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Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide - Halloween Edition - 10/28/11

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, October 29, 2011
October 27, 2011
 

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your  Insider Weekend Guide. This week our focus is on Halloween and the festive events happening throughout the neighborhood.


But a little bit of spooky trivia first: did you know a few of our businesses have claims of being haunted? Our neighbors at The Congress Theatre were featured in a Ghost Hunters episode in 2009 due to the paranormal activity being reported there. But that's not all. In the 1970's a man was shot and killed at Bucktown's Club Lucky. They still have the evidence of the gunshots in the bar. And at night, when the employees are getting ready to close, they occasionally hear footsteps walking in the bar. But of course... no one is there. Just a few stories to set the mood for the week.

 

As always, there are many fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood and we're happy to be your Guide. Almost every bar is having a party but there's so much more. Our picks are included below. Have a terrific weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 


   Bars

  Halloween Bar Events

Almost every bar is having a Halloween Party and/or costume contest so you really can't miss if you head to any bar in the neighborhood on Saturday night. The Fifty/50 is offering a $300 cash prize for their winner for best costume. But there are other events planned as well including:  Lottie's Road Trip to the haunted house Screams in the Park tonight!

 

  Pumpkin Party - Small Bar

Looking for something a little different than the traditional Bar Halloween Party?  Head to Wicker Park's Small Bar. Small Bar is known for their soccer - and great beer. And this weekend Small Bar will be hosting their Pumpkin Party. You can try a variety of pumpkin beer, candies and cupcakes.




  Community Events

Boo-Palooza for Kids & Dogs

Boo-Palooza is a family and dog-friendly event facilitated by the Wicker Park Advisory Council and supported by 33 local organizations. You'll find lots of fun in store rain or shine. So be sure to check the agenda and head to the park this weekend. Dressing up your dog? Well bring them too. Costume contests are waiting for you. Oh...and we'll be there! So be sure to stop by and say Hi. We'd love to meet you.

 

Haunted Indoor Drive In Movies

Miss your Summer Movies in the Park? So do we. But this weekend, the Chicago Park District will be hosting their Annual Indoor Drive-In Movies Event. Always fun for all ages, this year you'll find Abbott & Costello and lots of Mummies.


 

 

  Music 

Mind Shivers at Davenports

Looking for a different and spooky event? Meet Sydney Friedman at Davenports for a night of fun, mind games, ESP, premonitions and more. Sydney's shows always leave his audience in awe. This weekend only.


15th Annual Halloween Bash, AM Taxi as The Clash, The Last Vegas as The Runaways, Blackbox as Stone Temple Pilots, The Fold as NOFX, Hessler as Judas Priest, Dorian Taj as Bob Dylan, DJ Keith Richards Double Door's Annual Halloween Bash

This year marks the 15th Year for the Double Door's Annual Hallowen Bash and it's always lots of fun. Local bands throw on their costumes and cover a set of songs. This year you'll "see":  The Clash, The Runaways, Stone Temple Pilots and more.

Halloween Handmade Farmers Market

Don't miss the Halloween Handmade Farmer's Market this weekend at The Empty Bottle. Costumes are welcome. Check out the list of the participating vendors right here. The market is free and fun for all ages.

 

 

  Restaurants

  All You Can Eat - Hand Made Pasta - Just $14.95

So, yes we know this has nothing to do with Halloween but we saw the Executive Chef making the pasta this week and it looked fantastic. It's also a great deal. Don't miss out next Tuesday at Via Carducci in Wicker Park. 

 

  Halloween Events for Kids

   Halloween Cupcake Decorating

The Color Wheel Studio and Goddess & Grocer have teamed up this weekend for their Annual Halloween Cupcake Decorating Event. It's only $5 and all materials will be provided. But you have to hurry. This event was almost sold out when our Weekend Guide was being written.


Psycho Baby  Halloween with Psychobaby

Halloween is a favorite holiday for the folks at Psychobaby and if you head there on Saturday, you'll be sure to have lots of fun. Trick or treaters, prizes and more are waiting for you.

 

   Trick or Treat with Building Blocks Toys

Be sure to bring your  little trick or treaters to Wicker Park's Building Blocks on Halloween. Fun, goodies, treats and more are all waiting for you. Stop by any time between 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Monday.

 

  Theater

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.  If you're looking for a Halloween-appropriate show this weekend, check out True Twilight, Gorilla Tango style.

 

http://www.chicago-comedy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/TrueTwilight.jpg  True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical

Vamps! Wolves! Gleeks! For something a little different, head out to Gorilla Tango for the fun and campy True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical. Suckie Stickhouse has just moved to Wiccan Park and is torn between 2 men. Sound familiar? 

 

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 us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

If you're a business and would like to be featured in the Insider's Guide or would like to renew your spot in 2012, be sure to contact us.  You don't want to miss this outstanding opportunity.  To the many who have already signed up, thanks so much. We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012 !

Have a great weekend 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.

 

If you're a business and would like to be featured in the Insider's Guide or would like to renew your spot in 2012, be sure to contact us.  You don't want to miss this outstanding opportunity.  To the many who have already signed up, thanks so much. We're looking forward to a fantastic 2012 !

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


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