Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Timbuk2 Opens Today With Tamales- Beer in Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, May 17, 2014

photo courtesy of Timbuk2 via Facebook

San Francisco-based bag company Timbuk2 has moved in to a former 2100 square foot Bucktown firehouse and former location of Nanette Lepore at 1623 N. Damen Avenue. The focus here is on bike messenger-esque bags and any type of bag that helps keep you moving. Started by cyclists in 1989, Timbuk2 will also launch a bike-sharing program next month offering tubes, pumps and tools for community use. An indoor "parklet" is also planned so Timbuk2 customers can kick back and relax while in the store.

A Grand Opening Party is planned for May 17th from 2pm -8pm that will include tamales courtesy of the Tamale Spaceship food truck and beer via Revolution Brewery (2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue). 

For full details check out their Event page on Facebook.

Timbuk2 Opens Next Week With An Indoor "Parklet" [Racked]

Elston-Ashland-Webster Mariano's Opens June 3rd

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In the works for several years, it’s official: the 80,000 square foot Mariano’s  at 2112 N. Ashland Avenue (Ashland/Webster/Elston) will open their doors on June 3 according to a company spokesman and reported by theChicago Sun-Times.

The new Bucktown store will open at 6 a.m. on June 3, sits on 4 acres and will be Mariano’s 10th store in the city of Chicago after Tuesday’s opening of a Mariano’s in a former Dominick’s store at 3145 S. Ashland in Bridgeport.

The Bucktown store is a brand new building that will employ 550 workers. We’re very curious to see how a Mariano’s from scratch will compare to those stores that were former Dominick’s stores and have recently become Mariano’s like the store at Chicago and Damen Avenue (2021 W. Chicago Avenue).  

According to the Sun-Times report, the Mariano’s grocery stores are run by Milwaukee-based parent company Roundy’s,whose CEO Bob Mariano spent 27 years working his way to the top job at Dominick’s, which he ran from 1995 to 1998.

Mariano has said previously that his stores will employ 10,000 by year’s end after the chain expands to 29 stores throughout the Chicago area.

Bucktown Has A Date With Mariano's [Chicago Sun-Times]

Bucktown's Sterling Goss Closes

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

image courtesy of Sterling Goss via facebook.

We are very sorry to report Bucktown's local butcher/deli, Sterling Goss, 1845 N. Milwaukee Avenue, has closed after 5 years in the neighborhood. They closed on Monday April 28th without notice and only posted the following on their business's Facebook page on Monday:

It is with heavy heart that we announce that Sterling Goss will be closed for business as of 6:00 p.m. today.

We are tremendously humble to have served Chicago and the Bucktown community for the past 5 years and equally grateful to all of our customers during our time here.

As a token of our appreciation, please, stop by today for 50% off anything in our store.

Thank you.

Division Bridge Closed Through September

Michael Hamrick - Friday, April 11, 2014

According to a notice issued by Alderman Waguespak today, the Division Bridge at Division Street and Elston Avenue will be closed beginning tonight April 11th. Work to remove and replace the bridge will begin on June 1st and is expected to continue through September 30th depending upon weather and additional circumstances that arise throughout the project.

The following detours will be in place effective today: 


  • Trucks and cars: Division Street west to North Halsted Street, south on North Halsted Street to Chicago Avenue, west on Chicago Avenue to North Ashland Avenue, north on North Ashland Avenue to Division Street.
  •  Division Street west to North Halsted Street, south on North Halsted Street to North Branch Street, north on North Branch street to Cherry Avenue, north on Cherry Avenue to Division Street.
  • Trucks and cars: Division Street to North Ashland Avenue, south on North Halsted Street to Division Street.
  • Division Street east to Cherry Avenue, south on Cherry Avenue to North Branch Street, south on North Branch Street to North Halsted Street, north on North Halsted Street to Division Street. 
>>>> Click here to view the detour map. <<<<


Specialty Burgers, Sandwiches and Shakes Head to Ukrainian Village

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 31, 2014

photo courtesy of LoopNet

Wicker Wire: Rick Rodriguez, the former Head Chef of Logan Square's Rocking Horse at 2535 N. Milwaukee Avenue is venturing out onto his own. Heading to the location formerly Chickpea at 2018 W. Chicago Avenue, in Ukrainian Village, Mr. Rodriguez is opening Whisk Chicago where the focus will be on burgers and sandwiches. Whisk Chicago will offer a Mexican-inspired upscale, yet affordable, brunch daily from 7am-3pm. 

They will close up briefly each day and then will re-open from 4pm -11pm as a BYOB with a Whisk Chicago After Dark menu focusing on gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches and shakes. 

Look for Whisk Chicago to open at 2018 W. Chicago Avenue this May. 

HEADS UP: Street Sweeping Begins Tuesday

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, March 31, 2014

Heads up everyone: Street Sweeping begins again Tuesday April 1st in Chicago. So be sure to read those street signs when you park. In addition, Alderman Moreno has set up a text message reminder service if you're in the 1st Ward so you can avoid costly tickets.

This friendly reminder was issued by Alderman Moreno, 2058 N. Western Avenue, earlier today:

The beginning of spring (finally!) heralds the resumption of street sweeping season, which takes place between April 1 and November 30 every year. Starting tomorrow,City Department of Revenue agents will be vigorously enforcing parking restrictions on residential streets that are scheduled to be cleaned.

Although the 1st Ward has been remapped, the Dept. of Streets and Sanitation has not transitioned to the new ward boundaries. Therefore, for the entire 2014 street sweeping season, street sweeping will be working from the old ward maps and the same street sweeping schedule as last year. 

My office was the first to provide text alerts for sweeping. This program has saved 1st Ward residents thousands of dollars in avoided parking tickets and has allowed for more effective street sweeping. If you signed up for this texting service last year, you will continue to receive these text alerts the evening before and the morning of your street being swept. 

If you have not signed up yet, you can sign up for this free service here. 

Yo La Tengo To Headline CIMM Fest

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, March 29, 2014
May 1 - May 4th
Throughout Wicker Park, Bucktown & Logan Square

The Chicago International Movies and Music Fest is back for its 6th year in Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square and is overflowing with all sorts of amazing audio and visual treats. The only difficult part of this fest is determining how you can experience as much as possible over a few short days.  You'll find everything from films to documentaries to live performances, music videos and more.  Every April film makers and musicians take over the Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods overflowing with entertaining options for everyone and includes a wide variety of cultures and countries.

When: Thursday May 1st - May 4th

This year there will be over 100 events, 70+ films and 50+ bands that will include Yo La Tengo as headliners Thursday May 1st at Concord Music Hall 2047 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Additional shows will be hosted throughout the area including Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue and Subterranean - 2011 W. North Avenue. Ticket info is below:

Guaranteed Entry to Yo La Tengo
 and 3 Other Events you Choose
Plus First Come First Served Entry to Over 100 Great Events.


CIMMfest Pass on sale Now! 4 Days Just $75
Check out their initial line-up


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Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 28, 2014

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Peek Heads to Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wicker Wire: San Franciso-based PEEK is moving in to the former Stitch location in Bucktown at 1723 N. Damen Avenue. So what is Peek? Peek is a children's clothing, toys and books store with soon-to-be 18 locations throughout the country including: California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Washington State, Colorado, Utah, Florida and of course Illinois. There are currently 2 locations in Illinois, one at Oakbrook Terrace and one at Northbrook Court.

The store at 1723 N. Damen Avenue will be Peek's first Chicago location. Look for the new shop to open this Spring. 

Mariano's Market Gets Ready To Open Tuesday

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 24, 2014

Wicker Wire: At long last, and in record speed, Mariano's Market gets ready to open at 2021 W. Chicago Avenue in Ukrainian Village. A preview and ribbon cutting were hosted this morning with the Chairman / CEO Bob Mariano, Alderman Burnett Jr. and Mayor Emanuel. The shelves are still being stocked and the layout is very similar to the Dominick's previously in the space; the reason for that... so the opening of the new Mariano's could happen more quickly. A few changes have been made. The Starbucks has been replaced by a juice bar. And the cheese section features wine pairings. This store will feature "game" meat based on the demographics and interests of the neighborhood.

The new location at Chicago + Damen Avenue will provide 350 jobs to the local community.

The team at Mariano's Market stated this is a store wholly focused on the neighborhood and their community; welcoming your input. Mariano's Market officially opens at 6:00am on Tuesday March 25th.

No firm date is available at this time regarding the opening of the new store at Ashland and Webster in Bucktown. Mariano's has only confirmed it will open later this year.

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