Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Happy Fish Fryday - 7 Spots Where You Can Find It Today

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 21, 2014

photo courtesy of Big Star

Wicker Park - Whether you're observing Lent or just in the mood for seafood, here are a few recommendations right in our own back yard:


1)Antique Taco or Big Star - Fish Tacos-  Either of these spots are great for fish tacos. The Crispy Fish Tempura Tacos at Antique Taco are served with sriracha tartar sauce, smoked cabbage, chives, sesame. At Big Star the beer battered tilapia is served with chipotle may, cabbage, cilantro and lime.

Antique Taco- 1360 N. Milwaukee Avenue  *** Big Star- 1531 N. Damen Avenue


2)Frontier Fish Fry Fridays

Now through Friday, April 11

$15 Fish Fry Fridays

In observance of Lent beginning Friday, March 7, Frontier will offer $15 Fish Fry Fridays with rotating fish options, hushpuppies and hand-cut fries. 1072 N. Milwaukee Avenue


3)Link's Taproom - Friday Fish Fry and New Menu additions. Link's Taproom recently added smelt to their daily menu and on Fridays they include a weekly fish fry. The fish fry includes: lake perch, a potato pancake, french fries, cole slaw and of course tartar sauce. You can wash it all down with your choice of 36 drafts. 1559 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


4)Mac's American Bar - Friday Fish Fry - every Friday through April 18th from 5:00pm - 11:00pm Mac's is serving up a fish fry & chips; through Lent only. 1801 W. Division Street.


5)Mariscos El Veneno - Seafood with a Mexican flair- Two blocks south of Division Street on Ashland, this tiny neighborhood gem serves everything from lobster to red snapper, prawns and more. And the price is very reasonable. 1024 N. Ashland Avenue. Additional details.

6)Takito Kitchen - Takito is offering a Sesame Tempura Shrimp Taco through April 11th only that includes: a sesame tortilla, habanero turmeric aioli, napa cabbage, pickled carrots, Urban Till cilantro. $15 for 3 or $19 for 4. Lunch or dinner. 2013 W. Division Street.


7)The Savoy - Anything and everything - The Savoy brings globally inspired seafood and a raw bar to the heart of Wicker Park. So you have many options from which to choose. 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Banh Mi & Co Expands to Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Updated March 20, 2014 - When we stepped into the former location for the Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop at 1740 W. Division in Wicker Park today, it still smelled like sugar cones and caramel corn. But the official signage is up and Banh Mi & Co is getting ready to move in. They are still targeting an April opening.


 - Banh Mi & Co. is opening in Wicker Park by April.

photo courtesy of Crain's Chicago Business

Published February 17, 2014 - Wicker Wire: Banh Mi & Co has signed a lease and is moving in to Wicker Park this Spring according to a report published by Crain's Chicago Business.

The Wicker Park location at 1740 W. Division Street (formerly The Purple Cow Ice Cream Shop) will be the fifth for Banh Mi & Co and John Sanchez, one of the chain's partners, says he hopes to open 5 more locations this year. 

The Vietnamese sandwich shop started in 2012 in Lakeview expanding quickly into Roscoe Village and the Loop.

Look for Banh Mi & Co to open in Wicker Park by April 2014.

Banh Mi & Co Expands to Wicker Park [Crain's Chicago Business]

Free Music Mondays Featuring Brooklyn's Ice Balloons

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Our Free Mondays have been hotter than ever this winter and TONIGHT

we continue our streak with Brooklyn's ICE Balloons featuring Kyp Malone

from TV on the Radio.

Show starts at 9pm.


If you want more info on the show, head to the Facebook event page or to our website.

10 Best Bands of 2013 – New York Observer

"Brilliant band of bizarros" –Village Voice

"This lurching, fuzzed-out act – fronted, naturally by a half-man, half fly 

creature –is  just the thing to make you feel you’ve stepped into another 

dimension.” –New York Observer

1035 N. Western Avenue Chicago.

Lost Dog Alert - German Shepard - Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 10, 2014

Good morning everyone - this dog, Ryan, escaped from her back yard yesterday in Bucktown. She's somewhat timid and does show some fear aggression so if you see her please approach her slowly. Let her come to you. Treats will help.

She belongs to Kriser Store Manager, Mary Miller. She heads up the location in Bucktown at 1658 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Phone #- 773-235-1790.

Thanks, as always, for your help. 

Additional details below including contact information:

231-852-0681 (mary) 
847-650-4134 (lynda)

Here is extra info and Ryan's post from Lost Dogs Illinois:
Lost! #Chicago #IL (Paulina & Wabansia, Paulina & North) Ryan - Spayed Female German Shepherd mix. Call 847-650-4134 or 231-852-0681. Email if seen or found. Scared/Confused. Please do not call or chase - may cause Ryan to run in fear. 8 Yo , 60 Lbs. Black & Tan. Microchipped. Cook County. 60622. Missing 03-09-2014. bs

Bloomingdale Trail Street Closures This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Bloomindale Trail Closes Western Avenue 

Over the next few weeks, crews will be removing, replacing and upgrading the major bridges along the Bloomingdale Trail, the centerpiece of The 606.  
The first phase will happen this weekend, with the removal of the bridge across Western, this Friday through Sunday (March 7-9). Work will start at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and continue 24-hours/day until complete. 
This means Western Avenue will be closed between Wabansia (1700N) and Winnebago/Cortland (1900N) during construction and all cars, buses, and pedestrians will have to follow a detour. A detour map is available here.  

Information provided courtesy of Alderman Moreno via email.

Leghorn Chicken Opens Thursday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

photo courtesy of Leghorn Chicken via Twitter

Wicker Wire: Ukrainian Village's Leghorn Chicken at 959 N. Western Avenue opens Thursday according to a report published earlier today via Chicagoist

The menu created by owner Jared Van Camp and Chef Sieger Bayer will feature 2 different types of sandwiches: pickle brined and Nashville-style hot chicken. They will offer rotating menu items like fried chicken skin, chicken nuggets and chicken fried fries and use only locally sourced chicken and produce.

Leghorn Chicken will open daily at 11am and will stay open until they run out of food.

Leghorn to Open Thursday [Chicagoist]

Ukrainian Village Mariano's Opening Soon

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 03, 2014

Wicker Wire: The Mariano's sign is officially up at 2021 W. Chicago Avenue and the former Dominick's Pharmacy is now a Mariano's Pharmacy ... and it's currently open for business.

The team at the new location in Ukrainian Village told us they are targeting a late March opening for the rest of the store.

Fingers are crossed.

Mariano's Moves Into Ukrainian Village

High Fidelity Movie Location Sells in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Friday, February 28, 2014

photo courtesy of

Wicker Wire: Many know the space at 1514 N. Milwaukee Avenue (the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore) as the movie location for High Fidelity's fictional record store  "Championship Vinyl". The then-empty store was transformed into a studio set that acted as the primary location for the 2000 film and was owned by John Cusack's character Rob Gordon.

After filming the storefront remained empty until 2008 when it was boarded up.

High Fidelity location: the record store of pop geek Rob Gordon: North Milwaukee Avenue at Honore, Wicker Park, Chicago
This week DNAInfo is reporting that the commercial storefront was sold to a Newcastle-limited venture called House Music LLC on February 7, 2014 for $1.4 million dollars. The property above the commercial space is condos.

The corner space is 3,000 square feet with exposed brick and 13 foot ceilings. No word yet on possible tenants. We will keep you posted.

'High Fidelity' Record Shop Space Bought in Wicker Park [DNAInfo]


Bucktown Athletic Club Opens Next Week - Previews Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, February 27, 2014

In case you missed the announcement in our Weekend Guide on Friday:

Chicago Athletic Club's newest location at 2040 W. North Avenue has been in the works for a very long time. Moving into the "Marvin Envelope Company" Building just West of North-Damen and Milwaukee Avenue, the fitness company encountered a few challenges along the way with construction within such a large brick, historic location. And plans had to be modified along the way resulting in a number of delays.

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Chicago Athletic Club announced last week they were hosting previews February 26th and February 27th from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. You can even take a free class or 2 from 6pm - 8pm tonight.  

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We'll be at Double Door's 20th Anniversary Party tonight so be sure to let us know what you think of the neighborhood's newest gym via Facebook and/or Twitter. The Bucktown Athletic Club is scheduled to open March 6, 2014.

images courtesy of Chicago Athletic Club

Wicker Park's Rodan Wins Chicago's Best Wing Fest

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 24, 2014

photo courtesy of Rodan via Facebook.

Thousands of chicken wing lovers gathered to celebrate Chicago's 15th Annual "Best Wings Fest" on Sunday afternoon which took place at Bailey Auditorium at 1340 W. Washington Street in Chicago.

25 local eateries participate in the annual fundraiser and this year, "Best of the Fest" was awarded to Wicker Park's very own Rodan located at 1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Congratulations guys. Great job.

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