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** Bucktown Foreclosure Alert** 2 Bed- 1.5 Bath $219k

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, May 09, 2012

2 Bedroom 1.5 Bath with Hardwood floors throughout, fireplace, 2 parking spaces. Needs all kitchen appliances Located on the block of 1800 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown. Approximately 1200 sq ft. Want the full listing sheet? Contact this agent and they'll send it off to you: Foreclosure.

Asking $219,000.

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

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide 5-4-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 04, 2012
May 4th 2012

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

The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo arrive this weekend and there are many events and parties planned throughout the neighborhood. But that's not all. We've also included community news, art gallery celebrations, new restaurant openings and more. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to include you. 

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



   Cinco de Mayo- Kentucky Derby Parties

This weekend Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby land on the same day. So we've included Cinco de Mayo street festivals, Kentucky Derby parties and those celebrations that will include both. We're adding a few more parties so if you're looking for fun and festive options in the neighborhood, we've got em right here.



   Do Division Update 

More bands have been announced so be sure to check for the line-ups to date right here. Sounds like there will also be food trucks at the Polish Triangle over the weekend. We will keep you updated. 


   Movies in the Park - Bucktown

The Bucktown Community Organization announced their Movies in the Park line-up this week. So, which movies are heading to Churchill Park this Summer? Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Wizard of Oz and The Lorax. And they're free. Stay tuned for the dates. As soon as they're announced, we will let you know. 


   Wicker Park Farmers Market

It's coming....the highly anticipated Wicker Park Farmers Market will reopen in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue on June 3rd. For those who may not know, the market is located at the corner of Damen & Wicker Park Avenue. We will see you there!


   Wicker Park Plant Sale & Fundraiser

Don't miss the Annual Plant Sale & Fundraiser this weekend in Wicker Park. Experienced gardeners and designers will help you pick the plants that are best for you. Proceeds are donated to the 10,000 square foot Wicker Park Gardens and lecture series.



     Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Arts N Spirits
Want to do something different this weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo? Head to Arts N Spirits at 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown with your friends and drink of choice. (They're BYOB). You'll have a great time and come home with artwork ready for framing. Details for how to sign up are right here.  


    Park Schrek's 1 Year Anniversary
Park Schrek Gallery is celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary with an opening reception tonight from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Featured work will include Jonathon Stein and the one and only Dan Schrek & John Park. Congratulations on a terrific 1st year.






    Better Than Something - Film Screenings
The Empty Bottle will be hosting 2 film screenings this weekend for Better Than Something:  a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard.The portrait of Jay's life is captured just months before his untimely passing. Public Works Gallery - 1539 N. Damen Avenue.

    Local H - This Saturday

Hailing from Chicago, Local H is a two-man wrecking crew; a powerhouse invigorated by former Triple Fast Action drummer Brain St. Clair and driven by the distinct lyric and melodic vision of guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas. Get your tickets now. Keep your eyes open on our facebook and twitter pages. We're giving away FREE tickets for this show later today. Double Door- 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser

Mark your calendars. The Annual Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser for the Trio Animal Foundation heads to the neighborhood May 19th. Food will be provided by a top Chicago Caterer featuring signature items designed and served by Hot Doug's Chef.  There will also be an open bar, 2 VIP areas, and a fabulous silent auction and raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.






1/2 off Bottles of Wine

Via Carducci not only offers delicious and authentic Italian fare, but every Monday - Wednesday you can save 50% on select bottles of wine. Head to the patio and enjoy.

   Red Door is Open

The reviews following the soft opening last weekend have been extremely positive and the Red Door officially opened yesterday in Bucktown in the space formerly the home of Duchamp at 2118 N. Damen Avenue. We're looking forward to the private 100 person patio. See you there.




  Real Estate

    Foreclosure Spotting

Every foreclosure we publish sells within a week or less. The 1 bed + den we mentioned last week was under contract in couple of days. But you have another chance. This 3 bed/2 bath is in Ukrainian Village is current listed for $341k. We've also included a banner on our website which links to foreclosures. Don't wait on these if you're interested. 



     Mother's Day Gift Baskets- $25

Looking for a gift for Mom? Head to Greenheart Shop. You'll find beautiful gift baskets that extend beyond physical and cultural borders. Support fair trade and empower mothers everywhere. Starting at only $25. 


    Spex Grand Opening Party - Tonight

Spex opened their Wicker Park location earlier this year at 1407 N. Milwaukee Avenue and on Friday May 4th they'll be hosting their official Grand Opening Party. With swag bags, refreshments and appetizers, it's sure to be a great time. Be sure to stop by.




   The Mariachi Man Drinks to Cinco de Mayo

For one day only this weekend, in celebration of Mexican Heritage and drinking holidays everywhere, the cast of El Mari Chi Chi will perform an interactive drinking theme burlesque show. The audience may keep up with the characters on stage and take a drink for each time a character takes a swig. Gorilla Tango Theatre - 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

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




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Your Favorite Wicker Park & Bucktown Brunch Spots - Who'd We Miss?

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, April 22, 2012

You know us. Yeah sure we can list every restaurant and bar in Wicker Park & Bucktown that offer brunch. But what we really like to offer our viewers is the best in the neighborhood. So we asked you about your favorite place for brunch in Wicker park or Bucktown and the feedback we got was phenomenal. There are a number of tasty options out there and each offers something a little different. Not only are there great brunch options available, there's a very good chance you'll find exactly what you're looking for right here because there is such a variety. And with all of these options available, there's no reason to wait in line on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

A very big "thank you" to everyone who participated. If you missed the poll, not a problem. Just provide a comment below and let us know about your favorite. In the interim, have a great time at brunch -- and tell 'em we sent you.


Bangers & Lace

1670 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

Brunch 11am -3pm

Looking for a very different twist on the traditional Sunday brunch? Try Bangers & Lace. The late night spot opens early on the weekend to serve sausage pancakes and hash as well as the Benedict: a favorite featuring eggs, sausage, bacon all sitting on top of brioche for $8.00. We also wanted to add 4 very special words: Build Your Own Biscuit. Yep...and delicious. This gets 2 very hearty thumbs ups from all of the foodies out there.

Our viewers tried most of the menu, however, and loved it all. Special note: the gravy fries ...delish. Favorites on the menu beyond just brunch included the deviled eggs, black truffle/white cheddar grilled cheese and brioche corn-battered Vienna hot dog. Don't forget the Bloody Marys.


Birchwood Kitchen

2211 W. North Avenue - Bucktown
(773) 276-2100
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Friendly and comfortable Birchwood Kitchen offers a great atmosphere, terrific attentive service and excellent food. The brunch menu may not be as expansive as other neighborhood establishments but there is a variety to choose from. And the prices are reasonable.

Choices range from the Breakfast Sandwich (vegetable frittata, cheddar, grilled focaccia, roasted potatoes, petit salad) to Quiche to Belgian waffles to Salad to Steak and Eggs + more. You may also want to try the Croque Vert - seasonal vegetables and cheese on sourdough topped with fried eggs and served with a petite salad.

If you’re looking for a comfortable and casual brunch spot with good food and excellent coffee, this just may be your place.


The Bongo Room

1470 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park
Sunday Hours 9am- 2:30pm.

Super cozy with a diner feeling, the best advice I can give is to get there early. Lines of people are usually forming down Milwaukee Avenue early on the weekends. The food is good --- and original. Pancakes are a favorite here and they range from carrot cake with vanilla bean sauce to cranberry...or even white macadamia ! The standard fare: Omelettes, eggs, french toast are also available. Always good but very busy on weekends.



1616 N. Damen - Bucktown
Weekend Brunch
Sat - Sun: 9am - 3pm
(no reservations)

Feast is well-known for their fresh food and variety of delicious options and brunch is no different! Yes, the traditional pancakes are available but there’s so much more. Eggs are the primary focus with build-your-own-omelettes, the grand slam breakfast (eggs, sausage, potatoes + toast). For non-traditional brunch-lovers, why not try the eggs portobello (two poached eggs with spinach and oven roasted tomatoes over a breaded portobello mushroom with hollandaise sauce + feast potatoes) or the crab benedict two poached eggs and crab cakes over jalapeno cheddar corn bread with chipotle hollandaise + feast potatoes.


Hot Chocolate

1747 N. Damen Avenue

(773) 489- 1747

Hot Chocolate's brunch includes treats like sweets and warm doughnuts, fresh ricotta & eggs, smoked fish, cheddar melts, buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, quiche and much much more. Also available are salads, granola and fruit plates. For a new and fresh twist on your old favorites, be sure to stop by. And don't forget the hot chocolate. It is truly not to be missed.


Las Palmas

1825 W. North Avenue - Wicker Park

(773) 289-4991

For something completely different, put a Mexican spin on your Saturday (or Sunday) morning brunch. Tucked away on North Avenue, Las Palmas is a favorite of the neighborhood and one of Wicker Park & Bucktown's best kept secrets. For starters, how about two eggs sunny-side up smothered in salsa ranchera and served with refried black beans, rice, avocado, crema Mexicana & warm tortillas? Not a bad start to the day. Many many brunch options wait for you. The brunch menu is right here: Brunch.


Letizia's Natural Bakery

 2144 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

(773) 342-1011

First of all, you have to love the fact that Letizia's wesbite is That being said, Letizia's is one of Wicker Park's best kept secrets. Off the beaten path on the West end of Division, you might miss it if you don't know it's there. And if you're looking for fresh natural ingredients, head to Letizia's. You'll also find a full espresso bar, pastries, muffins, panini and more. In the Summer, the patio in the back is like an oasis. For hours and more.



Milk & Honey

1920 W. Division - Wicker Park
(773) 395-9434

One of the earlier brunch spots in the neighborhood, you head to Milk & Honey at 8am on Saturday or Sunday and brunch is open until 2:00pm. What can you expect to find at Milk & Honey? Buttermilk granola pancakes, orange brioche French Toast with almonds, scrambled egg burritos or smoked salmon on a toasted bagel. Those are just the starters. There are many more optins, fresh juice and you won't break the bank at $7 or less. The full Brunch Menu.




1846 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

Quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite, Prasino was almost immediately voted as a neighborhood favorite for brunch. This eco-friendly hotspot features organic and locally-sourced food when available. The brunch menu is unconventional and not your traditional Sunday morning breakfast and eggs. Here you'll find lobster stuffed avocados with mango salsa, chili beurre fondue or the honey chicken salad sandwich – arugula, grapes, pecans, celery, honey yogurt dressing, pretzel croissant. For breakfast, you'll also find gluten-free pancakes. For the full brunch menu: Prasino Brunch.





Riverside Cafe

1656 W. Cortland - Bucktown

 (773) 278-3354

This small little neighborhood gem is tucked away on Cortland Avenue far away from the beaten path and hectic pace of North, Damen and Milwaukee. For those looking for a quiet respite in the heart of the city, the Riverside Cafe is for you. The large patio is very private. The Sunday brunch is a huge spread of about 50+ items were you'll find: fruit, eggs, pierogis, pancakes, cereal, steak and so much more. The regular menu is not available but this is a great deal (and a great deal of food) for $12.95 a person.

Riverside is cash only.


 SAVE $5 OFF Riverside Cafe Brunch thru Feb 26th



The Bristol

2152 N. Damen Avenue - Bucktown

Sunday Brunch Hours: 10am - 2pm

Seasonal and locally sourced food reigns supreme here at The Bristol. What can you expect on a Sunday? Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and large menu with a lot of variety. A few items to get you thinking about heading to The Bristol this Sunday: glazed doughnuts and maple sausage. Those are just for starters. Once you head to the heart of brunch, you'll find buttermilk pancakes, house made biscuits with a poached egg, braised pork chilaquiles with fried egg, eggs benedict with smoked ham & mustard hollandaise and much much more. The full menu is right here: Bristol Brunch.



The Southern

1840 W. North Avenue
Weekend Brunch


The Southern has quickly become know for its outstanding brunch and amazing Bloody Marys. Although a bar, The Southern is a true contender for great food in the neighborhood. On Sunday morning, try the fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits or eggs sardou.  Our viewers give this Sunday morning hot spot a great rating and it has quickly become a neighborhood favorite.  The word everyone uses to describe The Southern Brunch: delicious.


Have a favorite who's not included? Let us know. We're happy to add them.

Bucktown's Caffe De Luca Announces Closing End of May

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, April 21, 2012

We were very sorry to hear the news that one of Bucktown's treasures - Caffe De Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue - has been sold and will be closing their doors at the end of May as reported by Eater Chicago earlier this week.

Caffe De Luca has been a neighborhood staple for almost 13 years serving some of the best coffee and food in the neighborhood. This cozy and comfortable spot featured an Italian ambiance with clotheslines - fully adorned with the clothes.



 Photo Credit: Eater Chicago

The following was published on Caffe De Luca's Facebook page: 

Dear Friends and Family,
You may have heard by now that our beloved cafe has been sold and will be closing by the end of May or early June, which would mark our 13th anniversary serving the Wicker Park/Bucktown communities. We want to thank everyone for making caffe De Luca an amazing place for both our guests and our staff. Opening in our location is a green-minded steakhouse and it is possible you may see some familiar faces behind the bar or greeting your table. On behalf of the cafe and its staff, we wish to thank everyone for your years of patronage and for helping us create a place where coming to work was anything but a dreadful experience! In addition to our weekday fare, join us this weekend and those few to follow for extra special specials and some amazing coffee. Again, thank you all so much for joining us these past 13 years!

Sincerely and with much love,
caffe De Luca


The new spot per the Eater Article will be Grass Fed; a steakhouse with a focus of sourcing the best organic and sustainable meat.


[Cafe De Luca Closing Closing Late May To Make Way for Grass Fed: Eater Chicago]

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.


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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide for 4-19-12 Has Just Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, April 19, 2012
April 19, 2012

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


For the week ahead, we've included many great events like the Blackhawks home game playoff event this Saturday, Earth Day celebrations, lots of fundraisers, National Record Store Day, great deals and a little news too. For full details, just click on the photos below. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to include you.  For additional information about any of the events below, just click on the photos. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.



          Blackhawks Home Game Event

Saturday catch Game 5 of the Blackhawks Playoffs at The Anthem. This weekend 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.


        Gold Star Fundraiser at Double Door

Gold Star Bar has been a staple in the Wicker Park neighborhood for many years and co-owner Susan Stursberg was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. Medical bills are high and a benefit is being held this Sunday at Double Door on her behalf. If you can't attend the benefit, you can still donate directly to a fund established for Susan. Thank you for your support.




         Getting Dirty - 7 Ways to 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.

        Community Meeting - Miller Lumber Site

We reported earlier that a new Wicker Park development is being planned and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants had been invited to participate in the development at 1815 W. Division - the site of Miller Lumber. Looks like the original plan is being revised and LEY hasn't fully committed to the project yet. If you'd like to participate in a meeting to discuss next steps on this development, Alderman Moreno is hosting a meeting on April 26th at 1148 N. Honore. The details are here.

         Sign Up Today for Beginner & Advanced Spanish Classes

Want to learn Spanish? Sign up for Elena Chicago's May Classes with Elaine Winer. She's received rave reviews from her students and you learn in the comfortable and casual environment at Club Lucky in Bucktown at 1824 W. Wabansia. But hurry! Classes are starting soon.



Galleries/The Arts

       Choose Your Own Adventure - Jackson Junge

Join the Members of the Wicker Park Choral Singers as they venture into fundraising this weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. Hors d'oevres, beer, wine will be served and you get to vote to determine what music/entertainment will be selected for the evening.








        Fundraiser for Rudy Carrillo Tonight!

One of Double Door's security guards - Rudy Carrillo - was hit while he was riding his bicycle home after work. Unfortunately, it was a hit & run and Rudy was seriously injured. A fundraiser is being held on his behalf tonight with AM Taxi, Rotten Finko and The Convicts. Thanks for your support.


       Green Music Fest Announces Headliners

If you missed the announcement earlier, the headliners for Green Music Fest this year will be Dinosaur Jr. and The Raveonettes. Green Music Fest will be held Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th. We will provide additional details about the line up as we receive them. See you there.


      Lollapalooza After Shows Coming Soon

The line-up has been announced and 3-day passes have already sold out for Lollapalooza 2012. As always, we will keep you posted on the After Shows being hosted in the neighborhood. Those shows have not been announced yet but we will publish and distribute the information as soon as we receive it.


        Soul Summit Dance Party

This weekend don't miss the Soul Summit Dance Party; a monthly event which features 3 DJs and a variety of guests which are featured each month. Soul Summit spans the spectrum of early R & B, funk, blues and soul.







Club Lucky - Dine Out for Life Fundraiser
Please join Club Lucky next weekend for Dining Out for Life. Each year Club Lucky participates in this terrific fundraiser and a part of the proceeds from anyone dining at Club Lucky that day will be donated to an organization called Food & Friends. Make your reservations for next weekend

        El Rincon Azteca- Wicker Park's Newest Mexican Restaurant

El Rincon Azteca has opened their doors in the spot previously the home of Crepe Crave at 1752 W. North Avenue. We tried the chicken tacos and delicious Horchata for lunch but the menu is extensive and they're open from early morning (7am) through late night. Be sure to stop by.

        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.


       Nanda Milano Trattoria Heading to Division ?

Traditionally, we prefer not to publish information until we speak directly to the owners of a business or project. However, we did notice a sign posted on the door of the space formerly the home of Dee's Place at 2114 W. Division Street and it appears a new Italian restaurant will be opening their doors in that space. Stay tuned for additional details.






    Real Estate


Foreclosure Spotting

This 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom vintage rehab with a granite/stainless kitchen, beautiful bathrooms and hardwood floors throughout is currently located at Bosworth/Division and is listed for $222K. Interested? Don't wait. These foreclosures sell very quickly.




          Building Blocks Toys Earth Day Party

Bring the kids to Building Block's Earth Day Party this weekend. Balloons, temporary tattoos, prizes, giveaways and of course, lots of toys will be waiting for you. So celebrate Earth Day with Building Block Toys at 2130 W. Division Street.


            Greenheart Shop's Ice Cream Social

Did someone say free ice cream? Just in time for Earth Day, don't miss Greenheart Shop's Fair Trade ice cream social this weekend. The ice cream social will be held at their Wicker Park shop Sunday from 12pm-5pm and did we mention it's free?


       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. 


        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: 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue.We have the details right here.


       Small Businesses & Home Offices

Our neighbors at Wicker Park's Staples 1300 N. Ashland Avenue have asked us to let small business owners and/or those with home offices know that they're offering some incredible Sales right now. But that's not all, they also offer rewards for recycled ink cartridges, PC service + support and printing services. 






      Girl You Know It's True

Girl You Know It's True opens this weekend at The Chopin Theatre. When Bixby, a 40-ish playwright fails to get his work produced he conjures up a radical new identity for himself: an impostor ...and his "stand in" shoots to fame.  1543 W. Division Street.


Are you a Wicker Park or Bucktown Business?  Get Featured!  Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.    




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Where You Can Score a Bacon & Egg Breakfast in Bucktown for Less Than $6

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, April 07, 2012

We love Riverside Cafe. This cute, cozy, family owned (Latin and American) -cash only - Bucktown BYOB deli located at 1656 W. Cortland in is tucked away on a quiet street in Bucktown.

This is not a gourmet eatery but a mom & pop shop dedicated to servicing the community for 27 years.

Open for breakfast and lunch, this is one of the few spots where you can grab a real breakfast (as in bacon and eggs) for less than $6. Soups, sandwiches, salads and more are also available for lunch. And on Sunday?

A huge brunch that can include everything from eggs and waffles to french toast to pasta and corned beef coffee. Riverside was recently voted as a favorite brunch spot by our viewers. In the Summer, a beautiful and private patio waits for you. A secret little neighborhood gem that's off the beaten path and family-friendly. When you're at Riverside Cafe you feel like you've been transported out of the traditional hustle & bustle of the neighborhood.

Looking for a great party spot? Contact Riverside Cafe.  They also have a huge party room and you can take advantage of the beautiful patio. Easy street parking makes it a perfect event space.

Students get 15% off with a valid school ID. 

Recently voted one of the neighborhood's favorite BYOBs.

You can also save on that incredible brunch through April. Sunday Brunch.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 3-16-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, March 16, 2012
March 16, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. This week we've got lots of news and many fantastic events to share. Our Weekend Guide is currently available via email only. So now you'll be privy to special announcements and offers before anyone else. Thanks for joining our exclusive Insider Team. This weekend our March weather continues to be just spectacular. March Madness and St. Patrick's Day celebrations are off and running. But that's not all. We've also included fundraisers, community events, music, gallery exhibitions and more.  For full details, just click on the photos below.


Last but not least, CNBC recently reported that Wicker Park made a national list of US Neighborhoods that are the Best-Kept Secrets in the county. We'll take it. Thanks, again, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 



        Bucktown's Pipeworks Brewery

The Chicago Tribune has reported that Bucktown's highly anticipated Pipeworks Brewery at 1675 N. Western Avenue is officially open and has opened to rave reviews. The brewery retail space is not expected to open until this Summer. Stay tuned for additional details. 

       Cheeseburger Fridays

Every Friday from 6pm -9pm, Standard Bar & Grill 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue offers a very special dinner package which includes: a Standard Cheeseburger + fries, domestic bottles, house wines, soda and more for only $20. Not eating meat on Fridays? Cheese quesadillas are also available.


Chicago Blackhawks Roadwatch

Chicago Blackhawks fans: don't miss the Blackhawks Roadwatch event this Friday at The Anthem 1725 W. Division Street. Jim Cornelison will be singing the National Anthem and you'll find drink specials, free raffles, autographed memorabilia and more.


     March Madness - Win Free Bears Tix

March Madness is off and running so if you're looking for a great spot to watch the games, here's where we'll be. These bars are true sports bars and offer good food, a fun environment, easy tv viewing and great specials. We're also planning a contest where you'll be able to win FREE Bears Tickets ( a $500 value). Stay tuned for details.


    St. Patrick's Day Parties

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year and that means the celebrations will start early. The weather is also expected to be great this weekend. So plan ahead and have a great time. Division Ale House is offering a "kegs & eggs" brunch too. 



     Ballerina Bronze Bootcamp

Ready to get into shape? Head to Mazi Dance Fitness's 4 Day Ballerina Bronze Bootcamp. Not only will you gain strength and endurance, you'll also receive a detox diet plan and massages and leave with a golden glow. Just in time for Spring.

    Fiddler on the Roof 

Prtizker Students will showcase their talent in the new production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Over 50 students will participate and performances begin next weekend. Hope to see you there.


     Gold Star Bar Fundraiser

The co-owner of Gold Star Bar, Susan Stursberg, was recently diagnosed with cancer and a fundraiser is being held for her on March 31st. The details of that fundraiser are here. An additional opportunity to contribute/donate is happening simultaneously so if you can't attend the fundraiser you can still help Susan. Thank you so much for your help and contributions.


    Snickers Still Needs Home

We can't believe this little guy is still available. But he is. The Insider's Guide and Bucktown's Treehouse Humane Society are working together to find this young kitten a home. Found in Wicker Park, this little guy was outside in sub-zero temps and hadn't even developed his teeth yet! If you or anyone you know are interested in Snickers, please let us know and/or help to spread the word.



   Opening Friday at Park Schrek

Please join Park Schrek Gallery at 1747 W. North Avenue for their opening reception this Friday from 7pm - 10pm of Grid Systems. The Grid Systems exhibition features the work of Alan Salabert and Danielle Monet Morse.



        Soul City Summit - FREE This Friday

This Friday, do not miss Soul City Summit's FREE Dance Party at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Soul Summit Dance Party is a monthly event that features a variety of very talented artists and showcases R & B , funk and soul. Soul City Summit has also made the Critics Pick List for Time Out Chicago. Did we mention it's free?




  Lettuce Entertain You Plans New Space

Lettuce Entertain You and Smithfield Properties have teamed up to develop a new glass/steel 5 story building in the space formerly the home of  L. Miller and Son Lumber Company at 1815 W. Division. In addition to 2 new restaurants planned for the space, this mixed use building is planning to include 52 rental units.


    Patios Open Early in Wicker & Bucktown

A very big kudos to all of the terrific establishments in the community who have been able to open their patios in record time. With March weather like ours you don't want to miss breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks outside if you can do it. Here are the patios we know are open early. If you're aware of any others, just let us know.


    Save $5 on Brunch at Riverside Cafe

For a limited time only, the folks at Riverside Cafe are offering you a very generous $5 off Sunday Brunch for 2. If you've been to Bucktown's Riverside Cafe at 1656 W. Cortland you know this is a great deal. All you can eat and serving 50+ items, you won't go away hungry. Kids under 3 eat for free.







Pinch Spice Market is Open

Pinch Spice Market has officially opened their doors at 1913 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown in the space formerly the home of Avocado Eatery & Cafe. What can you expect to find at Pinch? Pinch focuses on organic and fair trade spices and herbs whenever possible. A cute shop and owners who really know their business.

  Chicago's Mob Wives Arrive

Not since the days of MTV's Real World has Wicker Park been involved in a mega-hit tv series. Eye Candy Optics (2121 W. Division Street) co-owner Renee Russo has been selected to star in the Chicago-based VH1 series Chicago Mob Wives. Crews have already been seen filming up and down Division Street so keep your eyes open.


   $10 Consignment Bonus

If you're thinking about selling your clothes on consignment, head to Wicker Park's new addition Second Time Around at 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For a limited time only they're offering an extra $10 consignment bonus.




We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide. Our pick for this weekend:


    Geek Peeks - The Best Of

For a limited time only, you can catch a glimpse of the fun parodies currently underway at Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre. Geek Peeks provides a short feature for each of the nerdy burlesque shows currently in production. Catch Geek Peeks Fridays in at 11:59pm through April.


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




The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

The Best Brunch, FREE Yoga, the Farmers Market,Workshops for Kids, Fundraisers & More.

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, February 26, 2012

Good Sunday morning- We're expecting temperatures close to 50 degrees today and it will be sunny. Here are some great things you can do today when you're out and about in Wicker Park and Bucktown today:


Sunday Brunch !

Pumpkin pancakes, french toast, vegetable frittata, crab benedict, italian omelettes and more. Where can you find a delicious twist on brunch? Right here. Favorite Wicker Park and Bucktown Brunch.

Plus this morning you can Save $5 off Riverside Cafe's massive 50+ item brunch spread.



You can still catch a free yoga class at Buctkown's Lululemon (1627 N. Damen Avenue). But you have to hurry! Classes start at 10am.


Logan Square Farmers Market

You can grab fresh produce, cheeses, meat and a variety of bakery items every Sunday at the Logan Square Farmers Market. It's just a few blocks away and it's held every Sunday.


Planting Workshops for the Kids

Kids Rule: Come Plant With Us!
Saturday Feb 26 10am-5pm
Kids Rule 1534 N Milwaukee Ave

Bucktown Treehouse Fundraiser
Mew & View - Movie Fundraiser at Treehouse Humane Society
February 26th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Treehouse Humane Society - 1629 N. Ashland Avenue

***Breaking News*** Wicker Park Business Robbery Thursday AM

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fox News is reporting - yet another - robbery this morning at Asrai Garden- 1935 W. North Avenue Chicago. A woman was stabbed and seriously injured. It is unknown whether the woman was an employee or customer.

The full Fox News Report. 

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