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Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 08, 2012

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Wicker Park & Bucktown Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, June 07, 2012

 Create A Presence. Become A Sponsor.

Here's your chance to become one of a very select group of individuals and businesses who are investing back into the community and supporting our efforts. If you appreciate our hard work & community reach and want to have a consistent presence in the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods, then Contact Us today.

  Unlike other Sponsorship Opportunities that showcase your business for a couple of days, this Sponsorship Opportunity showcases your business all year long.  We generate the highest level of traffic of any website in the community and offer a number of Sponsorship Packages to fit your budget. You do not have to be located in the neighborhood to qualify as a Sponsor. Contact us for full details.

Contact our Publisher Thyra DeCicco for a Sponsorship Package info:

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We appreciate your support and look forward to discussing this outstanding opportunity with you in greater detail. Thank you for your interest.


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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider - Summer Guide - Has Arrived 6-7-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, June 07, 2012

June 7th 2012


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

The first week of June always feels like the official start to Summer. So for your convenience, we've created your Summer Guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown. Your Summer Guide includes everything from Movies in the Park to Garden Walks, Festivals and more. So you'll have everything you need to prepare for Summer in the neighborhood. And with the temps in the high 80's and low 90's this weekend, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Plus we don't want you to miss any of the events happening only this time of year. Next week? We'll be back to special events and neighborhood news. 

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





Wicker Park & Bucktown's Summer Festivals

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




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

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





Chicago Park District Pools - Opening Soon

Mark your calendars! The Chicago Park District's outdoor pools open June 15th. So yes Holstein and Pulaski Park Pools should be open and ready for business very soon. Park District Pools.



Holstein Park Celebrates 100 Years

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




Bucktown Garden Walk

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



Farmers Markets are Open

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


Historic Walking Tours

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



Learnapalooza arrives in Wicker Park next weekend. Each year Learnapalooza provides an incredible opportunity for people to participate in workshops/classes for FREE. The classes are hosted by neighborhood business. Sign up early. As you can imagine, these classes fill up very quickly. Learnapalooza.



Movies in the Park

One of the neighborhood's favorite Summer events, Movies in the Park are held in Wicker Park, Churchill Park and Commercial Park. And this year Ferris Bueller kicks off the Summer series next week in Bucktown (1825 N. Damen Avenue). For a full list of films, dates and times: Movies.



Sunday Symphonies and More

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



The Magic Boat Puppet Show

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



Wicker Mic's Open Mic

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


Wicker Park Garden Tours

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


Wow....we know that's a lot of information. We'll have your Summer Guide available on our website as well so you can view updated information continuously. Be sure to check in to see what's new.


And 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'd love to include you.


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




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Wicker Park's 2nd Farmers Market Opens Today

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, June 07, 2012
Sundays 8am - 2pm
Wicker Park Proper - 1425 N. Damen Avenue

The dates for the Wicker Park Farmers Market at 1425 N. Damen Avenue have been announced and this year our market will be open from June 3rd through October 28th on Sundays from 8am - 2pm. For those who don't know, the market is located in Wicker Park proper on the corner of Damen Avenue and Wicker Park Avenue.


Wicker Park & Bucktown Farmers Market Vendors

  • Arnold J Klehm Grower, Inc., Hampshire, IL
  • Blue Sky Inn, Chicago, IL
  • Brunkow Cheese, Darlington, WI
  • Delightful Pastries, Chicago, IL
  • Enrique Jimenez Foods, Norridge, IL
  • Flip Brands Crepes, Chicago, IL
  • Garden Offerings, Huntley, IL
  • Gramp's Pickles, Des Plaines, IL
  • Highrise Baking Company, Chicago, IL
  • Iron Creek Farm, LaPorte, IN
  • Jake's Country Meats, Inc., Cassopolis, MI
  • Mint Creek Farm, Stelle, IL
  • Nichols Farm and Orchard Inc., Marengo, IL
  • River Valley Ranch, Burlington, WI
  • Seedling Enterprises LLC, South Haven, MI
  • Spencer Foods, Inc, Chicago, IL
  • Tomato Mountain Farm, Brooklyn, WI

This market accepts the LINK card. For more information, visit


The Wicker Park & Bucktown Special Services Area is also trying their hand again at another Farmers's Market this year in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland in Wicker Park on Thursdays from 3:00pm -7:00pm.


2012 Vendors will include:

• Spark of the Heart: Packaged dried soup mix

• SenTEAmental Moods: Whole leaf teas & artisan tea blends, Brewing supplies, Honey

• Stamper Cheese Company: Wisconsin Artisanal Cheeses

• House of Two Urns: Fresh Herbs, banana bread, specialty butter, vintage aprons, cookbooks, chutney, handmade ceramics

• Peasants' Plot CSA: organic vegetables CSA pickup location, tote bags (sign up to become a CSA shareholder here:


Additional vendors may be added.


For additional up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Where You Can Find a Delicious Good Old Fashioned Saturday Bar Brunch

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, June 02, 2012
By Kimberly Chua

Some days nothing but a good old-fashioned bar brunch will do. And these fine Wicker Park & Bucktown establishments offer brunch both Saturdays & Sundays.  So kick your weekend off right and start it off here.



6 Degrees (1935 N. Damen)

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dig into “The Infamous Breakfast Horseshoe” and other delicious options at 6 Degrees.


Blue Line Lounge and Grill (1548 N. Damen)

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Sunday 9am – 4pm

Blue Line's hangover brunch menu offers a mouth-watering selection but the real cure is found in $3.00 mimosas and their spicy bloody marys.


The Boundary (1932 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Check out The Boundary for omelets, pancakes, and even breakfast tacos!


Cortland's Garage (1645 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Taste the house favorite, crunchy vanilla bean French toast, or opt for the $5 bloody mary bar.


Crocodile (1540 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Breakfast pizzas!


Division Ale House (1942 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

Bottomless Brunch – For $25, you get one breakfast item plus bottomless mimosas and bloody marys!


The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

The Fifty/50 has a great brunch menu with tons of options – try the breakfast lasagna!


Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Grab some breakfast sliders and wash them down with mimosas and bloody marys.


Moonshine (1824 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Try Moonshine’s take on brunch favorites, like their malted waffles. Don’t forget - the Bloody Mary bar is available from 10am – 5pm on Sundays.


Small Bar (2049 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

Stop by Small Bar to try some green pork chili or Nutella and creme crepes!


The Southern (1840 W. North)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm

Travel down to The Southern for some grits, bacon, doughnuts holes, and so much more!

Win a FREE Class at Arts N Spirits in Bucktown - Saturday at 11am

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 01, 2012

Enter to win a FREE Class at Arts N Spirits Bucktown tomorrow Saturday June 2nd at 11:00am - 1921 N. Damen Avenue ( A $35.00 Value)!

Just look for our announcement on our Facebook and  Twitter pages and enter by 8:00pm Friday June 1st.


How to Enter

Facebook: Just share this information on your Facebook Page and give us the thumbs up and/or

Twitter: RT our announcement on our Twitter page and you're automatically entered into our drawing. A winner will be randomly selected from all entries Friday June 1st at 8pm.

 You'll be painting and bringing home the painting below: Arts N Spirits. Good luck!



Your Do Division Weekend Guide Has Arrived 6-1-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 01, 2012

June 1st 2012


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


Wicker Park's Do Division Festival and Sidewalk Sale kick off today so this week's Weekend Guide is all about Division Street with a few community events and a little news too to be sure you're in the loop on the neighborhood. The Do Division Festival is centrally located between Damen Avenue & Leavitt but sidewalk sales will be happening up and down Division Street -- all the way to Ashland Avenue. The street is also packed with large patios due to the extra wide sidewalks. So no matter where you land, you'll have a terrific time.


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





Division Street Bars

For those who may not be familiar with the neighborhood, we've included our handy little guide to all of the bars we have available right on Division Street. Your options range from cozy Irish pubs to large sports bars. So there's sure to be something for everyone. And almost every bar offers a dog-friendly patio. Division Street Bars.






Farmers Market Opens Sunday

With our warm weather starting as early as St. Patrick's Day, it feels like the Wicker Park Farmers Market should have opened a long time ago. But it's officially opening this Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Avenue right in the Park. We will see you there. Farmers Market.



The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. This annual Summer event will continue through September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.






Final Lineup & Tonight's Do Division Headliners

Do Division's Festival includes a wide variety of music including: The Antlers, Peanut Butter Wolf, Murder by Death, Pinebender, Le Butcherettes and more.  The full line up is here and tonight The Black Belles and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be kicking off the festival. Do Division Details.





Black Bull Tapas to Open Today

When Angels & Mariachis closed their doors in January stating they were remodeling, we didn't realize they were remodeling into a brand new concept.But they have. Focused on small plates and an extensive Spanish wine list, Black Bull Tapas is working hard to open tonight at 1721 W. Division Street :  Black Bull Tapas.


Division Street Restaurants

We've heard from a representative at the West Town Chamber of Commerce that there will be as many as 15 food trucks participating at Do Division this year. They'll be located at the Polish Triangle located at Ashland/Division/Milwaukee Avenue. So you can grab food coming to - or leaving - the fest. But if that's not for you, we've included a guide to great restaurants you can enjoy right on Division Street. Almost all include dog-friendly patios. Division Street Restaurants.


Win FREE A Gift Card from Forever Yogurt

This has nothing to do with Division Street but we wanted to let you know first that we're kicking off a fun contest where you can win a FREE gift card compliments of Forever Yogurt. All you need to do is spot us walking our dogs around the neighborhood and we'll give you a gift card for FREE Forever Yogurt right on the spot. Look for our announcement & details later on Facebook & Twitter






Do Division Celebration

Be sure to stop by Elevenzees this weekend at 1901 W. Division Street. In addition to their Sidewalk Sale Saturday & Sunday, they'll also be hosting a store wide celebration which will include: crab cakes, wine, raffles, scavenger hunts for kids and more. Elevenzees.

Steve Quick Jeweler to Open This Fall

Steve Quick Jeweler is a boutique and custom jeweler with stores currently located in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. This Fall they'll be opening their 3rd location right on Division Street in Wicker Park. We will keep you posted on the details but look for Steve Quick Jeweler's soft opening this September at 1909 W. Division Street. Details.


Insider Deal of the Week

Head to Division Street's Via Carducci at 1928 W. Division Street every Monday - Wednesday and you can enjoy half off a bottle of wine. Via Carducci offers excellent traditional Italian food, terrific service, a beautiful patio and this great deal. Insider Deals.






Romeo & Juliet - The Chopin Theatre

Located at 1543 W. Division Street, The Chopin offers a wide range of film, music and theater entertainment options. This weekend you can see "a fun and  inventive spin" on the Shakespeare classic Romeo & Juliet. Ticket Information.

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'd love to include you. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.    




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**Wicker Park Bucktown Area Foreclosure Alert**

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 31, 2012

Foreclosures have become few and far between... which is a good thing for the neighborhood. Could the real estate market be finally recovering? The few foreclosures out there now sell quickly. So if you're interested, move quickly. Get your pre-approval ready and go get it.

Ukrainian Village

Location: Block of 900 N. Damen Avenue- 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Features 42"cherry cabinets w/espresso stain. Professional stainless steel appliances w/36" 5 burner range, chimney style hood & wine cooler. Granite kitchen, oak hardwood floors w/ebony stain. 1 Parking Space.

Beautiful tile work in baths. Master suite offers walk-in closet, jetted, tub, separate shower.

Taxes- $6859

List Price- $305,000



For obvious reasons, we don't list the actual address on the website. Request a copy of the live listing & photos.  


For up-to-the-minute Wicker Park & Bucktown updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.


And we'll keep our eyes open for great deals.



Bucktown Real Estate Deal- 3 Bed Coach Home Just $415k

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bucktown Coach House/ Townhome on the 2100 Block of West Dickens.

We're always scouting deals and this looks like a good one. 


MLS Remarks:  Affordable single family condo alternative in the heart of Bucktown. 3 story move-in ready vintage rehab with opportunity to buy coach house. Lofted master with skylights, pristine oak floors, fireplace, sunroom, laundry room, all new SS appliances. Lot divided into 2 separate townhomes. Front house, separate from coach house.

Contact your real estate agent for details. Not working with an agent, contact this Wicker Park Bucktown Real Estate agent for a listing sheet and showing. @properties.

Kick Off Summer with Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Festival Guide

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Your Handy Pocket Guide to Wicker Park & Bucktown's Best Festivals


Want to know where to head this Summer and beyond? We can help. We'll provide the up-to-the-minute information about Wicker Park & Bucktown's best fests, line ups shopping and more.We're your one stop shop to all neighborhood festivals. We've included everything from  Do Division to Green Music Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, the Bucktown Arts Fest and, or course, additional information about Coyote will follow. We will see you there.

Do Division

June 1st -  June 3rd
Division Street btwn Damen & Leavitt- Wicker Park


Green Music Fest

June 23rd June 24th
Damen & Schiller -
1425 N. Damen Avenue- Wicker Park

Headliners Dinosaur Jr and The Raveonettes
Festival Details - Line Ups and More

Wicker Park Fest

July 28th and July 29th
Milwaukee Avenue Between Wood and North Avenue
12:00pm - 10:00pm

Bucktown Arts Fest

August 25th August 26th
Holstein Park - 2200 N. Oakley



Renegade Craft Fair

September 8th & September 9th
Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park


 Want the full details? Head to our Events section. We've included each Festival, lines up as they're announced, news and more. Stay tuned for full 2012 details.

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