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Pumpkin Patches, Trick or Treating, Costume Parties and More Great Halloween Events!

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hello and Happy Halloween Weekend! It's only 38 degrees out so be prepared. There is so much to do today in celebration of Halloween. There are lots of great events for kids today; everything from pumpkin patches in Bucktown to Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park.

Costume parties, dog costume parties, Mind Shivers at Davenports and more.

 

BARS


Zombie Proms + More: Your Halloween Party Guide

Let the Halloween festivities begin. There are so many great parties to be found in Wicker Park and Bucktown this weekend in celebration of Halloween. You can safely assume every single bar will be having a costume party. But we love the idea of the Zombie Party at The Anthem and those parties with big cash prizes for "best costume". So if you're looking for a great bar party this weekend, here's your guide to the Saturday night. Halloween Parties.

 

 

Where You Can Find Fun - October 31st

Wondering what to do on Halloween proper? Well. We have that too. So if you're already thinking about next Wednesday, we have a few ideas for you. FatPour will having another Big Bash. Jerry's will be hosting an AfterParty for the Antique Beats and Double Door will be hosting an official Halloween party with Mucca Pazza; Chicago's Favorite Marching Band. 

 

 

Fun Halloween Activities for Kids

There are so many great activities for kids planned this weekend. The Annual Boo-Palooza Community Festival is this weekend with lots of great events planned for kids and a free movie too. But that's not all. Bucktown's Riverside Cafe is hosting a pumpkin patch with face painting and goodie bags. Red Door is hosting a costume contest for kids... and dogs. Trick or treating is happening on Saturday and Kids Rule at 1534 N. Milwaukee Avenue has a full weekend planned. For all of the details: Halloween Events for Kids.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

Billy Idol- The Replacements-The Cult and More (Sort of)

One of the best Halloween events of the neighborhood ... and one of the most fun events of the year...don't miss the Double Door's Annual Halloween Bash. Local musicians dress and play the part of many great bands like: Billy Idol The Replacements, Iron Maiden and more. A don't miss. DD Halloween Bash.

 

 

Eight Days of Halloween

The Empty Bottle started celebrating Halloween early this year and continues that celebration with 8 full days of Halloween shows. The celebration kicked off yesterday will continue through next Wednesday. For a list of the shows.


 

 

  RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Halloween Trick or Treating + More

We've received information via a number of business owners about Trick or Treating this Saturday from 12pm-4pm. Signs should be posted for those participating. We also know that Elevenzees 1903 W. Division Street and Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue will definitely have candy ready for trick-or-treaters. So be sure to stop by and check our full list of activities for kids so you don't miss out. Trick or Treating & More.

 

 

   THEATER

 

Halloween Burlesque Show - Gorilla Tango

For a limited time only... Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre at 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue smash zombie burlesque apocalypse hit, BOOBS OF THE DEAD: A WALKING DEAD BURLESQUE, is sticking around for a little while longer. Gorilla Tango's shows are always fun and funny. So check it out while you can: Boobs of the Dead.

Neon City-Open Streets-Lady Gaga-Mayor Emanuel- Pizano's is Open and More 9-14-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide where we showcase cool neighborhood events and share lots of neighborhood news.

 

This weekend a number of beautiful art galleries are hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions, FatPour is having their official Grand Opening Party, Milwaukee Avenue will be closed for 15 blocks to host "Open Streets", Neon City takes place on Friday to celebrate the Polish Triangle with art and music, the Bucktown 5k kicks off on Sunday ...and so much more. There are also fantastic opportunities for live music this weekend and there is always neighborhood news to share.

 

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

 

 

 ART

Newcomer        


Alleys & Parking Lots Opens Saturday

This new exhibition features the work of Joel Ross in collaboration with photographer Jason Creps. The artists install signs, photograph them and then abandon them at locations throughout Chicago and Southern Illinois. The opening reception for this and Monique Meloche's newest "On the Wall" exhibition is this Saturday. For additional information: Alleys & Parking Lots.




Apocalyse 2012: Genesis 2013 Opens Friday

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.




State of the Art Opens Friday

Park Schreck Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming show State of the Art, featuring work by Ray Becoskie and Jane Carney. Ray's sophisticated yet playful compositions would make a welcome addition to any home. The Opening Reception is this Friday from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek.

 


  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL     


FatPour Grand Opening Party Tonight

FatPour is officially opening this Friday! They will be hosting their Grand Open Party from 4pm - 2am at 2005 W. Division Street. A very big thank to you to the team at FatPour for donating VIP tickets in our giveaway. Evan Jones was our lucky winner but the party is open to the public so be sure to head over to Wicker Park's newest bar on Friday. Grand Opening.

 

 

COMMUNITY  

Photo: So I had my picture taken today in Wicker Park with Mayor Rahm. I asked the photog if they could also include my dogs in the picture...Do not think Rahm was amused by my request. Won't get the picture for 3-5 days and I'm guessing my 2 pit bulls will be cropped out. Time will tell ...

 

Bucktown 5k - Sunday

The Annual Bucktown 5k is this weekend. Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. And enjoy a Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 


Neighborhood Celeb Spotlights - Lady Gaga and Rahm Spotting

Wicker Park has had its share of 'celebrity' news this week. First, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appearance at this year's Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday around 1pm and we bumped right into the Mayor just outside of Moonshine. Secondly, The Mob Doctor spent all day on Wednesday filming inside of Zakopane. And last but certainly not least, Lady Gaga also made an appearance in Wicker Park this week; and even stopped by Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue for a shot of tequila.

 

 

Neon City - Lights Up The Polish Triangle

This sounds like it will be a fun event this Friday in the Polish Triangle located at Ashland, Division and Milwaukee Avenue. From 5pm -10pm, the space will be transformed using public art + music and will come to life with color through neon paint, sweatbands, glow sticks, special lighting and the livelihood of people enjoying the festivities. Neon City.

 

 

 

 

Open Streets - Sunday

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park this weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year, Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic although bicycles and skateboards will be allowed. An impromptu urban park will be set up for a few hours. Sounds like fun but if you park on Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday, your car will be towed. Open Streets.

 

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground this Sunday at 11am. The season is winding down and there's only one show after this one. So when you stop by the Farmers Market this Sunday, be sure to stop by the playground. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Home Movies and The Avant Garde

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Home Movie Day, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will be screening two programs of avant-garde films that exalt, appropriate, and reshuffle home movies. Co-sponsored by Chicago Film Archives. Don't miss the first of these this Sunday at 7:00pm. The Avant Garde.

 

 

  MUSIC

The Memorials


Berkley's - The Memorials - This Weekend

Thomas Pridgen, the former drummer of the Latin infused-prog group The Mars Volta, arrives with his newest project The Memorials this weekend. The Memorials, a collective of Pridgen and two of his best friends from before his Volta days; singer Viveca Hawkins and guitarist Nick Brewer will be at Double Door for an early show on Saturday. The Memorials.

 

Riot Fest - The Offspring, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello & More

Every once in a while a great event pops up just beyond the borders of the neighborhood...and we just have to mention it. Riot Fest is one of those events. This year Riot Fest is being hosted by The Congress Theater on Friday and will take place in Humboldt Park on Saturday/Sunday. Great acts like Elvis Costello, The Offspring, Iggy Pop, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more will be heading to Riot Fest. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you better hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House - Opens September 18th

Wicker Park's newest Southern eatery is all set to open on September 18th at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford and Chef Mark Steuer will be a the helm once again. The Carriage House.

 

 Grass Fed Opens for Lunch

Bucktown's Grass Fed located at 1721 N. Damen Avenue has quickly established themselves as the go-to steak restaurant in the neighborhood. And now they're open for lunch. Serving up fresh salads, burgers and sandwiches Grass Fed is open for lunch Monday - Friday starting at 11:00am. And there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Take a look at their brand new Lunch Menu right here: Grass Fed.

 

 Pizano's is OPEN

The paper is off the windows. The staff has been in training this week. And when we spoke to Pizano's Corporate Office they said they were officially open. Can't wait for a big slice of deep dish pizza. How about you? Now open at 2056 W. Division Street. Pizano's Pizza.

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING


 

Deals, Sales & Special Offers

Don't forget the Wicker Perks! We update our deals every week so keep your eyes open for new special offers- like $2 slices of pizza- or existing offers ending soon like ORA Dental's new patient special for $129 which is ending at the end of September. We'd hate for you to miss a really great deal: Wicker Perks.

 

 

Temple Beautiful's Book Club Meetings, Belly Dancing + More

Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful offers a wide variety of classes for overall health and well-being. From inspirational, motivational book club meetings to modern belly dancing classes, you can find it at Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful 1901 W. Division Street.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. Be sure to sign up for our Weekend Guide and you can receive a weekly email for the best events and neighborhood news every Thursday afternoon. And as always, if you'd like additional information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Gallery Exhibitions, Music, Open Streets, Lady Gaga, Neon City And More 9-13-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend a number of beautiful art galleries are hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions, FatPour is having their official Grand Opening Party, Milwaukee Avenue will be closed for 15 blocks to host "Open Streets", Neon City takes place on Friday to celebrate the Polish Triangle with art and music, the Bucktown 5k kicks off on Sunday ...and so much more. There are also fantastic opportunities for live music this weekend and there is always neighborhood news to share.

 

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

 

 

 ART

Newcomer        


Alleys & Parking Lots Opens Saturday

This new exhibition features the work of Joel Ross in collaboration with photographer Jason Creps. The artists install signs, photograph them and then abandon them at locations throughout Chicago and Southern Illinois. The opening reception for this and Monique Meloche's newest "On the Wall" exhibition is this Saturday. For additional information: Alleys & Parking Lots.




Apocalyse 2012: Genesis 2013 Opens Friday

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.




State of the Art Opens Friday

Park Schreck Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming show State of the Art, featuring work by Ray Becoskie and Jane Carney. Ray's sophisticated yet playful compositions would make a welcome addition to any home. The Opening Reception is this Friday from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek.


 

 

 

 

  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

Bears vs Packers Tonight - Where To Catch The Game

We can't wait for the Bears vs Packers game tonight. And if you're looking for a great spot to kick back, grab some great food, drink and have plenty of room for football with a great view of the game, well we have a few ideas for you. Bear Down.

 


FatPour Grand Opening Party Friday

FatPour is officially opening this Friday! They will be hosting their Grand Open Party from 4pm - 2am at 2005 W. Division Street. A very big thank to you to the team at FatPour for donating VIP tickets in our giveaway. Evan Jones was our lucky winner but the party is open to the public so be sure to head over to Wicker Park's newest bar on Friday. Grand Opening.

 

 

COMMUNITY  

Photo: So I had my picture taken today in Wicker Park with Mayor Rahm. I asked the photog if they could also include my dogs in the picture...Do not think Rahm was amused by my request. Won't get the picture for 3-5 days and I'm guessing my 2 pit bulls will be cropped out. Time will tell ...

 

Bucktown 5k - Sunday

The Annual Bucktown 5k is this weekend. Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. And enjoy a Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 


Neighborhood Celeb Spotlights - Lady Gaga and Rahm Spotting

Wicker Park has had its share of 'celebrity' news this week. First, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appearance at this year's Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday around 1pm and we bumped right into the Mayor just outside of Moonshine. Secondly, The Mob Doctor spent all day on Wednesday filming inside of Zakopane. And last but certainly not least, Lady Gaga also made an appearance in Wicker Park this week; and even stopped by Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue for a shot of tequila.

 

 

Neon City - Lights Up The Polish Triangle

This sounds like it will be a fun event this Friday in the Polish Triangle located at Ashland, Division and Milwaukee Avenue. From 5pm -10pm, the space will be transformed using public art + music and will come to life with color through neon paint, sweatbands, glow sticks, special lighting and the livelihood of people enjoying the festivities. Neon City.

 

 

 

 

Open Streets - Sunday

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park this weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year, Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic although bicycles and skateboards will be allowed. An impromptu urban park will be set up for a few hours. Sounds like fun but if you park on Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday, your car will be towed. Open Streets.

 

 

The 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. The season is winding down and there's only one show after this one. So when you stop by the Farmers Market this Sunday, be sure to stop by the playground. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Home Movies and The Avant Garde

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Home Movie Day, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will be screening two programs of avant-garde films that exalt, appropriate, and reshuffle home movies. Co-sponsored by Chicago Film Archives. Don't miss the first of these this Sunday at 7:00pm. The Avant Garde.

 

 

  MUSIC

The Memorials


Berkley's - The Memorials - This Weekend

Thomas Pridgen, the former drummer of the Latin infused-prog group The Mars Volta, arrives with his newest project The Memorials this weekend. The Memorials, a collective of Pridgen and two of his best friends from before his Volta days; singer Viveca Hawkins and guitarist Nick Brewer will be at Double Door for an early show on Saturday. The Memorials.

 

Riot Fest - The Offspring, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello & More

Every once in a while a great event pops up just beyond the borders of the neighborhood...and we just have to mention it. Riot Fest is one of those events. This year Riot Fest is being hosted by The Congress Theater on Friday and will take place in Humboldt Park on Saturday/Sunday. Great acts like Elvis Costello, The Offspring, Iggy Pop, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more will be heading to Riot Fest. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you better hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House - Opens September 18th

Wicker Park's newest Southern eatery is all set to open on September 18th at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford and Chef Mark Steuer will be a the helm once again. The Carriage House.

 

 Grass Fed Opens for Lunch

Bucktown's Grass Fed located at 1721 N. Damen Avenue has quickly established themselves as the go-to steak restaurant in the neighborhood. And now they're open for lunch. Serving up fresh salads, burgers and sandwiches Grass Fed is open for lunch Monday - Friday starting at 11:00am. And there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Take a look at their brand new Lunch Menu right here: Grass Fed.

 

 Pizano's Opening Soon

The paper is off the windows. The staff has been in training this week. And when we spoke to Pizano's Corporate Office this week, they told us they're just waiting for Chicago's final blessing. Can't wait for a big slice of deep dish pizza. How about you? Coming soon to 2056 W. Division Street. Pizano's Pizza.

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING


 

Deals, Sales & Special Offers

Don't forget the Wicker Perks! We update our deals every week so keep your eyes open for new special offers- like $2 slices of pizza- or existing offers ending soon like ORA Dental's new patient special for $129 which is ending at the end of September. We'd hate for you to miss a really great deal: Wicker Perks.

 

 

Temple Beautiful's Book Club Meetings, Belly Dancing + More

Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful offers a wide variety of classes for overall health and well-being. From inspirational, motivational book club meetings to modern belly dancing classes, you can find it at Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful 1901 W. Division Street.

 

Those are the highlights for the week.  And as always, if you'd like additional information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Vampires and Zombies

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, September 09, 2012
A zombie sighting at Milwaukee Avenue and Wood Street on Saturday in Wicker Park; on their way to the Vampire and Zombie Pub Crawl which kicked off at Standard Bar 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 9-6-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 6th, 2012

 

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

 

Our apologies for the delay. Technology can be temperamental. In any case, we hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. It's hard to believe Summer has unofficially ended because there is so much happening in the neighborhood this month and the weather is just fantastic. This week we're featuring new art gallery exhibitions, great music, fests, fairs, new restaurants and more. There is so much to do in the park this month but our annual Summer events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of them while you can.

 

For up-to-the-minute updates throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 ART

Butterflies, Getting Into Face         

Bernard Colbert Exhibition Opens Saturday

This weekend Eyeporium Gallery at 1431 N. Milwaukee Avenue will host an opening reception and exhibition for Bernard Colbert's new book Getting Into Face. Getting Into Face features local celebrity and artist JoJo Baby and Sal-E over a 5 year period. A book signing is also being hosted this weekend by Eyeporium. For additional details: Getting Into Face.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery's Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We've updated our handy guide with a few more local college spots: where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour Update- Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening has officially been announced. It will be Friday September 14th. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by this weekend. 13th District.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Open Streets Next Weekend

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park next weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year (and this weekend), Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. It should be a lot of fun but also please be aware that 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed next Saturday from Division Street to Western Avenue. So if you live in the neighborhood, plan accordingly. Open Streets.

 

 

10th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Returns to Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair Saturday & Sunday

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

Summer's Last Hurrah


It's hard to believe another Summer packed with Movies in the Park, Garden Walks, Summer Festivals and swimming pools has come and gone. But there's still time to enjoy a little more of the park before the weather gets cool. Be sure to catch these 10 End of Summer events while you can. Summer Wind Down.

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

FREE 93XRT Everest Show Tonight

Tonight 93XRT and Corona Extra are teaming up to provide a free show for the LA-based band Everest. What does it mean to be ownerless? is the band's newest album and you can catch them for free tonight.  93XRT Presents.

 

Exit Ghost - Pyro Fighter- Rah Rah & More

On Saturday, you can catch 4 bands for just $10 at Wicker Park's Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 4 bands offer a wide mix of genre including: country tinged indie rock, folk, straight up rock and electro-pop duet Pyro Fighter. A great deal at just $10. Double Door.

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening this Saturday in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House Targets Mid-September

Wicker Park's newest Southern Belle The Carriage House is still on track to open mid-September at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford. The Carriage House.

 

 Covo Gyro Market Is Open

Covo Gyro Market is now open at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. What can you expect? Authentic traditional Greek gyros and salads from the team behind Prasino. We arrived for the opening but there was a slight delay and haven't had the time to head back. If you've been there, we'd love to know what you think. Covo Gyro Market.

 

 

 

Nameless Japanese Eatery Opens in Bucktown

A new Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Bucktown has opened at 1613 N. Damen Avenue and they contacted us to let us know they're hosting a contest to Name That Restaurant. If your name is selected you'll receive $100/month in free food for a year. Japanese Fusion.


The Lazy Parrot is Open

A number of restauranteurs have decided to open 2nd businesses in Wicker Park this Summer and The Lazy Parrot is another one of those spots. From the team behind Bucktown's Cafe LaGuardia, you'll find a mix of Carribean and Cuban food at The Lazy Parrot; located at 2257 W. North Avenue. Initial reviews have been very positive and we're hoping to head there later this week. The Lazy Parrot.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

Second Time Around: Wicker Park - Chicago, IL

Fashion's Night Out- Tonight

From 6pm - 10pm tonight, you can enjoy wine, snacks and great deals. Merchandise will be on sale with 50% off all Summer clothes and 20% off all new arrivals. Today only. 1534 N. Milwaukee Avenue Sip Shop and Save.

 

Go Inspired Green Heads to Wicker Park

If you've been wondering how to reduce energy expenses in your home. Well, we may just have an idea for you. Go Inspired Green is a new consulting business that has moved into the space formerly the home of Casa De Soul at 1919 W. Division Street with a focus on how to reduce energy expenses and live in a healthier environment. For additional information contact Go Inspired Green. They are officially open for business. Inspired Green.

 

 

Organic Spa Party - Tonight

Looking for a little tlc? Then head to Elevenzees' Temple Beautiful tonight for their Organic Spa Party. Relax and enjoy being pampered. Space is limited. Feel free to BYOB. The details: Organic Spa Party.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169  New Patient Special - $129

The great deals at Wicker Park's ORA Dental continue this month. Not only can you score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169 (regular price is $599), new patients can also take advantage of their current offer which is only $129. ORA books up early so schedule your appointments now before these great deals end. ORA Dental Specials

 

Those are the highlights for the week. We're currently planning our Halloween Edition so stay tuned for all of the very best Wicker Park & Bucktown events heading our way. If you have a Halloween Event coming up, be sure to send them to us. 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 Insider Weekend Guide - Labor Day Edition - Has Just Arrived !

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is Labor Day Weekend; the unofficial end of Summer. But we have many fantastic Fall events heading our way far beyond this weekend and into September. So here's your preview of what's in store for Fall. As always, we have lots of information and great Insider deals to share. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

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

 

 

 ART

  Brent Riley at Firecat Projects       

Brent Riley Opens at Firecat Projects

For his latest show in Chicago, longtime resident  Brent Riley will present 42 original inkjet prints at Firecat Projects 2124 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  The series began in 2006 and was finished 2012. The inkjet prints are “Original” in the sense that these pieces exist in no other form. Opening Reception is Friday. For additional details: Brent Riley.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery Announces Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asked artists to render their vision of such an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

         

2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Wondering what to do this Labor Day? Head to Bangers & Lace 2nd Official Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year the winner downed 17 hot dogs in just 5 minutes. Think you can beat that record? $25 buys you a Bangers & Lace t-shirt, all the hot dogs you can eat in 5 minutes and a nice cold beer to wash it all down. The Grand Prize winner scores 2 Bears Tickets. Sign up up to 1 hour before the contest starts. Hot Dog Eating Contest.

 

 

 

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We know how great it is to watch the game with a pack of alums so every year we publish our College Football Guide so you know where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour - Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening is tentatively scheduled for September 7th. Nothing official has been announced as they still have one more inspection to go. So stay tuned for details. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter. The Grand Opening Party will be in mid-September.

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by next weekend. 13th District.



5 "DON'T MISS" Fall Events

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer but it's not the end of great events heading into Wicker Park & Bucktown. Open Streets are expanding from the Loop into the neighborhood, Circus in the Parks are back, The Coyote Festival of the Arts arrives at the end of September and so much more. Put these on your radar. Early Fall Events.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Bloomingdale Trail - World's Longest Elevated Park

Did you know that when the Bloomingdale Trail is finished it will be the longest elevated park in the world? True story. Paris and New York City also have elevated parks but ours will be the longest. You can find the details and ABC's video report right here: Bloomingdale Trail. 

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair - Next Weekend

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

 

Spanish Classes Start Soon - Sign up Now

Back to school takes on a whole new meaning with Elena Chicago. Join Elaine Winer for new Fall classes and learn Spanish in a casual and relaxed environment. Elaine's reviews have been outstanding and you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy Club Lucky's ambiance while learning. Hurry! Classes start next week. Spanish Classes.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Avenue N Guitars Rock For Kids Showcase Tonight

Tonight Avenue N Guitars located on North Avenue in Wicker Park is hosting a free showcase to benefit "Rock For Kids". The doors open at 7:00pm and the showcase begins at 8:30pm. For additional information including bands in the showcase: Rock For Kids.

 

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening on September 8th in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar Opens For Lunch

Off the beaten path, Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar offers fresh delicious food and an impressive selection of wine. They are also now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. With a large patio and easy street parking during the day, head to Blue Star Bistro and enjoy a delicious lunch presented beautifully. Blue Star Bistro.

 

 In Search of The Best Pisco Sour

As long-time neighborhood residents and true Insiders, we have insight you just can't find anywhere else. We look beyond the hip and trendy to what's truly good and share information you should know. So here's a little Insider information for where you can find a great authentic Pisco Sour. You won't see this in other publications but you will find it here...enjoy! Pisco Sour Tour.

 

Wicker Basket Cafe' - What You Should Know

Another great Insider tip for the day... is Wicker Basket Cafe'. After venturing in for our Saturday Sandwich feature, we just can't wait to head back. The sandwiches there are de-licious and after writing our feature, we heard from others that their egg salad sandwich is addictive. Off the beaten path at 2113 W. Division Street, Wicker Basket Cafe' has a nice patio, solid service and tasty food. Wicker Basket Cafe'.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

David's Tea To Open in Bucktown

DAVIDsTea is quickly expanding and is opening 3 new locations in Chicago; 924 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park, 1645 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown and 3530 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. in Chicago. Look for Bucktown's shop to open October 13th. DavidsTea.

 

 

Final Sale at NEW'D - Most Items $5

Thursday and Friday will mark NEWD's final 2 sale days so be sure to stop by. Everything must go and most items are listed at $5. NEW'D has been a great spot at 1917 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and we wish them all the best. NEWD Sale.

 

 

Labor Day Sale with 70% Off at STA

Wicker Park's Second Time Around is kicking off a Labor Day Sale this weekend with 70% Off All Summer Merchandise and 20% off new Fall arrivals. STA sells designer clothing, accessories and shoes at a fraction of their original price. Be sure to check out their sale. You'll find some incredible values here: Second Time Sale.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169 !

THIS is an incredible value! If you book an appointment with ORA Dental in September, you can score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169. The regular price is $599. What are you waiting for? They book up early so be sure to schedule your appointments now...before this deal ends. Zoom Whitening Deal.


Those are the highlights for the week. Hope you have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! 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

Sunday's Agenda: Day 2 of Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social, St. Helen's Carnival, Farmers Market and More

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26, 2012

 

Good Sunday morning! A few ideas for the day ahead. Today is day 2 of the Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social and St. Helen's Carnival. The Wicker Park Farmers market is open and the Magic Boat Puppet Show kicks off in the park at 11am.

Rain is predicted for later in the day so be sure to head out early. 

Thanks, as always, for joining usIf you'd like updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team and is held at Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 8th ANNUAL ST. HELEN CARNIVAL



8th Annual St. Helen Carnival

A tiny bit out of the neighborhood but an annual favorite, be sure to bring the kids to the 8th Annual St. Helen Carnival. The Carnival features... rides, music, children's entertainment, food concessions and a beer garden and kicks off today. For full details: St. Helen Carnival.




The Farmers Market & Magic Boat Puppet Show

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 


 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the day. If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

>>> If you'd like to receive our Weekend Guide every Thursday, just sign up at the bottom of the page.<<<

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Bucktown Arts Fest, Food Truck Social, Rock N Roll Pig Roast, Sales & More This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 25, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. It's hard to believe this is the last weekend of August and the end of Summer is just around corner. Many of our annual neighborhood Summer special events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of those events while you can.

But that's not all, the neighborhood is packed with events all weekend long. You'll find everything from the Annual Bucktown Arts Festival to the 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast to fashion and more. We've also included 5 new restaurants that should be on your radar, great deals and more.

Thanks, as always, for joining usIf you'd like updates 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 Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.

 

 

  BARS

         


2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast

The 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast kicks off at Standard in Wicker Park at 12pm Noon on Saturday and is sure to be a great time with food, drink and of course, music, all day long. Do not miss fantastic bands like Secret Colours, Sybris and more who will be playing this Saturday. Rock N Roll


The Division Street Pub Crawl

Kicking off at Fat Pour (2005 W. Division Street) at 2pm, you'll hit 8-10 Division Street bars and end up at Fat Pour again. Hosted by Festa Parties. Bars include: The Fifty 50, Division Ale House, The Boundary, Moonshine & more. Details.



 


The Anthem Hosts Fashion Fest

This Anthem is hosting Fashion Fest this weekend with fashion shows being held all day on Saturday. So if you'd like to catch a little fashion update over the weekend, head to The Anthem. Fashion Fest.

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 8th ANNUAL ST. HELEN CARNIVAL



8th Annual St. Helen Carnival

A tiny bit out of the neighborhood but an annual favorite, be sure to bring the kids to the 8th Annual St. Helen Carnival. The Carnival features... rides, music, children's entertainment, food concessions and a beer garden and kicks off today. For full details: St. Helen Carnival.




The Magic Puppet Show Sunday

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Ashley Pruneau Fundraiser

Former employee of Wicker Park's Mana, Ashley Pruneau, was attacked during a home invasion in July and has been subjected to a lengthy recovery with a number of surgeries. A fundraiser has been planned at Wicker Park's Double Door for next Tuesday and a number of local businesses have contributed donations for the silent auction and fundraiser. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.

 

 

5 New Restaurants on Our Radar

This is one of our favorite features. What new restaurants are opening soon in the neighborhood? Everything from ramen to Asian to southern fare and Greek gyros are on our radar. And they should be on yours. Take a look at 5 new restaurants opening very soon. New Restaurants.

 

 

$5 Off Any $25 (and over) Bill

Another great Insider deal for you: Wicker Park's French Vietnamese restaurant MC Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland is offering $5 off any bill that is $25 or over. If you land at $25, that's a 20% savings and a great deal. The banh mi is a favorite. Take this coupon and head to MC while the offer lasts. $5 Off.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

Energy Intuitive Readings at Elevenzees

Gina Baruch is a former public school art teacher who has been studying and practicing the intuitive arts for the past 15 years. Accessing insight through cards, numerology, claircolorance, and nameology, it is Gina’s intent to source guidance from the highest vibration the universe has to offer. Appointments are available this Saturday at Elevenzees.

 

 

ORA Dental's Amazing $129 Offer for New Patients

There's still time to take advantage of ORA Dental's 2 Year Anniversary in Wicker Park with a very special deal for you. New Patients now pay only $129 (reg. $330). But hurry! This offer ends very soon. ORA Dental.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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.

 

 

>>> If you'd like to receive our Weekend Guide every Thursday, just sign up at the bottom of the page.<<<

 

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 8-23-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 23, 2012

 

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. It's hard to believe this is the last weekend of August and the end of Summer is just around corner. Many of our annual neighborhood Summer special events like our Movies in the Park and free yoga are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of those events tonight and this weekend.

But that's not all, the neighborhood is packed with events all weekend long. You'll find everything from the Annual Bucktown Arts Festival to the 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast to fashion and more. We've also included 5 new restaurants that should be on your radar, great deals and more.

 

Last but not least, we're giving away tickets to this weekend's Division Street Pub Crawl. It's a $40 value so keep your eyes open on Facebook and Twitter for additional details about how you can enter to win. 

 

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

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival - This Weekend

The Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend and will include great food, local musicians, 200 artists and lots of fun for all ages are waiting for you next weekend. One of the oldest festivals in Chicago, it is run by an all volunteer team. This festival is a don't miss. Dates & details: Bucktown Arts Fest.

 

 

  BARS

         


2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast

The 2nd Annual Rock N Roll Pig Roast kicks off at Standard in Wicker Park at 12pm Noon on Saturday and is sure to be a great time with food, drink and of course, music, all day long. Do not miss fantastic bands like Secret Colours, Sybris and more who will be playing this Saturday. Rock N Roll

 


The Anthem Hosts Fashion Fest

This Anthem is hosting Fashion Fest this weekend with fashion shows being held all day on Saturday. So if you'd like to catch a little fashion update over the weekend, head to The Anthem 1725 W. Division Street. Fashion Fest.

 

 

Win 2 Free Tickets to Division Street Bar Crawl

This weekend Division Street is also playing host to a good old-fashioned pub crawl. The crawl begins at Fat Pour (2005 W. Division Street) and includes The Fifty 50, The Boundary, Division Ale House and more. We're giving away 2 tickets (a $40 value) later today/tomorrow. So be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for details about how you can enter to win.


 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 


Free Yoga Tonight in the Park

We really love the idea of being able to take a free yoga class tonight in the park. Head to Schiller Grove, the SW corner of Wicker Park tonight with your mat. The outdoor class is from 7pm-8pm and is sponsored by Lululemon and the Chicago Park District. Free Yoga


The Magic Puppet Show Sunday

This Sunday when you're heading to the Farmers Market, be sure to take the kids to see The Magic Boat Puppet Show which performs at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. Only one more show is left after this weekend and lots of fun for the kids. Magic Boat Puppet Show.



Movies in the Park - Tonight

The last Summer Movie in the Park heads to Bucktown tonight. You can catch The Lorax at Churchill Park (2007 W. Churchill) and it's free. The weather should cooperate. Starts at dusk. Movies in the Park.

 

 

Wicker Park's Open Mic Friday

Entertainers, poets, musicians, comedians and more. Here's your chance to take advantage of an opportunity for an open mic right in the heart of the park. It's a nice event with a sizable crowd. Come showcase your talent...or support the people who do. Wicker Mic.

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Ashley Pruneau Fundraiser

Former employee of Wicker Park's Mana, Ashley Pruneau, was attacked during a home invasion in July and has been subjected to a lengthy recovery with a number of surgeries. A fundraiser has been planned at Wicker Park's Double Door for next Tuesday and a number of local businesses have contributed donations for the silent auction and fundraiser. Hope you can make it. Fundraiser.

 

 

RAW Natural Born Artists Showcase - Tonight

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. And tonight you can catch them at Double Door.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

2 For $20 Brunch This Sunday

Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar at 1209 N. Noble serves an incredible brunch every Sunday and this week you can grab this great deal of 2 for $20 brunch entrees. Take a peek at their Sunday menu and make plans to head over for brunch this weekend. Blue Star Bistro Brunch.

 

 

2nd Annual Food Truck Social

We know this is a tiny bit out of the neighborhood but with 30 food trucks heading to West Town, we just had to let you know. This weekend the 2nd Annual Food Truck social will arrive with everything from curry to cupcakes, music, retail vendors ... and of course ... food. The details.

 

 

5 New Restaurants on Our Radar

This is one of our favorite features. What new restaurants are opening soon in the neighborhood? Everything from ramen to Asian to southern fare and Greek gyros are on our radar. And they should be on yours. Take a look at 5 new restaurants opening very soon. New Restaurants.

 

 

$5 Off Any $25 (and over) Bill

Another great Insider deal for you: Wicker Park's French Vietnamese restaurant MC Restaurant at 1401 N. Ashland is offering $5 off any bill that is $25 or over. If you land at $25, that's a 20% savings and a great deal. The banh mi is a favorite. Take this coupon and head to MC while the offer lasts. $5 Off.


 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 Photo: Let the MADNESS begin!!! Today EVERYTHING is marked down! New Arrivals are 20% off and summer clearance items are 70% off!! Do not miss this! We will be open til 10 PM tonight!!

70% Off- Summer Clearance at STA

Summer clearance still going strong at Second Time Around 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. You can receive up to 70% off the already low STA price on Marc Jacobs, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley. We saw really cool Summer merchandise over the weekend and are heading back again this week. Great Deals.

 

 

Energy Intuitive Readings at Elevenzees

Gina Baruch is a former public school art teacher who has been studying and practicing the intuitive arts for the past 15 years. Accessing insight through cards, numerology, claircolorance, and nameology, it is Gina’s intent to source guidance from the highest vibration the universe has to offer. Appointments are available this Saturday at Elevenzees.

 

 

ORA Dental's Amazing $129 Offer for New Patients

There's still time to take advantage of ORA Dental's 2 Year Anniversary in Wicker Park with a very special deal for you. New Patients now pay only $129 (reg. $330). But hurry! This offer ends very soon. ORA Dental.

 

 

 

Wicker Park & Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

This weekend marks the final sidewalk sale of the season so be sure to take advantage of the great sales to be had up and down the streets of the neighborhood including: North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street. Saturday and Sunday from 11am -6pm. Last Call.

 

 

Those are the highlights for the week. 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 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

 


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