Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Circus in the Parks, Chop Shop, Max's Wine Dive and More- Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 11, 2013
October 11, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered.Tonight, be sure to keep your eyes open for the performing arts group Out of Site at the Western Blue Line stop between 5pm - 7pm. You never know what they'll do. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.

Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 





Wicker Park After Dark continues at Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue. A don't miss exhibition, photographer David Szpunar features the unusual and eclectic behavior surrounding nightlife in the neighborhood. Open through October only and you won't want to miss this one.


The beautiful event Circus in the Parks is back again this weekend. And this weekend, it's in Commercial Park. A nice event for the whole family, get your tickets now. Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins. So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The Wicker Park Farmers Market is back this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market only runs through October. So you only have a few weeks left.




Nicole Wiesner 'The Balcony' Trap Door Theatre
Music: Tonight Raheem Devaughn arrives at Double Door with a special guest to be announced. Tickets are still available. The show starts at 8:00pm. Also tonight, the Seattle-based five piece band The Moondoggies are playing a show to support their new album at The Empty Bottle. The show starts at 9:30pm.

Theater:  Closing this weekend, The Balcony at The Trap Door Theatre in Bucktown. The Balcony takes place in a Brothel during a bloody revolution. Find out why it's received 4 star reviews. Shadow Town opens at The Den Theater in Wicker Park and tells the story of 4 Chicago area sex trafficked girls through the eyes of their pimp.This original play is based on dozens of interviews with people involved in sex trafficking right here in Chicago.


Food -  In record speed, the Covo Gyro Market space on Milwaukee Avenue has already been leased to a Texas-based chain serving "Gourmet Comfort Food. Look for Max's Wine Dive to open next year. The Chop Shop officially opens today in Wicker Park. So the bar/restaurant/butcher/deli and venue are all now open for business. Remember those amazing gelato-doughnut ice cream sandwiches created by the team at Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused? Well they will be available again later this month.

Last but not least, time is running out to take advantage of Runa's Grand Opening Special. RUNA has officially opened their doors on North Avenue and is offering 30% off your next meal through October 15th. So you better hurry.

Foodie Events: Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday but their hours are shorter to accommodate the shorter days ahead.The Nosh's new hours are 10am - 3pm and you'll find The Nosh filled with delicious food like chocolate tamales, empanadas, doughnuts, chili and a whole lot more. Only a few more weeks left. Don't miss it.

Drink -  Standard Bar in Wicker Park is offering an amazing deal on Friday nights. For just $20, you get a wristband that buys you a full sized cheeseburger, fries, house wine, beer, soda, well drinks and more. This is one of the best deals in town.


Building Block Toys is hosting a big sale this weekend only in celebration of their 17th Anniversary. Everything is the store is 20% off. So head to 2130 W. Division Street and stock up. Sale hours: Friday 10am-7pm,  Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm and Sunday 9:30am-5:00pm. Also this weekend, CrossFit Logan is hosting a Grand Opening at 2080 N. Milwaukee Avenue Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. You can participate in a free workout at 10:30am, 11:30am or 12:30pm each day. 

Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. Another market open this weekend, the Handmade Marketfeaturing local artisans will be hosted by The Empty Bottle on Saturday from 12pm - 4pm.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a Halloween party/event/special you'd like us to share? Be sure to send it our way. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.



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



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