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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Guide For 7-27-12 and There's So Much to Do

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27th, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser Tonight

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy- Tonight

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens Tonight

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.


 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue next Tuesday July 31st.  Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived ! 7-26-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26th, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens This Weekend

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park at 1425 N. Damen. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.


 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

Girl In A Coma Tonight

When we first published this event on Twitter we said: Girl In A Coma Heads to Double Door. One of our fabulous twitter followers responded: "True but that probably sounds little different than you intended". Duly noted. So, San Antonio's amazing "Girl In A Coma" is playing at the Double Door tonight. If you haven't gotten your tickets, do it now. This should be a great show and no one's been hurt: Girl In A Coma.

 


WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue next Tuesday July 31st.  Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

The Biggest Wicker Park Fest - To Date - Arrives This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 26, 2012
July 28th and July 29th from 12pm - 10pm
Milwaukee Avenue Between North and Paulina Streets
$5
Wicker Park Fest 2012 is this weekend. The Fest will be July 28th and July 29th and for the first time in its history be located between North Avenue (1600 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and Paulina Street (1250 N. Milwaukee Avenue) in Wicker Park .  The festival times are 12:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Food, drink and music are waiting for you. 

Want the latest updates? Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

Quickly becoming one of the most popular festivals in Chicago, Wicker Park Fest 2011 was attended by over 50,000 people and 43 bands played within the 2 day period.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest 2012 Headliners

Sat 7-28: CURSIVE -THE DRUMS- KILL HANNAH

Sun 7-29: BUDOS BAND- LUCERO- JOE PUG

 

The musical acts for the festival have been announced. If you're looking for local acts, head to the center stage where Kill Hannah will don the eyeliner and play July 28 and the always working Joe Pug performs July 29. The North and South stages are reserved for the national touring acts like Lucero, Cursive, The Drums and The Budos Band.

The festival is adding two new arts sections this year. Redmoon Theatre is presenting a piece called The Sonic Boom, a massive battery powered vehicle, sculpture, and performance platform. Redmoon performers will activate the two hydraulic performance platforms and mobile DJ booth with spectacle performance and sound pieces, a portion of which will be fully composed in advance and a portion that will be structured for live improvisation during the event. This piece will be on Honore Ave., next to Native Foods, from Milwaukee to the alley.

Defibrillator Gallery will exhibit a series of large-scale inflatable sculptures by local artists Claire Ashley, Marianne Kim, Helmut Heiss, among others, that will be installed each day of the festival and activated with live movement and spectacle based performances. This work will be installed on Wood St. from Milwaukee to Beach St. across from the family area.

 

Final Wicker Park Fest 2012 Line Up

 

 
Saturday, July 28th
Cursive
@ 8:30 pm

Foxy Shazam
@ 7:30 pm

Andrew Jackson Jihad
@ 6:30 pm

Screaming Females
@ 5:30 pm

AM Taxi
@ 4:30 pm

Iamdynamite
@ 3:30 pm

Rollo Tomasi
@ 2:30 pm



Sunday, July 29th

Budos Band
@ 8:30 pm

Miniature Tigers
@ 7:30 pm 

Tim Fite
@ 6:30 pm 

Ben Miller Band
@ 5:30 pm 

Lasers & Fast & Shit
@ 4:30 pm 

Soft Speaker
@ 3:30 pm 

The Kickback
@ 2:30 pm 


Saturday, July 28th
Kill Hannah
@ 8:45 pm

Baseball Project (featuring members of REM) 
@ 7:15 pm

Walter Salas-Humara of The Silos
@ 5:45 pm

Magic Box
@ 4:50 pm

Pet Lions 
@ 3:45 pm

Perfect Kiss
@ 2:15 pm

TBD
@ 1:00 pm



Sunday, July 29th

Joe Pug
@ 8:30 pm

Steepwater Band
@ 7:00 pm

Tristen
@ 5:30 pm

Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts
@ 4:15 pm

Midwest Hype
@ 2:30 pm

Dogpatch Ramblers
@ 1:00 pm


Saturday, July 28th
The Drums
@ 8:30 pm

Fang Island 
@ 7:30 pm

Exitmusic
@ 6:30 pm
 
YAWN
@ 5:30 pm
 
Big Science
@ 4:30 pm
 
Archie Powell & The Exports
@ 3:30 pm

Bestfriends
@ 2:30 pm






Sunday, July 29th

Lucero 
@ 8:00 pm

Horse Feathers
@ 6:30 pm

Fort Frances
@ 5:30 pm

Cheap Girls
@ 4:30 pm
 
Derek Nelson & The Musicians
@ 3:30 pm

Shams Band
@ 2:30 pm

Jennifer Hall
@ 1:30 pm


Line-up provided via Wicker Park Fest. For additional information, please contact the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (festival sponsor) at www.wickerparkfest.com.

Wicker Park Fest - Street Closures This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, July 24, 2012

 Wicker Park Fest will take place this Saturday & Sunday, July 28th & 29th on Milwaukee Ave, from North Avenue (1600 N. Milwaukee Avenue) to Paulina Street. This is the first year the fest will extend beyond Wolcott/Wood at Milwaukee Avenue and continue as far South as Paulina.


Street Closures for this Weekend Include:
Milwaukee Ave, between North and Paulina, and some intersecting streets (see list below), will be closed to all vehicular traffic and street parking starting at 1am on Saturday, July 28th. Any cars left on the street after 1am on July 28th will be towed at owner’s expense. The street will re-open on Monday, July 30th after 5am. Please be sure to make other arrangements for parking during the weekend.

These portions of the streets that intersect with Milwaukee will also be closed:
• Hermitage St, SW from Milwaukee to alley
• Wood St, SW from Milwaukee to alley
• Wolcott St, SW from Milwaukee to alley
• Wood St, N from Milwaukee to Beach
• Evergreen St, SW from Milwaukee to Wicker Park Avenue
• Honore St, NE from Milwaukee to Elk Grove
• Honore St, SW from Milwaukee to Wicker Park Avenue

If you own or work at a business on or near Milwaukee Avenue, please review the Notice to Milwaukee Ave. Businesses posted to our website for additional important information regarding street closures, access during the fest and a reminder of liquor laws: http://bit.ly/NIeTAE
If you are a resident that lives on or near Milwaukee Avenue, please review the Notice to Milwaukee Ave. Residents posted to this website:
http://bit.ly/PcdsLF

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 7-13-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and party at Club Lucky. Jerry's is celebrating 5 years all weekend long. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

If you'd like to receive our handy Guide to week ahead via email every Thursday, sign up! Weekend Guide. Thanks, as always for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

  BARS

 


Cheeseburger Fridays- Just $20 Tonight

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.



 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

 Macarons, Mimosas & Up to 30% Off - Right Now!

Second Time Around is hosting a fabulous party in Wicker Park right now. So head on over from now until closing today and enjoy food, drink and up to 30% off. Great deals are waiting at 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Mimosas.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 


Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. 

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

We're Back! Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Just Arrived! 7-12-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

Thanks, as always for joining us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

  BARS

 

Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl

Tonight! The Chicago History Museum is hosting a walking pub crawl of the Bucktown neighborhood from 7-10 p.m. that will incorporate those local and legendary pubs that make the neighborhood unique. There may be a few tickets left but you better hurry. Pub Crawl.

 


Cheeseburger Fridays

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

FREE Yoga anyone? Bucktown's Lululemon located at 1627 N. Damen Avenue hosts a free yoga class every Sunday morning. But you have to get up and out early. Classes start at 10am. RSVP is preferred. Free Yoga.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 



Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.  Last but not least, if you'd like to receive this via email, here's how you sign up. Weekend Guide.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Events Guide

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, June 30, 2012

 

  FESTIVALS

         

Wicker Park & Bucktown's Summer Festivals

Your Guide to all of the Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Festivals is right here. Do Division was a big hit last weekend. But Green Music Fest, Wicker Park Fest, the Bucktown Arts Fest and Renegade are still to come with great food, music and shopping. So mark your calendars. Festival Guide.



 

  FOOD

     

FREE Gift Cards from Forever Yogurt - How You Can Get Yours

Just in time for the 90 degree weather predicted for the weekend! You can win a FREE gift card compliments of Forever Yogurt (1924 W. North Avenue) . All you need to do is spot us walking our dogs around the neighborhood and we'll give you a gift card for FREE Forever Yogurt right on the spot. Gift Cards

 

 

 

 

 

  NEWS

     

Chicago Park District Pools - Opened June 15th

Mark your calendars! The Chicago Park District's outdoor pools are open. So yes Holstein and Pulaski Park Pools should be open and ready for business very soon. Park District Pools.

 

 

Holstein Park Celebrates 100 Years

It's hard to believe Bucktown's Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley) is turning 100 this year. A big 100 year birthday party is being planned and you can join the Chicago Park District in this once in a lifetime celebration. The details.

 


 

 

 

 

  SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS


Bucktown Garden Walk

Over 700 attendees explore the 100 gardens of various sizes and locations each Summer in the Bucktown neighborhood. Trolleys provide transportation with designated stops for refreshments and a big party and petting zoo at Lotties follows. Garden Walk

 

 

Farmers Markets are Open

Two Farmers Markets are open again in Wicker Park this year. The first is the traditional Wicker Park Farmers Market hosted at 1425 N. Damen Avenue in Wicker Park proper. The 2nd is hosted in the Polish Triangle located at Division/Milwaukee/Ashland Avenue. It should be opening today:  Farmers Markets.

 

Historic Walking Tours

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting Historic Walking Tours throughout the neighborhood this Summer and early Fall. With its history as a community dating back to the 1870's, you can explore everything from Victorian mansions to the commercial districts. Walking Tours.

 

Learnapalooza

Learnapalooza has come and gone for the year. So look for Learnapalooza to arrive next June. Each year Learnapalooza provides an incredible opportunity for people to participate in workshops/classes for FREE. The classes are hosted by neighborhood business. Sign up early. As you can imagine, these classes fill up very quickly. Learnapalooza.

 

 

Movies in the Park

One of the neighborhood's favorite Summer events, Movies in the Park are held in Wicker Park, Churchill Park and Commercial Park. For a full list of films, dates and times: Movies.

 

 

Sunday Symphonies and More

Doesn't this sound like a great way to kick off a Sunday Summer morning? This Summer you can head to Wicker Park Sundays and enjoy a little classical music. Grab a picnic lunch or a few treats from the Farmers Market and relax in the park. Classical.

 

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

Lots of fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show this Summer at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Magic.

 

 

Wicker Mic's Open Mic

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park (1500 N. Damen Avenue) every 4th Friday of June-September, from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Wicker Mic.

 

Wicker Park Garden Tours

Kicking off this Sunday, now you can take a tour of the 10,000 square feet of award-winning ornamental gardens designed, funded and maintained by hard-working volunteers working in conjunction with the Chicago Park District. Tours will be available into early September.  Tours

 

As new events are announced, of course we'll keep you posted. Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide 6-22-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

We have an exciting weekend ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast. If you're a music lover, this week and weekend are for you. Green Music Fest arrives Saturday and free music shows are available at the Empty Bottle and Double Door all week - and weekend - long. But that's not all. We've also included Savannah style shrimp boils, lots of free community events, theater and more. 

The Lollapalooza Aftershows we mentioned last week are already selling out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets to those yet...do it.  

 

Last but not least, we learned this week our small business is eligible for a very generous grant. But we need 250 Votes to be qualify. If you're a small business fan and could vote for us, we would be incredibly appreciative. It literally takes 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.

 

Thanks, as always for joining us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 

  BARS

 

Southern Shrimp Boil

Please join The Southern at 1840 W. North Avenue on Monday, June 25 for a Savannah style shrimp boil prepared with andouille sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. The boil will be poured out just after 7:30 pm. For details & ticket information: Shrimp.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

2012 Chicago Reader "Best Of" List

The Chicago Reader just published their best of list for 2012 which includes a number of Wicker Park & Bucktown businesses. But that's not all. 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno was voted as Best Alderman and Wicker Park was voted as the Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. This we already know. Chicago Reader's Best Of 2012.


 

Puppets in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

Spanish Classes - At Club Lucky

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky - 1824 W. Wabansia. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic- Tonight

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park proper (1425 N. Damen Avenue) this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather is just perfect. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Empty Bottle Announces Pitchfork AfterShows

The Empty Bottle just announced the Pitchfork 2012 AfterShows they'll be hosting and tickets are on sale now. You know these shows will sell out quickly. Want to know who will be playing at 1035 N. Western Avenue Pitchfork Festival Weekend? Aftershows.

 

 

FREE Music All Week & Weekend Long


The Double Door & Empty Bottle are offering FREE music shows all weekend long. No cover will be required but you may need to RSVP to sure your cover charge is waived. So you can catch great music all weekend long. Did me mention it's free? Freekend. Empty Bottle

 

Green Music Fest

Green Music Fest is also heading into the neighborhood this weekend on Damen Avenue between Schiller and Wicker Park Avenue. A $5 donation is requested but you can catch great bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the Raveonettes. The full line up.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Bucktown's Bluebird Introduces New Summer Menu

Bucktown's Bluebird -1749 N. Damen Avenue - is bringing in a new chef - and new menu just in time for Summer. Talented Chef Dave Ford is heading to Bluebird and will be overseeing the kitchen. What can you expect with his new menu? Predominantly small plates with a few large plates included to round out the menu. Here's a preview of what you'll find. Bluebird Menu.

 

FREE Forever Yogurt Gift Cards

The good news/bad news. The bad news is that we haven't been out walking the dogs as much as we usually do because the weather has been so incredibly hot. The good news is we still have a few Forever Yogurt gift cards to give away. And we'll be out and about this weekend for sure. See the dogs & we'll give you a $5 gift card right on the spot. While supplies last. Forever Yogurt.

 

Team Behind Prasino Plans New Spot

Alderman Moreno announced in a State of the Ward meeting that the team behind Prasino will be opening a new Greek/Middle Eastern gyro spot called Covo on Milwaukee Avenue next to Native Foods Cafe at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Look for this casual eatery to open late Summer. Additional details to follow.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Joe's Wine Cellar Opens Tuesday

Joe's Wine Cellar has moved in to Wicker Park and is located in the space formerly the home of Division Cleaners at 2108 W. Division Street. But we can assure you, there are no signs of the cleaners left in this space. Joe's offers 350+ varieties of wine, 16 taps for tasting, 80+ craft brews in bombers and mix and match six-packs plus mainly local cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh-baked baguettes from La Boulangerie. Joe's doors are open sporadically this weekend. Look for the official opening to happen Tuesday. Joe's Wine.

 

Plenty Grocery Heads to Wicker Park

Plenty Grocery & Deli is moving in to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Zaraz Collections at 2036 W. Division. Although plans are still in the works you can expect a neighborhood grocery store feeling and produce, dairy, breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty.

 

Temple Beautiful & The Fountain of Youth

Would you like to learn how to keep those botox injections at bay? Head to Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division tonight for an interactive workshop where you can learn a few secrets and participate in an acupressure session. Fountain of Youth.

 


SMALL BUSINESS GRANT 

 

Small Businesses Rock - Please Vote For Us !

Many people don't realize we're a small business. And because we are a small independent business we're eligible for a Chase/Livingsocial Small Business Grant. But we need your help. Please take a moment to vote for us! It only takes about 30 seconds (seriously). You logon here and type in Wicker into the "business" section and you're done. If everyone votes we'll have enough votes to qualify by the end of the day. But if you don't, we may not qualify at all. Thank you so much for your support!!  Rock the Vote.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Anger/Fly At Trap Door Theatre

Bucktown's Trap Door Theatre at 1655 W. Cortland Avenue was just recognized by the Chicago Reader for having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners in Chicago. Don't miss Anger/Fly; Trap Door's current show. It closes June 30th. Anger/Fly.

 

If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Mic Kicks off Tonight in the Park

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 22, 2012
Every 4th Friday of June-September
1425 N. Damen Avenue
Free

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park every 4th Friday of June-September, from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up).

Open mic days:

June 22nd

June 27th

August 24st

September 28th

See you there !

 

 

***Please vote for us! We're working very hard to qualify for a grant and need your help. We need 250 votes be considered for a Small Business Grant. You vote via Facebook. Thanks so much! We really appreciate your support. ***

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 6-21-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

We have an exciting weekend ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast. If you're a music lover, this week and weekend are for you. Green Music Fest arrives Saturday and free music shows are available at the Empty Bottle and Double Door all week - and weekend - long. But that's not all. We've also included Savannah style shrimp boils, lots of free community events, theater and more. 

The Lollapalooza Aftershows we mentioned last week are already selling out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets to those yet...do it.  

 

Last but not least, we learned this week our small business is eligible for a very generous grant. But we need 250 Votes to be qualify. If you're a small business fan and could vote for us, we would be incredibly appreciative. It literally takes less than 1 minute. Additional details are outlined below.

 

Thanks, as always for joining us. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 

  BARS

 

Southern Shrimp Boil

Please join The Southern at 1840 W. North Avenue on Monday, June 25 for a Savannah style shrimp boil prepared with andouille sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. The boil will be poured out just after 7:30 pm. For details & ticket information: Shrimp.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

2012 Chicago Reader "Best Of" List

The Chicago Reader just published their best of list for 2012 which includes a number of Wicker Park & Bucktown businesses. But that's not all. 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno was voted as Best Alderman and Wicker Park was voted as the Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. This we already know. Chicago Reader's Best Of 2012.


 

Farmers Market - Tonight - Division/Ashland

Yes there are 2 Farmers Markets this year in Wicker Park. And every Thursday you can visit the Farmers Market located at Division & Ashland for produce, cheese, teas, soups and more. Opens at 3:00pm. Market.


 

Puppets in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

 

Spanish Classes - At Club Lucky

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky - 1824 W. Wabansia. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic- Friday

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park proper (1425 N. Damen Avenue) this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be perfect. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

FREE Do312 Anniversary Party Tonight

With roots in the neighborhood, we happy to report that Do312 is celebrating their 2nd Birthday with a Bash tonight at Double Door- 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Heavy is playing and you can get in for free but you have to RSVP. Do312.

 

 

FREE Music All Week & Weekend Long


The Double Door & Empty Bottle are offering FREE music shows all weekend long. No cover will be required but you may need to RSVP to sure your cover charge is waived. So you can catch great music all weekend long. Did me mention it's free? Freekend. Empty Bottle

 

Green Music Fest

Green Music Fest is also heading into the neighborhood this weekend on Damen Avenue between Schiller and Wicker Park Avenue. A $5 donation is requested but you can catch great bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the Raveonettes. The full line up.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Bucktown's Bluebird Introduces New Summer Menu

Bucktown's Bluebird -1749 N. Damen Avenue - is bringing in a new chef - and new menu just in time for Summer. Talented Chef Dave Ford is heading to Bluebird and will be overseeing the kitchen. What can you expect with his new menu? Predominantly small plates with a few large plates included to round out the menu. Here's a preview of what you'll find. Bluebird Menu.

 

FREE Forever Yogurt Gift Cards

The good news/bad news. The bad news is that we haven't been out walking the dogs as much as we usually do because the weather has been so incredibly hot. The good news is we still have a few Forever Yogurt gift cards to give away. And we'll be out and about this weekend for sure. See the dogs & we'll give you a $5 gift card right on the spot. While supplies last. Forever Yogurt.

 

Team Behind Prasino Plans New Spot

Alderman Moreno announced in a State of the Ward meeting that the team behind Prasino will be opening a new Greek/Middle Eastern gyro spot on Milwaukee Avenue next to Native Foods Cafe at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Look for this casual eatery to open late Summer. Additional details to follow.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Joe's Wine Cellar Opens Tuesday

Joe's Wine Cellar has moved in to Wicker Park and is located in the space formerly the home of Division Cleaners at 2108 W. Division Street. But we can assure you, there are no signs of the cleaners left in this space. Joe's offers 350+ varieties of wine, 16 taps for tasting, 80+ craft brews in bombers and mix and match six-packs plus mainly local cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh-baked baguettes from La Boulangerie. Joe's doors are open sporadically this weekend. Look for the official opening to happen Tuesday. Joe's Wine.

 

Plenty Grocery Heads to Wicker Park

Plenty Grocery & Deli is moving in to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Zaraz Collections at 2036 W. Division. Although plans are still in the works you can expect a neighborhood grocery store feeling and produce, dairy, breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty.

 

Temple Beautiful & The Fountain of Youth

Would you like to learn how to keep those botox injections at bay? Head to Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division this Friday for an interactive workshop where you can learn a few secrets and participate in an acupressure session. Fountain of Youth.

 


SMALL BUSINESS GRANT 

 

Small Businesses Rock - Please Vote For Us !

Many people don't realize we're a small business. And because we are a small independent business we're eligible for a Chase/Livingsocial Small Business Grant. But we need your help. Please take a moment to vote for us! It only takes about 30 seconds (seriously). You logon here and type in Wicker into the "business" section and you're done. If everyone votes we'll have enough votes to qualify by the end of the day. But if you don't, we may not qualify at all. Thank you so much for your support!!  Rock the Vote.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Anger/Fly At Trap Door Theatre

Bucktown's Trap Door Theatre at 1655 W. Cortland Avenue was just recognized by the Chicago Reader for having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners in Chicago. Don't miss Anger/Fly; Trap Door's current show. It closes June 30th. Anger/Fly.

 

If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


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