Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Local Wicker Park, Bucktown Businesses - It's Easy To Get Featured

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 11, 2015

Get Your Business Featured 

If you're a local business in (or very close to) the Wicker Park or Bucktown area and would like to share:

 1)Big Sale OR

 2)Special Event 

 3)Unique Information

With the public at large and our many many viewers, let us know. We'd be delighted to talk more about how we can help you spread the word. It's easy.

Just send an email to our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Thyra DeCicco, for more detailed information. You can reach her at: info [at] wickerparkbucktown [dot] info.  And we will follow up with more detailed information about how your special information can be published and shared.  Email again is:

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Just Listed! 2 Bed Penthouse With 1200 Sq Ft Roof Top Deck

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath penthouse condominium has just been listed at 2940 N. Damen Avenue unit #3S. This stunning and spacious condo boasts walnut hardwood floors throughout (no carpet), marble baths, granite-stainless steel kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace with oak mantle and marble surround, a deck off of the back with a gas hook up, garage parking, AND a private 1,200 square foot roof top deck that is all yours and includes a peek of the Chicago's skyline.

Centrally located just North of Bucktown and steps away from Hamlin Park, this amazing condo will not last long in today's market.

Price- $439,000

Monthly Assessments - $136/month

Contact Listing Agent, Thyra DeCicco, @properties - Bucktown for details and to set up your showing. 

Direct: 312-498-6066. Email:

Sponsored Message via the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Tonight! Piece. Love. Yoga

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 12, 2015

image courtesy of Lululemon Bucktown via Facebook

Wicker Wire: Tonight you can take advantage of a yoga class right at Lululemon's Bucktown location (1627 N. Damen Avenue) for just a $5 donation. Directly afterwards, enjoy a belly warming pizza party at Piece Pizza (1927 W. North Avenue).

The one-hour yoga class will begin in-store at 7:30pm and your $5 donation benefits K9 For Keeps Dog Rescue.

So not only will you enjoy a great class of yoga ... and pizza,  you'll be helping a terrific rescue.

Wicker Park's Carriage House Offers Sweet Wednesday Deal

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oyster po' boy at Carriage House.Photo credit: Marissa Khalaf, Chicago Tribune

Recent Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Carriage House, located at 1700 W. Division Street is offering a sweet Wednesday special. For the next few months, they'll be offering a $12 tall boy - po' boy combo. The catfish, shrimp and oyster po' boys will be offered on a rotating basis.  A tall can of beer or cider of the diner's choice will also be included for that $12. The menu currently includes Half Acre Heyoka, Bell's Oberon and Vander Mill Cider. 

Enjoy it while you can. 

At Carriage House, weekly special on po'boys [Chicago Tribune]

Happy National Glazed Donut Day- Grab a FREE One at Glazed & Infused

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 12, 2015

image courtesy of Glazed & Infused via Facebook.

Happy National Glazed Donut Day- In honor of this very special day, Glazed & Infused is offering a FREE Vanilla Bean Glazed doughnut with every purchase while supplies last; all locations.

Glazed & Infused Locations: 813 W. Fulton Market, 939 W. Armitage, 201 E. Delaware, 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 

Bucktown's Honey 1 BBQ Heads To Bronzeville

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Full Slabimage courtesy of Honey 1 BBQ via

Wicker Wire: Bronzeville's gain could be Bucktown's loss. According to a report published earlier by the Chicago Reader, the father and son team at Honey 1 BBQ at 2241 N. Western Avenue have set their sights on the south side. The new location at 746 E. 43rd Street will open this year despite delays in construction. In all likelihood, that means the Bucktown location will close in March or April.  

Owner and Arkansas native Robert Adams Sr. has been bringing ribs, tips and links to Bucktown for 9 years and is hoping for an opening of his Bronzeville location this month.

  Honey 1 Barbecue is moving to Bronzeville and taking Chicago's barbecue heritage with it [Chicago Reader]  

Where To Catch The Holiday Train - Blue Line - December 12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 12, 2014

UPDATED: Here is your Detailed Schedule for Exact Times the Holiday Train will be arriving at each station on Friday December 12th so you can be sure to catch it. As a reminder, the DAMEN Ave El Station is closed. 

One of our favorite little holiday 'happenings' in the neighborhood, the CTA's Holiday Train is heading back to the Blue Line in December. The CTA has announced the schedule for the whole season across all lines and the Holiday Train will be back in our neighborhood on December 11th - December 13th.

It's always really fun to see the train heading down the tracks decorated with garland and ribbons on the inside and thousands of lights on the outside. It truly looks stunning at night. Santa and his reindeer ride the open part of the middle of the train (crazy for sure) and his elves hand out candy canes to passengers. The train is always packed which should come as no surprise but it's worth the crowd. We have a blast riding it every year. The Holiday Train runs 3pm-7pm week days and 1pm -8pm weekends. 

If you see it - and take pictures - send them our way. A full schedule for all trains is below.

Just a friendly reminder, the Damen Blue Line El Station will not be open so you won't be able to catch it there. You will be able to hop on at the Division Blue Line El Station (1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue) or the Western Station (1900N. Western Avenue).  Will follow up with a more detailed schedule when it becomes available.

Community Police Alert Issued For Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 12, 2014

A Community Alert has been issued by the Chicago Police Department in response to four recent strong-arm robberies in the Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Wicker Park neighborhoods.

The robberies occurred at night or overnight Sunday through Tuesday. The victims were knocked to the ground and beaten before their belongings were stolen.

Robberies are widespread and have occurred in the following locations:
2000 block of West McLean at 12:30 a.m. Sunday;
1500 block of North Oakley at 8:15 p.m. Monday;
1500 block of North St. Louis at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday; and 
2600 block of North Fairfield at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Police are describing the suspects as black and hispanic males. The black males are between the ages of 18-20 years old. The hispanic males are between the ages of 18-25 years old. All were wearing black clothing.

Police are encouraging everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times. If you see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately and provide a description of the individuals - and cars if available - including license plate information.

Tonight! Meet The 1st Ward Alderman Candidates

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Last night's election was incredible showing how close these races can be and how important your vote truly is. That being said, you can attend a Meet & Greet for all 1st Ward Alderman Candidates courtesy of the Wicker Park Committee. The meeting starts tonight, November 5th, at 7pm and will be held at the Wicker Park Field House at 1425 N. Damen Avenue.

The full agenda is above. All are welcome. Elections are February 2015.

FREE Classes Saturday - It's Learnapalooza

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 27, 2014
Saturday June 28th 10am -4pm
Locations throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown

Wicker Park Field House – 1425 N. Damen Avenue and Various other Locations in Wicker Park

Learnapalooza is an annual volunteer-led event that's just around the corner. Workshops will be hosted by more than a dozen businesses and organizations throughout the neighborhood. The majority of the workshops are created for adults, but there will be several options for children and families as well. It’s a fun, free way to share your passions, learn new skills, and connect with your neighbors and classes include everything from how to make gnocchi to photography and tai chi.


For a full list of workshops, go to the website. Hurry! Classes will fill up quickly.

Details – Schedule – Register for Classes:


You'll find classes for pizza making, accupuncture, pesto making, beginning yoga, self-defense, improv and more. 

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