2 -
shows this weekend at Wicker Park's Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee
Avenue. VIP Packages are available and include cds, signed posters,
drinks and more. Get your tickets early. Poi Dog.
Raw Natural Born Artists Showcase
RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & make-up artistry, photography and performing arts. Tonight, they'll be showcasing who they feel represents the best of the best. Doors at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Raw Showcase.
FREE Brunch for 4 This Sunday
Glazed and Infused Now Open
donuts donuts. Yes you can now score gourmet doughnuts directly across
the street from the Damen Blue Line el stop at Glazed and Infused. Just
look for their window on the west side of Francesca's Forno at 1576 N.
Milwaukee Avenue. Open early...and late. Doughnuts.
Jazz Tuesdays at MC
for Summer, MC Restaurant has announced they will be hosting jazz every
Tuesday night from 6pm -9pm. With free parking & wi-fi, a beautiful
patio and the banh mi/domestic beer special for just $6.95, MC will be a
great spot to relax this Summer. And the banh mi is excellent. Details.
The Trenchermen Looks to June
the folks behind The Trenchermen hosted a fundraiser/preview party May
17th, it looks like it will still be several weeks until Wicker Park's
newest upscale eatery opens their doors. According to Grub Street, there
is still a lot of work to do and they're guessing the opening date will
be closer to the end of June. The Trenchermen.
20% Off Store Wide Memorial Day
Chicago's premier fair
trade, eco-friendly store Greeneheart Shop has announced a store wide
sale this Memorial Day Weekend. You'll find unique, beautiful and
recycled merchandise that helps to create a better world. The details
are here. Sale.
Eat for Beauty - Friday
Komar reveals the secrets of achieving radiant skin from the inside out
at this educational, fun and interactive workshop being held at Elevenzees Friday night. Join Kelli as she
discloses the ancient secrets of Ayurveda to help you create a
customized holistic dietary skin care regimen that will balance your
body and skin. Eating For Beauty.
Insider Deals of the Week
Shear Sapphire is a
Women's & Men's Salon at 1712 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park and
their 1st Anniversary is just around the corner. As their way of saying
"thank you" to you, they're offering a couple of great deals. First:
men can score 50% off any hair cut service. And women, you can get a
FREE haircut with a purchase. These offers won't last forever. So hurry!
Theatre of War - The Chopin Theatre
Tonight only: Theatre of War is an artistic investigation of the disconnect between the experiences of most citizens and
those of people directly impacted by war. This show takes place just days after the
city bids farewell to the NATO summit. Theatre of War.
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The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide