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5 Things You Can Do in Wicker Park, Bucktown Today

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, September 20, 2015

image courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

Good Sunday morning. The weather should be just beautiful today in the neighborhood. So drench yourself in blue skies and warm sunshine. And be sure to take advantage of these special events in Wicker Park and Bucktown...happening today.


Apple Pie Party - No contest this year but there will still be plenty of apple pie to eat. So head to Bucktown's Holstein Park - 2200 N. Oakley Street, 2:00pm-5:00pm.


Bitter Betty Bazaar - Right around the corner from the Renegade Craft Fair, the Bitter Betty Bazaar features handcrafted soaps, jewelry, home decor, accessories, vegan baked goods and more. Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas, 12:00pm-6:00pm.


Farmers Market - Featuring fresh produce, flowers, cheeses and meats, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open today from 8:00am - 2:00pm. 1425 N. Damen Avenue.


Midnight Circus on the Parks - For the first time ever, the Midnight Circus in the Parks is in Wicker Park this weekend and today will be the final day. Get those tickets while you can. Ticket Information & More. 1425 N. Damen Avenue.


Renegade Craft Fair - The biggest craft fair in Chicago, and a favorite of many, the Renegade Craft Fair is back in Wicker Park this weekend. You'll find plenty of artisans, food, music and more. 11:00am-6:00pm from Paulina to Damen. 


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

Coyote Weekend At The Flat Iron

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 05, 2014


Wicker Wire: It's Coyote Weekend at the Flat Iron this weekend. Starting tonight, Friday September 5th from 6pm-10pm and Saturday/Sunday from 1pm-5pm you'll find over 100 artists, music and more.


1565 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park Chicago



FREE Classes Saturday - It's Learnapalooza

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 27, 2014
Saturday June 28th 10am -4pm
Locations throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown
FREE
http://www.learnapaloozachi.com/

Wicker Park Field House – 1425 N. Damen Avenue and Various other Locations in Wicker Park

Learnapalooza is an annual volunteer-led event that's just around the corner. Workshops will be hosted by more than a dozen businesses and organizations throughout the neighborhood. The majority of the workshops are created for adults, but there will be several options for children and families as well. It’s a fun, free way to share your passions, learn new skills, and connect with your neighbors and classes include everything from how to make gnocchi to photography and tai chi.

 

For a full list of workshops, go to the website. Hurry! Classes will fill up quickly.

Details – Schedule – Register for Classes: www.learnapaloozachi.com

 

You'll find classes for pizza making, accupuncture, pesto making, beginning yoga, self-defense, improv and more. 

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Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 28, 2014

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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:




Your 2013 Wicker Park-Bucktown Festival Guide

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Your Handy Pocket Guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's

Best 2013 Neighborhood Festivals

 

Want to know where to head this Summer and beyond? We can help. We'll provide the up-to-the-minute information about Wicker Park & Bucktown's best fests, line ups shopping and more.We're your one stop shop to all neighborhood festivals. We've included everything from  Do Division to Green Music Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, the Bucktown Arts Fest and, or course, additional information about Coyote will follow. We will see you there.

 

Do Division Street Fest 2013

May 31st - June 2nd Noon - 10pm
Division Street between Damen and Leavitt - Wicker Park



Learnapalooza Festival

Saturday June 15th 10am -4pm
Locations throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown


Green Music Fest 2013

June 22rd and June 23 12:00pm - 10:00pm
On Damen Avenue North to Schiller - Wicker Park


Wicker Park Fest 2013

July 27th and 28th from 12pm - 10pm
Milwaukee Avenue Between North Avenue and Paulina Street

Bucktown Arts Festival

August 23rd and August 24th 11am - 7pm
Senior Citizens Memorial Park - 2300 N. Oakley - Bucktown


Renegade Craft Fair Chicago 2013

September 7th and September 8th
Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park


Coyote - Wicker Park Bucktown Festival of the Arts

Friday September 28th - September 30th
(tentative)
Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue




 
















 Want the full details? Head to our Events section. We've included each Festival, lines up as they're announced, news and more. Stay tuned for full 2013 details.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 9-6-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 6th, 2012

 

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

 

Our apologies for the delay. Technology can be temperamental. In any case, we hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. It's hard to believe Summer has unofficially ended because there is so much happening in the neighborhood this month and the weather is just fantastic. This week we're featuring new art gallery exhibitions, great music, fests, fairs, new restaurants and more. There is so much to do in the park this month but our annual Summer events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of them while you can.

 

For up-to-the-minute updates throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 ART

Butterflies, Getting Into Face         

Bernard Colbert Exhibition Opens Saturday

This weekend Eyeporium Gallery at 1431 N. Milwaukee Avenue will host an opening reception and exhibition for Bernard Colbert's new book Getting Into Face. Getting Into Face features local celebrity and artist JoJo Baby and Sal-E over a 5 year period. A book signing is also being hosted this weekend by Eyeporium. For additional details: Getting Into Face.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery's Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We've updated our handy guide with a few more local college spots: where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour Update- Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening has officially been announced. It will be Friday September 14th. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by this weekend. 13th District.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Open Streets Next Weekend

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park next weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year (and this weekend), Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. It should be a lot of fun but also please be aware that 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed next Saturday from Division Street to Western Avenue. So if you live in the neighborhood, plan accordingly. Open Streets.

 

 

10th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Returns to Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair Saturday & Sunday

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

Summer's Last Hurrah


It's hard to believe another Summer packed with Movies in the Park, Garden Walks, Summer Festivals and swimming pools has come and gone. But there's still time to enjoy a little more of the park before the weather gets cool. Be sure to catch these 10 End of Summer events while you can. Summer Wind Down.

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

FREE 93XRT Everest Show Tonight

Tonight 93XRT and Corona Extra are teaming up to provide a free show for the LA-based band Everest. What does it mean to be ownerless? is the band's newest album and you can catch them for free tonight.  93XRT Presents.

 

Exit Ghost - Pyro Fighter- Rah Rah & More

On Saturday, you can catch 4 bands for just $10 at Wicker Park's Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 4 bands offer a wide mix of genre including: country tinged indie rock, folk, straight up rock and electro-pop duet Pyro Fighter. A great deal at just $10. Double Door.

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening this Saturday in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House Targets Mid-September

Wicker Park's newest Southern Belle The Carriage House is still on track to open mid-September at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford. The Carriage House.

 

 Covo Gyro Market Is Open

Covo Gyro Market is now open at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. What can you expect? Authentic traditional Greek gyros and salads from the team behind Prasino. We arrived for the opening but there was a slight delay and haven't had the time to head back. If you've been there, we'd love to know what you think. Covo Gyro Market.

 

 

 

Nameless Japanese Eatery Opens in Bucktown

A new Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Bucktown has opened at 1613 N. Damen Avenue and they contacted us to let us know they're hosting a contest to Name That Restaurant. If your name is selected you'll receive $100/month in free food for a year. Japanese Fusion.


The Lazy Parrot is Open

A number of restauranteurs have decided to open 2nd businesses in Wicker Park this Summer and The Lazy Parrot is another one of those spots. From the team behind Bucktown's Cafe LaGuardia, you'll find a mix of Carribean and Cuban food at The Lazy Parrot; located at 2257 W. North Avenue. Initial reviews have been very positive and we're hoping to head there later this week. The Lazy Parrot.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

Second Time Around: Wicker Park - Chicago, IL

Fashion's Night Out- Tonight

From 6pm - 10pm tonight, you can enjoy wine, snacks and great deals. Merchandise will be on sale with 50% off all Summer clothes and 20% off all new arrivals. Today only. 1534 N. Milwaukee Avenue Sip Shop and Save.

 

Go Inspired Green Heads to Wicker Park

If you've been wondering how to reduce energy expenses in your home. Well, we may just have an idea for you. Go Inspired Green is a new consulting business that has moved into the space formerly the home of Casa De Soul at 1919 W. Division Street with a focus on how to reduce energy expenses and live in a healthier environment. For additional information contact Go Inspired Green. They are officially open for business. Inspired Green.

 

 

Organic Spa Party - Tonight

Looking for a little tlc? Then head to Elevenzees' Temple Beautiful tonight for their Organic Spa Party. Relax and enjoy being pampered. Space is limited. Feel free to BYOB. The details: Organic Spa Party.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169  New Patient Special - $129

The great deals at Wicker Park's ORA Dental continue this month. Not only can you score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169 (regular price is $599), new patients can also take advantage of their current offer which is only $129. ORA books up early so schedule your appointments now before these great deals end. ORA Dental Specials

 

Those are the highlights for the week. We're currently planning our Halloween Edition so stay tuned for all of the very best Wicker Park & Bucktown events heading our way. If you have a Halloween Event coming up, be sure to send them to us. We'd love to include you.

 

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Sunday's Agenda: Day 2 of Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social, St. Helen's Carnival, Farmers Market and More

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012

 

Good Sunday morning! A few ideas for the day ahead. Today is day 2 of the Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social and St. Helen's Carnival. The Wicker Park Farmers market is open and the Magic Boat Puppet Show kicks off in the park at 11am.

Rain is predicted for later in the day so be sure to head out early. 

Thanks, as always, for joining usIf you'd like updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team and is held at Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 8th ANNUAL ST. HELEN CARNIVAL



8th Annual St. Helen Carnival

A tiny bit out of the neighborhood but an annual favorite, be sure to bring the kids to the 8th Annual St. Helen Carnival. The Carnival features... rides, music, children's entertainment, food concessions and a beer garden and kicks off today. For full details: St. Helen Carnival.




The Farmers Market & Magic Boat Puppet Show

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 


 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the day. If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

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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 Has Arrived! 7-20-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is going to be incredibly busy in Wicker Park & Bucktown with celebrations happening across the board. First, AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years with a party up and down North Avenue on Saturday. The Silver Room is hosting a block party all weekend long and one of the neighborhood's Annual Sidewalk Sales will also be happening up and down our main streets. But that's not all. We also have great music, lots of restaurant news, new fitness centers moving in and your chance to win a FREE breakfast for 2 at one of our neighborhood gems: Riverside Cafe.

 

If you'd like to receive this every Thursday, sign up! Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Next Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

  BARS

         

Robert Goulet Staring Contest

You've got to hand it The Anthem, they plan a wide variety of one-of-a-kind events and next week you can compete in their Robert Goulet staring contest. First prize receives a Glenfiddich watch, a one month supply of lubricating eye drops and a $50 gift card to the Anthem - 1725 W. Division. Robert Goulet



 

COMMUNITY  

 

Milwaukee-Wood Intersection Getting Revamp

If you missed it earlier, this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Work is scheduled to start in September. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.

 

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park next Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). We're publishing this announcement early so you can plan ahead for your performance. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

   

 

FREE Soul Summit Dance Party - Tonight

The Soul Summit FREE Dance Party is back this Friday July 20th at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Soul Summit Dance Party has been recommended by both Chicagoist & Time Out Chicago and spans the spectrum of early, raw r&b, funk & soul. Don't miss it. Soul Summit.

 

 

Disappears AfterShow

The Disappears will be heading to the Empty Bottle for an AfterShow following their show at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest. Disappears features members of Chicago dignitaries 90 Day Men and The Ponys, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Disappears.

 

Silver Room Block Party

The Silver Room's Annual Block Party is this weekend and party goers can enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art, fashion and music. It is an interactive event that is open to all ages and boasts DJs, live music performances, artists, fashion shows, children’s activities, mural artists and food. Three stages host music all weekend. Silver Room.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Next Weekend

Wicker Park Fest arrives next weekend July 28th and July 29th from Wood Street to North Avenue with shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

       

 

50% Off Wine at Via Carducci

Every week Monday- Friday, you can take advantage of 50% off bottles of wine at Via Carducci; the Wicker Park location at 1928 W. Division Street. So enjoy great Italian on their beautiful patio and get a great deal too. For full details including the fine print of this offer: Via Carducci.

 

 

WXRT Rockin' Lobster Bash at Red Door

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue. Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

AKIRA Celebrates 10 Years

This weekend AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years in Wicker Park & Bucktown. And they'll be hosting one heck of a party up and down North Avenue from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be food, drink, prizes, giveaways and more so be sure to stop by and congratulate AKIRA Chicago. Anniversary.

 

 

Bella Colletta Trunk Show

Edith Hart, formerly The Edit, in Bucktown at 1917 N. Damen Avenue is hosting a trunk show this weekend which will feature the Fall Collection for Bella Colletta. If you're looking for bold, statement making accessories you need to stop by. Wine will be served. Trunk Show.

 

Mariano's Fresh Market to Open in Bucktown

Mariano's Fresh Market has been considering a move to Bucktown since 2008 and it seems an agreement for the location at 2160 N. Ashland has been reached. The new space in Bucktown will be Mariano's 6th location and from what we hear from the people who visit Roscoe Village, it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Mariano's.

 

 

RetroActive Announces New Concept/Fitness Center

The team behind Wicker Park's newest fitness center reached out to us this week to let us know they'll be opening a brand new facility at 1448 N. Western Avenue. What can you expect at RetroActive? An 80's feel with personalized training sessions, boxing and Muay Thai. Look for RetroActive to open in October. RetroActive.

 

 

3 Sales You Don't Want to Miss

Looking for a great deal? Here are some BIG sales and great deals you don't want to miss. First Goorin Brothers will be hosting a huge Sample Sale in Wicker Park starting Friday. But don't go their store. Mazi Dance will be hosting this event. Secondly, Greenheart Shop is hosting their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with as much as 70% off. Eco friendly and wallet-friendly. And last but not least, you can now score a Craniosacral Session for only $30 an hour at Temple Beautiful in Wicker Park. This amazing offer ends August 8th. 

 

 

Wicker Park - Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

Last but not least the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sidewalk Sale in the neighborhood this weekend. You'll find lots of additional sales up and down Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue and Division Street from 11am -6pm Saturday and Sunday.

 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

 

We're Back! Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Just Arrived! 7-12-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

 

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

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

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

 

 

  BARS

 

Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl

Tonight! The Chicago History Museum is hosting a walking pub crawl of the Bucktown neighborhood from 7-10 p.m. that will incorporate those local and legendary pubs that make the neighborhood unique. There may be a few tickets left but you better hurry. Pub Crawl.

 


Cheeseburger Fridays

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

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Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

FREE Yoga anyone? Bucktown's Lululemon located at 1627 N. Damen Avenue hosts a free yoga class every Sunday morning. But you have to get up and out early. Classes start at 10am. RSVP is preferred. Free Yoga.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 



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