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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your March 1st Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 01, 2012
March 1, 2012
 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. This week we've got lots of news and many fantastic events to share. Want to win bottle service for 5? Hurry! You have to enter by 5pm today. In addition, a very important fundraiser has been planned for Kristen Romaniszak; the florist injured in the Asrai Garden robbery last month.The community is working together to generate as much money as possible for Kristen's recovery. Hope you can make it. But that's not all, art exhibitions are opening, new restaurants are heading our way, dance is featured this week, and you can score a little free ice cream today. For full details, just click on the photos below. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

  _Bars

   Win Bottle Service for 5 - Enter by 5pm

Our friends at Evil Olive have graciously offered bottle service for 5 which will be raffled off later today. Want to enter? Just give our announcement a "thumbs up" on Facebook or RT our announcement on Twitter to be entered. The promotion ends at 5pm and a winner will be drawn tonight. 

 

 

 


   Community

   Asrai Garden Fundraiser for Kristen

As many of you know, Wicker Park's Asrai Garden was robbed mid-day about 2 weeks ago. One of the florists was injured during that robbery and the community has joined together to hold a fundraiser for Kristen this Monday at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Proceeds will be donated to Kristen to help with her recovery.

 

  Zumba, Belly Dance, Booty Beat Mondays

If you're ever wondering what to do on a Monday night and you're still holding fast to those New Years Resolutions to get fit, head to Bucktown's Dance Spa at 1890 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Tucked away on the North end of Milwaukee Avenue, Dance Spa offers professional training for all different types of dance and on Monday nights you can work out, get fit and have a great time.

Spring Garden Club Workshop

It's the 1st day of meteorological Spring so the timing of the Wicker Park Garden Club's workshop couldn't be better This Saturday you can learn how to propagate plants from residents right in the community. But you need to RSVP.  The details for how you do it are right here.

 

  Bloomingdale Trail Unveiling 

CBS is reporting that the plans for the Bloomingdale Trail are ready to be presented. The Chicago Department of Transportation will be holding a meeting next Tuesday. The time and the location of that meeting are attached.

 

 

 

 

  Galleries/Art

  1st Fridays at The Flat Iron

The first Friday of each month, the Flat Iron artists open their studios to the public and thi Friday they will be hosting their "open house" and First Friday. You can visit over 50 artists right in the historic Flat Iron Building at the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park. 

  

Footprints in Vertical Skies Opening Reception

This weekend please join Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park for their opening reception of Footprints in Vertical Skies. This exhibition features Anastasia Mak's interpretation of Chicago Cityscapes and International Landmarks. The opening reception is Friday. 

 

Tap & Tutus - For Kids

Mazi Dance Fitness Centre is a beautiful space located right at the bustling corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue (2001 W. North Avenue). Not only do they offer ballet technique -based dance classes, they also offer classes for kids. Tap & ballet classes are currently being offered for kids ages 5-8.

 

 

 

 

  Music 

Double Door & Empty Bottle Named as 2 of Chicago's Best

Congratulations to Double Door and The Empty Bottle for being recognized by the Chicago Tribune for being 2 of Chicago's best music venues.  Keep up the great work.



 

  Restaurants

Free Ice Cream Today 2pm -6pm

Our friends at Icream are offering free ice cream and/or free frozen yogurt today only from 2pm -6pm. If you're in the area ( 1573 N. Milwaukee Avenue) be sure to stop by -- and tell 'em we sent you.

 

  Tapas Head to Division Street
This week we received information letting us know that Angels & Mariachis (1721 W. Division St) had in fact shuttered their doors and that Black Bull Tapas will be moving in. The focus here will be on Spanish Tapas and they're looking to open in April. We'll provide additional details as soon as we receive them.


   The Trenchermen - To Open in April

Heading to the spot on North Avenue the previous home of Spring, Wicker Park's newest restaurant is hoping to open this April. Expect local, seasonal, higher end fare and a sizable bar area.


Bucktown's Duchamp is Sold

Eater Chicago is reporting that Duchamp (2118 N. Damen Avenue) has been sold and the new owners are working to re-concept the space. We're very sorry to see Duchamp close. They just participated in Restaurant Week to rave views and closed their doors Sunday 2/26.

 

Wormhole to Reopen Saturday

Our friends at The Wormhole (1462 N. Milwaukee Avenue) have been going through a serious remodeling effort which will improve the flow of the overall shop and provide more seating up front by the windows facing Milwaukee Avenue. The Delorean has also landed in it's new spot and The Wormhole is working hard to reopen again on Saturday morning (March 3rd).

 

Club Lucky   Martini Party Wednesday

The 1st Wednesday of each month, Club Lucky hosts a Martini Party. The sponsors of the event may change but the martinis are always excellent and only $6. Pair them with great Italian food that is only Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia).

 

 

 

  Retail/Shopping

 

   Celebrate Women's International Day

Spend $10 or more at the Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division Street) on International Women's Day and receive a FREE cupcake from The Giving Treats. Each cupcake handed out at purchase is a cupcake donated to The Safe Haven Foundation.

 

  Game Nights for Kids - Every Wednesday

Looking for a fun idea for something to do with the kids? Head to Wicker Park's Building Block Toys.  Every Wednesday night is game  night and a new game is featured each week.

 

 

 

 

 

  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.


  Gorilla Tango Buys Skokie Theatre

Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre has announced that they are expanding and recently bought the Skokie Theatre. A very warm congratulations to the Gorilla Tango on this terrific accomplishment.

  

They're Dying Out - Trap Door

Trap Door Theatre's They're Dying Out continues this weekend to 4 star reviews.They're Dying Out tells the story of the corporate mindset and how it infects the souls of those who engage in it.


If you'd like to review a bar, restaurant, shop or event just let us know. You can log on to our website any time to rate your experience and provide comments. You can also vote for your favorites. And, for up-to-the-minute 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

Spex Chicago to Open in Wicker Park, Roscoe Village and Andersonville This Spring

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, February 24, 2012

Spex, Chicago’s ‘Best Eyewear Store’* and premier destination for stylish eyewear and sun wear, will open their newest locations at 2154 W. Roscoe and 5408 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois. The eighteenth and nineteenth Spex locations will reside in two vibrant and lively neighborhoods; they compliment the on-schedule opening of Spex Bucktown/Wicker Park in March. Projected opening dates are scheduled for Spring 2012.

Spex Wicker Park is scheduled to open this Spring at 1407 N. Milwaukee Avenue next to the Free People showroom at the corner of Wood & Milwaukee. 

The new stores will showcase many of the unique and well-crafted eyewear collections Spex is known for. “Both new doors expand and introduce Spex appeal to two first-class north side neighborhoods known for diverse dining and charming boutiques. Both neighborhoods are in step with fashion; I’m confident we’ve got the perfect frames for the mixed bag of shoppers that both neighborhoods draw” says Director of Marketing, Michael Caputo. Spex eyewear collections include Seraphin, Ogi, Lafont, Beausoleil, l.a. Eyeworks, Lindberg, Oliver Peoples, David Yurman, Freudenhaus, and many more. As with other Spex locations, children’s eyewear, comprehensive eye exams, reading glasses, eyewear accessories, and contact lens fittings will be available.

ABOUT SPEX: Spex is synonymous with offering artfully crafted eyewear and sun wear to a stylish and discerning public with an eye for beauty and function. Their product selection ranges from sleek and minimal to vibrant and eclectic. Style and function merge in unparalleled designer collections from season to season, while attentive and knowledgeable customer service rounds out the experience for the fashion-forward shopper. Comprehensive eye exams utilizing the very latest technologies are offered. Most major medical and routine vision insurances are accepted.


*Time Out Chicago ~ 2011 Shopping Awards

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 2-17-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, February 17, 2012
February 16, 2012
 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. A sunny weekend is predicted ahead so it will be a terrific time to head out to enjoy the neighborhood. This weekend kicks off Chicago Restaurant week so we've included Wicker Park and Bucktown's participating restaurants for your convenience. But that's not all. There's also lots of news to share and great music & theater events planned for this weekend. For full details about any topic, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.


   Community



     Learn Spanish w a Glass of Wine

Due to popular demand, Elena Chicago has added more classes to her Introductory Spanish curriculum. Now you can learn in a fun and casual environment ... maybe even with a glass of wine. Classes are being held Monday nights at Club Lucky in Bucktown - 1834 W. Wabansia


 

 

   Community Safety Meeting

This year there seems to have been an influx in neighborhood crime and the 13th District of the Chicago Police Department is hosting a meeting at the end of this month so residents can meet directly to discuss their concerns and questions directly with the Chicago Police Department. Although the 13th District is hosting the meeting, residents from any neighborhood/district are welcome.

 

 

 

  Music 

           Erin Martin and NBC's The Voice

We extend a very warm congratulations to Wicker Park artist & resident Erin Martin. Erin has landed a spot on NBC's mega-hit The Voice. Last week she won a spot on Team Cee Lo Green and we are cheering her on.

 

           Soul Summit Dance Party

Every month Soul Summit hosts a free show and event that spans "the specturm of early, raw r&b, funk &soul." Six DJs take turns spinning mini-sets and a variety of guests are featured so the range of sounds are varied and unpredictable. It's also a very popular place to be. Don't miss it this Friday. 

 


   
   Free Music Mondays

There are many things we like about The Empty Bottle. We like, for example, the wide range of musical styles and genres showcased every night of the week.  We also love Free Music Mondays .. every Monday.  Find out who's playing each week. 

 

 

  Restaurants


2012_1_16_CRW.jpg       Chicago Restaurant Week

Chicago Restaurant Week is starting this week and we have many incredible restaurants in the neighborhood participating. They include: The Bristol, The Bedford, Duchamp, Feast, Mirai, Sabour Saveur. Find out how you can reserve your spot for their special prix fixe menus.

  

         The Storefront Company

We're patiently waiting for Wicker Park's newest restaurant to open at 1941 W. North Avenue. The Storefront Company will be serving farm-fresh cuisine and hopes to open shortly following the city of Chicago's final blessing. In the interim, if you'd like a sneak peek we've included a little extra information from UrbanDaddy.

 

 

      1/2 Off Bottles of Wine - Mon thru Thurs

As if enjoying great Italian isn't enough, Via Carducci's Wicker Park location is now offering 1/2 off bottles of wine every week from Monday - Wednesday. 


 

 

  Retail/Shopping

       Sprout Heads to Division Street

Sprout! is heading to 1943 W. Division Street in Wicker Park; in the space formerly occupied by Grow. What can you expect to find at Sprout? Organic and healthy: toys, books, baby care, clothing, bedding, nursery items, products for Moms and more. Look for Spout to open this Spring.

 

           Chocolate & Wine Pairing

The Chocolate & Wine Pairing Events continue at Life's A Cabernet - 1937 W. North Avenue. But we should warn you. These fun and delicious events are selling out early. So if you're interested be sure to plan ahead.


            Kids Rule - Free Workshops

All Winter long, Kids Rule has been offering fun, educational and eco-friendly workshops for kids of all ages. This weekend head to Kids Rule for their planting workshop and next week you can learn all about trees. Did we mention the workshops are free?

 

  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. This weekend we're featuring opening shows and more:


          They Are Dying Out

This weekend don't miss Trap Door Theatre's opening weekend for "They Are Dying Out";  an intense look into the corporate mindset and how it can affect the souls of those who engage in it.

  

        Magic Magic Magic

On a lighter note, The Magic Parlour is winding down this month at The Chopin Theatre before they head downtown. If you haven't seen Dennis Watkin's fun and very entertaining show on Friday nights, catch it now. Before it's too late. 

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

Dees, Real Naked Food, Crust, Pump + More Close on Division Street

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, January 09, 2012

Wicker Park's Division Street is certainly going through a transformation.With the influx of new businesses and a tight economy comes a lot more competition for dollars and we're now starting to see a different Division Street.

Sadly, the following businesses have recently closed their doors: Crust, Dee's Place, Makisu, Pump and Real Naked Food. Renegade Craft will be closing January 31st and Grow will become just an online business.

Yet we've added a few new spots too: C. Dahlstedt, Delish, Frill, Prasino, The Anthem and The Bedford. 

It's interesting to see the many changes underway and there are more changes to come. Fat Pour is a huge 7,000 square foot sports bar planned to open in March 2012 in the space previously host to Adobo Grill and the 20,000 square foot Wicker Park Athletic Club is also scheduled to open around the March/April 2012 timeframe.

But that's not all. A very large building is planned for the Pizza Hut site that will be taller than the CVS Building across the street and will include 2 elevators, 119 condos and commercial space.

No. This isn't the same Wicker Park or Division Street that we moved into now 7 years ago. The one constant is change. And Division Street - and the neighborhood - will continue to evolve and change. This we know for sure.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown New Years Eve Weekend Guide Has Arrived !

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, December 31, 2011
December 31, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of The Insider's Weekend Guide. This week we're focused on New Years Eve celebrations happening throughout Wicker Park and Bucktown. So if you're still looking for ideas, you've found the right place. But that's not all, we've included Time Out's 2011 picks for Favorite Food & Drinks in the neighborhood and an extra big sale to end the year. Enjoy the holiday and we hope you have a terrific - and safe - New Years Eve. 

   Bars

     New Years Eve Bar Parties

It's safe to assume every bar in the neighborhood is having a party. But here's a handy guide to some of the very best New Years Eve packages available this year. 

 

    New Years Day Bears & Brunch

So it's New Years Day and you're looking for a comfortable and casual neighborhood spot to watch the game. Look no further than Standard Bar & Grill. Flat screens fill the room and you'll be treated to a fun and casual neighborhood hang-out with great specials. They're also serving brunch. 

 

  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 angels may truly look like.


 

  Music 

   The BEST New Years Eve Shows

Looking for a non-traditional - yet fun and entertaining - way to spend New Years Eve? Head to your closest music venue. This year we've got 2 great shows on New Years Eve: The Disappears and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Details are attached. 

 

  Restaurants

   

   New Years Eve Dinner & Champagne

We know that bar parties aren't for everyone. So we've included some great alternatives for dinner. You'll find everything from authentic Greek fare to Italian appetizers and entrees to gluten-free menus and more. There really is something for everyone and the champagne is included.

 


  Time Out Chicago's Best Of 2011

It's that time again, for Time Out Chicago to publish their favorite Chicago food and drinks list. We've taken the liberty to provide you with their favorite spots in Wicker Park and Bucktown ... and there are many. Check out the details here. 

 

  Retail/Shopping

   Greenheart Shop's BIG Holiday Sale

Greenheart shop is eco-friendly & committed to supporting fair trade practices. This week they're playing host to an incredible sale of 50% off holiday merchandise. But that's not all. Lots of beautiful one-of-a-kind items are on sale so be sure to stop by Greenheart before the end of the year.

 

  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. Dennis Watkins performs his magic every Friday night in Wicker Park. New Years he's performing an intimate show at The Palmer House. And although it's not happening in Wicker Park this weekend, it's sure to be a fun way to spend New Years Eve.

 

  The Magic Parlour's Special New Years Eve Show

Don't miss the very talented Dennis Watkins and his special New Years Eve performance at The Palmer House. Only 36 seats are available so don't wait until the last minute to buy your tickets. Champagne toast is included.


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.  We also include over 400 businesses in our directory. So if you're looking for a particular restaurant, shop or bar be sure to let us know. And for up-to-the-minute news throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates and news daily. We'd love to have you.

 

If you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, make sure you're included in The 2012 Insider's Guide. There's no better way to reach the community. Find out more here.

 

In closing, we wish you and yours a very happy, safe and healthy new year. Thanks again for your support and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 10-13-11

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 14, 2011
October 13, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your  Insider Weekend Guide.  October is always so much fun with the Halloween Events heading our way. This week we're featuring:  fundraisers, martini parties, new bars, restaurant specials, Circus in the Park's final show of the season , the Bucktown's Apple Pie Contest and more. There are so many fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood and we're happy to be your Guide. For additional details about any of the events below, just click on the picture. Have a terrific weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.


   Bars

  Scream in the Park with Lotties Pub

We haven't been to Scream in the Park but Lotties Pub is planning a road trip and it sounds like fun. One price covers everything. If you've been to Scream in the Park let us know if it's as scary as it looks...because it looks jump-out-of-your-skin scary.

 


O Say Can You See What's Heading to Division Street

We've had so many inquiries about the space formerly the home of Makisu Sushi and Fuel. As it turns out the owners of Bangers & Lace and Duchamp are behind the new establishment. Chicago Magazine recently interviewed them to see what their plans were going to be and we just were sent a link with a little information as well.  A retro-style sports bar is heading our way. 


  Community

Lots of fun happening in the community this weekend and beyond. The details are listed below. We also received the following information regarding dodge ball in Wicker Park. Sounds like fun to us. Wicker Park Dodge Ball. And we love it when people send us great information like this. So please keep it coming.

 


Circus in the Parks

"Circus in the Parks" is closing here for the season and the final event scheduled for the neighborhood is this weekend. This weekend the event is being held at Commercial Park just south of Division Street. It's a beautiful event and fun for all ages. In addition, the proceeds benefit Chicago Parks. It's a great way to spend the afternoon and it's for a good cause.

 

 

  The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

This year The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest had to close registration due to the high number of contestants! So you know what that means. Bucktown will be filled with apple pie on Sunday. Sounds like the competition will be tough but we will be there - fork in hand. 

 

 

   
Mew & View Spooktacular - Double Feature 

Catch a Double Feature just in time for Halloween and help a great cause too! Treehouse Humane Society is hosting  their Annual Mew & View at the Bucktown Branch this Sunday. Animation is the name of the game this weekend with The Simpson's "Treehouse of Horror" and Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" being featured at Treehouse.

 

 

Wicker Park Farmers Market
Fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and much more are available every Sunday at the Wicker Park Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper. But time is running out. The last Farmers Market will be Sunday October 30th so catch it while you can.

 


Paper Magic Costumes Pet, Zelda Pirate, LargeWicker Park's Boo - Palooza 

Lots of fun for kids, don't miss Wicker Park's Boo-Palooza Rain or Shine heading to the neighborhood at the end of the month. Don't have kids? Well bring your dogs! There are lots of events on the agenda for dogs too. Read on for details and get those costumes ready. We will be there so be sure to stop by and say hi.

 

 

 

  Galleries

Monique Meloche's Newest Exhibition

This weekend don't miss the Opening Reception for 2 artists at Monique Meloche's Gallery in Wicker Park: Scott Stack and Cheryl Pope. This will be Scott's 3rd exhibition at Monique Meloche and Cheryl Pope continues her 2nd Part of a 3 Part Series "On the Wall".  Both local artists, you can attend their Opening Reception on Saturday from 4pm -7pm.

 

 

  Music 

  Black Crowes Rich Robinson at Double Door

If you've followed the band the Black Crowes, you know the path to success hasn't been easy for brothers Chris & Rich Robinson. And this week Rich Robinson will be at the Double Door showcasing his independent talent as an artist & musician.

 

Echotone - A Documentary Screening

This Saturday join The Empty Bottle for a film screening of the documentary Echotone; an inside look at the music wheel in Austin Texas. For only $5 you'll receive access to the documentary screening and a performance by Paper Mice.

 

  Restaurants

       Club Lucky's Autumn Martini Party

Next week, Club Lucky is hosting an Autumn Martini celebration where each Ketel One martini will cost only $6. A great deal and you can pair them with whatever you'd like including: brushettas, antipasti, calamari and the incredible entrees that are only Club Lucky. 

 

    50% Off Sushi - Nori's Grand Opening Special

Nori has opened a week early in Wicker Park at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue and they're offering 50% off until next week (for sure) and possible for 2 weeks. If you want to try Nori for half the price, be sure your stop by next week. That's a great deal. Dine in Only.

 


    Oysters & Champagne at The Bedford

Executive Chef Mark Steuer introduced Oysters Rockefeller at The Bedford this past Tuesday. Every Tuesday you can enjoy 1/2 off of oysters and champagne. Just one more reason to head to The Bedford. And if you haven't been yet, the interior is truly one-of-a-kind.

 

  Retail/Shopping

    Building Blocks BIG Toy Sale

Get a head start on Holiday Shopping next weekend at Building Blocks Toy Shop. Building Blocks is hosting a big sale in honor of their 15th Anniversary and everything in stock will be 20% off!  Plus you'll be entered to win lots of prizes in their Shopping Contest. Always so much fun going on at Building Block Toy Shop in Wicker Park.

 

  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. This week we'd like to remind you about Dennis Watkins' Magic Show every Friday night. A great neighborhood secret. He's an excellent magician and the show is lots of fun. 


Dennis Watkins - The Magic Continues


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.  You don't want to miss this outstanding opportunity.  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

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 9-29-11

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, September 29, 2011
September 29, 2011
 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. Although it's hard to believe it's October already, a great Fall weekend is ahead and we're happy to share information about the many terrific events planned throughout the neighborhood. This weekend is Festival Weekend and includes: Oktoberfest, The Coyote - Festival of the Arts, The Backyard Film and Music Fest, Moonshine's Rib-A-Que and The Empty Bottle's 5 day Adventures in Modern Music taking center stage but that's not all. You'll also find new gallery exhibitions, lectures, jazz and so much more. We also have a few exciting updates regarding new bar and restaurant openings just for good measure. Know of any others? Just let us know and we'll include them.

    Bars

Moonshine's 4th Annual Rib Fest is the Saturday and it's going to be a fantastic event. Last year over 500 people attended and this year, we expect even more. With Prasino, Frontier Grill, The Smoke Daddy, The Bedford and more incredible chefs participating it's going to be a fun and delicious event. A perfect Fall Fest. This week, we've also included an update on new bars opening soon. The focus is on Division Street. Gourmet burgers and signature cocktails are heading our way. Last but not least, if you missed it last week, our top picks for fun Oktoberfest celebrations are included below. 


Mooshine's 4th Annual Rib-A-Que

 

  New Bars on Division Street


  Celebrating Oktoberfest

 

   Community

This Sunday don't miss the Bucktown 5k! Great exercise and its a terrific fundraiser for Gilda's Cub. On Monday, Christy Webber will be the speaker for the Wicker Park Garden Club's Lecture series. Buying an old pick up truck in in 1988 and a small amount of lawn mowing equipment, Christy began cutting grass around the Wicker Park neighborhood. With determination and hard work, she has become one of the largest landscape companies in Chicago and you can see her Monday.  Next up? Mark your calendars and hone those baking skills. The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is just around the corner.


     The Bucktown 5k

     Christy Webber Lecture Monday

      The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

 

 

   Galleries

At long last, The Coyote: The Wicker Park Bucktown Festival of the Arts is this weekend! For 3 days, 150 artists will be featured throughout the neighborhood and 24 musical acts will be featured at Bucktown's Club Lucky. But that's not all. Two new gallery exhibitions will also be opening this weekend. Element Flux features 53 artists and opens at Jackson Junge on Friday. Also this weekend, Park Schrek's new exhibition Blur opens with a reception Friday night from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek is just steps from the Flat Iron so if you're heading to The Coyote, be sure to stop by.


New Gallery Exhibition Openings


Coyote - The Wicker Park/Bucktown Festival of the Arts

 

 

    Music 

We have a wide variety of music options available this weekend. First, for something completely different, we love the idea of an evening packed with cool jazz & blues. And this Friday you can enjoy just that at the Blue Star Wine Bar. Reservations are recommended. Also this weekend, as part of The Coyote Festival, Club Lucky will be hosting 24 bands over a 3 day period. So stop by for great food, drink and music. The Lemonheads will be arriving at Double Door very soon and they will be playing the entire "It's A Shame About Ray" record.  Do you have your tickets? And last but not least, "Adventures in Modern Music"  is back at The Empty Bottle this weekend.

 

   Friday Night Jazz & Blues at Blue Star

 

   24 Bands at Club Lucky This Weekend


  Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray


 

    Restaurants

A number of new restaurants are heading in to the neighborhood including - you guessed it - more sushi. Nori a Japanese/Sushi spot based in Lincoln Park is expanding into the Wicker Park and Rogers Park neighborhoods and is scheduled to open in mid-October. And unfortunately, MELT's opening has been postponed due to "city issues". Not uncommon. This week we've also included an Allergy-Friendly Directory. Lots of folks are looking for gluten-free and more. So we've compiled a handy guide to those eateries who are sensitive to food allergies. Many thanks to all who contributed to our Directory!


       New Neighborhood Restaurants


    Allergy-Friendly Eateries

 

 

 

    Retail/Shopping

We haven't seen an official press announcement but the word on the street is that the former owners of Wicker Park's Earwax Cafe have signed a lease with billion dollar company Dr. Martens.  The brown paper is officially up on the windows. As additional details become available, we will send them your way.  There have also been a number of new retail (clothing) shops who have opened their doors and we'll provide additional information on those new shops shortly. 


     New Doc Martens Store Coming to Wicker Park ?

 

    Theater

The BackYard Fim & Music Fest is back on the north side this year after a brief hiatus on the south side last year.  And yes founder Fred Koschmann really did set up a projector in his backyard, hung a bed sheet for a screen, put out lawn chairs, and invited some 40 friends over to view two of his short films in 2008 when the fest first started. What can you expect on on Saturday?  From 2pm-6pm 16 local and international short films will be featured at the Wicker Park Arts Center. Additional details follow.  Also don't miss Cyrano. The quintessential Renaissance man is at The Chopin and you'll get your money's worth with a good old-fashioned sword fight included in the price of admission.


 Cyrano at The Chopin


Back Yard Film & Music Fest


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 our 6,000 followers 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.  You don't want to miss this outstanding opportunity.  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

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 9-15-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, September 16, 2011

September 15, 2011

 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Weekend Guide.  Last week Fox Chicago posted our Weekend Guide on their website. So we are extending a very big thank you to Fox Chicago for their assistance and support.  As you know, each week we're provided with amazing events and news and are happy to share this information with  you. This week's edition features many fantastic Wicker Park & Bucktown events heading our way this week...and this Fall.  So you can plan ahead. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

    Bars

It's almost time for Moonshine's Annual Rib-A-Que which features a hot competition to determine who has the best ribs. Period. This year it's going to be a tough battle with amazing eateries like: The Bedford, Prasino, Smoke Daddy, The Fifty/50, Frontier and more fighting for the title.  This will be lots of fun and we will see you there.


  Moonshine's Annual Rib-A-Que

 

   Community

Wow...Fall is almost here and we have incredible community events happening in the neighborhood. The Tabula Rasa Run and Fundraiser is this weekend and kicks off in Wicker Park proper. The very 1st Annual Like Bike Ride is also this weekend and runs from Bucktown to Logan Square. The Bucktown 5k and Apple Pie Contest will be here before you know it. And if you haven't registered for Miss Wicker Park yet, there's still time. Not registering? Well be sure to vote for your favorite candidates.  Last but not least  "Circus in the Parks" arrives in Holstein/Senior Citizens Park next weekend. It should be a beautiful event. 

 

         Tabula Rasa Run & Fundraiser


    The 1st Annual Like Bike Ride


    'Circus in the Parks' Heads to Bucktown


    The Bucktown 5k- A Great Cause


    Bucktown's Apple Pie Contest 

 

 

   Galleries

This weekend don't miss the opening of "Ballad of the Tattooed Lady" Friday night at Firecat Projects in Bucktown. The exhibition will feature artist Ellen Greene and the opening reception is being held from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. For a full list of neighborhood gallery exhibitions, just click on the link below.

 

  Ballad of the Tattooed Lady-Opens Fri

  Wicker Park & Bucktown Exhibitions

 

 

    Music 

This week our Weekend Guide focus is on punk rock. Don't miss very talented British post-punk artists The Raincoats; arriving at Double Door on Monday. The Raincoats just so happened to be one of Kurt Cobain's favorite bands and they're touring for the 1st time in decades. And who doesn't love Mucca Pazza - the only local circus punk marching band we know. Always a wild and fun time.

 

        The Raincoats at Double Door

      Mucca Pazza at The Empty Bottle

 

 

    Retail/Shopping

It's that time again for Grown Folks Stories. Bring your self and your story to The Silver Room tonight. You'll have 5 minutes to share your tale. Next weekend be sure to stop by ReBuilding Exchange Flea Market. It should be a great event with an interesting variety of of items for sale.  And last but not least, please wish Building Blocks Toy Store a very happy 15th Anniversary! Next weekend Building Blocks will be hosting a big Anniversary Party in honor of this fantastic milestone. We're invited and so are you. Congratulations Building Blocks!



        Grown Folks Stories Tonight



   ReBuilding Exchange Antique/Flea Market


  Building Blocks Celebrates 15 Years

 

    Theater

We always have many many theater options available on our site so be sure to head to our Theater section for all of the shows in the neighborhood. Below you'll find our highlights for the weekend. Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke opens at The Den Theatre and you can catch the amazing Dennis Watkins every Friday night -- for a truly magical evening.

 

  Summer & Smoke Opens this Weekend

The Magic Parlour-Every Fri Night


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of ongoing 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 included 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 8-18-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 19, 2011

August 18, 2011

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. Thanks so much for being part of our amazing team. We are very appreciative of your support, feedback and input. Keep it coming. As always, there are great events and news heading our way this weekend beyond. Enjoy and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

    Bars

As many of you know, the Garfield Park Conservatory suffered a significant amount of damage this Summer due to excessive hail. Many have rallied to help and this weekend it is The Violet Hour's and Big Star's turn to help. Please join Avec, Blackbird, The Violet Hour and Big Star this Sunday for their sidewalk sale from 12pm - 4pm. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Garfield Park Conservatory.

 

 The Violet Hour - Big Star Sidewalk Sale -Sunday 

 

 

   Community

It's hard to believe that Summer is winding down. Last week Wicker Park hosted their last Movie in the Park and Sunday Bucktown will hosting theirs. So bring your friends and family to watch the very funny "Despicable Me" this Sunday in Bucktown. We've also included an updated guide for Summer and Fall Festivals still on our radar. The Bucktown Arts Fest, Renegade Craft Fair and Coyote Arts Fest are just around the corner. And last but not least, the "Miss Wicker Park Pageant" is back. Sign up ... and spread the word.


         Movies in the Park - Bucktown


        Your Summer/Fall Festival Guide

 

         Miss Wicker Park Returns

 

 

   Galleries

Please join Park Schrek Gallery for their opening of "Developed Nuance" this Friday from 7:00pm - 10:00pm in Wicker Park. "Developed Nuance" features the work of Ray Becoskie, Jonathan Stein, and Daniel Brown. All three artists have a particular and refined way of making images and are new to Park Schreck Gallery. Don't miss their opening at Park Schrek.


 

   Opening Reception-Developed Nuance

 

 

    Music 

This weekend our picks for music include: JD McPherson this Friday at Double Door: where rock n roll meets rhythm and blues and great songwriting. Also this weekend, High Places at The Empty Bottle. Don't miss this electro indie rock duo.


 

  JD McPherson- Friday


  High Places - Sunday

 

    Restaurants

Tipsycake has officially opened in Bucktown. Their cakes are not only delicious, they are truly works of art. Tipsycake also offers classes and afternoon tea daily from 2pm -5pm. Reservations are recommended. We also want to recognize Santullo's this week. When we asked our viewers who had the best pizza in the neighborhood, Santullo's came in a very respectable 2nd place. They also recently received very positive feedback from The Michelin Guide and they're running a "Happy Hour Special" Monday - Friday.  Last but not least, Chicago Food Planet is hosting neighborhood tours through November 26th. They've been selling out quickly. So if you - or anyone you know - might be interested be sure to sign up.

 

            Tipsycake Officially Opens

 

         A Little Santullo's Love

 

 

  Neighborhood Food Tours

 

 

    Theater

Once again we are blessed with fantastic theater and performing arts options in the neighborhood. This weekend bring your Gleeks to the very popular Gleetastic Cabaret at Davenports. The number of performances are very limited. If you're interested, buy tickets now. The Tooth of Crime is this weekend only: Stardom is stressful. But when one star falls another is ready to take their place -- at the Gorilla Tango Theatre. Looking for humor?  Free comedy at Crocodile Friday and Saturday night. And when you buy a drink, you get a free slice of pizza.

 

     Gleetastic Cabaret - Friday

 

     The Tooth of Crime - Friday & Saturday

 

     The Show Below - FREE Comedy Friday & Saturday


In closing, USA Today cited Wicker Park & Bucktown as one of their Top 10 destinations in the US. Great exposure for the neighborhood and we couldn't agree more. For more information : USA Today. 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.

 

Thanks again for your support and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Summer Festival Guide

Thyra DeCicco - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wow...it's hard to believe that Do Division, Green Music Fest and Wicker Park Fest have all come and gone. But there are great festivals still to come late August through September. One of our biggest street festivals - Renegade Craft Fair - is just a month away. 

August 27th and August 28th

Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley - Bucktown

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair 2011
September 10th and September 11th

Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park

 

 

 Coyote Arts Fest 2011

          September 30th - October 1st

          Flat Iron Arts Building & throughout the neighborhood.

 

Mark your calendars and we will see you there !


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