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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

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 7-20-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is going to be incredibly busy in Wicker Park & Bucktown with celebrations happening across the board. First, AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years with a party up and down North Avenue on Saturday. The Silver Room is hosting a block party all weekend long and one of the neighborhood's Annual Sidewalk Sales will also be happening up and down our main streets. But that's not all. We also have great music, lots of restaurant news, new fitness centers moving in and your chance to win a FREE breakfast for 2 at one of our neighborhood gems: Riverside Cafe.

 

If you'd like to receive this every Thursday, sign up! 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

         

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 Next Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

  BARS

         

Robert Goulet Staring Contest

You've got to hand it The Anthem, they plan a wide variety of one-of-a-kind events and next week you can compete in their Robert Goulet staring contest. First prize receives a Glenfiddich watch, a one month supply of lubricating eye drops and a $50 gift card to the Anthem - 1725 W. Division. Robert Goulet



 

COMMUNITY  

 

Milwaukee-Wood Intersection Getting Revamp

If you missed it earlier, this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Work is scheduled to start in September. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

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 next 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). We're publishing this announcement early so you can plan ahead for your performance. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

   

 

FREE Soul Summit Dance Party - Tonight

The Soul Summit FREE Dance Party is back this Friday July 20th at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Soul Summit Dance Party has been recommended by both Chicagoist & Time Out Chicago and spans the spectrum of early, raw r&b, funk & soul. Don't miss it. Soul Summit.

 

 

Disappears AfterShow

The Disappears will be heading to the Empty Bottle for an AfterShow following their show at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest. Disappears features members of Chicago dignitaries 90 Day Men and The Ponys, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Disappears.

 

Silver Room Block Party

The Silver Room's Annual Block Party is this weekend and party goers can enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art, fashion and music. It is an interactive event that is open to all ages and boasts DJs, live music performances, artists, fashion shows, children’s activities, mural artists and food. Three stages host music all weekend. Silver Room.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Next Weekend

Wicker Park Fest arrives next weekend July 28th and July 29th from Wood Street to North Avenue with shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

       

 

50% Off Wine at Via Carducci

Every week Monday- Friday, you can take advantage of 50% off bottles of wine at Via Carducci; the Wicker Park location at 1928 W. Division Street. So enjoy great Italian on their beautiful patio and get a great deal too. For full details including the fine print of this offer: Via Carducci.

 

 

WXRT Rockin' Lobster Bash at Red Door

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. 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

 

 

AKIRA Celebrates 10 Years

This weekend AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years in Wicker Park & Bucktown. And they'll be hosting one heck of a party up and down North Avenue from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be food, drink, prizes, giveaways and more so be sure to stop by and congratulate AKIRA Chicago. Anniversary.

 

 

Bella Colletta Trunk Show

Edith Hart, formerly The Edit, in Bucktown at 1917 N. Damen Avenue is hosting a trunk show this weekend which will feature the Fall Collection for Bella Colletta. If you're looking for bold, statement making accessories you need to stop by. Wine will be served. Trunk Show.

 

Mariano's Fresh Market to Open in Bucktown

Mariano's Fresh Market has been considering a move to Bucktown since 2008 and it seems an agreement for the location at 2160 N. Ashland has been reached. The new space in Bucktown will be Mariano's 6th location and from what we hear from the people who visit Roscoe Village, it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Mariano's.

 

 

RetroActive Announces New Concept/Fitness Center

The team behind Wicker Park's newest fitness center reached out to us this week to let us know they'll be opening a brand new facility at 1448 N. Western Avenue. What can you expect at RetroActive? An 80's feel with personalized training sessions, boxing and Muay Thai. Look for RetroActive to open in October. RetroActive.

 

 

3 Sales You Don't Want to Miss

Looking for a great deal? Here are some BIG sales and great deals you don't want to miss. First Goorin Brothers will be hosting a huge Sample Sale in Wicker Park starting Friday. But don't go their store. Mazi Dance will be hosting this event. Secondly, Greenheart Shop is hosting their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with as much as 70% off. Eco friendly and wallet-friendly. And last but not least, you can now score a Craniosacral Session for only $30 an hour at Temple Beautiful in Wicker Park. This amazing offer ends August 8th. 

 

 

Wicker Park - Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

Last but not least the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sidewalk Sale in the neighborhood this weekend. You'll find lots of additional sales up and down Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue and Division Street from 11am -6pm Saturday and Sunday.

 


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 7-13-12

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

Insider's Guide Includes over 400 Wicker Park and Bucktown Businesses

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 06, 2012

For those who may not know the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide includes a full online Business Directory for the neighborhood.

Perfect if you're looking for a restaurant idea...we've got em. Not only do we include every restaurant in the neighborhood, we've also included them by cuisine. So if you're looking for a Mexican restaurant, just head to our Restaurant Section and search my Mexican. We've included everyone from Las Palmas at 1825 W. North Avenue to La Pasadita at 1141 N. Ashland Avenue.

We provide a full directory for Bars, Retail Shops, Theaters, Music venues and are currently building a brand new Service Directory for those who offer services in the neighborhood like attorneys, real estate agents, dentists and more.

 

So many of you know we provide lots of news & information and, of course, lots of cool Events & Deals happening in Wicker Park & Bucktown. But many don't know about the directory.

You can also review your favorite businesses. Have a favorite restaurant? Sign up and write a review. We offer stars for ratings and lots of room to write.

And if we're missing anyone, just let us know. We're happy to include them.

 

 

Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

Holstein Celebrates 100 Years TODAY with 14 Food Trucks, Bands, Beer & More

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday June 30th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Holstein Park - 2200 N. Oakley Avenue Bucktown
$5 Donation
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/holstein-centennial-celebration/

  Holstein Centennial Celebration 

Saturday June 30th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Holstein Park
2200 N. Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL , 60647

(312) 742-7554


1912-2012 -- Holstein Park is 100 years old and the Chicago Park District is throwing a once in a lifetime celebration. This event is sponsored by Friends of Holstein Park.

Fees: $5

Age Range: Family-Friendly

 

Holstein Park is turning 100!

And we’re throwing it a party!
Saturday, June 30th
11am – 7pm
2200 N. Oakley

Food Trucks – Bands – Beer – Fun for All

The Holstein 100 will feature 14 of Chicago’s finest food trucks, a selection of Goose Island beer Company’s tasty summer beers, and many great live bands throughout the day. The festivities will be held on the park grounds adjacent to the historic field house as well as the surrounding streets. There will be many activities for the younger park fans in our dedicated children’s play space.

The entire event is a fundraiser for the ambitious rehabilitation plan of the historic Holstein Park field house that is celebrating 100 years of continuous service to the community.

Volunteers are welcome to help on the day of the event – email us at holsteinpark100@gmail.com for further information on how you can help!

 

 

 ***Take us to the FINALS! We've qualified for a Small Business Grant but would love to make the finals. Logon. Search WICKER. Vote. Takes 30 seconds. THANK YOU!  ***

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Guide Has Arrived ! 6-28-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28th, 2012

 

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

 

As the time of writing this, it's 98 degrees in Wicker Park....in the shade. So please be careful out there today and this week. On Saturday, Holstein Park will be celebrating 100 years and it's going to be quite a party with 14 food trucks, music, beer & more. It's sure to be a great time.We've also included spots where you can find a cool treat, special events, a little news and much much more.

 

Last but not least, there are only 2 more days to push the Insider's Guide into the finals for a grant. So please VOTE! It really does take 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.

 

 

 Take Us Into the Finals!  Only 2 Days Left to Vote

Push us into the FINALS for a small business grant!  It only takes 30 seconds. Logon here and type in Wicker. Vote and you're done. But hurry! All votes must be in by Saturday June 30th. Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

 

  ART


Wine Tasting Tonight

Please join Arts N Spirits at 1921 N. Damen Avenue tonight for their combination of painting class and wine tasting event. You'll have a lot of fun and you'll bring home this cool piece of artwork. Register or call ahead to make your reservation:  ArtsNSpirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  BARS

 

4th of July Sing-Off

Oh say can you sing? Head to The Anthem on July 4th for their very special sing-off. You can win cash & prizes and it's being sponsored by 97.9's WLUP so you know it's going to be packed. Get there early and warm up those vocal chords. Sing-Off.

 

 

FoodieChats Fireworks Party

If you're on Twitter, chances are you already know Steve Green and his weekly Monday Tweet-Up called #Foodiechats. This Monday Steve is bringing Foodiechats to Wicker Park and we'll be a special guest! Be sure to stop by The Anthem/Bangers & Lace on Monday for lots of fun and free food! We will see you there. Foodiechats.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

 

Holstein Park's Centennial Bash Saturday

Holstein Park in Bucktown is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary this Saturday so be sure to head to the park at 2200 N. Oakley. You'll have lots of fun with 14 food trucks, bands and beer waiting for you. Let the celebration begin. Centennial.

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show

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

 

 

Sign Up for Spanish - With Elena Chicago

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. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Guide

For your convenience, we've created this very cool Summer Guide to Wicker Park and Bucktown which includes all of the festivals, Summer events, movies, garden tours, pool openings and more. You can even find our directory to sweet Summer treats. Summer Guide

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle has announced their Pitchfork Aftershows. If you missed our announcement last week, be sure to check the shows right here. You know these are going to sell out quickly. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

The Kaia String Quartet Tonight

Please join the Den Theatre tonight at 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue for an intimate evening of chamber music. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Starts at 7:30pm. For additional details: Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt & More

With the thermometer close to 100 degrees today and 90-ish degrees in the forecast for the next week, here's where you can find incredible - and cool - sweet treats like frozen yogurt, gelato, creamy rich ice cream, Italian ice and more. Indulge.


Sabor Saveur Closes

The "For Lease" signs are up at 2013 W. Division Street, the website is down and we're sorry to report that it appears Sabor Saveur has closed their doors. An email was issued by the owners stating the restaurant would be closing. No additional information is available at this time. 

 

 

Seafood. Raw Bar. Absinthe Coming Soon

On a brighter note, Wicker Park's first seafood restaurant/raw bar is heading in to the space formerly the home of La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their focus will also be on absinthe. Look for The Savoy to open the week of July 13th.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Best Toy Stores in Chicago

A very big congratulations goes out to Building Block Toys and Bullfrogs & Butterflies for being cited by CBS News as 2 of Chicago's Best Toy Stores. If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with the kids, be sure to head to Building Block Toys every Tuesday for their Crafternoons Event.

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

Ladies: this one's for you. Wicker Park's Shear Sapphire is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and if you purchase full highlights, you'll receive your cut for FREE. Men - you can also score 50% off your haircut.The details: Shear Sapphire

 


Urba Baby Heads to Division

We just love the team behind Lincoln Park's Urba Baby and these former Wicker Park residents have decided to open a 2nd store right on Division Street. Look for Wicker Park's newest kids' shop to open late Summer in the space formerly the home of Bonnie & Clyde's at 1751 W. Division. Urba Baby.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Harry Houdini - For A Limited Time

As a friendly reminder, don't forget to get your tickets now for the 30 additional performances that have been added this Summer for Death & Harry Houdini at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Dennis Watkins is terrific. Do not miss this show. Magic.

 

 


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

 

 

 

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Triva, Jazz and a Special Pairing Tonight - Tuesday Specials in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? On Tuesday nights don't miss Trivia at Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill. 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. 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.

 

 

 

*** HELP US WIN!  We're finalists for a Small Business Grant. Takes 30 Seconds. Logon. Search Wicker. Vote. Done. We really appreciate your support. ***

 

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

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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