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Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide 6-29-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29th, 2012

 

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

 

We just can't believe July is right around the corner! Where does the Summer go? On Saturday, Holstein Park will be celebrating 100 years and it's going to be quite a party with 14 food trucks, music, beer & more. So be sure to stop by. We've also included spots where you can find a cool treat, special events, a little news and much much more. This weekend is a little more quiet than usual because of July 4th. Hope you have a great one.

 

Last but not least, there are only 1 more day to push the Insider's Guide into the finals for a small business grant. So please VOTE! It really does take 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.

 

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

 

 

 Take Us Into the Finals!  Only 2 Days Left to Vote

Push us into the FINALS for a small business grant!  It only takes 30 seconds. Logon here and type in Wicker. Vote and you're done. But hurry! All votes must be in by Saturday June 30th. Thank you so much.

 


 

 

  BARS

 

4th of July Sing-Off

Oh say can you sing? Head to The Anthem on July 4th for their very special sing-off. You can win cash & prizes and it's being sponsored by 97.9's WLUP so you know it's going to be packed. Get there early and warm up those vocal chords. Sing-Off.

 

 

FoodieChats Fireworks Party

If you're on Twitter, chances are you already know Steve Green and his weekly Monday Tweet-Up called #Foodiechats. This Monday Steve is bringing Foodiechats to Wicker Park and we'll be a special guest! Be sure to stop by The Anthem/Bangers & Lace on Monday for lots of fun and free food! We will see you there. Foodiechats.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

 

Holstein Park's Centennial Bash Saturday

Holstein Park in Bucktown is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary this Saturday so be sure to head to the park at 2200 N. Oakley. You'll have lots of fun with 14 food trucks, bands and beer waiting for you. Let the celebration begin. Centennial.

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

 

Sign Up for Spanish - With Elena Chicago

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Guide

For your convenience, we've created this very cool Summer Guide to Wicker Park and Bucktown which includes all of the festivals, Summer events, movies, garden tours, pool openings and more. You can even find our directory to sweet Summer treats. Summer Guide

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle has announced their Pitchfork Aftershows. If you missed our announcement last week, be sure to check the shows right here. You know these are going to sell out quickly. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

The Giving Tree & Joe Purdy Tonight

If you were hoping to head to Double Door to see The Giving Tree and Joe Purdy tonight, that show is sold out. . Music.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt & More

With the thermometer close to 100 degrees today and 90-ish degrees in the forecast for the next week, here's where you can find incredible - and cool - sweet treats like frozen yogurt, gelato, creamy rich ice cream, Italian ice and more. Indulge.


Sabor Saveur Closes

The "For Lease" signs are up at 2013 W. Division Street, the website is down and we're sorry to report that it appears Sabor Saveur has closed their doors. An email was issued by the owners stating the restaurant would be closing. No additional information is available at this time. 

 

 

Seafood. Raw Bar. Absinthe Coming Soon

On a brighter note, Wicker Park's first seafood restaurant/raw bar is heading in to the space formerly the home of La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their focus will also be on absinthe. Look for The Savoy to open the week of July 13th.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Best Toy Stores in Chicago

A very big congratulations goes out to Building Block Toys and Bullfrogs & Butterflies for being cited by CBS News as 2 of Chicago's Best Toy Stores. If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with the kids, be sure to head to Building Block Toys every Tuesday for their Crafternoons Event.

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

Ladies: this one's for you. Wicker Park's Shear Sapphire is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and if you purchase full highlights, you'll receive your cut for FREE. Men - you can also score 50% off your haircut.The details: Shear Sapphire

 


Urba Baby Heads to Division

We just love the team behind Lincoln Park's Urba Baby and these former Wicker Park residents have decided to open a 2nd store right on Division Street. Look for Wicker Park's newest kids' shop to open late Summer in the space formerly the home of Bonnie & Clyde's at 1751 W. Division. Urba Baby.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Harry Houdini - For A Limited Time

As a friendly reminder, don't forget to get your tickets now for the 30 additional performances that have been added this Summer for Death & Harry Houdini at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Dennis Watkins is terrific. Do not miss this show. Magic.

 

 


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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Guide Has Arrived ! 6-28-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28th, 2012

 

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

 

As the time of writing this, it's 98 degrees in Wicker Park....in the shade. So please be careful out there today and this week. On Saturday, Holstein Park will be celebrating 100 years and it's going to be quite a party with 14 food trucks, music, beer & more. It's sure to be a great time.We've also included spots where you can find a cool treat, special events, a little news and much much more.

 

Last but not least, there are only 2 more days to push the Insider's Guide into the finals for a grant. So please VOTE! It really does take 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.

 

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

 

 

 Take Us Into the Finals!  Only 2 Days Left to Vote

Push us into the FINALS for a small business grant!  It only takes 30 seconds. Logon here and type in Wicker. Vote and you're done. But hurry! All votes must be in by Saturday June 30th. Thank you so much.

 

 

 

 

 

  ART


Wine Tasting Tonight

Please join Arts N Spirits at 1921 N. Damen Avenue tonight for their combination of painting class and wine tasting event. You'll have a lot of fun and you'll bring home this cool piece of artwork. Register or call ahead to make your reservation:  ArtsNSpirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  BARS

 

4th of July Sing-Off

Oh say can you sing? Head to The Anthem on July 4th for their very special sing-off. You can win cash & prizes and it's being sponsored by 97.9's WLUP so you know it's going to be packed. Get there early and warm up those vocal chords. Sing-Off.

 

 

FoodieChats Fireworks Party

If you're on Twitter, chances are you already know Steve Green and his weekly Monday Tweet-Up called #Foodiechats. This Monday Steve is bringing Foodiechats to Wicker Park and we'll be a special guest! Be sure to stop by The Anthem/Bangers & Lace on Monday for lots of fun and free food! We will see you there. Foodiechats.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

 

Holstein Park's Centennial Bash Saturday

Holstein Park in Bucktown is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary this Saturday so be sure to head to the park at 2200 N. Oakley. You'll have lots of fun with 14 food trucks, bands and beer waiting for you. Let the celebration begin. Centennial.

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

 

Sign Up for Spanish - With Elena Chicago

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Guide

For your convenience, we've created this very cool Summer Guide to Wicker Park and Bucktown which includes all of the festivals, Summer events, movies, garden tours, pool openings and more. You can even find our directory to sweet Summer treats. Summer Guide

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle has announced their Pitchfork Aftershows. If you missed our announcement last week, be sure to check the shows right here. You know these are going to sell out quickly. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

The Kaia String Quartet Tonight

Please join the Den Theatre tonight at 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue for an intimate evening of chamber music. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. Starts at 7:30pm. For additional details: Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt & More

With the thermometer close to 100 degrees today and 90-ish degrees in the forecast for the next week, here's where you can find incredible - and cool - sweet treats like frozen yogurt, gelato, creamy rich ice cream, Italian ice and more. Indulge.


Sabor Saveur Closes

The "For Lease" signs are up at 2013 W. Division Street, the website is down and we're sorry to report that it appears Sabor Saveur has closed their doors. An email was issued by the owners stating the restaurant would be closing. No additional information is available at this time. 

 

 

Seafood. Raw Bar. Absinthe Coming Soon

On a brighter note, Wicker Park's first seafood restaurant/raw bar is heading in to the space formerly the home of La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their focus will also be on absinthe. Look for The Savoy to open the week of July 13th.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Best Toy Stores in Chicago

A very big congratulations goes out to Building Block Toys and Bullfrogs & Butterflies for being cited by CBS News as 2 of Chicago's Best Toy Stores. If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with the kids, be sure to head to Building Block Toys every Tuesday for their Crafternoons Event.

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

Ladies: this one's for you. Wicker Park's Shear Sapphire is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and if you purchase full highlights, you'll receive your cut for FREE. Men - you can also score 50% off your haircut.The details: Shear Sapphire

 


Urba Baby Heads to Division

We just love the team behind Lincoln Park's Urba Baby and these former Wicker Park residents have decided to open a 2nd store right on Division Street. Look for Wicker Park's newest kids' shop to open late Summer in the space formerly the home of Bonnie & Clyde's at 1751 W. Division. Urba Baby.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Harry Houdini - For A Limited Time

As a friendly reminder, don't forget to get your tickets now for the 30 additional performances that have been added this Summer for Death & Harry Houdini at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Dennis Watkins is terrific. Do not miss this show. Magic.

 

 


If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ 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

Triva, Jazz and a Special Pairing Tonight - Tuesday Specials in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? On Tuesday nights don't miss Trivia at Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill. Every Tuesday you can win cash and prizes and there are plenty of drink specials. In the warmer months, the windows and patio are open.

 Tuesdays at 8:00pm

 Standard Bar and Grill - 1332 N Milwaukee Avenue


$5 Three Olives o-bombs
$10 Miller Lite buckets
$15 Buckets of Point Nude Beach and Blue Moon
$5 Quesadillas


Prizes and cash giveaways

 

At Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street - don't miss their Tuesday Special. $13 gets you their featured beer and a house made sausage pairing. Great food & drink and a great deal.

 

 

Feel like Jazz?

 

Every Tuesday enjoy free parking, a beautiful patio, the jazz band the GB Duo and the Banh Mi special; a Banh Mi sandwich and Domestic Beer for just $6.95, $2 PBR and $3 well shots specials at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening.

 

 

 

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Chicago Reader's Best of 2012 - Wicker Park & Bucktown Winners

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 21, 2012

Photo: The Violet Hour

The Chicago Reader has published their "Best Of" List for 2012 and we're happy to report the following winners for Wicker Park & Bucktown:

 

Best Alderman - Joe Moreno

Best Burlesque Group - Gorilla Tango Theatre - 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Best Cocktail - The Violet Hour - 1520 N. Damen Avenue

Best Food Truck - The Southern - 1840 W. North Avenue

Best Neighborhood for Nightlife - Wicker Park

Best Sandwich - Jerry's Wicker Park -  1938 W. Division Street

Best String of Theatrical Stunners - Trap Door Theatre- 1655 W. Cortland Avenue

 

Congrats on all of the well-deserved recognition. For the city-wide details: Chicago Reader 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

***Please vote for us! We need 250 votes to qualify to win a Small Business Grant. We really appreciate your support. ***

 

 

 

 

Great Burgers - Great Deal Just $5 Tonight in Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, June 18, 2012

Off the beaten path and far away from North/Damen/Milwaukee's hectic pace, Cortland's Garage at 1645 W. Cortland in Bucktown is a comfortable and cozy neighborhood bar with a warm environment and friendly service. Known for their great burgers, they've been voted by Chicago Magazine as having some of the very best in the city. The Cortland Burger, for example, comes prepared with white cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, avocado and crispy onions and a side of fries. And on Monday, you can build your own burger for just $5.

They also offer trivia too where you can win cash & prizes.

Many other burger options are available as are a broad selection of appetizers, wraps, salads, soups, desserts and more. Check out the Menu here.  And be sure to check out their daily specials.

Cortland's Garage was also featured in a segment from CLTV highlighting some of Chicago's Best Finger Food. Their Short Rib Nachos are a don't miss. Details are below.

Chicago's Best Finger Food - CLTV

Where You Can Find a Delicious Good Old Fashioned Saturday Bar Brunch

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, June 02, 2012
By Kimberly Chua

Some days nothing but a good old-fashioned bar brunch will do. And these fine Wicker Park & Bucktown establishments offer brunch both Saturdays & Sundays.  So kick your weekend off right and start it off here.

 

 

6 Degrees (1935 N. Damen)

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dig into “The Infamous Breakfast Horseshoe” and other delicious options at 6 Degrees.

 

Blue Line Lounge and Grill (1548 N. Damen)

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Sunday 9am – 4pm

Blue Line's hangover brunch menu offers a mouth-watering selection but the real cure is found in $3.00 mimosas and their spicy bloody marys.

 

The Boundary (1932 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Check out The Boundary for omelets, pancakes, and even breakfast tacos!

 

Cortland's Garage (1645 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Taste the house favorite, crunchy vanilla bean French toast, or opt for the $5 bloody mary bar.

 

Crocodile (1540 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Breakfast pizzas!

 

Division Ale House (1942 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

Bottomless Brunch – For $25, you get one breakfast item plus bottomless mimosas and bloody marys!

 

The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

The Fifty/50 has a great brunch menu with tons of options – try the breakfast lasagna!

 

Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Grab some breakfast sliders and wash them down with mimosas and bloody marys.

 

Moonshine (1824 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Try Moonshine’s take on brunch favorites, like their malted waffles. Don’t forget - the Bloody Mary bar is available from 10am – 5pm on Sundays.

 

Small Bar (2049 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

Stop by Small Bar to try some green pork chili or Nutella and creme crepes!

 

The Southern (1840 W. North)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm

Travel down to The Southern for some grits, bacon, doughnuts holes, and so much more!

Wicker Park's People Lounge Debuts Brunch This Weekend

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, May 26, 2012

People Lounge Debuts Brunch

Executive Chef Ralph Steinberg and owner Baris Yuksel launch brunch service and expanded hours Memorial Day Weekend

People Lounge located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park - offers both an ala carte and prix-fixe option every Saturday and Sunday beginning May 26. Prix-fixe brunch is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes choice of any below entrée with select beverages (sangria, mimosas or cava). The inclusive prix-fixe ranges from $15-$22 (add $10 to the entrée price). The a la carte brunch menu is offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Brunch Menu Selections

House Buttermilk Pancakes

Currant and pomegranate infused maple syrup ($8)

 

Gypsy Skillet

Gypsy hash (onions, green and red peppers, potatoes), boar sausage, quail eggs, toasted baguette ($9)

 

Build-Your-Own-Omelet

Choose three ingredients: spinach, mushrooms, bacon, chorizo or manchego cheese ($8)

With a side of fruit or patatas bravas (add $2)

 

Patatas Bravas

Crispy Russet potatoes, spicy red pepper aioli ($5)

 

Datiles con Jamon

Goat cheese-stuffed dates, applewood-smoked bacon, apple cider reduction ($6/two, $12/four)

 

People’s Skirt Steak

Braised Wagyu skirt steak, tomatoes, cornichons, capers, aged molten Manchego cheese ($9)

 

Tostada de Salmon

Citrus vodka house-cured salmon, chive cream cheese, pickled onions, rustic bread ($8)

 

Ensalada de Avocado

Bibb lettuce, avocado, watermelon, crispy Serrano ham, avocado vinaigrette ($8)            

 

Queso de Cabra

Herbed goat cheese, tomato sauce, garlic bread ($8)

 

Mushroom and Goat Cheese Empanadas

Oyster, porcini, Portobello and button mushrooms, chive aioli ($6/two, $11/four)

Win Brunch for 4 at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe!

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, May 25, 2012
Want to win an All-You-Can-Eat FREE BYOB Brunch for 4 Memorial Day Weekend at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe (1656 W. Cortland Avenue)?

 

Just look for our announcement on our Facebook and  Twitter pages and enter by 5:00pm Friday May 25th.

 

How to Enter

Facebook: Just share this information on your Facebook Page and give us the thumbs up and/or

Twitter: RT our announcement on our Twitter page and you're automatically entered into our drawing. A winner will be randomly selected from all entries Friday May 25th at 2pm.

Bring 3 of your best pals to Bucktown's adorable cafe on May 27th for Sunday Brunch for 4. The beautiful patio will be open and kids under 3 eat for free...compliments of Riverside Cafe - 1656 W. Cortland Avenue. 

 

Good luck ! 

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Memorial Day Weekend Guide Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to your Memorial Day Edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.

 

First and foremost, thank you so much for your help in making us Wicker Park & Bucktown's most popular neighborhood guide. We've reached almost 8,000 followers on social media alone and 10's of thousands of people visit us online each month. We couldn't do it without you and are very appreciative of your support.

 

Secondly, we receive information, events and news all day long. Our Weekend Guide is expanding every week so we've streamlined the format a little so it's easier for you to read. Hope you like it. Just click on the accompanying links for more detailed information on any topic. Last but not least, we've included our highlights for Memorial Day Weekend. Chicago Craft Beer Week continues with special events planned up and down Division Street, Poi Dog Pondering will be playing 2 VIP shows this weekend, there's lots of Summer Fest news to share (with Do Division right around the corner), you can win FREE brunch for 4 this Sunday and a couple of sweet deals are waiting for you too.

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

 

 

  BARS

         

Division Street IPA Crawl

Jerry's joins forces with Smallbar Division and Bangers & Lace to bring you the IPA's of North America. Only a short distance separates three of the best destinations for beer in Chicago. Tonight just head to Division Street to taste some of the best IPA's coast to coast. IPA Crawl.



Moonshine Brewery Open House/Tour

Many don't know that Wicker Park's Moonshine at 1824 W. Division Street is actually a brewery. And tonight, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, local brewer JD McCormick is opening the doors to the brewery. Doors open at 5pm and you're invited to join JD for a free tour to learn what goes into making a great local craft beer. Moonshine Tour.

 

 

People Lounge Introduces Brunch

This weekend People Lounge - located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue - is introducing a brand new brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. What can you expect? This is not your standard bacon & eggs. Expect higher end fare and creative twists on your traditional favorites. The menu looks delicious an you can take a peek at the new brunch options waiting for you right here. Brunch Menu.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

Do Division June 1st - June 3rd

Do Division 2012 is just around the corner and will be a 3 day festival for the 1st time in its history. Shopping, food and, of course, great music will be waiting for you. The final line-up includes: Pinebender, The Antlers. Peanut Butter Wolf, Le Butcherettes, Murder by Death and more. But that's not all, there are also lots of fun activities for kids. The details are here: Do Division.

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. This annual Summer event kicks off this Sunday and will continue through September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

Wicker Park Fest Headliners

Although still 2 months away, Wicker Park Fest has announced the headliners for the 2012 neighborhood festival which will include: The Drums, Cursive and local favorites including Joe Pug and Kill Hannah. The festival will take place on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue & Wood Street July 28th and July 29th. Stay tuned for additional details about: Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

93XRT Presents Poi Dog Pondering Weekend

Local Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering will be playing not 1 - but 2 - shows this weekend at Wicker Park's Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. VIP Packages are available and include cds, signed posters, drinks and more. Get your tickets early. Poi Dog.

 

Raw Natural Born Artists Showcase

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & make-up artistry, photography and performing arts. Tonight, they'll be showcasing who they feel represents the best of the best. Doors at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Raw Showcase.


 

 

 RESTAURANTS

          

FREE Brunch for 4 This Sunday

Would you like win FREE Brunch for 4 for this Sunday at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe? Just look for our announcement later today on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Share our announcement and you'll be entered automatically into our random drawing. The winner will be selected Friday afternoon. Win FREE Brunch for 4.

 

Glazed and Infused Now Open

Donuts donuts donuts. Yes you can now score gourmet doughnuts directly across the street from the Damen Blue Line el stop at Glazed and Infused. Just look for their window on the west side of Francesca's Forno at 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Open early...and late. Doughnuts.

 

Jazz Tuesdays at MC

Perfect for Summer, MC Restaurant has announced they will be hosting jazz every Tuesday night from 6pm -9pm. With free parking & wi-fi, a beautiful patio and the banh mi/domestic beer special for just $6.95, MC will be a great spot to relax this Summer. And the banh mi is excellent. Details.


    The Trenchermen Looks to June

Although the folks behind The Trenchermen hosted a fundraiser/preview party May 17th, it looks like it will still be several weeks until Wicker Park's newest upscale eatery opens their doors. According to Grub Street, there is still a lot of work to do and they're guessing the opening date will be closer to the end of June. The Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 
 

20% Off Store Wide Memorial Day

Chicago's premier fair trade, eco-friendly store Greeneheart Shop has announced a store wide sale this Memorial Day Weekend.  You'll find unique, beautiful and recycled merchandise that helps to create a better world. The details are here. Sale.


Eat for Beauty - Friday

Kelli Komar reveals the secrets of achieving radiant skin from the inside out at this educational, fun and interactive workshop being held at Elevenzees Friday night. Join Kelli as she discloses the ancient secrets of Ayurveda to help you create a customized holistic dietary skin care regimen that will balance your body and skin. Eating For Beauty.

 

Insider Deals of the Week

Shear Sapphire is a Women's & Men's Salon at 1712 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park and their 1st Anniversary is just around the corner. As their way of saying "thank you" to you,  they're offering a couple of great deals. First: men can score 50% off any hair cut service. And women, you can get a FREE haircut with a purchase. These offers won't last forever. So hurry! Insider Deals.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Theatre of War - The Chopin Theatre

Tonight only: Theatre of War is an artistic investigation of the disconnect between the experiences of most citizens and those of people directly impacted by war. This show takes place just days after the city bids farewell to the NATO summit. Theatre of War.



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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Hot Chocolate To Re-open in Bucktown with New Look ... And Menu

Thyra DeCicco - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
We were hoping for today (Tuesday), but according to the fine folks at Hot Chocolate via phone today, it looks like Hot Chocolate will be opening again at 1747 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown Thursday May 10th.

Hot Chocolate originally opened in Spring of 2005 and owner Mindy Segal felt it needed a makeover. Not only will you find a new look, you'll also find a new menu and simpler food according to this interview provided by Time Out Chicago.

Segal isn't looking to be a 5-star restaurant.

But we have to tell you, Hot Chocolate is a great spot in the neighborhood and we are looking very forward to all that is new. Congratulations Mindy on 7 terrific years. We can't wait to see the new digs.

 

For up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

Originally reported via 312 Dining Diva 


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