Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

100 FREE Doughnuts in Wicker Park Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013


On Wednesday October 16th Glazed and Infused will be giving away 100 vanilla bean doughnuts starting at 7:00am. Wicker Park location only. 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. First come first served. The doughnuts will be available until they're all gone.

Another Stunning Photo Taken By Wicker Park Resident Andy Fowler

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Every once in a while, we're the proud recipients of one of Wicker Park resident and photographer Andy Fowler's beautiful shots.

We received on early this morning following the sunrise. This photo was taken from Mr. Fowler's residence (on the rooftop). Please keep them coming.

For a full size view/photo head to our Facebook page.

Bucktown Arts Fest, Gelato, Music and More- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, August 23, 2013
August 23, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. This week we've got lots of news to share and special events you won't want to miss. The 28th Annual Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend but that's not all. We've also included puppet shows, architectural tours, lots of food news, fundraisers, carnivals, music shows, theater, big sales and more. 

The weather should be great again this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 





This weekend run don't walk to the 28th Annual Bucktown Arts Fest . You'll find food, music, performing artists, lots of beer and over 200 artists showcasing their work in Holstein Park. And if that's not enough, the festival is FREE. A number of streets willclosed for that as well as Chicago Fire filming.





One of the very best things about Wicker Park and Bucktown is the beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture and historic landmarks.The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting a historic walking tour throughout the neighborhood and the reviews to date have been extremely positive. This tour is a nice opportunity to see the unique, beautiful and historic side of Wicker Park. For kids this weekend, don't miss the 9th Annual St. Helen Carnival. There carnival is a fundraiser filled with food, music, entertainment and more.

Events in Wicker Park:  Tonight the monthly outdoor Wicker Mic is back and a variety of musicians, comedians and more all perform in Wicker Park from 6pm-9pm. On Saturday, be sure to bring your kids to the adorable Magic Boat Puppet Show. The show starts at 11am right in the Wicker Park Playground. Also in the park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. Chef Rick Bayless was back again last Sunday so you never know who you'll bump into there. 

Neighborhood News: This little pooch was found in Wicker Park at LeMoyne + Wood Street. And it's not the little dog that's been advertised all over the neighborhood. If you do, however, know of someone who may have lost a chihuahua, please contact us. 






Movies:  The very last Summer Movie in the Park is next week in Bucktown. Don't miss The Amazing Spider Man in Churchill Park on Thursday. All movies start at dusk and they're free. A very special thanks to the Chicago park district. These are great events.

MusicThis weekend the Laughing Stock Comedy Rock Fest heads to Double Door. Over 30 comedic rock acts will perform throughout the day and we will be giving away a FREE pair of tickets via Facebook & Twitter. So keep your eyes open for those. Also this weekend, The Empty Bottle will be hosting a fundraiser for one of the coolest galleries in town; Johalla Projects. $5 pays for your admission to the event and includes your 1st PBR. 

TheaterA whole slew of new and continuing burlesque shows have been announced at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Bucktown. So if you're looking for something a little different, yet fun, head to Gorilla Tango.


Food -  As we reported last week Cafe Con Leche has closed up for good in Bucktown and new owner restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff says he won't open a new business there until next year. Not a lot of details yet on this new development but the space already has a new owner.

Next week Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused are creating a wicked (as in awesome) variety of Gelato-Doughnut sandwiches. Not your traditional ice cream sandwich, these will pack a powerful punch of flavor...and sugar. Pre-ordering is recommended and they will be available at Black Dog Gelato on August 29th.

Gourmet empanadas are replacing the burgers and fries at J. Wellington's in Wicker Park. 5411 Empanadas has taken over the space on North Avenue and are hoping to open their 2nd Chicago restaurant later this year. 

Gunner's closed earlier this year and will soon become an Italian restaurant...again. This is an interesting development because before it was Gunner's it was an Italian restaurant called Cafe Bionda. So 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue is heading back to its Italian roots. Look for Azzurra Eno Tavola to open in October. 

Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each week. This week includes: The Rice Table, Chicago's Dog House, Bad Happy, The Bento Box and many more ... even organic treats for dogs will be available. Dogs are welcome and there's no admission fee.

Drink - Bangers & Lace and the Carriage House are hosting a block party this weekend at Division & Paulina in Wicker Park. The block party is also a fundraiser and will feature food, drink and even a dunk tank. $35 buys you 4 tickets and the party benefits UN86'D. 


This weekend Dusty Groove is hosting the first massive sale of its kind. The Garage Sale will offer LPs CDs and 45s for as little as 25 cents! And whatever hasn't been sold on Saturday by 5pm will be auctioned off. Sounds like a great opportunity for music fans to score some incredible deals. So be sure to head to 1120 N. Ashland on Saturday.

Also to put on your radar, the Renegade Craft Fair is right around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars for September 7th. Always a nice event, last year we bumped right into Mayor Emanuel at the corner of Division and Wood Street. 

That's it for this weekend. If you'd like to receive this via email each week, just sign up below. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.



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



 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Bucktown Street Closures for the Bucktown Arts Fest

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If you live in Bucktown or are visiting the Bucktown Arts Fest, here are the streets that will be closed the weekend of August 24th-25th:

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest - Date Announced

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The 9th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

A nice little neighborhood event, the 9th Annual Apple Pie Contest is already being planned for this Fall. The contest, which features 100's of contenders, will be held at Holstein Park on October 20th - 2:00 - 5:00 PM. If you're entering, get those recipes ready.

Last year almost 200 pies were featured. In addition, the park is filled with live music and lots of events for kids like: face painting and pony rides.

It's all happening at Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley Chicago, IL 60647. If you're participating, stay tuned for additional details about how to submit your special pie.


For additional details and registration:

NBC's Chicago Fire Heads To Ukrainian Village, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Barone

Wicker Park, Chicago - We were just thinking about NBC's hit Chicago Fire and how they hadn't been making their weekly rounds to Lottie's Pub in Bucktown when the green fliers suddenly appeared. First, in Wicker Park. Then in Bucktown.


Chicago Fire Filming in Ukrainian Village

Updated: July 24, 2013. The filming location has been moved from Wicker Park's Division Street to the 2200 block of W. Thomas in Ukrainian Village where a fire is going to be simulated.


Published July 23, 2013 - On Wednesday July 24th, Division Street will be closed from Damen Avenue to Leavitt Street from 8pm to 2am. Parts of Crystal and Hoyne also have parking restrictions. If you'd like to get a glimpse of our favorite firemen, be sure to head to Wicker Park on Wednesday night. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.




Chicago Fire is also heading back to Bucktown Thursday/Friday

Parking restrictions will be in place Thursday 7/25 starting at 3pm through Friday 7/26 at 2am.

Parking will not be allowed on both sides of Damen from Churchill to Homer, both sides of Cortland from Damen to 1915 W Cortland, and both sides of Winchester from 1840 to 1920.





NIKE Store to Open in Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wicker Park - Bucktown May 2013

 - 1640 N. Damen formerly was home to the now-shuttered Cans Bar & Canteen. Photo from CoStar Group Inc.Image courtesy of Co-Star Group

When CANS closed in February of this year, it was rumored they were being pushed out to accommodate a higher rent tenant. And Crain's Chicago Business confirmed today that those rumors are in fact, true.

Crain's confirmed today NIKE is opening a new store in the former home of CANS at 1640 N. Damen Avenue and will join the ranks of other mega-chain stores including: Lululemon, Scotch & Soda, Diptyque, DavidsTEA and more.


According the the Crain's Report:

The firm plans a “Nike Factory Store,” with a 5,432 square foot single sales floor and a lower-level space for storage and an employee break area, the documents show. Nike hopes to start work on the outlet by July 15.


For additional information: Nike To Open Bucktown Store [CCB]

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 Updated: February 8, 2013


It's official. After 10 years Cans will be closing their doors citing the increasing rents as the reason. The following was published on their Facebook page:

Sad to say but it is true. Cans will be closing. Saturday, Feb 16th will be the last night. Rents are all going up in the 'hood and we have lost our lease. So stop by and see us before doors close and let's remember all the good times over the past 10 years! (anyone know a good spot for a fun neighborhood bar?)


According to a notification we received via mail, the space is being rezoned to accommodate a retail tenant. We do not know which retail client will be moving into the space at 1640 N. Damen Avenue but Racked has issued information indicating a athletic wear or sports equipment store could be moving in to that space. Word on the street is it's NIKE. It's really difficult to watch small businesses being replaced by large chains. Let's hope this isn't the case with 1640 N. Damen Avenue.



Please see NY Investor article we published for additional information about who is buying our commercial space.





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Chicago Craft Beer Week in Wicker Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 20, 2013

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Welcome to the 5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week taking place from May 16th - May 26th.

The goal is to encourage people to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich the community of beer lovers.

It’s expected that more than 250 venues will participate this year, offering special $4 tastings of rare beers and other special events throughout the week. Festivities will begin with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the closing party at Revolution Brewing’s new production facility.

Want to know who's participating in Wicker Park & Bucktown?

There an incredible number of special events happening throughout the neighborhood at Bangers & Lace, SmallBar, FatPour, EasyBar, Hot Chocolate, Bar Bar Blacksheep and more.


For all of the events >> Chicago Craft Beer Week. <<<

Lillie's Q Bucktown To Re-Open in June

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 17, 2013

Lillie's Q at 1856 W. North Avenue has been closed since last March due to a large fire that swept through this neighborhood eatery.

But Chef Charlie McKenna has announced the barbeque spot is targeted to re-open again this June:

Some GOOD NEWS! Our Lillie's Q Bucktown location is slated to re-open in mid-June --pending inspections and permitting. We can't wait to open up our doors again and feed all of you! We're all so grateful for the tremendous love and support you all have shown over the last few months following our fire. Please tell all your friends the good news! Share, retweet, shout it from your windows! We love you all!

Mothers Day, Mimosas and Churros - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, May 11, 2013
May 11, 2013


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

We're wishing you and yours a very Happy Mother's Day this weekend. If you still need ideas for how to spend the day, we can help you out.  But that's not all. We're also giving away a $25 Gift Card for Via Carducci right now. Just head to our Facebook & Twitter pages to enter by 12pm Saturday.

Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great weekend and and we'll see you in the neighborhood.




Chicago 1968 - Vanquished Realities

Photographer Stan Rosenstock views over 3,000 photos from the tumultuous 1960's in Chicago to select the ones that will be showcased here. You can view his very cool exhibition through June 24th. Vanquished Realities. For a comprehensive list of Neighborhood Gallery Exhibitions.


Mimosas & Bagels for Mother's Day

Still looking for Mother's Day ideas? Arts n Spirits has just added a 2nd class Sunday morning. The 1st one sold out in record time. They'll be starting bright and early at 10am and will be serving bagels and orange juice. You bring the champagne ... and Mom. Sunset Serenade





Chicago Craft Beer Week- Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off next week. Bars across the city participate each year. And Bangers & Lace, SmallBar, Hot Chocolate and more will as be participating this year in the neighborhood. For the full schedule.




Bite Into Bucktown - The Bucktown Community Organization is hosting their membership meeting next week. And part of that meeting will be a taste of Bucktown eateries like: The Art of Chicken, O'Cha, Club Lucky and more. It's free to area residents.

Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Summer Festival Guide - Curious to know when all of the festivals are happening in the neighborhood this Summer? We thought so. So we put together this handy little guide that includes everything from Do Division to the Bucktown Arts Fest. Summer Festival Guide



Don't Miss Shows - Looking for something a little different? The Chi-Town Clown Revue combines clowns and comedy in one late night punch at Collaboration this Saturday. And Hozac Black Out Fest kicks off at The Empty Bottle next Thursday.




Bucktown Single Family Home - Just Listed
House hunters: this one is for you. An adorable 2 bedroom, 2 bath single family home/cottage has just hit the market. This home includes updated finishes, a large fireplace, deck, large private yard and 2 1/2 garage. Just steps away from Holstein Park. Details.





Churros,  Half Wit and Chocolate  -  Big Star is now kicking off Sunday mornings bright and early with churros con chocolate and Halfwit coffee served from their food truck on the Big Star patio via their food truck. They weren't open last weekend but they'll be open again at 8am this Sunday. Churros Con Chocolate


Mother's Day All You Can Eat Brunch - Club Lucky is hosting an incredible all-you-can-eat Mother's Day Buffet this weekend. Their menu is amazing and kids under 5 eat for free. Be sure to make your reservations now while there are a few spots left. Can't make brunch? They're also serving dinner. Mother's Day.


Wicker Park's Red Mango Opens Sunday - Wicker Park's Red Mango Frozen Yogurt is opening at 1513 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Red Mango incorporates probiotics into their special frozen treat (like Starfruit) and you can create your own special dessert by adding fruit, chocolate chips, etc (like Forever Yogurt). Look for Red Mango to open this Sunday.



20% Off For Moms All Weekend - Second Time Around is offering all moms 20% off every purchase made this weekend at 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Just mention you're a mom when you check out and you'll save 20%. But that's not all. This weekend marks the last Handmade Market for the season. We won't see another one of these in the neighborhood until next Fall.

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


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



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