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Wicker Park's Rodan Wins Chicago's Best Wing Fest

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 24, 2014

photo courtesy of Rodan via Facebook.

Thousands of chicken wing lovers gathered to celebrate Chicago's 15th Annual "Best Wings Fest" on Sunday afternoon which took place at Bailey Auditorium at 1340 W. Washington Street in Chicago.

25 local eateries participate in the annual fundraiser and this year, "Best of the Fest" was awarded to Wicker Park's very own Rodan located at 1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Congratulations guys. Great job.


Owners of Big Star, Violet Hour Plan New Mexican Spot in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Last year we reported the team behind Wicker Park's Big Star and Violet Hour (One Off Hospitality Inc), had secured the space formerly Cipolina at 1543 N. Damen Avenue setting their sights for a new eatery in the neighborhood.

And according to Chicago Magazine's Penny Pollack, Paul Kahan (Chef and Co-Owner of One of Hospitality), the new space is going to be more Mexican.

With Rick Bayless's new restaurant opening this year at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue and the many Mexican spots already in the neighborhood already, we were hoping for something a little different. But opening a "sister to Big Star" as Kahan describes it, makes perfect sense for the location.

Additional details to follow as they become available.

 

 

The Power 100 [Chicago Magazine]

Wicker Park's Storefront Company Closes Up Shop

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

StorefrontSignage.jpgphoto credit: Timothy Hiatt

Wicker Wire: We're sorry to share the news that Storefront Company at 1941 W. North Avenue  has closed up shop according to a report published by Eater Chicago earlier this week. Open for less than 2 years, the team behind Debonair Social Club and Chef Bryan Moscatello parted ways in early December when Moscatello moved to Colorado.

The restaurant closed after serving their New Years Eve pop up dinner with Dirk Flanigan ... and never reopened. We will keep you posted on any new developments.


Storefront Company Hangs Up The Closed Sign [Eater Chicago]

At Long Last, Sticky Rice Opens Today

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Photo: Tilapia Apple Salad. Photo courtesy of Sticky Rice Chiang Mai via Facebook.

Wicker Wire: We reported waaay back in April of last year, that Sticky Rice would be opening a 2nd location and we've been waiting for this one to open since last Summer. So we're excited to report,  at long last, the 2nd location for the much beloved Sticky Rice is set to open today according to a report published by DNAInfo.

Sticky Rice Chiang Mai moved in to the space formerly Dunkin Donuts at 1746 N. Western Avenue bringing authentic and adventurous Thai food to the neighborhood. Unlike the original spot which offers 100 items, the 2nd location will offer about half of that according to today's report. The focus is on dishes from Northern Thailand and you'll find everything from appetizers to noodle dishes, soups, salads and a number of different entrees. Entrees include many favorites from the original location like: papaya and beef salads and curries, a tilapia apple salad that features the who fish (pictured above), baby squid lime soup and more.

Today's report doesn't mention whether or not the more adventurous items on the North Center menu will also be included here....like those fried caterpillars. So we'll be sure to check in and let you know. We've been waiting for this one to open for a long time.

For additional information: Sticky Rice Chiang Mai - 1746 N. Western Avenue. Phone: 312 - 818 - 1810. Hours Monday - Thursday 11am - 10pm, Fri- Sat 11am - 11pm and Sunday 12pm - 10pm. 

 

Sticky Rice to Open Bucktown Location

Sticky Rice Chiang Mai Brings Northern Thai to Wicker Park [DNAInfo]

Bucktown's Grass Fed Closing This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 03, 2014

image courtesy of Grass Fed

Wicker Wire: Bucktown's Grass Fed at 1721 N. Damen Avenue announced earlier today via facebook, that they will be closing following Chicago Restaurant Week. Their final day will be Sunday February 8th.

According to their announcement, plans to re-concept and re-open are in the very near future.

We will keep you apprised of details as they become available.

Wicker Wire: Bucktown's En Hakkore Closed for A Remodel

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 27, 2014

Wicker Wire: Paper is up on the windows at En Hakkore 1840 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. But fear not. The cozy casual Korean spot is not closed for good. They're in the process of a remodel and should be open again as early as next week according to their Facebook Page. Sounds like they're also changing up the menu a bit. We just hope that sashimi bap (pictured) stays right where it is. 



11 Wicker Park, Bucktown Restaurants Participating in Chicago Restaurant Week

Michael Hamrick - Friday, January 24, 2014
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The Seventh Annual Chicago Restaurant Week is off and running delighting the appetites of many from January 24 - February 6, 2014. During that week, more than 280 restaurants will participate for 10 full days and 11 restaurants will be participating in Wicker Park and Bucktown alone. This annual event allows all of us to try some of the city's best chefs at restaurants with prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner. Many restaurants will fill up so be sure to make your reservations early. 

Want to know which fantastic restaurants are participating in the neighborhood? Here's thelist:


The Bristol

2152 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown 

773-862-5555

 

 

Carriage House

1700 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 384-9700

 

 

Feast

1616 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 772- 7100

 

 

Francesca's Forno

1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 770-0184

 

 

Grass Fed

1721 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 342-6000

 

 

Mirai Sushi

2020 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 862-8500

 

 

Red Door

2118 N. Damen Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 697-7221

 

SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 772-2727

 

 

The Savoy

1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 698 - 6925

 

 

TOZI Korean BBQ

1265 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 252-2020

 

 

Trenchermen

2039 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 661-1540

 

 

For a full list of All Participants, head to Chicago Restaurant Week's Website.

Win This $25 Gift Card for Wicker Park's Via Carducci

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
One of the best Italian spots in Chicago this very cozy and intimate spot at 1928 W. Division Street offers authentic Italian favorites including: ravioli, spaghetti and lasagna. Most of the ingredients are imported from Italy.The food is consistently good and the service is always attentive. In the warmer months, the outdoor patio is packed. 

 

Weekends are also very busy so reservations are recommended.

 

And right now you can win a FREE $25 Gift Card for Via Carducci that you can use any time. Here's how:

 

Enter to Win This $25 Gift Card ! It's easy.

 

Via Twitter

>> Head to our  Twitter Page and RT our announcement to enter.

 

OR

 

Via Facebook

Look for our announcement on our Facebook Page and tell us what your favorite Italian food/meal/dessert is. That's it. We'll enter you into a random drawing but you need to enter my 11:59pm tonight, January 22nd 2014. We'll pick and notify our winner at 9am tomorrow (1/23/14) and you'll have one hour to claim your prize.

Good Luck !

Experience Restaurant Week in Wicker Park, Bucktown Chicago

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2012_1_16_CRW.jpg The Seventh Annual Chicago Restaurant Week will delight the appetites of many from January 24 - February 6, 2014. During that week, more than 280 restaurants will participate for 10 full days. This annual event allows all of us to try some of the city's best chefs at restaurants with prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner. Many restaurants will fill up so be sure to make your reservations early.

Want to know which fantastic restaurants are participating in the neighborhood? Here's the list:


The Bristol

2152 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

773-862-5555

 

 

Carriage House

1700 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 384-9700

 

 

Feast

1616 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 772- 7100

 

 

Francesca's Forno

1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 770-0184

 

 

Grass Fed

1721 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown

(773) 342-6000

 

 

Mirai Sushi

2020 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 862-8500

 

 

Red Door

2118 N. Damen Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 697-7221

 

SmallBar Division

2049 W. Division Street, Wicker Park

(773) 772-2727

 

 

The Savoy

1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 698 - 6925

 

 

TOZI Korean BBQ

1265 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 252-2020

 

 

Trenchermen

2039 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park

(773) 661-1540

 

 

For a full list of All Participants, head to Chicago Restaurant Week's Website.

$10 Burgers Tonight at Trenchermen - Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 Image courtesy of Trenchermen via Facebook


Each and every Wednesday, Wicker Park's Trenchermen offers an ah-mazing burger, popcorn, chips and beer for just $10 in their bar (only).

So what's on deck for tonight?


$10 BURGER & BEER NIGHT // JANUARY 15

New Tonight
- Black pepper and lime kettle corn

The Dion Burger
- Hoosier grass fed beef, American cheese, pico de gallo, avocado, mayo, house bun, Trench chips

Solemn Oath Brewery
- Axe Scar Pig (American Red Ale)


Get 'em while you can. Limited quantities available - 2039 W. North Avenue. 


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