June 22, 2012
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.
We have an exciting
weekend ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast. If you're a music
lover, this week and weekend are for you. Green Music Fest arrives
Saturday and free music shows are available at the Empty Bottle and
Double Door all week - and weekend - long. But that's not all. We've
also included Savannah style shrimp boils, lots of free community
events, theater and more.
The Lollapalooza Aftershows we mentioned last week are already selling out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets to those yet...do it.
Last but not least, we learned this week our small business is eligible for a very generous grant. But we need 250 Votes
to be qualify. If you're a small business fan and could vote for us, we
would be incredibly appreciative. It literally takes 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.
Thanks, as always for joining us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in
Please join The Southern at 1840 W. North Avenue on Monday, June 25 for a
Savannah style shrimp boil prepared with andouille sausage, red potatoes
and corn on the cob.
The boil will be poured out just after 7:30 pm. For details & ticket information: Shrimp.
2012 Chicago Reader "Best Of" List
The Chicago Reader just published their best of list for 2012 which includes a number of Wicker Park & Bucktown businesses. But that's not all. 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno was voted as Best Alderman and Wicker Park was voted as the Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. This we already know. Chicago Reader's Best Of 2012.
Puppets in the Park
For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets.
Spanish Classes - At Club Lucky
Wicker Mic - Open Mic- Tonight
Empty Bottle Announces Pitchfork AfterShows
The Empty Bottle just announced the Pitchfork 2012 AfterShows they'll be hosting and tickets are on sale now. You know these shows will sell out quickly. Want to know who will be playing at 1035 N. Western Avenue Pitchfork Festival Weekend? Aftershows.
FREE Music All Week & Weekend Long
The Double Door & Empty Bottle are offering FREE music shows all weekend long. No cover will be required but you may need to RSVP to sure your cover charge is waived. So you can catch great music all weekend long. Did me mention it's free? Freekend. Empty Bottle
Green Music Fest
Green Music Fest is also heading into the neighborhood this weekend on Damen Avenue between Schiller and Wicker Park Avenue. A $5 donation is requested but you can catch great bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the Raveonettes. The full line up.
Bucktown's Bluebird Introduces New Summer Menu
Bucktown's Bluebird -1749 N. Damen Avenue - is
bringing in a new chef - and new menu just in time for Summer. Talented
Chef Dave Ford is heading to Bluebird and will be overseeing the
kitchen. What can you expect with his new menu? Predominantly small
plates with a few large plates included to round out the menu. Here's a
preview of what you'll find. Bluebird Menu.
FREE Forever Yogurt Gift Cards
news/bad news. The bad news is that we haven't been out walking the dogs
as much as we usually do because the weather has been so incredibly
hot. The good news is we still have a few Forever Yogurt gift cards to
give away. And we'll be out and about this weekend for sure. See the
dogs & we'll give you a $5 gift card right on the spot. While
supplies last. Forever Yogurt.
Team Behind Prasino Plans New Spot
Moreno announced in a State of the Ward meeting that the team behind
Prasino will be opening a new Greek/Middle Eastern gyro spot called Covo on
Milwaukee Avenue next to Native Foods Cafe at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
Look for this casual eatery to open late Summer. Additional details to
Joe's Wine Cellar Opens Tuesday
Plenty Grocery Heads to Wicker Park
Plenty Grocery &
Deli is moving in to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Zaraz
Collections at 2036 W. Division. Although plans are still in the works
you can expect a neighborhood grocery store feeling and produce, dairy,
breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty.
Temple Beautiful & The Fountain of Youth
Would you like to
learn how to keep those botox injections at bay? Head to Temple
Beautiful at 1903 W. Division tonight for an interactive workshop
where you can learn a few secrets and participate in an acupressure
session. Fountain of Youth.
SMALL BUSINESS GRANT
Small Businesses Rock - Please Vote For Us !
Anger/Fly At Trap Door Theatre
Bucktown's Trap Door Theatre at 1655 W. Cortland Avenue was just recognized by the Chicago Reader for having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners in Chicago. Don't miss Anger/Fly; Trap Door's current show. It closes June 30th. Anger/Fly.
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Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide