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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 9-6-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 6th, 2012

 

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

 

Our apologies for the delay. Technology can be temperamental. In any case, we hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. It's hard to believe Summer has unofficially ended because there is so much happening in the neighborhood this month and the weather is just fantastic. This week we're featuring new art gallery exhibitions, great music, fests, fairs, new restaurants and more. There is so much to do in the park this month but our annual Summer events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of them while you can.

 

For up-to-the-minute updates throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 ART

Butterflies, Getting Into Face         

Bernard Colbert Exhibition Opens Saturday

This weekend Eyeporium Gallery at 1431 N. Milwaukee Avenue will host an opening reception and exhibition for Bernard Colbert's new book Getting Into Face. Getting Into Face features local celebrity and artist JoJo Baby and Sal-E over a 5 year period. A book signing is also being hosted this weekend by Eyeporium. For additional details: Getting Into Face.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery's Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We've updated our handy guide with a few more local college spots: where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour Update- Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening has officially been announced. It will be Friday September 14th. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by this weekend. 13th District.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Open Streets Next Weekend

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park next weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year (and this weekend), Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. It should be a lot of fun but also please be aware that 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed next Saturday from Division Street to Western Avenue. So if you live in the neighborhood, plan accordingly. Open Streets.

 

 

10th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Returns to Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair Saturday & Sunday

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

Summer's Last Hurrah


It's hard to believe another Summer packed with Movies in the Park, Garden Walks, Summer Festivals and swimming pools has come and gone. But there's still time to enjoy a little more of the park before the weather gets cool. Be sure to catch these 10 End of Summer events while you can. Summer Wind Down.

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

FREE 93XRT Everest Show Tonight

Tonight 93XRT and Corona Extra are teaming up to provide a free show for the LA-based band Everest. What does it mean to be ownerless? is the band's newest album and you can catch them for free tonight.  93XRT Presents.

 

Exit Ghost - Pyro Fighter- Rah Rah & More

On Saturday, you can catch 4 bands for just $10 at Wicker Park's Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 4 bands offer a wide mix of genre including: country tinged indie rock, folk, straight up rock and electro-pop duet Pyro Fighter. A great deal at just $10. Double Door.

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening this Saturday in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House Targets Mid-September

Wicker Park's newest Southern Belle The Carriage House is still on track to open mid-September at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford. The Carriage House.

 

 Covo Gyro Market Is Open

Covo Gyro Market is now open at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. What can you expect? Authentic traditional Greek gyros and salads from the team behind Prasino. We arrived for the opening but there was a slight delay and haven't had the time to head back. If you've been there, we'd love to know what you think. Covo Gyro Market.

 

 

 

Nameless Japanese Eatery Opens in Bucktown

A new Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Bucktown has opened at 1613 N. Damen Avenue and they contacted us to let us know they're hosting a contest to Name That Restaurant. If your name is selected you'll receive $100/month in free food for a year. Japanese Fusion.


The Lazy Parrot is Open

A number of restauranteurs have decided to open 2nd businesses in Wicker Park this Summer and The Lazy Parrot is another one of those spots. From the team behind Bucktown's Cafe LaGuardia, you'll find a mix of Carribean and Cuban food at The Lazy Parrot; located at 2257 W. North Avenue. Initial reviews have been very positive and we're hoping to head there later this week. The Lazy Parrot.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

Second Time Around: Wicker Park - Chicago, IL

Fashion's Night Out- Tonight

From 6pm - 10pm tonight, you can enjoy wine, snacks and great deals. Merchandise will be on sale with 50% off all Summer clothes and 20% off all new arrivals. Today only. 1534 N. Milwaukee Avenue Sip Shop and Save.

 

Go Inspired Green Heads to Wicker Park

If you've been wondering how to reduce energy expenses in your home. Well, we may just have an idea for you. Go Inspired Green is a new consulting business that has moved into the space formerly the home of Casa De Soul at 1919 W. Division Street with a focus on how to reduce energy expenses and live in a healthier environment. For additional information contact Go Inspired Green. They are officially open for business. Inspired Green.

 

 

Organic Spa Party - Tonight

Looking for a little tlc? Then head to Elevenzees' Temple Beautiful tonight for their Organic Spa Party. Relax and enjoy being pampered. Space is limited. Feel free to BYOB. The details: Organic Spa Party.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169  New Patient Special - $129

The great deals at Wicker Park's ORA Dental continue this month. Not only can you score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169 (regular price is $599), new patients can also take advantage of their current offer which is only $129. ORA books up early so schedule your appointments now before these great deals end. ORA Dental Specials

 

Those are the highlights for the week. We're currently planning our Halloween Edition so stay tuned for all of the very best Wicker Park & Bucktown events heading our way. If you have a Halloween Event coming up, be sure to send them to us. 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 Insider Weekend Guide - Labor Day Edition - Has Just Arrived !

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is Labor Day Weekend; the unofficial end of Summer. But we have many fantastic Fall events heading our way far beyond this weekend and into September. So here's your preview of what's in store for Fall. As always, we have lots of information and great Insider deals to share. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 ART

  Brent Riley at Firecat Projects       

Brent Riley Opens at Firecat Projects

For his latest show in Chicago, longtime resident  Brent Riley will present 42 original inkjet prints at Firecat Projects 2124 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  The series began in 2006 and was finished 2012. The inkjet prints are “Original” in the sense that these pieces exist in no other form. Opening Reception is Friday. For additional details: Brent Riley.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery Announces Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asked artists to render their vision of such an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

         

2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Wondering what to do this Labor Day? Head to Bangers & Lace 2nd Official Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year the winner downed 17 hot dogs in just 5 minutes. Think you can beat that record? $25 buys you a Bangers & Lace t-shirt, all the hot dogs you can eat in 5 minutes and a nice cold beer to wash it all down. The Grand Prize winner scores 2 Bears Tickets. Sign up up to 1 hour before the contest starts. Hot Dog Eating Contest.

 

 

 

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We know how great it is to watch the game with a pack of alums so every year we publish our College Football Guide so you know where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour - Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening is tentatively scheduled for September 7th. Nothing official has been announced as they still have one more inspection to go. So stay tuned for details. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter. The Grand Opening Party will be in mid-September.

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by next weekend. 13th District.



5 "DON'T MISS" Fall Events

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer but it's not the end of great events heading into Wicker Park & Bucktown. Open Streets are expanding from the Loop into the neighborhood, Circus in the Parks are back, The Coyote Festival of the Arts arrives at the end of September and so much more. Put these on your radar. Early Fall Events.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Bloomingdale Trail - World's Longest Elevated Park

Did you know that when the Bloomingdale Trail is finished it will be the longest elevated park in the world? True story. Paris and New York City also have elevated parks but ours will be the longest. You can find the details and ABC's video report right here: Bloomingdale Trail. 

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair - Next Weekend

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

 

Spanish Classes Start Soon - Sign up Now

Back to school takes on a whole new meaning with Elena Chicago. Join Elaine Winer for new Fall classes and learn Spanish in a casual and relaxed environment. Elaine's reviews have been outstanding and you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy Club Lucky's ambiance while learning. Hurry! Classes start next week. Spanish Classes.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Avenue N Guitars Rock For Kids Showcase Tonight

Tonight Avenue N Guitars located on North Avenue in Wicker Park is hosting a free showcase to benefit "Rock For Kids". The doors open at 7:00pm and the showcase begins at 8:30pm. For additional information including bands in the showcase: Rock For Kids.

 

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening on September 8th in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar Opens For Lunch

Off the beaten path, Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar offers fresh delicious food and an impressive selection of wine. They are also now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. With a large patio and easy street parking during the day, head to Blue Star Bistro and enjoy a delicious lunch presented beautifully. Blue Star Bistro.

 

 In Search of The Best Pisco Sour

As long-time neighborhood residents and true Insiders, we have insight you just can't find anywhere else. We look beyond the hip and trendy to what's truly good and share information you should know. So here's a little Insider information for where you can find a great authentic Pisco Sour. You won't see this in other publications but you will find it here...enjoy! Pisco Sour Tour.

 

Wicker Basket Cafe' - What You Should Know

Another great Insider tip for the day... is Wicker Basket Cafe'. After venturing in for our Saturday Sandwich feature, we just can't wait to head back. The sandwiches there are de-licious and after writing our feature, we heard from others that their egg salad sandwich is addictive. Off the beaten path at 2113 W. Division Street, Wicker Basket Cafe' has a nice patio, solid service and tasty food. Wicker Basket Cafe'.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

David's Tea To Open in Bucktown

DAVIDsTea is quickly expanding and is opening 3 new locations in Chicago; 924 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park, 1645 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown and 3530 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. in Chicago. Look for Bucktown's shop to open October 13th. DavidsTea.

 

 

Final Sale at NEW'D - Most Items $5

Thursday and Friday will mark NEWD's final 2 sale days so be sure to stop by. Everything must go and most items are listed at $5. NEW'D has been a great spot at 1917 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and we wish them all the best. NEWD Sale.

 

 

Labor Day Sale with 70% Off at STA

Wicker Park's Second Time Around is kicking off a Labor Day Sale this weekend with 70% Off All Summer Merchandise and 20% off new Fall arrivals. STA sells designer clothing, accessories and shoes at a fraction of their original price. Be sure to check out their sale. You'll find some incredible values here: Second Time Sale.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169 !

THIS is an incredible value! If you book an appointment with ORA Dental in September, you can score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169. The regular price is $599. What are you waiting for? They book up early so be sure to schedule your appointments now...before this deal ends. Zoom Whitening Deal.


Those are the highlights for the week. Hope you have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! 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

Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social, Rock N Roll Pig Roast, Sales & More This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. It's hard to believe this is the last weekend of August and the end of Summer is just around corner. Many of our annual neighborhood Summer special events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of those events while you can.

But that's not all, the neighborhood is packed with events all weekend long. You'll find everything from the Annual Bucktown Arts Festival to the 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast to fashion and more. We've also included 5 new restaurants that should be on your radar, great deals and more.

Thanks, as always, for joining usIf you'd like updates 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 Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.

 

 

  BARS

         


2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast

The 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast kicks off at Standard in Wicker Park at 12pm Noon on Saturday and is sure to be a great time with food, drink and of course, music, all day long. Do not miss fantastic bands like Secret Colours, Sybris and more who will be playing this Saturday. Rock N Roll


The Division Street Pub Crawl

Kicking off at Fat Pour (2005 W. Division Street) at 2pm, you'll hit 8-10 Division Street bars and end up at Fat Pour again. Hosted by Festa Parties. Bars include: The Fifty 50, Division Ale House, The Boundary, Moonshine & more. Details.



 


The Anthem Hosts Fashion Fest

This Anthem is hosting Fashion Fest this weekend with fashion shows being held all day on Saturday. So if you'd like to catch a little fashion update over the weekend, head to The Anthem. Fashion Fest.

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 8th ANNUAL ST. HELEN CARNIVAL



8th Annual St. Helen Carnival

A tiny bit out of the neighborhood but an annual favorite, be sure to bring the kids to the 8th Annual St. Helen Carnival. The Carnival features... rides, music, children's entertainment, food concessions and a beer garden and kicks off today. For full details: St. Helen Carnival.




The Magic Puppet Show Sunday

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Ashley Pruneau Fundraiser

Former employee of Wicker Park's Mana, Ashley Pruneau, was attacked during a home invasion in July and has been subjected to a lengthy recovery with a number of surgeries. A fundraiser has been planned at Wicker Park's Double Door for next Tuesday and a number of local businesses have contributed donations for the silent auction and fundraiser. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.

 

 

5 New Restaurants on Our Radar

This is one of our favorite features. What new restaurants are opening soon in the neighborhood? Everything from ramen to Asian to southern fare and Greek gyros are on our radar. And they should be on yours. Take a look at 5 new restaurants opening very soon. New Restaurants.

 

 

$5 Off Any $25 (and over) Bill

Another great Insider deal for you: Wicker Park's French Vietnamese restaurant MC Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland is offering $5 off any bill that is $25 or over. If you land at $25, that's a 20% savings and a great deal. The banh mi is a favorite. Take this coupon and head to MC while the offer lasts. $5 Off.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

Energy Intuitive Readings at Elevenzees

Gina Baruch is a former public school art teacher who has been studying and practicing the intuitive arts for the past 15 years. Accessing insight through cards, numerology, claircolorance, and nameology, it is Gina’s intent to source guidance from the highest vibration the universe has to offer. Appointments are available this Saturday at Elevenzees.

 

 

ORA Dental's Amazing $129 Offer for New Patients

There's still time to take advantage of ORA Dental's 2 Year Anniversary in Wicker Park with a very special deal for you. New Patients now pay only $129 (reg. $330). But hurry! This offer ends very soon. ORA Dental.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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.

 

 

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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 8-23-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. It's hard to believe this is the last weekend of August and the end of Summer is just around corner. Many of our annual neighborhood Summer special events like our Movies in the Park and free yoga are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of those events tonight and this weekend.

But that's not all, the neighborhood is packed with events all weekend long. You'll find everything from the Annual Bucktown Arts Festival to the 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast to fashion and more. We've also included 5 new restaurants that should be on your radar, great deals and more.

 

Last but not least, we're giving away tickets to this weekend's Division Street Pub Crawl. It's a $40 value so keep your eyes open on Facebook and Twitter for additional details about how you can enter to win. 

 

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

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.

 

 

  BARS

         


2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast

The 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast kicks off at Standard in Wicker Park at 12pm Noon on Saturday and is sure to be a great time with food, drink and of course, music, all day long. Do not miss fantastic bands like Secret Colours, Sybris and more who will be playing this Saturday. Rock N Roll

 


The Anthem Hosts Fashion Fest

This Anthem is hosting Fashion Fest this weekend with fashion shows being held all day on Saturday. So if you'd like to catch a little fashion update over the weekend, head to The Anthem 1725 W. Division Street. Fashion Fest.

 

 

Win 2 Free Tickets to Division Street Bar Crawl

This weekend Division Street is also playing host to a good old-fashioned pub crawl. The crawl begins at Fat Pour (2005 W. Division Street) and includes The Fifty 50, The Boundary, Division Ale House and more. We're giving away 2 tickets (a $40 value) later today/tomorrow. So be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for details about how you can enter to win.


 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 


Free Yoga Tonight in the Park

We really love the idea of being able to take a free yoga class tonight in the park. Head to Schiller Grove, the SW corner of Wicker Park tonight with your mat. The outdoor class is from 7pm-8pm and is sponsored by Lululemon and the Chicago Park District. Free Yoga


The Magic Puppet Show Sunday

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.



Movies in the Park - Tonight

The last Summer Movie in the Park heads to Bucktown tonight. You can catch The Lorax at Churchill Park (2007 W. Churchill) and it's free. The weather should cooperate. Starts at dusk. Movies in the Park.

 

 

Wicker Park's Open Mic Friday

Entertainers, poets, musicians, comedians and more. Here's your chance to take advantage of an opportunity for an open mic right in the heart of the park. It's a nice event with a sizable crowd. Come showcase your talent...or support the people who do. Wicker Mic.

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Ashley Pruneau Fundraiser

Former employee of Wicker Park's Mana, Ashley Pruneau, was attacked during a home invasion in July and has been subjected to a lengthy recovery with a number of surgeries. A fundraiser has been planned at Wicker Park's Double Door for next Tuesday and a number of local businesses have contributed donations for the silent auction and fundraiser. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.

 

 

RAW Natural Born Artists Showcase - Tonight

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. And tonight you can catch them at Double Door.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.

 

 

5 New Restaurants on Our Radar

This is one of our favorite features. What new restaurants are opening soon in the neighborhood? Everything from ramen to Asian to southern fare and Greek gyros are on our radar. And they should be on yours. Take a look at 5 new restaurants opening very soon. New Restaurants.

 

 

$5 Off Any $25 (and over) Bill

Another great Insider deal for you: Wicker Park's French Vietnamese restaurant MC Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland is offering $5 off any bill that is $25 or over. If you land at $25, that's a 20% savings and a great deal. The banh mi is a favorite. Take this coupon and head to MC while the offer lasts. $5 Off.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

Energy Intuitive Readings at Elevenzees

Gina Baruch is a former public school art teacher who has been studying and practicing the intuitive arts for the past 15 years. Accessing insight through cards, numerology, claircolorance, and nameology, it is Gina’s intent to source guidance from the highest vibration the universe has to offer. Appointments are available this Saturday at Elevenzees.

 

 

ORA Dental's Amazing $129 Offer for New Patients

There's still time to take advantage of ORA Dental's 2 Year Anniversary in Wicker Park with a very special deal for you. New Patients now pay only $129 (reg. $330). But hurry! This offer ends very soon. ORA Dental.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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 Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 8-9-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, August 09, 2012

August 9, 2012

 

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

 

Following Wicker Park Fest and Lollapalooza, we thought this weekend might be a little quieter. But we have a lot of news, information, and great events to share. Fundraisers, in-store parties, Zagat's Best, new restaurants, free ticket giveaways, farmers markets and more are included below.


We're also excited to report we've just turned on the corner on 6,000 followers on Twitter. If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow us here: @wickerparkbuck. If you're not on twitter and would like up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on  Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 ART

         

Beyond The Coyote Dates Announced

Preliminary information has been issued regarding this year's Beyond the Coyote Festival of the Arts. This year's festival will take place from September 28th - September 30th. Its central location is at the Flat Iron Arts Building 1575 N. Milwaukee Avenue. When we have additional details we will let you know.

 

 

Stunning Wicker Park Fest Photo

This year during Wicker Park Fest we asked our amazing viewers to submit photos because we know you're taking a lot of them...and are sharing them with us. We received this incredibly photo from Darcy Horath and wanted to share it with you. If you'd like to copy or distribute this photo, please contact the photographer Darcy Horath for permission. Stunning Photo

 

 

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Watch the UFC Lightweight Championship Fight - No Cover

Looking for a spot to watch the UFC Lightweight Championship this weekend? Head to The Standard Bar in Wicker Park. The fight will be on this weekend with sound and there's no cover. They'll be featuring drink specials too. UFC Championship

 

 

Win FREE Tickets to see My Morning Jacket

We're giving you an early warning on this one. If you'd like to be eligible to win FREE tickets to see My Morning Jacket be sure you're at The Fifty 50 at 2047 W. Division Street on Friday August 17th between 8:30pm-10:30pm. WXRT will be giving tickets away. Free Tickets.


 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 


Suspect Arrested & Charged

As a follow up to last week's Community Alert, we wanted to be sure to let you know a suspect has been arrested and charged in association with the recent attempted assaults occurring throughout the West Town area. No bail has been set. Arrest.

 

Farmers Market Tonight

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.

 

 

This Weekend - In The Park

Please join the Symphony Sounds Quartet and Wicker Park Choral Singers this Sunday for classical music in the park 1425 N. Damen Avenue. After the concert, there will also be a guided tour of the Wicker Park Gardens starting at 1:00pm. Tour

 

 

 

  MUSIC


Fundraiser for Ashley Pruneau

Friends and former co-workers of Mana are hosting a fundraiser at the end of the month for Ashley Pruneau at the Double Door. Ashley was recently seriously injured during a home invasion. She has worked in the area at a number of establishments and a number of local businesses have donated items for a silent auction and raffle. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.

 

 

Sean Healy Presents RZA

RZA is an American Grammy-winning music producer, author, emcee, actor, director, and screenwriter. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and considered to be one of the most influential and landmark hip-hop producers of all time. This weekend you can catch him live.  Sean Healy Presents

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Modern Asian Heads to Wicker

Unfortunately, we don't have much information to share just yet but you may want to put MAK on your radar. We have. MAK will be moving in to the space formerly the home of The Renegade Craft store at 1924 W. Division and is looking to open this Summer. MAK Modern Asian.


The Blue Line Coffee Crawl

The Blue Line Coffee Crawl is the first established coffee culinary adventure of its kind. At each of three coffee shops, you will receive a tasting flight of three coffees, presented by the shop's owner or barista.  For additional details and ticket information. Coffee Crawl

 

 

Zagat's Top 10 List for 2012

Zagat just announced their top 10 Restaurant List for 2012. Some of the winners like the #1 Alinea come as no surprise. We're happy to report that 1 Wicker Park restaurant and 1 Bucktown restaurant made the list this year. Find out who: Zagat's Top 10.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Building Block Toys Fundraiser

Building Block Toys is a favorite local business in both the Lakeview and Wicker Park neighborhoods. And last week, Building Block Toys suffered very serious damage as a result of the strong storms that temporarily closed down Lollapalooza. An online fundraiser has been launched to help bridge the gap between the damage and what insurance will cover. If you'd like to help: Building Block Toys.
 

 

Grand Opening Party At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for this weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

NEW'D & Bullfrogs and Butterflies Announce Closings

We're very sorry to report the news that 2 businesses have announced they will be closing on Division Street; one of our very favorite resale shops NEW'D located at 1917 W. Division and the adorable Bullfrogs & Butterflies located at 2124 W. Division Street. Both businesses are hosting very big sales. We will miss them both and wish them all the best. 

 

 

Nudie Jeans - Shop in Shop Tonight at Mildblend

Some people know Mildblend because they were the target of the flash mob robbery during Wicker Park Fest. Many know Mildblend because they're a very cool indie retail shop in Wicker Park. Tonight they're hosting a Shop-in-Shop featuring music and more. Hope you can stop by and show your support. Starts at 7pm. Shop In Shop.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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

Tuesday Specials, Trivia, Banh Mi and More Tonight in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? On Tuesday nights don't miss Trivia at Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill and The Anthem at 1725 W. Division Street. Every Tuesday you can win cash and prizes and there are plenty of drink specials. In the warmer months, the windows and patio are open.

 Tuesdays at 8:00pm

 Standard Bar and Grill - 1332 N Milwaukee Avenue

$5 Three Olives o-bombs
$10 Miller Lite buckets
$15 Buckets of Point Nude Beach and Blue Moon
$5 Quesadillas


Prizes and cash giveaways

 

At Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street - don't miss their Tuesday Special. $13 gets you their featured beer and a house made sausage pairing of the day. Great food & drink and a great deal.

 

 

Feel like Jazz?

 

Every Tuesday enjoy free parking, a beautiful patio, the jazz band the GB Duo and the Banh Mi special; a Banh Mi sandwich and Domestic Beer for just $6.95, $2 PBR and $3 well shots specials at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening.

 

 

Don't miss Olympic Trivia with giveaways and prizes. Teams of up to 6 - 3 rounds - 20 questions - great drink specials - awesome Trivia Host - bonus "shot" rounds. Starts at 8pm. 1725 W. Division Street in Wicker Park at The Anthem.

CrossFit Opens, New'd to Close, $1 Oysters, Lollapalooza Aftershows and More

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 03, 2012

August 3, 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park Fest has come and gone for the year and this week we're focused on: Art, Music and Theater with a few special events like $1 Oysters, 5 Course Beer Dinners and Grand Openings included for good measure.

 

But that's not all. We're also excited to report the Insider's Guide was featured in last Friday's Red Eye and our Twitter feed @wickerparkbuck was recommended as the Twitter account to follow for news and information about Wicker Park & Bucktown. So if you're not already following us ....

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week (if you're not on Twitter), be sure to follow us on  Facebook. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendars! The Bucktown Arts Festival is taking place this month in Senior Citizens Memorial Park, also known as Holstein Park, at 2200 N. Oakley. Growing every year, this festival showcases 100's of different artists and is lots of fun for everyone. The Bucktown Arts Festival is one of the oldest in the city and it's FREE. The dates are here: Bucktown Arts.

 


Save $5 All Month at Arts N Spirits

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or evening, head to Arts N Spirits 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. You'll be surrounded by music, art and great people. It's BYOB so you can even bring a little champagne in on Sunday mornings for mimosas. And this month, you can receive $5 off on one of their classes. Grab your coupon here: Arts N Spirits.

 

 

Thicker Than Water Opens This Weekend

Park Schreck Gallery has announced their upcoming show Thicker Than Water, featuring work by Mark MacKinnon, Chad M. Sperzel-Wuchterl, and Chris Gans. Park Shrek's newest exhibition opens this Friday. The gallery is open to the public 11am–6pm (Thursdays until 8pm), Sundays 12–5pm, and closed on Tuesdays. For additional details: Park Shrek

 

 

  BARS

         

$1 Oysters Every Day at The Bluebird

Bucktown's Gastropub/Wine Bar/American Restaurant The Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Avenue announced this week they'll be serving up $1 oysters every single day from 5pm -7pm. This is a fantastic deal. Don't miss it. Oysters.


 
5 Course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner - Bangers & Lace

Next week do not miss Bangers & Lace 5 course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner designed by Chef Adam Wendt. The menu looks incredible and we've attached it so you can take a look for yourselves. You know this is going to sell out so make your reservations now: 5 Course Dinner. 1670 W. Division Street



Why We Love the Violet Hour

There are some places that always just stand out in your mind. Not just in Wicker Park or Bucktown. But in Chicago. The Violet Hour is one of those places. Quiet and sophisticated, The Violet Hour offers a place where you can actually have a dialogue with your friends while being on the receiving end of perfectly mixed drinks and stellar service.  If you haven't been there lately: The Violet Hour. If you can find it ...

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 


Community Alert: Attempted Sexual Assaults

This week the Chicago Police Department issued a Community Alert for an individual possibly responsible for as many as 15 attempted assaults in the area including: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Please stay aware and if you see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1. Let's get this guy. Community Alert Details

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am for a very special performance.This weekend features music, dance and more. For additional details about this weekend's extra special show in the park:  Magic Boat.

 

 

 

  MUSIC


Lollapalooza After Party in Wicker Park

We love Lollapalooza. And when the official event ends in Grant Park, the party will continue in Wicker Park. An official After Party has been planned at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club on Saturday night. If you RSVP to Do312, there's no cover. After Party.

 

 

Lollapalooza AfterShows in Wicker Park

All of the Lollapalooza AfterShows at Double Door and one of the AfterShows at The Empty Bottle have sold out. There's still time to get tickets for a few of the shows but you better do it soon. Lollapalooza.

 


 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

CrossFit Opens in Wicker Park

For those of you looking for a more intensive workout, look no further than CrossFit now open on Division Street. CrossFit features an extensive training program as well as "workouts of the day". Located at 2133 W. Division Street, the doors opened officially just yesterday. CrossFit.

 

 

Grand Opening At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for next weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

Wicker Park's NEW'D to Close

We're very sorry to report that one of Wicker Park's coolest resale shops and staple on 1917 W. Division Street has announced they will be closing. Their final day is August 31st and they currently are selling everything in the store...while hosting a 50% off sale. We will miss Nikki and team very much and wish them all the best.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Smartphones - Trap Door's New Hit

Voted by the Chicago Reader 2012 as having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners, Trap Door is back with another winning and entertaining show: Smartphones. And tonight - and every Thursday night - you can get 2 for 1 tickets. Two for just $20. Smartphones.






Support Our Mission
Last but not least, many have asked us how they can help support our mission. So we've set up a handy little way for people to contribute if you'd like to. Many of you assume we have some sort of funding or sponsorship. We don't. We're a small indie business in the neighborhood. So if you'd like to support us, here's a little information on how you can do it. Donations.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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 8-2-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, August 02, 2012

August 2, 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park Fest has come and gone for the year and this week we're focused on: Art, Music and Theater with a few special events like $1 Oysters, 5 Course Beer Dinners and Grand Openings included for good measure. We've also included information about Wicker Park's 2nd Farmers Market at Division/Ashland open until 7:00pm tonight. 

 

Last but not least, we're excited to report the Insider's Guide was featured in last Friday's Red Eye and our Twitter feed @wickerparkbuck was recommended as the Twitter account to follow for news and information about Wicker Park & Bucktown. So if you're not already following us ....

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week (if you're not on Twitter), be sure to follow us on  Facebook. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendars! The Bucktown Arts Festival is taking place this month in Senior Citizens Memorial Park, also known as Holstein Park, at 2200 N. Oakley. Growing every year, this festival showcases 100's of different artists and is lots of fun for everyone. The Bucktown Arts Festival is one of the oldest in the city and it's FREE. The dates are here: Bucktown Arts.

 


Save $5 All Month at Arts N Spirits

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or evening, head to Arts N Spirits 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. You'll be surrounded by music, art and great people. It's BYOB so you can even bring a little champagne in on Sunday mornings for mimosas. And this month, you can receive $5 off on one of their classes. Grab your coupon here: Arts N Spirits.

 

 

Thicker Than Water Opens This Weekend

Park Schreck Gallery has announced their upcoming show Thicker Than Water, featuring work by Mark MacKinnon, Chad M. Sperzel-Wuchterl, and Chris Gans. Park Shrek's newest exhibition opens this Friday. The gallery is open to the public 11am–6pm (Thursdays until 8pm), Sundays 12–5pm, and closed on Tuesdays. For additional details: Park Shrek

 

 

  BARS

         

$1 Oysters Every Day at The Bluebird

Bucktown's Gastropub/Wine Bar/American Restaurant The Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Avenue announced this week they'll be serving up $1 oysters every single day from 5pm -7pm. This is a fantastic deal. Don't miss it. Oysters.


 
5 Course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner - Bangers & Lace

Next week do not miss Bangers & Lace 5 course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner designed by Chef Adam Wendt. The menu looks incredible and we've attached it so you can take a look for yourselves. You know this is going to sell out so make your reservations now: 5 Course Dinner. 1670 W. Division Street



Why We Love the Violet Hour

There are some places that always just stand out in your mind. Not just in Wicker Park or Bucktown. But in Chicago. The Violet Hour is one of those places. Quiet and sophisticated, The Violet Hour offers a place where you can actually have a dialogue with your friends while being on the receiving end of perfectly mixed drinks and stellar service.  If you haven't been there lately: The Violet Hour. If you can find it ...

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 


Community Alert: Attempted Sexual Assaults

This week the Chicago Police Department issued a Community Alert for an individual possibly responsible for as many as 15 attempted assaults in the area including: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Please stay aware and if you see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1. Let's get this guy. Community Alert Details

 

Farmers Market Tonight

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.

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am for a very special performance.This weekend features music, dance and more. For additional details about this weekend's extra special show in the park:  Magic Boat.

 

  MUSIC


Lollapalooza After Party in Wicker Park

We love Lollapalooza. And when the official event ends in Grant Park, the party will continue in Wicker Park. An official After Party has been planned at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club on Saturday night. If you RSVP to Do312, there's no cover. After Party.

 

 

Lollapalooza AfterShows in Wicker Park

All of the Lollapalooza AfterShows at Double Door and one of the AfterShows at The Empty Bottle have sold out. There's still time to get tickets for a few of the shows but you better do it soon. Lollapalooza.

 


Smith Westerns FREE DJ Set Tonight

A teeny tiny bit out of the neighborhood. But come on...it's the Smith Westerns. And they will be DJing a set tonight at The Beauty Bar on Chicago. Sorry. We know it's out of the neighborhood. FREE with RSVP. The details.


 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

CrossFit Opens in Wicker Park

For those of you looking for a more intensive workout, look no further than CrossFit now open on Division Street. CrossFit features an extensive training program as well as "workouts of the day". Located at 2133 W. Division Street, the doors opened officially just yesterday. CrossFit.

 

 

Grand Opening At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for next weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Smartphones - Trap Door's New Hit

Voted by the Chicago Reader 2012 as having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners, Trap Door is back with another winning and entertaining show: Smartphones. And tonight - and every Thursday night - you can get 2 for 1 tickets. Two for just $20. Smartphones.






Support Our Mission
Last but not least, many have asked us how they can help support our mission. So we've set up a handy little way for people to contribute if you'd like to. Many of you assume we have some sort of funding or sponsorship. We don't. We're a small indie business in the neighborhood. So if you'd like to support us, here's a little information on how you can do it. Donations.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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 Day's Agenda in Wicker Park and Bucktown - Crossfit, Movies and More

Thyra DeCicco - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CrossFit Opens Today in Wicker Park

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a new Wicker Park Fitness Center located in the space formerly Aspen Kitchen and Bath located at 2133 W. Division Street and will feature a variety of classes called the 'Workout of the Day'.  Crossfit appears to focus on more intensive training programs. For more information: Crossfit.

 

FREE Movie in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Don't miss this week's Movie in the Park in Wicker Park proper - 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Movies start at dusk but our last movie had 2,000 attendees so you may want to get there a little early.

Bring a blanket, food and bug spray. And yes, dogs are welcome. See ya there.

Movies in the Park.

 

Martini Party at Club Lucky

Every 1st Wednesday of the month Club Lucky plays host to their martini party at 1824 W. Wabansia in Bucktown. And tonight Ketel One Martinis are only $6.

 

 

For all the latest updates be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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.

 


 


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

 

 

 

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