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Wicker Park, Bucktown Side Streets Still Packed With Snow

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 06, 2014

Wicker Wire: The snow ended late last night and Chicago's snow plows have barreled through the neighborhood but the side streets in Wicker Park and Bucktown are still packed with snow.

If you're driving around the neighborhood please be aware the streets are slick and the alleys are filled with almost a foot of snow.

Just a heads up if you need to drive around the neighborhood. You're probably not going to have a whole lot of traction.


Be safe out there. Still -12 degrees in Wicker Park. 

Winter Storm Warning For Chicago Area

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, January 05, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Chicago Area through Sunday at 6:00pm. Snow is expected to continue through today with periods of heavy snow expected. An additional 8 -10 inches of snow is expected.

Following the snow, temperatures are expected to drop to sub-zero temperatures with wind chills as low as 50 below. A wind chill warning will go into effect Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon. 


Be careful out there. Frostbite and hypothermia can happen very quickly under these conditions.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Chicago

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 27, 2013

Don't throw that tree in the garbage. Recycle Recycle Recycle.

 

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District offers tree recycling at 23 locations, including the Humboldt Park Boathouse at 1369 N Sacramento Ave, from Saturday, January 4 to Saturday, January 18. For additional information call 311 or visit the website 

 

If you're willing to hold on to your tree this long .... Bartlett Tree Experts and the WPB SSA #33 are sponsoring Christmas tree recycling at the Jewel/Kmart Parking Lot at 1360 N Ashland Ave on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am - 2pm. 

 

Finally, the three weekends following December 25 the Bucktown Community Organization will be making the rounds to pick up trees from alleys for their members who are unable to drop their trees off for recycling.Please email them for details at bucktown@bucktown.org

Flaming Lip's Frontman Wayne Coyne at Permanent Records Friday

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

wayneimage courtesy of chicagoinnerview.com

We know this is a tiny bit south of the neighborhood, but this is one of those events that's a rare opportunity. Flaming Lip's Frontman Wayne Coyne will be at Permanent Records (1914 W. Chicago Avenue) this Friday December 20th at 8pm.

He'll be greeting fans and signing copies of the band's first-ever EP, The Flaming Lip's 1st EP, as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl. The remastered EP, which was last available in 1986, will be encased in a custom, hand-made chocolate skull. 

Also available will be The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo originally released in 1983. This will be available as a 7-inch on blue vinyl. Coyne is embarking on a record store tour to promote both which officially go on sale Christmas Eve.



Eat Chocolate Skulls With Wayne Coyne at Permanent Records [ChicagoInnerview.Com]

Don't Miss The 15th Annual Holiday ArtShow This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 13, 2013
December 14th and 15th -- Noon -5pm Each Day
Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley Bucktown

images courtesy of the Bucktown Holiday Art Show via Facebook

The 15th Annual Bucktown Holiday Art Show provides art lovers and shoppers with the opportunity to find unique pieces of art and one-of-a-kind gifts. 


All different types of media are featured including: ceramics, paint, photography, water colors, jewelry & textiles and the show features 100 artists.

Cost is $2 at the door or you can download a pass for free admission HERE.

Wicker Park's Newest Middle Eastern Eatery Opens Today on Division Street

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We reported last December that a new Middle Eastern restaurant was in the works for Division Avenue in the former home of Habitat and at long last Shawarma Garden is ready to open. 

Owner Mary Anne Mubayed is bringing her family's "secret" Middle Eastern recipes to Wicker Park and, based on the menu, it looks like a lot of traditional dishes will be available. You'll find favorites including: hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouleh salad, a variety of 'kabob' entrees, shawarma, and gyros. Approximately 25 menu items are available that offer affordable prices & generous portions. Prices start at $3.00 for falafel and work their way up. The highest priced item is the lamb kabob entree at $13.99. Sandwiches are in the $5.00 range.

Take out and delivery are also available. Shawarma Garden will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Look for Shawarma Garden to open at 1951 W. Division Street this Wednesday November 20th .

New Middle Eastern Eatery Opens Wednesday in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, November 17, 2013

We reported last December that a new Middle Eastern restaurant was in the works for Division Avenue in the former home of Habitat and at long last Shawarma Garden is ready to open. 

Owner Mary Anne Mubayed is bringing her family's "secret" Middle Eastern recipes to Wicker Park and, based on the menu, it looks like a lot of traditional dishes will be available. You'll find favorites including: hummus, grape leaves, baba ghanoush, falafel, tabouleh salad, a variety of 'kabob' entrees, shawarma, and gyros. Approximately 25 menu items are available that offer affordable prices & generous portions. Prices start at $3.00 for falafel and work their way up. The highest priced item is the lamb kabob entree at $13.99. Sandwiches are in the $5.00 range.

Take out and delivery are also available. Shawarma Garden will be open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Look for Shawarma Garden to open at 1951 W. Division Street this Wednesday November 20th .

Chef Rick Bayless Shares Vision For New Wicker Park Restaurant

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 11, 2013

Updated November 10, 2013:  Work is well underway for the new Rick Bayless restaurant heading to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

And Chef Bayless announced during the Chicago Humanities Fest this weekend a little more about his vision for the new space. According to Chicago Tribune writer Kevin Pang:


For those who may not know Xoco is a Mexican Cafe that features street food and snacks including: churros, empanadas, tortas, caldos and more. Look for Chef Bayless's new cafe to open in Wicker Park this Spring 2014. 



Updated September 24, 2013: Following our publishing of the information outlined below, Alderman Moreno confirmed with us directly that the rumor is true and Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless will, in fact, be opening a restaurant in the former Salud space 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. He has signed a 10 year lease for the space.


Published September 23, 2013 - Eater Chicago is reporting that Chef Rick Bayless may just have his sights set on the space formerly that of Salud in Wicker Park at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. According to the report published earlier today, Bayless is opening a new restaurant but the location has yet to be disclosed. A number of sources have confirmed the spot will be in Wicker Park and a new tenant just signed a 10 year lease 2 months ago.

Bayless is a Bucktown resident and the host of Mexico - One Plate at a Time. He has also recently been focused on opening Fronteras Frescos and Tortas Fronteras in different locations throughout the country.

New Rick Bayless Restaurant Coming- Is it in Wicker Park? [Eater Chicago]

Guys Paint Free Tonight At Arts n Spirits

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013

Looking for a cool date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown at 1921 N. Damen Avenue. It's a great little spot where you'll be instructed how to paint a picture. Plus it's byob. You'll come home with this cool picture and tonight, guys paint for free.

That's a savings of $40. 

Sign up like you would for a traditional class but guys won't be charged.

Tonight only in Bucktown.


You'll be painting this:



Sign up information: https://www.artsnspirits.com/quick-signup.php?eventid=1747

Big Buck World Championship Heads to Wicker Park This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth overall in last year's Big Buck Hunter World Championship. Erlandson and husband Jerod return to Chicago this weekend to compete for the top prize.Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth… (Lily Homstad )

Almost 100 of the world's best players will head to Wicker Park's 1st Ward/Chop Shop this weekend to compete in the Big Buck Hunt Championship. The Big Buck Hunt Championship is an arcade game tournament that offers more than $63,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000.

And these players take the game seriously. Sara Erlandson (pictured above) is a two-time Ladies Tournament Champion. All the fun kicks off at the 1st Ward event space located at 2033 W. North Avenue.


Big Buck Championship Returns to Chicago This Weekend [RedEye]




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