Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Celebrity Sightings, Big Buck and More- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
November 8, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. Here are this week's picks for neighborhood events and news. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. If you missed it earlier this week, a very talented artist and illustrator was selling a very limited edition map of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Once we published the info, they sold out within an hour. If he prints more, we will definitely let you know. Also, did you happen to see Sophia Bush in Wicker Park? She's filming for Chicago PD and got a little ink in the neighborhood. And there's still time to win that Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street. We're drawing a winner's name at 5:00pm today. Head to  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 

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



Paint for FREE. Looking for the perfect date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown. It's a lot of fun, byob, you'll come home with a cool new piece of artwork and tonight! guys will pay for free. The cost is usually $40 per person. A great deal and great time.



Plans are progressing to transform The Coyote (Northwest Tower Building) at North-Damen-Milwaukee Avenue into a boutique hotel with as many as 120 rooms. A community meeting was held this week in Wicker Park and plans were approved. The developers behind this project are looking to begin construction in March 2014. 


If you see these guys roaming the streets this weekend, they're not really armed...and hunting. The Big Buck Arcade Game World Championship is taking place at the 1st Ward/Chop Shop. Wooden Shjips/Cave/Rabble Rabble head to the Empty Bottle for their rock and roll record release show. Chicago Afrobeat Project returns for another show at Double Door.And the very special 15th Annual All Souls Jazz Festival heads back to The Chopin Theatre. 


The Michelin Guide has just announced their 2014 Bib Gourmand Award Winners. Out of 67 winners, 9 are in West Town and 5 are in Wicker Park or Bucktown. A very big congrats to all and an extra special congrats to Mana Food Bar and Mott Street who are first-time winners. If you missed this earlier, lots of people celebrated lawmakers' passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois. However, not everyone was happy. And this person was sure to let The Bongo Room know it.
With a chill in the air and temps possibly heading into the 30's next week, one of our favorite spots for dessert and hot chocolate.


Palazzo has relocated from Oak Street and Michigan Avenue and recently opened their doors in Bucktown. Featuring the collection of Jane White, Palazzo is hosting a very big sample sale with as much as 70% off. Sale ends November 30th. The Handmade Market which features artisans of all types will be open this Saturday at The Empty Bottle from noon-4pm and  Dose Market  continues this Sunday in Wicker Park. For you deal shoppers, we're keeping our eyes open for amazinggroupon deals. Last week we spotted deals from Jane's, Emporium Arcade, Nature Yoga, Cheetah Gym, Blue Fin sushi and more. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 


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