Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Do Division - One Week Away- June 1st thru June 3rd

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 28, 2012

On Division Street (Of Course) in Wicker Park from Damen Avenue to Leavitt Street (2000 W. Division)

$5 Suggested Donation

Do Division Fest 2012 heads to Wicker Park the weekend of June 1st and for the first time will be a 3 day event beginning Friday night. Do Division will take place from June 1st - June 3rd and will be packed with shopping, music, food, drinking and lots of fun. So kick off your Summer in Wicker Park.

 Final 2012 Line Up

We're excited to present the final music line-up for these 3 days:

Damen Stage: Programmed by Empty Bottle Presents

Friday, June 1st
Black Belles 8:30 pm
BBU 7:15 pm
Moon Furies 6:00 pm
Hosted by Peter O'Connell [Wham City Comedy] 4:45 PM

Saturday, June 2nd

Peanut Butter Wolf 8:30 pm
Besnard Lakes 7:00 pm
Craig Finn 5:30 pm
Mannequin Men 4:00 pm
Peter O'Connell 3:50 / intro
In Tall Buildings 2:30 pm
Chris Connelly 1:00 pm

Sunday, June 3rd
The Antlers 8:30 pm
Pinebender 7:00 pm
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons 5:30 pm
Teengirl Fantasy 4:00 pm
People's Temple 2:30 pm
Eiren Caffall 1:00 pm

Leavitt Stage:

Programmed by Subterranean and House Call Entertainment

Friday, June 1st

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound @ 8:30 pm

Todd Hembrook & The Hemispheres @ 7:15 pm

The O’My’s @ 6:15 pm

Saturday, June 2nd

Le Butcherettes @ 9:00 pm

O’ Death @ 7:45 pm

White Mystery @ 6:45 pm

Brown Bird @ 5:45 pm

The Blind Staggers @ 4:45 pm

Magic Milk @ 3:45 pm

Sunday, June 3rd

Murder By Death @ 8:00 pm

The Soft Pack @ 6:45 pm

Gypsyblood @ 6:00 pm

Mutts @ 5:00 pm

Young Jesus @ 4:00 pm



Wicker Park's Do Division Fest includes a variety of great music, fantastic food, retailers and shopping.  Sidewalk sales fill the perimeter of the area and the extra-wide side walks allow plenty of al fresco dining at the incredible area bars, restaurants and bakeries ... in addition to all of the food being served directly at the fest itself.  And for the first time, you'll even be able to take advantage of food trucks stationed at the Polish Triangle at 1500 W. Division Street.


Family Fun Fest

The Family Fun Fest will continue to occupy a two-block stretch of Hoyne Avenue, north to Potomac. New this year is the Shedd Aquarium, who will bring several of their popular games such as the Penguin Plunge and the Polar Playzone as well as an opportunity to see some of their animals up close and personal throughout the weekend. We are also excited to have the Great Lakes Initiative, an organization that is focused on conservation and education about our most precious water source. We will continue with Fun Facts about the Great Lakes and a quiz that promises to be an adventure in the neighborhood.

We're bringing back many of the popular activities including The Easel Art Studio Craft Tent, punk rock hair styling by Psycho Baby, face painting, the Children's Learning Place Toddler Zone, a bounce house, dunk tank and pony rides. And you can win prizes from Building Blocks' famous Carnival Wheel.

Plus boogie on down at the main stage! See the full schedule below.

Main Stage Schedule
Saturday, June 2:
Shakespeare All-Stars 12pm
ARCC 1pm
Mary Macaroni 2pm
Mad Science 3pm
Q and A with Sam from the Great Lakes Initiative 4pm
Sarah Parker 5pm

Sunday, June 3:
Dave Acoustic 12pm
Fiddle Billies 1pm
My Gym 2pm
Changs Martial Arts Demo 3pm
Awkward Cousins 4pm

Proceeds from Do Division Family Fun Fest go to Friends of Pritzker School and LaSalle II PTO, two public elementary schools in Wicker Park



Each and every year this event is packed and getting bigger. Do not miss this fantastic and fun event. It's a great kick-off to Summer. 




Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates about fest details . 

Wicker Park - Bucktown Foreclosures & GREAT Real Estate Deals

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, May 27, 2012

Featured Real Estate Listings

We know it's a tough real estate market out there and there are many many foreclosures waiting to be purchased. With that in mind, each week we search Wicker Park & Bucktown for great deals and we post them here. Not everything is a foreclosure or short  sale. Some are just great deals. Want to take a look? Let us know. But you have to be prepared to act quickly. Most of the really amazing deals aren't around for more than a few days

If you're not working with a real estate agent contact Thyra DeCicco @properties Chicago IL - Bucktown Office - immediately for additional detailed information and a showing. 

Pre-approval and proof of funds will be required on all offers. Additional details about these properties can be provided upon request.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter and check our website on a regular basis to see which deals are being featured....and hurry!




93XRT's Poi Dog Pondering VIP Double Header Continues Tonight at Double Door

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, May 27, 2012
93XRT Welcomes: The Poi Memorial Day Double Header with Poi Dog Pondering Photo:
Sunday May 27th - Show 9:00pm
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue- Wicker Park
$25/$50/$75 Packages Available

93XRT Welcomes The Spring Double Header: A Weekend with Poi Dog Pondering

The double header continues tonight Sunday May 27th. Doors at 8pm.

$25 / $50 VIP Balcony Tickets Include: Signed poster, CD, and 2 drinks 

$75 VIP Tickets Include: Signed poster, CD, and 4 drinks.



For up to the minute information, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Wicker Park's Farmers Market Opens for The Season Next Sunday

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, May 27, 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 at a 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.

Wicker Park Area Neighborhood Foreclosure- 2/2 $219.9k

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Located on the block of 1300 N. Greenview...Steps away from Wicker Park's Division Street & Milwaukee Avenue, this 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom duplex is currently listed for $219k.

Description per the MLS:  Great Wicker Park/Bucktown opportunity 2BDR/2BTH duplex. Unit loaded with natural light! Located near it all- shops, highway, park recreation & more! Property sold "as-is". Seller does not provide survey or disclosures. Taxes prorated at 100%.

One parking space included. If you're not currently working with a real estate agent and would like a listing sheet with photos and details, contact this Wicker Park & Bucktown @properties agent.


**For up to the minute updates be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. **

Wicker Park's People Lounge Debuts Brunch This Weekend

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, May 26, 2012

People Lounge Debuts Brunch

Executive Chef Ralph Steinberg and owner Baris Yuksel launch brunch service and expanded hours Memorial Day Weekend

People Lounge located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park - offers both an ala carte and prix-fixe option every Saturday and Sunday beginning May 26. Prix-fixe brunch is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes choice of any below entrée with select beverages (sangria, mimosas or cava). The inclusive prix-fixe ranges from $15-$22 (add $10 to the entrée price). The a la carte brunch menu is offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Brunch Menu Selections

House Buttermilk Pancakes

Currant and pomegranate infused maple syrup ($8)


Gypsy Skillet

Gypsy hash (onions, green and red peppers, potatoes), boar sausage, quail eggs, toasted baguette ($9)



Choose three ingredients: spinach, mushrooms, bacon, chorizo or manchego cheese ($8)

With a side of fruit or patatas bravas (add $2)


Patatas Bravas

Crispy Russet potatoes, spicy red pepper aioli ($5)


Datiles con Jamon

Goat cheese-stuffed dates, applewood-smoked bacon, apple cider reduction ($6/two, $12/four)


People’s Skirt Steak

Braised Wagyu skirt steak, tomatoes, cornichons, capers, aged molten Manchego cheese ($9)


Tostada de Salmon

Citrus vodka house-cured salmon, chive cream cheese, pickled onions, rustic bread ($8)


Ensalada de Avocado

Bibb lettuce, avocado, watermelon, crispy Serrano ham, avocado vinaigrette ($8)            


Queso de Cabra

Herbed goat cheese, tomato sauce, garlic bread ($8)


Mushroom and Goat Cheese Empanadas

Oyster, porcini, Portobello and button mushrooms, chive aioli ($6/two, $11/four)

Win Brunch for 4 at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe!

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, May 25, 2012
Want to win an All-You-Can-Eat FREE BYOB Brunch for 4 Memorial Day Weekend at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe (1656 W. Cortland Avenue)?


Just look for our announcement on our Facebook and  Twitter pages and enter by 5:00pm Friday May 25th.


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 May 25th at 2pm.

Bring 3 of your best pals to Bucktown's adorable cafe on May 27th for Sunday Brunch for 4. The beautiful patio will be open and kids under 3 eat for free...compliments of Riverside Cafe - 1656 W. Cortland Avenue. 


Good luck ! 

Eat for Beauty Tonight at Elevenzees

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, May 25, 2012
May 25th, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elevenzees - 1901 West Division Street- Wicker Park
$30 per person

  eating for beauty

Your outer skin is a direct reflection of your inner health.  Kelli Komar reveals the secrets of achieving radiant skin from the inside out at this educational, fun and interactive workshop.  Join Kelli as she discloses the ancient secrets of Ayurveda to help you create a customized holistic dietary skin care regimen that will balance your body and skin.

  • - Receive individual skin type analysis & useful tips
  • - Learn lifestyle practices that yield results that last a lifetime
  • - Sample delicious radiant skin foods & win great prizes in our raffle
  • - Indulge in retail therapy with a discounted private shopping event after the workshop
  • - Benefit from 30% off Eminence products for orders placed at the workshop
  • - Schedule a future facial with Kelli to receive a  complimentary Ayurvedic face mapping consultation ($35 value)
  • - Healthy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to BYOB.

Cost: $30 per person

Date / time: Friday, May 25th, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Availability: 15 places

To reserve a place please call 773.772.1150

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Memorial Day Weekend Guide Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012


Hello and welcome to your Memorial Day Edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.


First and foremost, thank you so much for your help in making us Wicker Park & Bucktown's most popular neighborhood guide. We've reached almost 8,000 followers on social media alone and 10's of thousands of people visit us online each month. We couldn't do it without you and are very appreciative of your support.


Secondly, we receive information, events and news all day long. Our Weekend Guide is expanding every week so we've streamlined the format a little so it's easier for you to read. Hope you like it. Just click on the accompanying links for more detailed information on any topic. Last but not least, we've included our highlights for Memorial Day Weekend. Chicago Craft Beer Week continues with special events planned up and down Division Street, Poi Dog Pondering will be playing 2 VIP shows this weekend, there's lots of Summer Fest news to share (with Do Division right around the corner), you can win FREE brunch for 4 this Sunday and a couple of sweet deals are waiting for you too.

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





Division Street IPA Crawl

Jerry's joins forces with Smallbar Division and Bangers & Lace to bring you the IPA's of North America. Only a short distance separates three of the best destinations for beer in Chicago. Tonight just head to Division Street to taste some of the best IPA's coast to coast. IPA Crawl.

Moonshine Brewery Open House/Tour

Many don't know that Wicker Park's Moonshine at 1824 W. Division Street is actually a brewery. And tonight, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, local brewer JD McCormick is opening the doors to the brewery. Doors open at 5pm and you're invited to join JD for a free tour to learn what goes into making a great local craft beer. Moonshine Tour.



People Lounge Introduces Brunch

This weekend People Lounge - located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue - is introducing a brand new brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. What can you expect? This is not your standard bacon & eggs. Expect higher end fare and creative twists on your traditional favorites. The menu looks delicious an you can take a peek at the new brunch options waiting for you right here. Brunch Menu.






Do Division June 1st - June 3rd

Do Division 2012 is just around the corner and will be a 3 day festival for the 1st time in its history. Shopping, food and, of course, great music will be waiting for you. The final line-up includes: Pinebender, The Antlers. Peanut Butter Wolf, Le Butcherettes, Murder by Death and more. But that's not all, there are also lots of fun activities for kids. The details are here: Do Division.


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 kicks off this Sunday and 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.


Wicker Park Fest Headliners

Although still 2 months away, Wicker Park Fest has announced the headliners for the 2012 neighborhood festival which will include: The Drums, Cursive and local favorites including Joe Pug and Kill Hannah. The festival will take place on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue & Wood Street July 28th and July 29th. Stay tuned for additional details about: Wicker Park Fest.







93XRT Presents Poi Dog Pondering Weekend

Local Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering will be playing not 1 - but 2 - shows this weekend at Wicker Park's Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. VIP Packages are available and include cds, signed posters, drinks and more. Get your tickets early. Poi Dog.


Raw Natural Born Artists Showcase

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & make-up artistry, photography and performing arts. Tonight, they'll be showcasing who they feel represents the best of the best. Doors at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Raw Showcase.





FREE Brunch for 4 This Sunday

Would you like win FREE Brunch for 4 for this Sunday at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe? Just look for our announcement later today on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Share our announcement and you'll be entered automatically into our random drawing. The winner will be selected Friday afternoon. Win FREE Brunch for 4.


Glazed and Infused Now Open

Donuts donuts donuts. Yes you can now score gourmet doughnuts directly across the street from the Damen Blue Line el stop at Glazed and Infused. Just look for their window on the west side of Francesca's Forno at 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Open early...and late. Doughnuts.


Jazz Tuesdays at MC

Perfect for Summer, MC Restaurant has announced they will be hosting jazz every Tuesday night from 6pm -9pm. With free parking & wi-fi, a beautiful patio and the banh mi/domestic beer special for just $6.95, MC will be a great spot to relax this Summer. And the banh mi is excellent. Details.

    The Trenchermen Looks to June

Although the folks behind The Trenchermen hosted a fundraiser/preview party May 17th, it looks like it will still be several weeks until Wicker Park's newest upscale eatery opens their doors. According to Grub Street, there is still a lot of work to do and they're guessing the opening date will be closer to the end of June. The Trenchermen.






20% Off Store Wide Memorial Day

Chicago's premier fair trade, eco-friendly store Greeneheart Shop has announced a store wide sale this Memorial Day Weekend.  You'll find unique, beautiful and recycled merchandise that helps to create a better world. The details are here. Sale.

Eat for Beauty - Friday

Kelli Komar reveals the secrets of achieving radiant skin from the inside out at this educational, fun and interactive workshop being held at Elevenzees Friday night. Join Kelli as she discloses the ancient secrets of Ayurveda to help you create a customized holistic dietary skin care regimen that will balance your body and skin. Eating For Beauty.


Insider Deals of the Week

Shear Sapphire is a Women's & Men's Salon at 1712 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park and their 1st Anniversary is just around the corner. As their way of saying "thank you" to you,  they're offering a couple of great deals. First: men can score 50% off any hair cut service. And women, you can get a FREE haircut with a purchase. These offers won't last forever. So hurry! Insider Deals.






Theatre of War - The Chopin Theatre

Tonight only: Theatre of War is an artistic investigation of the disconnect between the experiences of most citizens and those of people directly impacted by war. This show takes place just days after the city bids farewell to the NATO summit. Theatre of War.

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




The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Jazz, Banh Mi, Trivia and More- Tuesday Specials In Wicker Park & Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? We have a few ideas. 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 at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening.

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