Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 4-20-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012

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

For the week ahead, we've included our recommendations for fantastic events like the Blackhawks Playoff Party this Saturday, Earth Day celebrations, lots of fundraisers, National Record Store Day, great deals and a little news too. We're very sorry to report that Cafe De Luca will be closing their doors.On a happier note, you can still score "Insider Only" deals at Mai Chi- Wicker Park's only French-Vietnamese restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland Avenue and Riverside Cafe.

For full details, just click on the photos below. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to include you. For additional information about any of the events below, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.



          Blackhawks Home Game Event

Saturday catch Game 5 of the Blackhawks Playoffs at The Anthem. This weekend they're hosting a Home Game Event which includes: a raffle with Blackhawks signed memorabilia (provided by the Blackhawks), a Blackhawks PA announcer, the game shown with full audio and more. Starts at 9pm. Looking for the Bulls? They'll be on at 7pm.  1725 W. Division Street


        Gold Star Fundraiser at Double Door

Gold Star Bar has been a staple in the Wicker Park neighborhood for many years and co-owner Susan Stursberg was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. Medical bills are high and a benefit is being held this Sunday at Double Door on her behalf. If you can't attend the benefit, you can still donate directly to a fund established for Susan. Thank you for your support. 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue




         Getting Dirty - 7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

This Sunday is Earth Day and there are many different ways to get involved in the community this weekend. Parks are being cleaned, the Wicker Park Garden Club is teaching green techniques in the Field House, the Annual "Green & Clean" is being facilitated by the 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno & more. Find out how you can be involved, make a difference and have fun too.

        Community Meeting - Miller Lumber Site

We reported earlier that a new Wicker Park development is being planned and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants had been invited to participate in the development at 1815 W. Division - the site of Miller Lumber. Looks like the original plan is being revised and LEY hasn't fully committed to the project yet. If you'd like to participate in a meeting to discuss next steps on this development, Alderman Moreno is hosting a meeting on April 26th at 1148 N. Honore. The details are here.

         Sign Up Today for Beginner & Advanced Spanish Classes

Want to learn Spanish? Sign up for Elena Chicago's May Classes with Elaine Winer. She's received rave reviews from her students and you learn in the comfortable and casual environment at Club Lucky in Bucktown at 1824 W. Wabansia. But hurry! Classes are starting soon.



Galleries/The Arts

       Choose Your Own Adventure - Jackson Junge

Join the Members of the Wicker Park Choral Singers as they venture into fundraising this weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. Hors d'oevres, beer, wine will be served and you get to vote to determine what music/entertainment will be selected for the evening. 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue








       Green Music Fest Announces Headliners

If you missed the announcement earlier, the headliners for Green Music Fest this year will be Dinosaur Jr. and The Raveonettes. Green Music Fest will be held Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th. We will provide additional details about the line up as we receive them. See you there.


      Lollapalooza After Shows Coming Soon

The line-up has been announced and 3-day passes have already sold out for Lollapalooza 2012. As always, we will keep you posted on the After Shows being hosted in the neighborhood. Those shows have not been announced yet but we will publish and distribute the information as soon as we receive it.


        Soul Summit Dance Party

This weekend don't miss the Soul Summit Dance Party; a monthly event which features 3 DJs and a variety of guests which are featured each month. Soul Summit spans the spectrum of early R & B, funk, blues and soul. 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue







 Bucktown's Cafe De Luca Closing - Grass Fed Heads to Bucktown
We're very sorry to report that Cafe De Luca - located at 1721 N. Damen Avenue has sold and will be closing their doors at the end of May just before their 13th Anniversary. Heading into their spot? Grass Fed; a new steakhouse focused on organic and sustainable meat.



    Club Lucky - Dine Out for Life Fundraiser
Please join Club Lucky next weekend for Dining Out for Life. Each year Club Lucky participates in this terrific fundraiser and a part of the proceeds from anyone dining at Club Lucky that day will be donated to an organization called Food & Friends. Make your reservations for next weekend

    El Rincon Azteca- Wicker Park's Newest Mexican Restaurant

El Rincon Azteca has opened their doors in the spot previously the home of Crepe Crave at 1752 W. North Avenue. We tried the chicken tacos and delicious Horchata for lunch but the menu is extensive and they're open from early morning (7am) through late night. Be sure to stop by.

    Five Dollars $5 Off Sunday Brunch at Riverside Cafe

Don't forget!  Insider's Only can still save $5 on Riverside Cafe's All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch. But you have to hurry This offer expires April 30th. Kids under 3 eat for free too.


   Great Deals at Mai Chi- But Not For Long
We love Mai Chi- Wicker Park's only French Vietnamese Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. The food is great. There's FREE parking and FREE wi-fi. And now, they're offering fantastic DEALS only available to Insiders like you. But you have to hurry. These offers end April 30th. If you head there today, we may just see you. We're thinking about Crab Rangoon, Green Curry Chicken, the Noodle Salad and a little Chicken Satay for an appetizer. See you there later.


    Nanda Milano Trattoria Heading to Division ?

Traditionally, we prefer not to publish information until we speak directly to the owners of a business or project. However, we did notice a sign posted on the door of the space formerly the home of Dee's Place at 2114 W. Division Street and it appears a new Italian restaurant will be opening their doors in that space. Stay tuned for additional details.






    Real Estate


Foreclosure Spotting

This 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom vintage rehab with a granite/stainless kitchen, beautiful bathrooms and hardwood floors throughout is currently located at Bosworth/Division and is listed for $222K. Interested? Don't wait. These foreclosures sell very quickly.




          Building Blocks Toys Earth Day Party

Bring the kids to Building Block's Earth Day Party this weekend. Balloons, temporary tattoos, prizes, giveaways and of course, lots of toys will be waiting for you. So celebrate Earth Day with Building Block Toys at 2130 W. Division Street.


            Greenheart Shop's Ice Cream Social

Did someone say free ice cream? Just in time for Earth Day, don't miss Greenheart Shop's Fair Trade ice cream social this weekend. The ice cream social will be held at their Wicker Park shop Sunday from 12pm-5pm and did we mention it's free? 1911 W. Division Street


       Meet Renowned Psychic Nancy Wallace  

Nancy Wallace has accomplished a level of psychic ability that is almost unheard of and her accurate portrayal of your past, present and future will astound you. There's limited availability this Saturday so be sure to schedule your appointment today. 1901 W. Division Street


        National Record Store Day

National Record Store Day is this Saturday. Chicago record label Numero Group will be having their annual pop-up store at The Empty Bottle from 9am -6pm and Reckless Records will be hosting in-store acts in each location including their location at: 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue.We have the details right here.


       Small Businesses & Home Offices

Our neighbors at Wicker Park's Staples 1300 N. Ashland Avenue have asked us to let small business owners and/or those with home offices know that they're offering some incredible Sales right now. But that's not all, they also offer rewards for recycled ink cartridges, PC service + support and printing services. 






      Girl You Know It's True

Girl You Know It's True opens this weekend at The Chopin Theatre. When Bixby, a 40-ish playwright fails to get his work produced he conjures up a radical new identity for himself: an impostor ...and his "stand in" shoots to fame.  1543 W. Division Street.


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