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Our Saturday Picks in Wicker Park & Bucktown

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hello and Happy Saturday. Here are our picks for a few great events happening the neighborhood today and tonight. Don't let a little dusting of snow stand in your way! 

 

 

Breakfast at Riverside Cafe- Bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes and fruit.

Just $5.50- All Day Long

 

 

  Grand Opening of Kids Rule - Wicker Park's newest toy store.

 

 

Wine Tasting
Saturday December 17th  3pm - 6pm

Life's A Cabernet - 1937 W. North Avenue - Wicker Park

Plus check out our deal for 6 Bottles of Wine for only $49 !

 

 

Boobs and Goombas - A Super Mario Burlesque
Saturdays 11:00pm
Gorilla Tango Theater 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Bucktown

 

 

The Show Below - Free Comedy
Every Friday and Saturday at 9:00pm
Crocodile 1540 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park

 

 

Blue Line's Ugly Sweater Contest
Saturday December 17th. Starts at 10pm
Blue Line Lounge - 1548 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park

 

 



Fellowship of the Boobs Burlesque Adventure
Thursdays & Saturdays
Gorilla Tango Theatre 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue

 


 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 12-16-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, December 16, 2011
December 16, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider's Weekend Guide. As we're writing, the weather forecast is predicting 50+ degrees in Chicago --- in December. So there's no reason to stay inside. If you're looking for a place to ring in the new year, we've provided our initial guide below but we're still finalizing the information this week. So be sure to check back for our final list of recommendations. What will you find in Wicker Park and Bucktown this weekend? New restaurants, the artists' angels, grand openings, carolers, pirates and more. For more detailed information, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

   Bars

       New Years Eve Celebrations 

If you're looking for a fun spot to ring in the new year, we're developing our annual Neighborhood New Years Eve Guide to some of the best parties in the area. We're continuing to update your NYE Guide daily as additional information becomes available. So be sure and check back later this week for our final list of recommendations.

 

 

  Galleries

Angelicies Continues at Jackson Junge      

Angelicies: A Look At The Modern Day Angel - is the perfect holiday exhibition featuring 20 Chicago-based artists. Head to Wicker Park's beautiful Jackson Junge Gallery to see the artists' interpretations of what an angel may truly look like.

 

  Music 

   93XRT's Richard Milne

Many people don't know that 93XRT DJ Richard Milne is - not only a great DJ who avidly supports local artists - he's also a long-time Wicker Park resident. If you missed it earlier, here is our interview with Richard in celebration of his 20 Year Anniversary with Local Anesthetic.  Richard shares his views on his Sunday night show, the Chicago music scene and how his neighborhood has changed over the years.

 

  Restaurants

   

     Falafel & Grill Opens in Wicker Park

Watch out Sultan's and Babylon. There's a new spot for falafel in the neighborhood ... and it's good. Now open at 1317 N. Milwaukee Avenue, please welcome Falafel & Grill. Fresh ingredients, generous servings, flavorful food, late hours and reasonable prices make this new Wicker Park eatery a winner.

 

 

     Gratto is Open - But Not for Lunch - Yet

Gratto has opened their doors and this tiny Italian deli features sandwiches and specialty pizzas. Although hoping to be open for lunch by now, they're only open for dinner. Stay tuned for additional details. 

 

   Spend New Years Eve with Via Carducci

Looking for a different alternative to bars for New Years Eve? How about a fantastic Italian dinner and champagne? Don't wait too long to make your NYE reservations at Via Carducci.

 

  Retail/Shopping

  Psychic Nancy Wallace Returns to Elevenzees

Curious to know what's in store for you in the future? Be sure to schedule your appointment with psychic Nancy Wallace. As we were writing this, only 1 appointment was open for Saturday. Her days fill up quickly. So if you're interested, hurry !!

 


The Silver Room 14 Year Anniversary Event

      

 

        The Silver Room Celebrates 14 Years

  Please join us in wishing a very Happy Anniversary and warm congratulations to The Silver Room who are celebrating their 14th Anniversary this week. A party is planned for Friday night. We're invited and so are you. Check out our interview with owner Eric Williams and the details of the party right here.

 

 

    Kids Rule - Grand Opening Party Saturday

Toys, books, birthday party supplies and more are moving on to Milwaukee Avenue. Kids Rule officially opens their doors this Saturday with a Grand Opening Party starting at 10am. On Saturday, you can have your pictures taken with Santa, have fun with face painting, enjoy a few healthy snacks and take home a biodegradable balloon. There will also be a cute little spot where kids can try out the building blocks and toys before they take them home. Sounds like fun!

 

 

      Luxury Garage Sale Opens in Bucktown

Love Chanel but hate the price? You will fall in love with Luxury Garage Sale - the neighborhood's newest upscale consignment shop. Now open at 1656 N. Bosworth Avenue. Luxury Garage Sale was opened by 2 long-time friends who have a flair for fashion and passion for great deals. Find your Giorgio Armani now for a fraction of its original cost. Interested in selling? Contacting Luxury Garage Sale for details.


 

  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:

 

The Pirates of PenzancePirates of Penzance

Lots of fun and given 3 1/2 stars by the Chicago Tribune, don't miss Pirates of Penzance at The Chopin. Follow Frederic the orphan who has been mistakenly apprenticed to a raucous band of pirates.


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have so many special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

 

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

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Welcome to the Wicker Park & Bucktown Insider's Guide !

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, December 15, 2011

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The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide for December 9th Has Arrived

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, December 09, 2011
December 9, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider's Weekend Guide. We're finalizing our picks for New Years Eve so be sure to look for our extensive guide to the best parties next week. The neighborhood has embraced the holiday spirit and we are happy to share information about the festivities with you. Holiday parties, movies, art shows, exhibitions, music documentaries, great deals and more are waiting for you. For more detailed information, just click on the photos. Last but not least, the CTA Holiday Car will be featured on the Blue Line December 8th -10th. So keep your eyes open for the Holiday Car if you use the Blue Line. It's always fun to see. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

   Bars

       Holiday Movies & Free Popcorn 

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays? Every Sunday night Blue Line Lounge is featuring lots of great food, holiday movies and free popcorn. This week's features: A Christmas Story and It's A Wonderful Life.


  Community

13th Annual Bucktown Holidy Artshow     Bucktown Holiday Art Show

 

This weekend 100 artists will be displaying and selling their creative work: from photography to textiles, watercolors to oils, jewelry to ceramics--and a whole lot more!

 

        Design Bucktown's New Park

A new park is being planned for Milwaukee Avenue and Leavitt Avenue in Bucktown. Want to help design it? We've been invited to participate in the planning process and so have you. The next meeting will be next week.

 

      The BCO Annual Holiday Party

Live in Bucktown? Don't miss the Bucktown Community Organization's Annual Holiday Party. Each year the BCO hosts an annual party so neighbors can get to know each other and each year it's hosted by Hot Chocolate. There are few tickets still remaining. But they won't last long.

 

 

  Galleries

       A Tree With All The Trimmings      

Looking for a fun and creative way to spend time with your kids this weekend? Look no further than Color Wheel Studio. You can decorate your very own tree and use it as a festive holiday centerpiece.


  "Symphonic" Opens Friday

Please join the Park Schrek Gallery on Friday for their opening reception of their newest exhibition Symphonic. Symphonic will feature the work of artists Rebecca Moy and Mark Mackinnon and the reception will be held from 7pm -10pm this Friday, December 9th.

 

 

  Music 

    Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers) - Wednesday

Next Wednesday don't miss Kathryn Calder's Solo Show at Double Door. Before joining The New Pornographers Kathryn was busy working on her solo career and has recently released her new EP called "Are You My Mother". Catch her show next week. 

 

    Film Documentary Screening - A Band Called Karp

Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of the Olympia, WA post punk and Riot girl movements of the early 90's, the film details the joys and tragedies of a band called KARP.

 

 

 

  Restaurants

   

            FREE Coffee Every Monday Morning

Riverside Cafe is offering free coffee every Monday in December from 7am-9am. So now you can start your week off on a great note. Carry-out only. But that's not all. Riverside is also offering 15% off to all college students. Just bring in your valid student id when you head to Riverside Cafe.

 

            Gratto Opens for Business

We were so happy to see that Gratto has opened their doors! This adorable and cozy Italian deli features salads, sandwiches and specialty pizza. We're loving the deli case and olives. Soft opening this week and they should be fully up and running by the weekend.

 

          Enter to Win Brunch for 2 at Blue Star

Blue Star Bistro has introduced an incredible Sunday Brunch and we're giving away 2 spots for this weekend.  Just head to our Facebook or Twitter pages to be entered to win. But hurry! We're picking our winner this Friday.

 

 

 

  Retail/Shopping

     Psychic Nancy Wallace Returns to Elevenzees

Curious to know what's in store for you in the future? Be sure to schedule your appointment with psychic Nancy Wallace. Nancy returns to Chicago several times a year and her appointments fill up very quickly. So book yours now.

 

         Buy Local at NEW'D and Pay No Sales Tax

NEW'D is a great shop on Division Street that features new and used clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and more. You'll find terrific deals and one-of-a-kind items. And right now, when you purchase any locally made item at NEW'D, they'll waive your sales tax. So shop local and shop NEW'D.

 

        Countdown to Christmas at Greenheart Shop

Every day Wicker Park's eco-friendly Greenheart Shop is featuring different sales and you can save an additional $10 right here.  Us this coupon in the store on Division Street or online. But hurry! This offer is ending soon. Shop green and save a little green.

 

 

 

 

  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:

 

          True Story - Keeps You Guessing

This Saturday: A handful of comedy writers share short stories that sound as if they are true. But only one of the stories is real. Which one is it?  

 


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have so many special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

 

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

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park - Bucktown Weekend Guide for December 2nd

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, December 02, 2011
December 2, 2011
 

If you  missed it Thursday (we originally issued this Thursday December 1st), here is this week's edition of our Weekend Guide. We hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. It's hard to believe it's already December 1st! This weekend there are lots of fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood including Do Division Holiday, Renegade Craft Fair and so much more.  Even though the Summer months are great, there's really nothing quite like the holiday season. Thank you for joining us and we'll see in you in the neighborhood.


   Community

The Boundary       1st Ward - 1st Thursday with Alderman Moreno

Live in the 1st Ward? Come join your Alderman Joe Moreno tonight at the Boundary. The first drink is on Alderman Moreno and The Boundary is featuring some of their very best appetizers. So be sure to stop by and say hi.


       Do Division Holiday This Weekend

Do Division Holiday takes place this weekend and starts at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday. Gift bags, special promotions and holiday cheer will be spread up and down Division Street so be sure to stop by.


      New Park Heads to Bucktown - Help Design it 

A new park is being planned at the corner of Leavitt and Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown. Would you like to help design it? Well be sure to attend the meeting this evening and you can share your thoughts and recommendations.

 

       Renegade Craft Fair This Weekend

The Renegade Craft Fair heads back in to Chicago this weekend. Arts and Crafts will be showcased all weekend long at Pulaski Park Field House. So you may be able to find a few gifts... just in time for the holidays.


       Creating A Sustainable Garden - Lecture

Join Anne Roberts Gardens on Monday for her presentation about sustainable gardens at the Wicker Park Field House. Anne will discuss the inspiration for her designs, how she approaches a project with her client and will show details of her favorite designs.

 

 

  Galleries

            Mixed Media Artist Exhibition

Please join The Silver Room Friday for their opening reception for artist Stephen Flemister. Flemister is a mixed media artist who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. The opening reception will be held from 7pm -10pm.

 

  Music 

 

        New Shows on Sale Saturday

If you'd like to know which shows are coming up soon, here are the shows going on sale this Saturday at Double Door. We're also in the process of updating the New Years Eve party information so stay tuned.


       Free Music Mondays

Once again The Empty Bottle has launched their free music Mondays. So now you can catch a great show and there's no cover.  This week (December 5th) Mr. Psychic, Oozing Wound and Mr. 666. Show starts at 9:30pm.

  Restaurants

   

    Christmas Martinis & Award-Winning Decorations
We extend a very warm congratulations to Club Lucky for being voted by Yahoo as 1 of Chicago's Top 10 Restaurants for Holiday Decorations. They're in great company and the recognition is well-deserved! You can check out the decorations any time when you plan a festive dinner or you can stop by Club Lucky's Martini Party this Wednesday and taste those Christmas Martinis for yourself.


  Tequila Breakfast - This Saturday - at Prasino

 This Saturday only be sure to stop by Prasino for their Tequila Breakfast! Chef Scott Halverson has quite a menu planned and it's a great way to kick off your weekend. Breakfast starts bright and early at 9am and reservations are required. You can find the menu and reservation information right here. 

 

 

  Retail/Shopping

   The Wicker Perks

Don't you love those great little deals that no one else knows about? So do we. So be sure to keep checking the Wicker Perks.  We feature great deals and special sales 365 days a year -- most of which you won't find anywhere else --- and they change almost every week. So check back often and see what cool "insider" specials are happening in the neighborhood. 

 

  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:

 

   Acro-Cats: A Very Meowy Christmas

This weekend: those Acro-Cats are back for a special holiday show this weekend. These shows are fun for all ages and usually sell out very early. So be sure to get your tickets early !

 

   Pirates of Penzance - Now Open at The Chopin


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have many special events and news on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

 

If you're a business and would like to be featured in the Insider's Guide or would like to renew your spot in 2012, be sure to contact us.


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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 11-18-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, November 18, 2011
 November 17, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider Weekend Guide. If you've signed up to receive our Weekend Guide, you'll receive it every Thursday morning at 6am. If you haven't signed up, you receive it much later. So some of these events may have already occurred. Sign up! So you never miss a thing.

Many of you have been inquiring about the space formerly occupied by the US Postal Service on Division Street. With the help of Alderman Moreno's office, we've learned the space is being converted into a gym and are happy to hear the news. We don't have a lot of details at this time but will share what we know when we receive additional information.

We will not be issuing a full Weekend Guide next week due to Thanksgiving holiday. We will, however, continue to be very active on the Insider's Guide website and via all of our social media channels. So if you need us, please don't hesitate to let us know. There are many festive holiday parties and big promotions & sales happening so we will continue to keep you apprised of any and all neighborhood news. In the interim, we hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving Holiday. Thanks, as always, for your support and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 


   Bars

 
      The Anthem's Grand Opening

At long last, the owners of Bangers & Lace have opened the doors of The Anthem; the retro 1970's sports bar serving up meat loaf, mashed potatoes, fried twinkies and Budweiser. The soft opening was last night but the Grand Opening is today. We're heading there shortly and hope to see you there.


    Piece's Thanksgiving Eve Party

Join Piece on Thanksgiving Eve (November 23rd) for the tapping of their Holiday Brew Festivus, live band karaoke, $4 well drinks, $4 Wild Turkey and all the New Haven style pizza you can handle. 

 

 

Moonshine Wicker Park   Chili Cook Off

Moonshine's 3rd Annual Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook Off arrives this weekend. The first prize winner will walk away with $500 in cash and the highly coveted Gilded Ladle Award. You'll find every type of chili here and the audience is encouraged to participate in selecting a winner. The cost is only $5 if you bring a warm coat to donate.

 


  Community

  Holiday Fountain Decorating Social

Every year the Wicker Park Garden Club does an incredible job of decorating the fountain and park for the holidays. This year the WPGC and Chicago Park District will be kicking off their festivities on November 19th. We're invited and so are you !



 

  Galleries

Angelicies - Opening Reception Friday at Jackson Junge

“Angelicies: A Look At the Modern Day Angel” a group exhibit featuring 20 Chicago based artists, will be on display at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave, through January 15, 2012.  An opening reception, free to the public, will be held Friday, November 18, 6pm – 9pm. 


  Restaurants

 
2012 Michelin Guide Winners

We extend a very warm congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Michelin Guide Restaurant Awards. Winning a Michelin Guide Award is a very big accomplishment and all 2012 winners were winners in 2011 as well. Great job Wicker Park & Bucktown restaurants on this very impressive accomplishment!

 

  Forever Yogurt's New Hot Chocolate Bar

Just in time for the cold weather, Forever Yogurt has introduced their brand new hot chocolate bar called Froth.  And we're not talking powdery mixes here. This is the real deal with this decadent drink being made with melted chocolate.

  Club Lucky's Award-Winning Decorations

This weekend Club Lucky kicks off the holiday season with their award-winning holiday decorations which will be ready for viewing on Sunday November 20th. Grab a great Italian meal and incredible martini while you're there. Sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening in Bucktown. 


  Retail/Shopping

   Grown Folks Stories Celebrates 2 Years

Grown Folk's Stories celebrates their 2nd anniversary at The Silver Room tonight. Hosted by Cara Brigandi, there will be a reception from 6-8pm with DJ Jay Too and special live performance by SSSSnake! Stories will be follow from 8-10pm with giveaways and prizes.     


Clever Alice  Clever Alice Celebrates 15 Years

15 Years ago Clever Alice was located on Clark Street in Lincoln Park. They quickly expanded into the River North neighborhood and eventually landed in Bucktown 3 years ago. Being a successful business owner for 15 years is a huge accomplishment and we hope you'll have a chance to wish Clever Alice a very Happy Anniversary tonight!

 

    An Orange Moon Grand Opening Party

Looking for uber - hip vintage furnishings and furniture? Well guess who's moved in to the neighborhood? Please join An Orange Moon for their Grand Opening Celebration this Friday. Food, drinks, music and cool vintage style are all waiting for you.


LUSH Cosmetics Bucktown    Lush's  Grand Opening Party - Saturday

Lush Bucktown is hosting their Grand Opening party this coming Saturday the 19th from 1-6PM. It's open to the public but you should RSVP first because the first 100 RSVPs who show up get a Golden Wonder Bath Bomb.

 

                     Small Business Saturday - November 26th 

Show your support! Shop local on November 26th. It's a great way to give back to those who have helped to build our incredible neighborhoods. 

 


  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:


     Life's Ruff Tonight !

Dog lovers! Don't miss Life's Ruff tonight at the Gorilla Tango Theatre. 12 previously homeless dogs perform their hearts out for 1 night only.

 

    The Nutcracker - Back By Popular Demand

The House’s newly imagined version of THE NUTCRACKER first premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007, was at The Chopin in 2010 and is back at the Chopin Theatre this year due to popular demand. You can catch this holiday classic through December 30th.


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have many special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.


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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Park - Chicago Park District - Winter Programs

Thyra DeCicco - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Winter (Wicker Park) Park District 2012 Programming   



Winter Session - The Chicago Park District 
Session Dates: January 2, 2012 - March 24, 2012       

On Line Registration - Classes listed now - You can view and mark as favorites
On-Line Registration Begins Monday, November 28 at 9am
Registration in the Park is held at 9am on Saturday, December 3

VIEW on line Registration For Wicker Park Here: http://programs.chicagoparkdistrict.com/programBrowser/#01118510000000000


BASIC on line View for all Parks (Just Pick Your Park of Choice in Drop Down box) - http://programs.chicagoparkdistrict.com/programBrowser/

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 11-11-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, November 11, 2011
November 10, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider's Guide. Despite the gloomy weather, we have lots of news and special announcements to share. This week we're including everything from fundraisers, to new Asian eateries, to 11-11-11 Parties and more.  For additional information, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

   Bars

           Support Movember - A Great Cause

Please join The Bedford this month and support Movember. Movember is an annual event which helps raise both awareness - and money - for issues regarding Men's health. It's a terrific & worthy cause and we hope you'll join us.

 

Moonshine Wicker Park       Chili Cook Off- Early Warning

Moonshine's 3rd Annual Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook Off is right around the corner. The first prize winner will walk away with $500 in cash and the highly coveted Gilded Ladle Award. You'll find every type of chili here and the audience is encouraged to participate in selecting a winner. The cost is only $5 if you bring a warm coat to donate.

 


  Community

     Holiday Fountain Decorating Social

Every year the Wicker Park Garden Club does an incredible job of decorating the fountain and park for the holidays. This year the WPGC and Chicago Park District will be kicking off their festivities on November 19th. We're invited and so are you !



 

  Galleries

      Meet the Artist - Monique Meloche

This weekend be sure to stop by the Monique Meloche Gallery and you can enjoy cookies, coffee and a discussion with local artists Scott Stack and Michelle Grabner.


     New Work Opens Friday

Please join the Park Schrek Gallery on Friday November 11th for their Opening Reception of the work of Ray Becoskie. Ray is a modern abstract painter out of St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has a simple, sophisticated edge and the opening reception is from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

 

 

  Music 

      Meat Puppets at Double Door

This Friday don't miss the legendary Meat Puppets at the Double Door. The Kirkwood brothers will be bringing a mix of classic favorites and new releases to this year's tour. We have also added a feature to the Insider's Guide for tickets going on sale this Saturday. If you like to buy your tickets in advance, be sure to check it out. 

 

     Handmade Market

It's time again for the Monthly Handmade Market being hosted by The Empty Bottle. This Saturday head to "The Bottle" where 33 sellers will be showcasing their beautiful and unique products. Did we mention it's FREE? 

 

 

  Restaurants

   

       Congratulations Dee's Soul Food & Harold's Chicken Shack
We extend a very warm congratulations to both Dee's Soul Food and Harold's Chicken Shack who were both recognized recently as having the best fried chicken by 2 food experts. Dee's Soul Food was included in a review provided by Kevin Pang and the Chicago Tribune and Harold's Chicken Shack was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine. Great job.

 

        Your Chinese, Korean, Japanese & Thai Favorites

Please welcome Thee Asian Restaurant to Wicker Park. Thee offers Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Korean favorite and they're serving up many of the traditional stand-bys like: Crab Rangoon, Japanese Vegetable Dumplings, Shrimp Tempura and Seaweed Salad, Curries, Noodle Dishes, Sushi and a long list of smoothies. Their menu is relatively extensive and you'll also receive 15% off through December 31st.

 

              Prasino's Complimentary Coffee & New Menu 

 This month feel free to stop by and request your complimentary cup of the new Prasino Blend roasted locally by Bridgeport Brewing Company. Prasino is also launching a new "On-the-Go" breakfast menu in November. For those who may not have heard, Prasino played host to a cab through their window. Everyone is fine and Prasino is back in full swing.

 

  Retail/Shopping

      Celebrate 11-11-11 With Elevenzees

Please join Elevenzees this Friday for their 11-11-11 party. You'll find 22% discounts, prizes, food and wine in this beautiful Wicker Park boutique. A perfect opportunity to get a start on that holiday shopping and have a little fun while you're doing it. Did we mention it starts at 11:00am?

 

      Neighborhood Toy Store Day

During this special weekend, Nov 12-13, visit all three of your local toy stores to see what our unique shops have to offer you this holiday season. Get a sticker upon each shop visit and when you collect your 3rd sticker, you will earn $30 in toy money! Stores included in the celebration? Building Block Toys (2130 W. Division Street), Cat & Mouse Game Store (2212 W. Armitage) and Play (3109 W. Logan Boulevard).

 

  Zaraz Collection    Zaraz Announces Closing

We are sorry to report that Zaraz Collection will be closing their retail shop on Division Street in Wicker Park after 2 years in the neighborhood.  They've launched a big liquidation sale where everything is currently 20-40% off. Best of luck to our friends at Zaraz.

 

 

  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here's a fun pick for the weekend:

 

     True Story - Keeps You Guessing

This weekend only: A handful of comedy writers share short stories that sound as if they are true. But only one of the stories is real. Which one is it?  


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

If you're a business and would like to be featured in the Insider's Guide or would like to renew your spot in 2012, be sure to contact us by November 15th. To the many who have already signed up, thanks so much. We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012 !

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Vote for Your Favorite Wicker Park or Bucktown Restaurant, Bar or Shop

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, November 06, 2011

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Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide for 11-4-11 has Arrived !

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, November 04, 2011
November 3, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your  Insider Weekend Guide.  Last weekend was packed with great Halloween Events and the Fall weather was perfect. We hope you had a terrific time. Here are a few of our photos from Boo Palooza; where this year the community festival enjoyed a record turnout! A very warm "thank you" to Building Block Toys for participating with us and very big "thank you" to everyone who came. We can't wait for next year.

It's already November and we're hitting the ground running. We're happy to be your Guide to news and great neighborhood Fall events. Thanks, as always, for your support. For additional information regarding any of the events below, just click on the accompanying photo. As a friendly reminder ... this is the weekend to turn your clocks back. You know you're approaching Winter when the time change happens but at least we can look forward to an extra hour of sleep this weekend. So plan accordingly and we'll see you in the neighborhood.


   Bars

      Annual Pig Roast

This weekend don't miss The Southern's Annual Fall Pig Roast. On Saturday you can enjoy as much food - and Shiner Bock - as you'd like.  Guest Chef Rob Levitt from Butcher & Larder will also be participating in this great Fall event.

 


Moonshine Wicker Park    Chili Cook Off- Early Warning

Just an early warning so you can mark your calendars for Moonshine's 3rd Annual Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook Off. The first prize winner will walk away with $500 in cash and the highly coveted Gilded Ladle Award. You'll find every type of chili here and the audience is encouraged to participate in selecting a winner. The cost is only $5 if you bring a warm coat to donate.


  Community

   Punk Rock Karaoke w Alderman Moreno

Yes we know Alderman Moreno works hard to keep the neighborhood running smoothly. But can he sing? Find out Friday. Lots of fun and a good cause. 

 

 

  Landscape Design Garden Lecture

The Wicker Park Garden Club is hard at work  and next Monday you can attend their Landscape Design Lecture series. This week's lecture will focus on how you can create an eco-friendly garden with a focus on roof top gardens, rain barrels and more. 



 

Food Planet Food Tasting & Cultural Tours

Chicago Food Planet has been hosting a tour throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown where you can learn more about the history of the neighborhood while enjoying food at a variety of great spots like Hot Chocolate and Piece. But time is running out. The tours will end for the season on November 26th. So if you haven't signed up yet, do it soon. The tours have been filling up well in advance.

 

  Galleries

Jackson Junge-Gallery  Meet the Artist - Jackson Junge Gallery

This weekend don't miss the opportunity to meet the very talented Laura Lee Junge. Jackson Junge Gallery will be hosting an Artist Discussion this Sunday from 2pm -4pm. We're invited and so are you. 


  First Fridays at The Flat Iron

Please join the Flat Iron Artists this Friday from 6pm - 10pm and explore 4 floors or beautiful artwork at the Flat Iron Building at 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The work is displayed in artist studios and their living spaces.

 

 

  Music 

  Meat Puppets Head to Double Door

Next Friday don't miss the legendary Meat Puppets at the Double Door. The Kirkwood brothers will be bringing a mix of classic favorites and new releases to this year's tour. 

 

  Restaurants

  Tozi & Gratto Opening Soon

We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of these 2 new spots in Wicker Park and stopped in to visit Tozi earlier this week. We were told they're hoping to open Friday.  Tozi looks like a great spot from the little we could see as this new eatery is still very much under construction. And Gratto (located at Damen & Evergreen) is also trying hard to open this week. Our fingers are crossed.

 

Live Music, FREE Dessert & More at Blue Star 

Looking for a new spot off the beaten path? Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar is a great cozy and casual spot tucked away at Division and Noble. Blue Star has just kicked off their incredible Fall Menu which will include roasted chicken and braised lamb shank for something a little different. But that's not all. They've also introduced the Dirty Martini Appetizer. All we can tell you is it involves green olives stuffed with cheese. For additional information about this great spot including how ladies can score a FREE dessert and/or the live music they're showcasing this 

 

  Retail/Shopping

  SAVE $10 at Greenheart Shop !

Greenheart Shop is more than just an amazing Wicker Park retailer. Greenheart Shop has a mission. This eco-friendly shop is committed to working with and supporting fair trade practices. What does that mean? That means they only work with those who provide their employees with a fair wage and good/safe working conditions. Greenheart Shop works with over 60 artisans worldwide and their store is just beautiful. You'll find one-of-a-kind items for your home, clothing and so much more for both men and women. And because you're an Insider, you can receive $10 off your next purchase. See the attached for details. A perfect gift to you  and just in time for the holidays.

 

  Theater

We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Here are 2 of this week's highlights:

 

  All Souls Jazz Festival

All Souls’ Day Jazz Fest - annual Polish-American music festival of internationally renowned jazz artists and talented young performers. The festival mirrors an annual jazz festival in the historic city of Krakow, Poland and heads to The Chopin on Monday. 


  Life's Ruff - One Night Only

We're providing plenty of advance notice for this terrific event. Usually they have shows several nights per month but in November it's one night only. Come watch the great story of rescue dogs and how they've been transformed... at Gorilla Tango Theatre. 


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

If you're a business and would like to be featured in the Insider's Guide or would like to renew your spot in 2012, be sure to contact us. To the many who have already signed up, thanks so much. We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012 !

 


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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


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