Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Apple Pie, Music, Chili and More - Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 19, 2013
October 19, 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. Our Annual Halloween Guide is in the works. Feel free to check our Events section any time for more information. Could a new boutique hotel finally be opening at the corner of North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue? Plans have been presented. And if you missed it earlier this week, Wicker Park resident and photographer, Andy Fowler, took this stunning picture of the skyline sunrise from his home. Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways. We've got a very special $25 restaurant gift card heading your way soon.

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



The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest heads back to Holstein Park. Possibly the largest contest of its type in the country, over 150 participants battle it out for the coveted title. Plus there are lots of events for kids. The event is free. The pie is not. 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 2 weeks left..

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park next weekend. Get those costumes ready.

In neighborhood news:  **Lost Dog Alert** A couple visiting their son in Wicker Park lost their dog. The dog's name is Hope and she was featured on ABC News because she was on the expressway at Armitage and the Kennedy. If you have any information please contact us via our website. Also in neighborhood news, a man was shot early Thursday morning in the 1200 block of N. Wolcott. Police suspect it was gang-related.


Music: Chicago's most fun - and free - dance party heads back to Double Door. Don't miss Soul Summit on Saturday. If you'd like a VIP pass it will cost $10 and guarantees admission to the party. Also on Saturday, psychedelic death metal masters GIGAN play a free show at Reckless Records. On Sunday, Jam Productions presents, The Sounds. Get your tickets now.

Theater:  Collaboraction's Annual Beggar's Ball Fundraiser is Saturday.Tickets cost $50-$150 and include food, drink, a silent auction, music and entertainment. And it's all happening at Chop Shop. Tickets are also on sale now for The House Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. Don't miss this fresh and moving take on a holiday classic.


Food  Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through next Saturday and this week they're hosting "Chili Day" with over a dozen of different types of chilis including Lindy's acclaimed red chili, Interuban Cafe and Pastry Shop's quinoa-black beed-sweet potato chili, Bergsetin's NY Deli's brisket chili Karl Craft Soup's lamb-pinto bean-corn chili and Feed Your Head's vegan chili. Other vendors include: Kuma's Corner, The Salsa Truck, Taco Joint, Bento Box, Head's red BBQ + moreThe Nosh's new hours are Saturday 10am-3pm.

Drink -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? We are once-again creating your guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Halloween Events. Information is being added as we receive it so stay tuned for details. If you're a neighborhood business, be sure to send us your information. And if you'd like to see what we've published to date, be sure to head to our Events section.


Remember this incredible 22,000 square foot orphanage-turned-single family home? It's located just north of Division at the corner of Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park and it's back on the market. A full 6 lots, the asking price is $3.5 million dollars.


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. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

Ornot Gallery, inside of Ready Coffee, is hosting a vintage market this weekend. The hours are Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. Ready Coffee is located at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

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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