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National Record Store Day, Earth Day Weekend, Psychics, Blackhawks - Our Saturday Picks

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, April 21, 2012

Good morning! There's so much to do in the neighborhood today and all of these are special events that won't be happening next Saturday. So take advantage of them. Today is National Record Store Day with pop-ups at the Empty Bottle and in-stores at Reckless Records.

The amazing psychic Nancy Wallace is at Elevenzees today only. If you haven't made your appointment, do it now. They fill up quickly. Earth Day events are happening throughout the neighborhood and tonight Game 5 of the Blackhawks Playoffs.

 Blackhawks Home Game Event

Catch Game 5 of the Blackhawks Playoffs at The Anthem. Tonight they're hosting a Home Game Event which includes: a raffle with Blackhawks signed memorabilia (provided by the Blackhawks), a Blackhawks PA announcer, the game shown with full audio and more. Starts at 9pm. Looking for the Bulls? They'll be on at 7pm.  1725 W. Division Street

 

 

         Get Dirty - Celebrate Earth Day

This Sunday is Earth Day and there are many different ways to get involved in the community this weekend. Parks are being cleaned, the Wicker Park Garden Club is teaching green techniques in the Field House, the Annual "Green & Clean" is being facilitated by the 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno & more. Find out how you can be involved, make a difference and have fun too.

 

 

       Meet Renowned Psychic Nancy Wallace  

Nancy Wallace has accomplished a level of psychic ability that is almost unheard of and her accurate portrayal of your past, present and future will astound you. There's limited availability this Saturday so be sure to schedule your appointment today. 1901 W. Division Street

 

 

        National Record Store Day

National Record Store Day is this Saturday. Chicago record label Numero Group will be having their annual pop-up store at The Empty Bottle from 9am -6pm and Reckless Records will be hosting in-store acts in each location including their location at: We have the details right here.

 

 And a couple of great deals too:

    Five Dollars $5 Off Sunday Brunch at Riverside Cafe

Don't forget!  Insider's Only can still save $5 on Riverside Cafe's All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch. But you have to hurry This offer expires April 30th. Kids under 3 eat for free too.

 

   Great Deals at Mai Chi- But Not For Long
We love Mai Chi- Wicker Park's only French Vietnamese Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. The food is great. There's FREE parking and FREE wi-fi. And now, they're offering fantastic DEALS only available to Insiders like you. But you have to hurry. These offers end April 30th. If you head there today, we may just see you. We're thinking about Crab Rangoon, Green Curry Chicken, the Noodle Salad and a little Chicken Satay for an appetizer. See you there later.

 

For updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

 

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 9-30-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, September 30, 2011
September 30, 2011
 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. Although it's hard to believe it's October already, a great Fall weekend is ahead and we're happy to share information about the many terrific events planned throughout the neighborhood. This weekend is Festival Weekend and includes: Oktoberfest, The Coyote - Festival of the Arts, The Backyard Film and Music Fest, Moonshine's Rib-A-Que and The Empty Bottle's 5 day Adventures in Modern Music taking center stage but that's not all. You'll also find new gallery exhibitions, lectures, jazz and so much more. We also have a few exciting updates regarding new bar and restaurant openings just for good measure. Know of any others? Just let us know and we'll include them.

    Bars

Moonshine's 4th Annual Rib Fest is the Saturday and it's going to be a fantastic event. Last year over 500 people attended and this year, we expect even more. With Prasino, Frontier Grill, The Smoke Daddy, The Bedford and more incredible chefs participating it's going to be a fun and delicious event. A perfect Fall Fest. This week, we've also included an update on new bars opening soon. The focus is on Division Street. Gourmet burgers and signature cocktails are heading our way. Last but not least, if you missed it last week, our top picks for fun Oktoberfest celebrations are included below. 


Mooshine's 4th Annual Rib-A-Que

 

  New Bars on Division Street


  Celebrating Oktoberfest

 

   Community

This Sunday don't miss the Bucktown 5k! Great exercise and its a terrific fundraiser for Gilda's Cub. On Monday, Christy Webber will be the speaker for the Wicker Park Garden Club's Lecture series. Buying an old pick up truck in in 1988 and a small amount of lawn mowing equipment, Christy began cutting grass around the Wicker Park neighborhood. With determination and hard work, she has become one of the largest landscape companies in Chicago and you can see her Monday.  Next up? Mark your calendars and hone those baking skills. The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is just around the corner.


     The Bucktown 5k

     Christy Webber Lecture Monday

      The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

 

 

   Galleries

At long last, The Coyote: The Wicker Park Bucktown Festival of the Arts is this weekend! For 3 days, 150 artists will be featured throughout the neighborhood and 24 musical acts will be featured at Bucktown's Club Lucky. But that's not all. Two new gallery exhibitions will also be opening this weekend. Element Flux features 53 artists and opens at Jackson Junge on Friday. Also this weekend, Park Schrek's new exhibition Blur opens with a reception Friday night from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek is just steps from the Flat Iron so if you're heading to The Coyote, be sure to stop by.


New Gallery Exhibition Openings


Coyote - The Wicker Park/Bucktown Festival of the Arts

 

 

    Music 

We have a wide variety of music options available this weekend. First, for something completely different, we love the idea of an evening packed with cool jazz & blues. And this Friday you can enjoy just that at the Blue Star Wine Bar. Reservations are recommended. Also this weekend, as part of The Coyote Festival, Club Lucky will be hosting 24 bands over a 3 day period. So stop by for great food, drink and music. The Lemonheads will be arriving at Double Door very soon and they will be playing the entire "It's A Shame About Ray" record.  Do you have your tickets? And last but not least, "Adventures in Modern Music"  is back at The Empty Bottle this weekend.

 

   Friday Night Jazz & Blues at Blue Star

 

   24 Bands at Club Lucky This Weekend


  Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray


 

    Restaurants

A number of new restaurants are heading in to the neighborhood including - you guessed it - more sushi. Nori a Japanese/Sushi spot based in Lincoln Park is expanding into the Wicker Park and Rogers Park neighborhoods and is scheduled to open in mid-October. And unfortunately, MELT's opening has been postponed due to "city issues". Not uncommon. This week we've also included an Allergy-Friendly Directory. Lots of folks are looking for gluten-free and more. So we've compiled a handy guide to those eateries who are sensitive to food allergies. Many thanks to all who contributed to our Directory!


       New Neighborhood Restaurants


    Allergy-Friendly Eateries

 

 

 

    Retail/Shopping

We haven't seen an official press announcement but the word on the street is that the former owners of Wicker Park's Earwax Cafe have signed a lease with billion dollar company Dr. Martens.  The brown paper is officially up on the windows. As additional details become available, we will send them your way.  There have also been a number of new retail (clothing) shops who have opened their doors and we'll provide additional information on those new shops shortly. 


     New Doc Martens Store Coming to Wicker Park ?

 

    Theater

The BackYard Fim & Music Fest is back on the north side this year after a brief hiatus on the south side last year.  And yes founder Fred Koschmann really did set up a projector in his backyard, hung a bed sheet for a screen, put out lawn chairs, and invited some 40 friends over to view two of his short films in 2008 when the fest first started. What can you expect on on Saturday?  From 2pm-6pm 16 local and international short films will be featured at the Wicker Park Arts Center. Additional details follow.  Also don't miss Cyrano. The quintessential Renaissance man is at The Chopin and you'll get your money's worth with a good old-fashioned sword fight included in the price of admission.


 Cyrano at The Chopin


Back Yard Film & Music Fest


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join our 6,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


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