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New Wicker Park Potbelly's Opens Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 17, 2014

 

Wicker Wire: Moving in to the space formerly Oberweis at 1293 N. Milwaukee Avenue, the Potbelly Sandwich Shop will officially open their doors to the public at 11:00am on Wednesday March 19, 2014.

They are hosting a fundraiser tonight where $5 buys you a sandwich and proceeds will help to raise funds for Wells Community Academy High School. They'll close up shop again tonight and reopen on Wednesday.

 

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High Fidelity Movie Location Sells in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, February 28, 2014

photo courtesy of http://thepopculturelypse.wordpress.com

Wicker Wire: Many know the space at 1514 N. Milwaukee Avenue (the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore) as the movie location for High Fidelity's fictional record store  "Championship Vinyl". The then-empty store was transformed into a studio set that acted as the primary location for the 2000 film and was owned by John Cusack's character Rob Gordon.

After filming the storefront remained empty until 2008 when it was boarded up.

High Fidelity location: the record store of pop geek Rob Gordon: North Milwaukee Avenue at Honore, Wicker Park, Chicago
This week DNAInfo is reporting that the commercial storefront was sold to a Newcastle-limited venture called House Music LLC on February 7, 2014 for $1.4 million dollars. The property above the commercial space is condos.

The corner space is 3,000 square feet with exposed brick and 13 foot ceilings. No word yet on possible tenants. We will keep you posted.



'High Fidelity' Record Shop Space Bought in Wicker Park [DNAInfo]


 


Bucktown Athletic Club Opens Next Week - Previews Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 27, 2014

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In case you missed the announcement in our Weekend Guide on Friday:

Chicago Athletic Club's newest location at 2040 W. North Avenue has been in the works for a very long time. Moving into the "Marvin Envelope Company" Building just West of North-Damen and Milwaukee Avenue, the fitness company encountered a few challenges along the way with construction within such a large brick, historic location. And plans had to be modified along the way resulting in a number of delays.

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Chicago Athletic Club announced last week they were hosting previews February 26th and February 27th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. You can even take a free class or 2 from 6pm - 8pm tonight.  


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We'll be at Double Door's 20th Anniversary Party tonight so be sure to let us know what you think of the neighborhood's newest gym via Facebook and/or Twitter. The Bucktown Athletic Club is scheduled to open March 6, 2014.


images courtesy of Chicago Athletic Club

Wicker Park Bucktown Area Community Alert Issued

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The 14th District of the Chicago Police Department has issued a community alert in response to a robbery at the Western Blue Line Stop at 1909 N. Western Avenue. We posted information about this robbery earlier today.






Image provided courtesy of Steve Jensen via Facebook.




Photo of suspect provided courtesy of the Chicago Police Department.

Wicker Park's Newest Middle Eastern Eatery Opens Today on Division Street

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We reported last December that a new Middle Eastern restaurant was in the works for Division Avenue in the former home of Habitat and at long last Shawarma Garden is ready to open. 

Owner Mary Anne Mubayed is bringing her family's "secret" Middle Eastern recipes to Wicker Park and, based on the menu, it looks like a lot of traditional dishes will be available. You'll find favorites including: hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouleh salad, a variety of 'kabob' entrees, shawarma, and gyros. Approximately 25 menu items are available that offer affordable prices & generous portions. Prices start at $3.00 for falafel and work their way up. The highest priced item is the lamb kabob entree at $13.99. Sandwiches are in the $5.00 range.

Take out and delivery are also available. Shawarma Garden will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Look for Shawarma Garden to open at 1951 W. Division Street this Wednesday November 20th .

Guys Paint Free Tonight At Arts n Spirits

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

Looking for a cool date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown at 1921 N. Damen Avenue. It's a great little spot where you'll be instructed how to paint a picture. Plus it's byob. You'll come home with this cool picture and tonight, guys paint for free.

That's a savings of $40. 

Sign up like you would for a traditional class but guys won't be charged.

Tonight only in Bucktown.


You'll be painting this:



Sign up information: https://www.artsnspirits.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=1747

Last Chance! Win This Mott Street Gift Card

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

If you haven't ventured to Wicker Park's Mott Street at 1401 N. Ashland, you really need to try them out. We're not sure if it's the innovative fresh food, the sleek industrial feeling or the excellent service that makes Mott Street a welcome addition to the neighborhood. But it's certainly a favorite.

And you can win a $25 Gift Card to go try them out for yourself ... or head back if you've already been there.

 

How Do You Enter to Win?

We're all about keeping it real and 'keeping it positive' ... as much as we can. So tell us one thing you like about Wicker Park and/or Bucktown. That's it. That's how you enter. You can post your entry (comment) below our contest announcement on Facebook or you can send it to us via Twitter (@wickerparkbuck) with the hashtag #whatsmotttolike....Get it?

All entries must be received by Friday November 8th at 5pm and we'll enter you in a random drawing at 6pm on Friday November 8th. The winner will be announced via Facebook and Twitter and you'll have one hour to respond to claim your prize.

Good Luck !

One of A Kind Illustrated Wicker Park, Bucktown Map For A Limited Time Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Mapphotos courtesy of Joe Mills

Everyone knows how passionate Chicagoans are about their neighborhoods. And that certainly is the case for Wicker Park and Bucktown. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

So local Chicago artist/illustrator Joe Mills had an idea; to create a unique map for these neighborhoods and others that integrate the neighborhoods' unique landmarks, streets, building structures, history and special events into one beautiful 18 x 24 screen print. And the one he created for Wicker Park and Bucktown is fantastic.Even small detailed pieces of history like the section of Pierce Street in Wicker Park West of Damen Avenue being referred to as Beer Baron Row has been integrated into this one-of-a-kind illustration. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

The newly named 606 and small details like the Churchill Dog Park, Mr. Wicker (of Wicker Park) and the Coyote (for the Northwest Tower at North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue) have all been included. The artist has only created 100 of these and all pieces will be numbered and signed by Joe Mills. Get them while you can. Each print costs $25.00

For additional information head to Joe Mills' Website. 

Underdog To Reopen in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basementphoto courtesy of DNAInfo Chicago

According to a report published yesterday by DNAInfo Chicago, UnderDog is re-opening this year in the basement of the Flash Taco space 1570 N. Damen Avenue in Wicker Park.


Underdogg to Heat to Underdog Once Again

For those who may not know, UnderDogg (with 2 g's) was a late night hot dog spot that closed its doors to greasy fries and veggie dogs in 2009. The owners re-concepted and the space became Heat; a gourmet hot dog shop with an emphasis on game and other unique fare like duck and elk hot dogs and boar sausage. 

But now it seems the space is heading back to its former UnderDogg roots. The new concept is not only losing the extra "g", however. It's losing the gourmet spin and game hot dogs.This casual eatery is featuring a new menu including Mexican-style hot dogs, Vienna beef hot dogs and will eventually add an ice cream parlor and coffee. They will also be adding veggie dogs back onto the menu. 

Prices for the dogs will be $3 and that includes fries. Gyros and burgers will stay on the menu.

Sounds like the newer version of the original concept may just be a better fit for the late night crowd at North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. UnderDog is in the middle of renovations but is looking to reopen in November of this year and will, once again, be open until 5am. 


Underdog - 1570 1/2 N. Damen Avenue - Wicker Park


UnderDog Returns to Neighborhood's Main Hub Below Flash Taco [DNAInfo Chicago]



Beetlejuice Rides the Blue Line

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A great Halloween photo of Steve O Sullivan waiting for the Blue Line published October 29, 2012 by People of the CTA.

 PhotoHave any cool Halloween photos? Tag us on Facebook or send them to us via Twitter. We're happy to share with full credit to you of course.


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