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Your Go To Eateries for Delivery - Who'd We Miss?

Michael Hamrick - Monday, August 13, 2012

It's the perfect day for ordering in. And as we always say....sure we could list every single establishment in the neighborhood who offers delivery but that doesn't tell you much. Instead, we love to feature your favorite GO-TO establishments who you can depend on who provide great food & service.

And, as always, you have fantastic recommendations. Everything from pizza to falafel, sushi, barbeque, sandwiches and more. Perfect for when you're busy or the weather is 'less than perfect'.

Here are YOUR Top Neighborhood picks. A very warm thank you to everyone who participated.  And if we've missed your favorite, just let us know:

 

 

Coast
2045 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown
(773) 235-5775

 

 

Jerry's Sandwiches
1938 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-235-1006

 

 

Penny's Noodle Shop
1542 N. Damen Avenue, Wicker Park
773-394-0100
 

 

Picante Taqueria
2016 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-328-8800

 

Piece
1927 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park
773-772-4422

 

 

Pot Pan
1362 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park
773-862-6990

 

My Pie Pizza
2010 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown
(773) 394-6900



Smoke Daddy
1804 W Division Street, Wicker Park
773-772-6656

 

 

Sultan's Market
2057 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park
773-235-3072

 

 

The Boundary
1932 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-278-1919

 

 

The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-489-5050


Via Carducci La Sorella
1928 W. Division Street, Wicker Park, IL 60622
773-252-2244

 

The Day's Agenda in Wicker Park and Bucktown - Crossfit, Movies and More

Thyra DeCicco - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CrossFit Opens Today in Wicker Park

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a new Wicker Park Fitness Center located in the space formerly Aspen Kitchen and Bath located at 2133 W. Division Street and will feature a variety of classes called the 'Workout of the Day'.  Crossfit appears to focus on more intensive training programs. For more information: Crossfit.

 

FREE Movie in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Don't miss this week's Movie in the Park in Wicker Park proper - 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Movies start at dusk but our last movie had 2,000 attendees so you may want to get there a little early.

Bring a blanket, food and bug spray. And yes, dogs are welcome. See ya there.

Movies in the Park.

 

Martini Party at Club Lucky

Every 1st Wednesday of the month Club Lucky plays host to their martini party at 1824 W. Wabansia in Bucktown. And tonight Ketel One Martinis are only $6.

 

 

For all the latest updates be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Sunday in Wicker Park Includes Wicker Park Fest, Farmers Markets, Puppets and More

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, July 29, 2012

If you're looking for something to so today, we've got a few ideas. The weather should be just beautiful. Sunny and a high of 85 degrees.

Of course Wicker Park Fest is kicking off day 2. We can attest to the fact that Day 1 was a big improvement over last year in that there is a lot more space so the crowd can spread out. There are a lot of vendors for food and fun...  and a big section for fun events for kids too. 

But there's more going on in the neighborhood than just Wicker Park Fest. Here are a few ideas for how to spend the day. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Day 2

Wicker Park Fest continues with headliners Joe Pug, Lucero and Budos Band. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

Farmers Markets
Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Division/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park at 1425 N. Damen. Farmers Markets.

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

Featured Sale

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Guide For 7-27-12 and There's So Much to Do

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27th, 2012

 

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

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser Tonight

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy- Tonight

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens Tonight

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.


 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue next Tuesday July 31st.  Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived ! 7-26-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26th, 2012

 

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

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens This Weekend

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park at 1425 N. Damen. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.


 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

Girl In A Coma Tonight

When we first published this event on Twitter we said: Girl In A Coma Heads to Double Door. One of our fabulous twitter followers responded: "True but that probably sounds little different than you intended". Duly noted. So, San Antonio's amazing "Girl In A Coma" is playing at the Double Door tonight. If you haven't gotten your tickets, do it now. This should be a great show and no one's been hurt: Girl In A Coma.

 


WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue next Tuesday July 31st.  Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

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

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, July 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

773-252-6499
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.

 

Feast

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 superyummy.com. 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.

 

 

Prasino

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.

 

 

 

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
773-342-1840

 

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.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 7-13-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

 

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

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and party at Club Lucky. Jerry's is celebrating 5 years all weekend long. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

If you'd like to receive our handy Guide to week ahead via email every Thursday, sign up! Weekend Guide. Thanks, as always for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

  BARS

 


Cheeseburger Fridays- Just $20 Tonight

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.



 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

 Macarons, Mimosas & Up to 30% Off - Right Now!

Second Time Around is hosting a fabulous party in Wicker Park right now. So head on over from now until closing today and enjoy food, drink and up to 30% off. Great deals are waiting at 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Mimosas.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 


Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

We're Back! Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Just Arrived! 7-12-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

 

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

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

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

 

 

  BARS

 

Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl

Tonight! The Chicago History Museum is hosting a walking pub crawl of the Bucktown neighborhood from 7-10 p.m. that will incorporate those local and legendary pubs that make the neighborhood unique. There may be a few tickets left but you better hurry. Pub Crawl.

 


Cheeseburger Fridays

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

FREE Yoga anyone? Bucktown's Lululemon located at 1627 N. Damen Avenue hosts a free yoga class every Sunday morning. But you have to get up and out early. Classes start at 10am. RSVP is preferred. Free Yoga.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 



Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.  Last but not least, if you'd like to receive this via email, here's how you sign up. Weekend Guide.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Insider's Guide Includes over 400 Wicker Park and Bucktown Businesses

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 06, 2012

For those who may not know the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide includes a full online Business Directory for the neighborhood.

Perfect if you're looking for a restaurant idea...we've got em. Not only do we include every restaurant in the neighborhood, we've also included them by cuisine. So if you're looking for a Mexican restaurant, just head to our Restaurant Section and search my Mexican. We've included everyone from Las Palmas at 1825 W. North Avenue to La Pasadita at 1141 N. Ashland Avenue.

We provide a full directory for Bars, Retail Shops, Theaters, Music venues and are currently building a brand new Service Directory for those who offer services in the neighborhood like attorneys, real estate agents, dentists and more.

 

So many of you know we provide lots of news & information and, of course, lots of cool Events & Deals happening in Wicker Park & Bucktown. But many don't know about the directory.

You can also review your favorite businesses. Have a favorite restaurant? Sign up and write a review. We offer stars for ratings and lots of room to write.

And if we're missing anyone, just let us know. We're happy to include them.

 

 

Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

Holstein Celebrates 100 Years TODAY with 14 Food Trucks, Bands, Beer & More

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday June 30th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Holstein Park - 2200 N. Oakley Avenue Bucktown
$5 Donation
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/holstein-centennial-celebration/

  Holstein Centennial Celebration 

Saturday June 30th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Holstein Park
2200 N. Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL , 60647

(312) 742-7554


1912-2012 -- Holstein Park is 100 years old and the Chicago Park District is throwing a once in a lifetime celebration. This event is sponsored by Friends of Holstein Park.

Fees: $5

Age Range: Family-Friendly

 

Holstein Park is turning 100!

And we’re throwing it a party!
Saturday, June 30th
11am – 7pm
2200 N. Oakley

Food Trucks – Bands – Beer – Fun for All

The Holstein 100 will feature 14 of Chicago’s finest food trucks, a selection of Goose Island beer Company’s tasty summer beers, and many great live bands throughout the day. The festivities will be held on the park grounds adjacent to the historic field house as well as the surrounding streets. There will be many activities for the younger park fans in our dedicated children’s play space.

The entire event is a fundraiser for the ambitious rehabilitation plan of the historic Holstein Park field house that is celebrating 100 years of continuous service to the community.

Volunteers are welcome to help on the day of the event – email us at holsteinpark100@gmail.com for further information on how you can help!

 

 

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