Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Mott Street, Music And More -Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender 5-17-13

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013


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

There's so much information to share this week. For your convenience, we've created  your Wicker Park, Bucktown Summer Guide which serves as a handy little resource for all of the neighborhood's special events. Be sure to check that out so you won't miss a thing. Festivals are also announcing their line-ups and tickets are selling quickly. More new rental buildings head into the neighborhood as do additional restaurants we've had on our radar for a while. So keep your eyes open for those new highly anticipated eateries. And Lillie's Q will be opening again on North Avenue soon.


For up-to-the-minute news and updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on social media. We offer free giveaways like tickets, gift cards, dinners etc so if you're following us on Facebook & Twitter, you'll never miss a thing. Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great weekend and and we'll see you in the neighborhood.





Chicago Craft Beer Week - Chicago Craft Beer Week kicked off yesterday and next week you will not want to miss the Division Street Bar Crawl. The Crawl features some of our very finest bars and includes a sampling from Jerry's, Small Bar and Bangers and Lace.



Wicker Park, Bucktown Summer Guide - Your Guide to the very best that Wicker Park and Bucktown have to offer this Summer is right here. Neighborhood festivals. Farmers Markets. Free yoga, Movies in the Park, Historic Tours, Learnapalooza and more are all heading our way. We'll be updating all of the events as additional information becomes available. Your WPB Summer Guide.




Don't Miss Shows - This weekend Hozac Blackout Fest continues at The Empty Bottle. Tonight's show apparently caused concern for a local church group. You can read more via the Huffington Post. Also this weekend, the monthly FREE Soul Summit Dance Party and on Monday, Jam Productions Presents the biggest underground rock n roll band: Turbonegro.

Riot Fest Headliners - The 1st wave of bands for Riot Fest have been announced. Riot Fest is just around the corner in Humboldt Park and the first announcement of bands includes: Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Dinosaur Jr., Blondie, Bob Mould + more. Tickets for Riot Fest are selling very quickly ... and ticket prices are increasing. Don't wait to buy yours.






2016 W Evergreen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

More Rentals Head to Wicker Park
We reported back in February about the sale of this majestic and iconic church in Wicker Park located at Damen + Evergreen. This property (including the house just West of it) sold for only $1.3 million which is less than the value of the land alone. According to a report published today, it's going to be a rental building with 11 two-bedroom rental units planned for the space pending a zoning variance. These rentals should be available Fall 2014.






Flash Taco Make Over  -  After 15+ years, we noticed the iconic sign at North/Damen/Milwaukee had been removed. And, as it turns out Flash Taco is getting a very fancy little makeover. New decor and a dj booth are part of the plans. 


Lillie's Q Re-Opening   - Issued via a press release this week, Lillie's Q announced they will be re-opening their doors on North Avenue very soon. Very positive news. Last March a large fire swept through Lillie's and it was not certain at that time whether they could re-open or not. Look for the doors to open again in June.

Spring Restos On Our Radar - The paper is off the windows and MAK is hiring for their new healthy eatery located in the former home of Renegade Craft on Division and Mott Street chefs were spotted in the kitchen this week. Can an opening be far behind? Both of these new Wicker Park restaurants are on our radar for Spring Openings.



Weekend Events - This weekend don't miss the Anne Sportun Trunk Show happening at Bucktown's Virtu 2034 N. Damen Avenue. Also this weekend, Wed Local features local neighborhood artisans, shops, vendors and venues for those planning their nuptials.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. If you would like to receive this each week, just sign up below.


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



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