Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Big Star's Sister Restaurant - Dove's Luncheonette - Opens Today

Michael Hamrick - Monday, September 22, 2014

photo via Facebook

Wicker Wire: It's official. Big Star's sister restaurant Dove's Luncheonette opened their doors for business bright and early this morning at 1545 N. Damen Avenue directly next to Big Star in the former Cipolina space. So what can you expect to find at one of Wicker Park's most highly anticipated new restaurants? 

Owned by the team behind Violet Hour and Big Star (The Publican, Blackbird), the neighborhood's new counter service diner is serving food morning, noon and night set to the sounds of 1960's-1970's soul and blues. You'll find Mexican-inspired soul food and a tequila and mezcal-focused bar program. 

See you there.

PS If you'd like to take a peek at the menu, Eater Chicago has it here.

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]

Dove's Luncheonette, Umami Burger Opening Soon in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Photo courtesy of Dove's Luncheonette via Facebook.

Wicker Wire: Two new highly anticipated restaurants are targeting their official openings in Wicker Park next week.

Dove's Luncheonette - 1545 N. Damen Avenue. From the team behind Big Star/Violet Hour, this counter service diner will be serving food morning, noon and night set to the sounds of 1960's-1970's soul and blues. You'll find Mexican-inspired soul food and a tequila and mezcal-focused bar program. There isn't an official opening date but according to owner and chef Paul Kahan, they should be open by September 22. [Eater Chicago]

Umami Burger - LA-based burger chain Umami Burger is opening their first Chicago location in Wicker Park at 1480 N. Milwaukee Avenue next to Max's Wine Dive (formerly Covo Gyro). The chain's gimmick is to stuff their burgers with umami. Hence, the name. Their traditional menu will be featured as well as a few unique items created just for Chicago. The Wicker Park location will feature its own burger: with Calabrian sausage patty, truffle cheese fondue and giardinieria. Look for Umami Burger to open on September 18. [Chicago Tribune]

Tonight! Ice Cream Social At Antique Taco

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Wicker Park's Antique Taco at 1360 N. Milwaukee Avenue wants to say "thanks for a great Summer" with a party tonight featuring free ice cream, temporary tattoos, live art, toys, vintage clothing and more. The deets:

Tuesday September 9th
1360 N. Milwaukee Avenue 

Silver Cloud's Future Up In The Air

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 28, 2014

photo courtesy of Silver Cloud Bar & Grill via Facebook.

Silver Cloud Bar & Grill has been a fixture in the Wicker Park, Bucktown neighborhood for almost 20 years to the day. Located at 1700 N. Damen Avenue, the neighborhood eatery is best known for its comfort food (think tater tots, grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup, sloppy joes and chicken pot pie). And their Bloody Marys are large enough to be a meal unto themselves. In the wake of new gourmet restaurants and Michelin stars heading into the neighborhood, Silver Cloud has held their own ... until today. 

Silver Cloud is currently closed and a sign in the window only reads: Closed for a short time for decorating.

According to a report published via DNAInfo, the partners have split and co-owner Cy Oldham has opted to sell her shares of the business so she can spend more time with her kids.

Oldham (who has been a business partner for 18 years) issued the following to her employees via email on Thursday:

"After several years of consideration, I have decided to sell my interest in Silver Cloud.  I look forward to devoting more time to my family, and simplifying my life with one business, Fat Cat. Thank you all for your support over the past 18 years. Silver Cloud holds a special place in all our hearts. Special thanks to all of our employees throughout the years, for making Silver Cloud a Chicago institution. I have enjoyed watching my customers meet, get married, and start a family of their own. I have been fortunate to see some of their children grow up as well. Now It's time for me to spend more time with mine." 

There is no additional information available at this time regarding future plans for Silver Cloud. Oldham's business partner was unavailable for comment. But we will keep you posted. 

Silver Cloud Closed for Now After Business Partners Split [DNAInfo]

Doves Luncheonette, Columbus Curry Hiring in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking for a job? These 2 soon-to-be-open restaurants are hiring in Wicker Park:

Dove's Luncheonette - Big Star's new sister restaurant at 1543-1545 N. Damen Avenue is hiring according to Chef/Owner Paul Kahan:

Also hiring Columbus' Curry is located at 1359 N. Milwaukee Avenue and is hiring for all positions. Send your resumes to

Celebrate With Stan's Donuts This Weekend - 85 Cent Donuts

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wicker Wire: On Saturday August 23, 2014 you can celebrate Stan's birthday with 85 cent glazed donuts all day long.

Stan's Donuts is located at 1560 N. Damen Avenue and they're open on Saturday from 6:30am-10:00pm. 

Stephanie Izard Hosts Tasting at Goddess & Grocer

Michael Hamrick - Monday, August 04, 2014
image courtesy of The Goddess and Grocer via Facebook.

On Thursday August 7th beginning at 6:00pm, Stephanie Izard ,of The Girl and the Goat and Little Goat Diner will be cooking up a variety of treats using her line of sauces and rubs. E
ach dish will be paired with beer or wine.

It's all taking place at Bucktown's The Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Avenue. So come by for a dose of inspiration to make the most of the rest of your summer!

Tickets: $12

Wicker Park's The Savoy Closes Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, July 27, 2014

We're very sorry to report after just 2 years, The Savoy is closing up shop at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. And according to Eater Chicago, a decline in business is the primary reason.

The Savoy opened almost exactly 2 years ago with a focus on absinthe, the raw bar and seafood-focused menu. Their last night is tonight and they'll shutter for good at 10pm following tonight's service.

That space has been a tough one for restaurants with La Fonda del Gusto closing before The Savoy. You can still catch them tonight at the restaurant or at their booth at Wicker Park Fest. 

The Savoy is located at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue (Milwaukee Avenue at Wood Street) in Wicker Park.

Seafood and Absinthe Spot The Savoy To Shutter Sunday [Eater Chicago]

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream To Open in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

photo courtesy of Jeni's via Facebook

Wicker Wire: Another new restaurant opening has popped up on our radar. According to a report published earlier by DNAInfo, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream has signed a lease for a 2,300 square foot space at 1505 N. Milwaukee Avenue just steps away from Red Mango (1513 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and a number of other new restaurants heading for the neighborhood like Cheesies and Rick Bayless' XOCO.

Jeni's specializes in artisanal ice cream made with unique flavors and charges a hefty $5 per scoop and $12 per pint. The Wicker Park location will be their 2nd Chicago location with the first opening last September in Lakeview at 3404 N. Southport. They currently have 17 locations throughout the US. 

No word yet on an opening date.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Coming to Wicker Park [DNAInfo]

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