Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Burgers and Beer $10 Tonight At Trenchermen

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Burgers and Beer

Wicker Park's Trenchermen offers a weekly special that features burgers and beer. Every Wednesday they feature a different burger and $10 buys you that day's special burger, a side and a beer. But these aren't traditional burgers. They're amazing Trenchermen burgers. This week's special includes: Pimento Cheese & Fried Okra with Whole Grain Mustard Potato Salad.

Offered on a first-come-first served basis. Trenchermen is located at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. 

Wicker Park's Carriage House Offers Sweet Wednesday Deal

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oyster po' boy at Carriage House.Photo credit: Marissa Khalaf, Chicago Tribune

Recent Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Carriage House, located at 1700 W. Division Street is offering a sweet Wednesday special. For the next few months, they'll be offering a $12 tall boy - po' boy combo. The catfish, shrimp and oyster po' boys will be offered on a rotating basis.  A tall can of beer or cider of the diner's choice will also be included for that $12. The menu currently includes Half Acre Heyoka, Bell's Oberon and Vander Mill Cider. 

Enjoy it while you can. 

At Carriage House, weekly special on po'boys [Chicago Tribune]

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. 

Bucktown's Honey 1 BBQ Heads To Bronzeville

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Full Slabimage courtesy of Honey 1 BBQ via

Wicker Wire: Bronzeville's gain could be Bucktown's loss. According to a report published earlier by the Chicago Reader, the father and son team at Honey 1 BBQ at 2241 N. Western Avenue have set their sights on the south side. The new location at 746 E. 43rd Street will open this year despite delays in construction. In all likelihood, that means the Bucktown location will close in March or April.  

Owner and Arkansas native Robert Adams Sr. has been bringing ribs, tips and links to Bucktown for 9 years and is hoping for an opening of his Bronzeville location this month.

  Honey 1 Barbecue is moving to Bronzeville and taking Chicago's barbecue heritage with it [Chicago Reader]  

Pops For Champagne Team Opening New Wicker Park Restaurant

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, November 20, 2014

photo credit: Our Urban Times

Wicker Wire: Milwaukee Avenue just keeps getting better and better. The owner of Pops for Champagne (601 N. State Street), Thomas Verhey, has applied for a liquor license for a new restaurant in Wicker Park to be located at 1501 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

According to a report published by Crain's Chicago Business, that new restaurant will be called Bom Bolla and will be located between Chef Rick Bayless's XOCO Wicker Park (1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and the new Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (1505 N. Milwaukee Avenue).

The building is located in the landmarked section of Milwaukee Avenue and is currently being renovated by developer Steve Lipe.

We will keep you posted on additional details as they become available.

Pops For Champagne Team Opening New Restaurant [Crain's Chicago Business]

Roxie's Pizza By The Slice Could Open As Early as Friday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Roxie's By The Slice Interior Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Many have been asking about the opening of Bucktown's newest pizzeria and it sounds as if Friday, November 21st is their target opening date. Owned by restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, Roxie's Pizza By The Slice has taken over the former home of Cafe Con Leche at 1732 N. Milwaukee Avenue and have made it all their own.

Joining the ranks of Piece Pizzeria, Dimo's, Santullo's and Lou Malnati's just a couple of blocks away, Roxie's will bring their own style to pizzas. According to a report published earlier by DNAInfo, 28 inch Brooklyn-style pizzas will be cooked on a stone deck with only 8 slices per pie. That will result in a sizable slice of pizza for a cost per piece of $4.50. Eight different rotating toppings will be available. There will also be 14 beers on tap available by the glass or pitcher and sooda will also be available.

Roxie's By The Slice will open each day at 12pm and will stay open until the pizza runs out. Whatever time that may be. Look for Roxie's to open as early as this Friday in Bucktown. 

Brendan Sodikoff's Roxie's Pizza Joint Aims To Open Friday in Wicker Park [DNAInfo]

Wicker Park's Hottest New Taco Spot - Kokopelli - Opens Thursday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

image courtesy of Kokopelli via Facebook

Updated October 28, 2014: And more tacos arrive in the neighborhood. Announced earlier today via Facebook, Kokopelli will be opening their doors this Thursday in Wicker Park in the former location of Between Peruvian Cafe at 1324 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Originally planned for late September their official date is October 30, 2014. See you there.

Published August 13, 2014 - As we were announcing the news that Authentaco had officially opened their doors at 1141 N. Ashland, Chicago Magazine was reporting, yet another, taqueria was in the works for Wicker Park.

Kokopelli will be opening in the location formerly Between Peruvian Cafe & Lounge at 1324 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Inspired by a trip to Tijuana, owner and native Chicagoan Gerardo Santiago, will focus on seafood and vegetable tacos. A typical taco will be the Kraken: grilled octopus in a cilantro marinade with avocado and cheese. Pork tacos are not at the top of the list. 

Tacos can be paired with a number of salsas. Three guacamoles, tostadas and ceviche will also be featured on the menu. 

Look for Kokopelli to open at 1324 N. Milwaukee Avenue in the middle of September.  

Kokopelli: A Wicker Park Taqueria Born On A Truck in Tijuana [Chicago Magazine]

Kanela Breakfast Club Opens in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 05, 2014
photo courtesy of Kanela Breakfast Club via Facebook.

Updated October 5, 2014 -
Looking for a new breakfast or brunch spot? Kanela Breakfast Club has officially opened their fourth Chicago location right in the heart of Wicker Park in the former Savoy space. With a focus on fresh, local and organic you'll find out why it's a favorite of many in the Chicago area. They also offer free wi-fi. Their hours are: Monday - Sunday 7:00am - 3:30pm. Take a peek at that menu. 

Published September 6, 2014 -
Wicker Park's seafood and absinthe spot, The Savoy, closed up shop right after Wicker Park Fest in late July of this year at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. And soon Kanela Breakfast Club will be moving on in. According to a report published by Eater Chicago, a lease was signed just last week by owners Chris Ladarkis and Alexi Giannoulias and the new Wicker Park space will be their 4th location.

With a focus on cage-free organic eggs and fresh locally sourced products, Kanela Breakfast Club brings breakfast, brunch and lunch options to the neighborhood. Breakfast menu items include everything from French Toast, to blueberry pancakes to Western omelettes, salmon benedict , duck confit hash and more. Take a look at the breakfast menu hereLunch optionsinclude a variety of salads, burgers and sandwiches like chicken pesto and grilled cheese. Breakfast sandwiches to go may also be available for commuters and fresh bread, croissants and English muffins will be baked onsite. 

Kanela Breakfast Club will use much of the existing Savoy restaurant "as is" so the opening should happen quickly. Look for Kanela Breakfast Club to open in early October.

Kanela Breakfast Club Taking Over The Savoy This Fall [Eater Chicago]

Cheesie's Pub & Grub Targets 2014 Opening

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 03, 2014

Updated: October 3, 2014 - It's been a while since we first published information about America's Favorite Grilled Cheese spot and poutine bar opening in Wicker Park. Cheesie's Pub & Grub is still working on their new space at 1365 N. Milwaukee Avenue. It's just taking longer than originally expected. The team is hoping to have their new Wicker Park restaurant open by the New Year. 

Photo courtesy of Esquire Magazine

Published December 13, 2013 - Cheesie's Pub & Grub was selected by Esquire Magazine earlier this year as America's Favorite Grilled Cheese.And, first reported, by Our Urban Times, "The Most Life Changing Grilled Cheese in America" will be opening another location in Wicker Park at 1365 N. Milwaukee Avenue; directly across the street from Emporium Arcade.

The plans not only include an additional location for Cheesie's Pub & Grub. Owner Chris Johnston will also be incorporating a bar into this location as well called Whiskey Business which will offer a poutine bar and up to 20 choose-your-own toppings. After choosing your type of french fry (sweet potato, shoe string, steak cut etc), diners will select from a variety of meat options (chicken, beef, sloppy joe), veggies and sauces.

In addition to the poutine bar, the menu will include an "infused burger", pasta and salads. Johnston plans on adding brunch and naming it The Breakfast Club in keeping with the 80's 90's theme.

Plans for the restaurant/bar combo include a rooftop patio which can accommodate up to 120 people. Johnston intends on showing movies on the rooftop in warmer months. Movies will also include a focus on the 80's-90's and include favorites like: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Goonies and Risky Business. 

Look for Cheesie's and Whiskey Business to open this Spring. Target date is April 2014. 

Cheesies and Whiskey Business + Fry Bar Scheduled for Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park[OUT]

Cheesie's Pub and Grub Expands to Wicker Park Adds 'Whiskey Business' [DNAInfo]

Presidio To Open in Former Bluebird Space

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wicker Wire: There aren't a lot of details accompanying this announcement. However, according to a news release, a new "craft cocktail concept" will be opening in the former location of Bucktown's The Bluebird at 1749 N. Damen Avenue. The new bar, Presidio, is owned by Patrick Cullen former attorney for Rockit Ranch and Drumbar. 

The target timeframe for Presidio to open their doors in Bucktown is sometime this Winter.

Presidio to Openin Former Bluebird Spot in Bucktown by Winter [DNAInfo] 

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