Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Park's Mahalo Opens Wednesday in Former Bom Bolla Space

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Photo courtesy of Mahalo via Facebook.

Wicker Wire: Originally scheduled to open Summer 2016, Mahalo is opening earlier than expected. The new casual Hawaiian eatery is opening today in the former location of Wicker Park's Spanish Cava Bar, Bom Bolla, at 1501 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Designed with a modern Hawaiian surf shack feel, Mahalo is hoping to transport you into a vacation-like atmosphere. Even the rooftop deck will include picnic tables and string lighting to help set the mood. The two-story building includes a 2,500 square foot bar and dining area on the first floor, another full service beach bar on the second floor and the 1,000 square foot rooftop patio. 

The lunch & dinner menu will offer an entertaining array of Polynesian-Asian fusion cuisine served with a modern flair including Pupu, Poke, Yakitori, Salad and Large Plate options. They will also be including Spam Meatballs. Seriously, there are multiple dishes with Spam in them. The drink menu will include Mai Tai cocktails made with rum and tropical fruit juices, as well as beer and wine selections. On the weekends, Mahalo will feature a brunch menu.

The official opening date is Wednesday June 1st, 2016 at 3:00pm. See you there.

FBI: Wicker Park Bank Robbed Monday Afternoon

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

According to a report published by FoxNews, a man suspected in 2 bank robberies on January 19, 2016 is likely to be the same person who robbed a Wicker Park bank Monday evening. According to the FBI, the Chase Bank located at 1959 W. Division Street was robbed at approximately 5:47pm. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. According to the FBI, the man then fled west bound on Division Street with the undisclosed amount of money. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-35 years old, 5'8" - 6 feet tall with brown eyes and a medium build. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a gray sweater, black pants, a black scarf and tan boots.

The same man is suspected to have committed two additional bank robberies on January 19th within 90 minutes. Those robberies took place on that day at 5918 N. Broadway at 4:38pm and Chase Bank at 1130 W. Taylor Street. 

Anyone with information related to these robberies is being asked to contact the FBI at (312) 421- 6700.

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. 

Local Wicker Park, Bucktown Businesses - It's Easy To Get Featured

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 11, 2015

Get Your Business Featured 

If you're a local business in (or very close to) the Wicker Park or Bucktown area and would like to share:

 1)Big Sale OR

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Just send an email to our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Thyra DeCicco, for more detailed information. You can reach her at: info [at] wickerparkbucktown [dot] info.  And we will follow up with more detailed information about how your special information can be published and shared.  Email again is:

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Happy National Glazed Donut Day- Grab a FREE One at Glazed & Infused

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 12, 2015

image courtesy of Glazed & Infused via Facebook.

Happy National Glazed Donut Day- In honor of this very special day, Glazed & Infused is offering a FREE Vanilla Bean Glazed doughnut with every purchase while supplies last; all locations.

Glazed & Infused Locations: 813 W. Fulton Market, 939 W. Armitage, 201 E. Delaware, 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 

Tonight! Chicagoist Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary in Wicker Park

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chicagoist Celebrates 10 Years 

The time to RSVP has ended but the party is public so if you arrive early, you still may be able to join Chicagoist's 10 Year Anniversary Party at Emporium Arcade in Wicker Park. 

Music from Daniel Wade and Matt Roan!

Hosted bar courtesy PBR, Sailor Jerry and Monkey Shoulder!

Food Truck Fare from Salsa Truck and DonerMen!

Charity raffle to benefit 826CHI.

Emporium Arcade Bar (Wicker Park location)
1366 N Milwaukee Ave
ChicagoIL 60622

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM -Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 AM (CDT)

Prasino Space Has New Chef - Proprietor

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 19, 2014

Wicker Wire: After a parting of the ways between business partners last month, Wicker Park's Prasino quickly closed their doors- and that 100 person patio - at 1846 W. Division Street.

So what's next for the space? Chef Michael Taus, formerly of Zealous and Duchamp, has set his sights on Wicker Park. First reported by Chicago Magazine, Taus toured the Prasino space when it closed in mid-August and immediately felt at home. His vision is to create a more casual space where people can order across the menu's variety of price points. Unlike Zealous, the focus will be less on a special occasion fine-dining experience and will be a restaurant people will come to 100 times.

The name and menu are still to be determined but Taus is hoping to have the new space open by December/January.

Michael Taus Has Something Cooking in Wicker Park [Chicago Magazine]

Chicago - And Wicker Park - Named In Top 4 Spots for Millennials

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, April 17, 2014

In case you missed it, a report published earlier this week, Niche Ink has named the top 25 cities/neighborhoods in the country for Millennials (also referred to as Generation Y and includes those born from the early 1980's  to the early 2000's).

 Chicago was named as one of the top 4 cities and specifically Wicker Park was named as the neighborhood.

They also provide statistics for both Chicago and Wicker Park reflecting high home values, high levels of education, high income levels and more expensive rental rates here. 

Niche Ink provides ranking information and demographic statistics for cities nationwide.

Best Cities + Neighborhoods for Millennials [Niche Ink]

1758 W. Crystal Street Wicker Park. 

Wicker Park Farmers Market is Opening Soon

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sundays 8am - 2pm  May 11 - October 26, 2014
Wicker Park Proper: 1425 N. Damen Avenue

The Chamber of Commerce has announced the dates for the Wicker Park Farmers Market at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. And this year our weekly Farmers Market will be opening much earlier than usual. Traditionally opening in late May/early June, the 2014 Farmers Market will be open from Mother's Day May 11th thru October 26th on Sundays from 8am - 2pm. For those who don't know, the market is located in Wicker Park proper on the corner of Damen Avenue and Wicker Park Avenue.

You'll find everything at the weekly market from meats to cheeses, baked goods, locally grown produce, flowers and more.

See you there.

SIGN UP for Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekend Guide!

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 28, 2014

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