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Tuesday Specials, Trivia, Banh Mi and More Tonight in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? On Tuesday nights don't miss Trivia at Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill and The Anthem at 1725 W. Division Street. 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 of the day. 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.

 

 

Don't miss Olympic Trivia with giveaways and prizes. Teams of up to 6 - 3 rounds - 20 questions - great drink specials - awesome Trivia Host - bonus "shot" rounds. Starts at 8pm. 1725 W. Division Street in Wicker Park at The Anthem.

CrossFit Opens, New'd to Close, $1 Oysters, Lollapalooza Aftershows and More

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 03, 2012

August 3, 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park Fest has come and gone for the year and this week we're focused on: Art, Music and Theater with a few special events like $1 Oysters, 5 Course Beer Dinners and Grand Openings included for good measure.

 

But that's not all. We're also excited to report the Insider's Guide was featured in last Friday's Red Eye and our Twitter feed @wickerparkbuck was recommended as the Twitter account to follow for news and information about Wicker Park & Bucktown. So if you're not already following us ....

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week (if you're not on Twitter), be sure to follow us on  Facebook. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendars! The Bucktown Arts Festival is taking place this month in Senior Citizens Memorial Park, also known as Holstein Park, at 2200 N. Oakley. Growing every year, this festival showcases 100's of different artists and is lots of fun for everyone. The Bucktown Arts Festival is one of the oldest in the city and it's FREE. The dates are here: Bucktown Arts.

 


Save $5 All Month at Arts N Spirits

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or evening, head to Arts N Spirits 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. You'll be surrounded by music, art and great people. It's BYOB so you can even bring a little champagne in on Sunday mornings for mimosas. And this month, you can receive $5 off on one of their classes. Grab your coupon here: Arts N Spirits.

 

 

Thicker Than Water Opens This Weekend

Park Schreck Gallery has announced their upcoming show Thicker Than Water, featuring work by Mark MacKinnon, Chad M. Sperzel-Wuchterl, and Chris Gans. Park Shrek's newest exhibition opens this Friday. The gallery is open to the public 11am–6pm (Thursdays until 8pm), Sundays 12–5pm, and closed on Tuesdays. For additional details: Park Shrek

 

 

  BARS

         

$1 Oysters Every Day at The Bluebird

Bucktown's Gastropub/Wine Bar/American Restaurant The Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Avenue announced this week they'll be serving up $1 oysters every single day from 5pm -7pm. This is a fantastic deal. Don't miss it. Oysters.


 
5 Course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner - Bangers & Lace

Next week do not miss Bangers & Lace 5 course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner designed by Chef Adam Wendt. The menu looks incredible and we've attached it so you can take a look for yourselves. You know this is going to sell out so make your reservations now: 5 Course Dinner. 1670 W. Division Street



Why We Love the Violet Hour

There are some places that always just stand out in your mind. Not just in Wicker Park or Bucktown. But in Chicago. The Violet Hour is one of those places. Quiet and sophisticated, The Violet Hour offers a place where you can actually have a dialogue with your friends while being on the receiving end of perfectly mixed drinks and stellar service.  If you haven't been there lately: The Violet Hour. If you can find it ...

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 


Community Alert: Attempted Sexual Assaults

This week the Chicago Police Department issued a Community Alert for an individual possibly responsible for as many as 15 attempted assaults in the area including: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Please stay aware and if you see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1. Let's get this guy. Community Alert Details

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am for a very special performance.This weekend features music, dance and more. For additional details about this weekend's extra special show in the park:  Magic Boat.

 

 

 

  MUSIC


Lollapalooza After Party in Wicker Park

We love Lollapalooza. And when the official event ends in Grant Park, the party will continue in Wicker Park. An official After Party has been planned at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club on Saturday night. If you RSVP to Do312, there's no cover. After Party.

 

 

Lollapalooza AfterShows in Wicker Park

All of the Lollapalooza AfterShows at Double Door and one of the AfterShows at The Empty Bottle have sold out. There's still time to get tickets for a few of the shows but you better do it soon. Lollapalooza.

 


 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

CrossFit Opens in Wicker Park

For those of you looking for a more intensive workout, look no further than CrossFit now open on Division Street. CrossFit features an extensive training program as well as "workouts of the day". Located at 2133 W. Division Street, the doors opened officially just yesterday. CrossFit.

 

 

Grand Opening At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for next weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

Wicker Park's NEW'D to Close

We're very sorry to report that one of Wicker Park's coolest resale shops and staple on 1917 W. Division Street has announced they will be closing. Their final day is August 31st and they currently are selling everything in the store...while hosting a 50% off sale. We will miss Nikki and team very much and wish them all the best.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Smartphones - Trap Door's New Hit

Voted by the Chicago Reader 2012 as having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners, Trap Door is back with another winning and entertaining show: Smartphones. And tonight - and every Thursday night - you can get 2 for 1 tickets. Two for just $20. Smartphones.






Support Our Mission
Last but not least, many have asked us how they can help support our mission. So we've set up a handy little way for people to contribute if you'd like to. Many of you assume we have some sort of funding or sponsorship. We don't. We're a small indie business in the neighborhood. So if you'd like to support us, here's a little information on how you can do it. Donations.

 

 

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

Cheeseburger, Fries, Domestic Beer, Wine & More - Just $20 Tonight Only

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 03, 2012

Cheeseburger Fridays

Happy Friday Night! From 6pm-9pm Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue has a wristband package available for $20.

That $20 includes all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries. A great deal.

Throughout the entire evening, they are also currently offering all of their Ketel One Vodka products (any flavors we have available) for $6 as part of a one-mixer cocktail (ie. Ketel/soda or Ketel/cranberry)...no martinis, shots, neat, rocks, etc. Enjoy.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 8-2-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, August 02, 2012

August 2, 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park Fest has come and gone for the year and this week we're focused on: Art, Music and Theater with a few special events like $1 Oysters, 5 Course Beer Dinners and Grand Openings included for good measure. We've also included information about Wicker Park's 2nd Farmers Market at Division/Ashland open until 7:00pm tonight. 

 

Last but not least, we're excited to report the Insider's Guide was featured in last Friday's Red Eye and our Twitter feed @wickerparkbuck was recommended as the Twitter account to follow for news and information about Wicker Park & Bucktown. So if you're not already following us ....

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week (if you're not on Twitter), be sure to follow us on  Facebook. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendars! The Bucktown Arts Festival is taking place this month in Senior Citizens Memorial Park, also known as Holstein Park, at 2200 N. Oakley. Growing every year, this festival showcases 100's of different artists and is lots of fun for everyone. The Bucktown Arts Festival is one of the oldest in the city and it's FREE. The dates are here: Bucktown Arts.

 


Save $5 All Month at Arts N Spirits

If you're looking for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or evening, head to Arts N Spirits 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. You'll be surrounded by music, art and great people. It's BYOB so you can even bring a little champagne in on Sunday mornings for mimosas. And this month, you can receive $5 off on one of their classes. Grab your coupon here: Arts N Spirits.

 

 

Thicker Than Water Opens This Weekend

Park Schreck Gallery has announced their upcoming show Thicker Than Water, featuring work by Mark MacKinnon, Chad M. Sperzel-Wuchterl, and Chris Gans. Park Shrek's newest exhibition opens this Friday. The gallery is open to the public 11am–6pm (Thursdays until 8pm), Sundays 12–5pm, and closed on Tuesdays. For additional details: Park Shrek

 

 

  BARS

         

$1 Oysters Every Day at The Bluebird

Bucktown's Gastropub/Wine Bar/American Restaurant The Bluebird located at 1749 N. Damen Avenue announced this week they'll be serving up $1 oysters every single day from 5pm -7pm. This is a fantastic deal. Don't miss it. Oysters.


 
5 Course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner - Bangers & Lace

Next week do not miss Bangers & Lace 5 course Solemn Oath Beer Dinner designed by Chef Adam Wendt. The menu looks incredible and we've attached it so you can take a look for yourselves. You know this is going to sell out so make your reservations now: 5 Course Dinner. 1670 W. Division Street



Why We Love the Violet Hour

There are some places that always just stand out in your mind. Not just in Wicker Park or Bucktown. But in Chicago. The Violet Hour is one of those places. Quiet and sophisticated, The Violet Hour offers a place where you can actually have a dialogue with your friends while being on the receiving end of perfectly mixed drinks and stellar service.  If you haven't been there lately: The Violet Hour. If you can find it ...

 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 


Community Alert: Attempted Sexual Assaults

This week the Chicago Police Department issued a Community Alert for an individual possibly responsible for as many as 15 attempted assaults in the area including: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Bucktown. Please stay aware and if you see anything suspicious, please call 9-1-1. Let's get this guy. Community Alert Details

 

Farmers Market Tonight

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.

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
Please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am for a very special performance.This weekend features music, dance and more. For additional details about this weekend's extra special show in the park:  Magic Boat.

 

  MUSIC


Lollapalooza After Party in Wicker Park

We love Lollapalooza. And when the official event ends in Grant Park, the party will continue in Wicker Park. An official After Party has been planned at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club on Saturday night. If you RSVP to Do312, there's no cover. After Party.

 

 

Lollapalooza AfterShows in Wicker Park

All of the Lollapalooza AfterShows at Double Door and one of the AfterShows at The Empty Bottle have sold out. There's still time to get tickets for a few of the shows but you better do it soon. Lollapalooza.

 


Smith Westerns FREE DJ Set Tonight

A teeny tiny bit out of the neighborhood. But come on...it's the Smith Westerns. And they will be DJing a set tonight at The Beauty Bar on Chicago. Sorry. We know it's out of the neighborhood. FREE with RSVP. The details.


 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

CrossFit Opens in Wicker Park

For those of you looking for a more intensive workout, look no further than CrossFit now open on Division Street. CrossFit features an extensive training program as well as "workouts of the day". Located at 2133 W. Division Street, the doors opened officially just yesterday. CrossFit.

 

 

Grand Opening At Joe's Wine Cellar

Joe's Wine Cellar has opened to very positive reviews in Wicker Park at 2108 W. Division Street. And next weekend, Joe will be kicking off his official Grand Opening. It's a beautiful space and nice addition to the neighborhood. So mark your calendars for next weekend and head to Joe's Wine Cellar.

 

 

 

 THEATER


      
Death & Harry Houdini

Death and Harry Houdini features the amazing Dennis Watkins and has been playing to sold out crowds since January of this year. After a trip to Miami, Death & Harry Houdini is back ... but only until August 17th. Get your tickets now. Houdini.

 

Smartphones - Trap Door's New Hit

Voted by the Chicago Reader 2012 as having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners, Trap Door is back with another winning and entertaining show: Smartphones. And tonight - and every Thursday night - you can get 2 for 1 tickets. Two for just $20. Smartphones.






Support Our Mission
Last but not least, many have asked us how they can help support our mission. So we've set up a handy little way for people to contribute if you'd like to. Many of you assume we have some sort of funding or sponsorship. We don't. We're a small indie business in the neighborhood. So if you'd like to support us, here's a little information on how you can do it. Donations.

 

 

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

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.

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

MTV's Underemployed To Film in Wicker Park July 24-25th

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, July 23, 2012

Photo Credit: AV Club

Per the West Town Chamber and an announcement published by Gold Star,  Underemployed will head back to Division Street's Gold Star Bar this week after a brief stint in Lakeview.

 

Here are the details:

FILMING DATE: July 24 & 25, 2012

 

FILMING LOCATION: Goldstar Bar 1755 W. Division Street

 

TIME: 8:00AM- 6:00PM

 

TYPE OF PRODUCTION: Television series: “ Underemployed”

PRODUCTION COMPANY: New Remote Productions

 

PARKING REQUESTED:
Both sides of Division from Wood to Hermitage
Both sides of Wood from Division to Haddon
Both sides of Hermitage from Division to Haddon
Both sides of Haddon from Hermitage to Wood.

Your Wicker Park - Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Just Arrived! 7-19-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is going to be incredibly busy in Wicker Park & Bucktown with celebrations happening across the board. First, AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years with a party up and down North Avenue on Saturday. The Silver Room is hosting a block party all weekend long and one of the neighborhood's Annual Sidewalk Sales will also be happening up and down our main streets. But that's not all. We also have great music, lots of restaurant news, new fitness centers moving in and your chance to win a FREE breakfast for 2 at one of our neighborhood gems: Riverside Cafe.

 

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

         

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 Next Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

  BARS

         

Robert Goulet Staring Contest

You've got to hand it The Anthem, they plan a wide variety of one-of-a-kind events and next week you can compete in their Robert Goulet staring contest. First prize receives a Glenfiddich watch, a one month supply of lubricating eye drops and a $50 gift card to the Anthem - 1725 W. Division. Robert Goulet



 

COMMUNITY  

 

Milwaukee-Wood Intersection Getting Revamp

If you missed it earlier, this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Work is scheduled to start in September. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

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 next 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). We're publishing this announcement early so you can plan ahead for your performance. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

   

 

FREE Soul Summit Dance Party

The Soul Summit FREE Dance Party is back this Friday July 20th at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Soul Summit Dance Party has been recommended by both Chicagoist & Time Out Chicago and spans the spectrum of early, raw r&b, funk & soul. Don't miss it. Soul Summit.

 

 

Disappears AfterShow

The Disappears will be heading to the Empty Bottle for an AfterShow following their show at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest. Disappears features members of Chicago dignitaries 90 Day Men and The Ponys, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Disappears.

 

Silver Room Block Party

The Silver Room's Annual Block Party is this weekend and party goers can enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art, fashion and music. It is an interactive event that is open to all ages and boasts DJs, live music performances, artists, fashion shows, children’s activities, mural artists and food. Three stages host music all weekend. Silver Room.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Next Weekend

Wicker Park Fest arrives next weekend July 28th and July 29th from Wood Street to North Avenue with shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
FREE Breakfast for 2 This Saturday - How to Win

Win FREE Breakfast for 2 this Saturday at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe at 1656 W. Cortland Avenue. Enjoy their warm cozy atmosphere and stunning private patio. For full details on how you can win be sure to visit our Facebook & Twitter pages. We'll be announcing our contest there later today. But you heard it here first. FREE Breakfast.

 

50% Off Wine at Via Carducci

Every week Monday- Friday, you can take advantage of 50% off bottles of wine at Via Carducci; the Wicker Park location at 1928 W. Division Street. So enjoy great Italian on their beautiful patio and get a great deal too. For full details including the fine print of this offer: Via Carducci.

 

 

WXRT Rockin' Lobster Bash at Red Door

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. 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

 

 

AKIRA Celebrates 10 Years

This weekend AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years in Wicker Park & Bucktown. And they'll be hosting one heck of a party up and down North Avenue from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be food, drink, prizes, giveaways and more so be sure to stop by and congratulate AKIRA Chicago. Anniversary.

 

 

Bella Colletta Trunk Show

Edith Hart, formerly The Edit, in Bucktown at 1917 N. Damen Avenue is hosting a trunk show this weekend which will feature the Fall Collection for Bella Colletta. If you're looking for bold, statement making accessories you need to stop by. Wine will be served. Trunk Show.

 

Mariano's Fresh Market to Open in Bucktown

Mariano's Fresh Market has been considering a move to Bucktown since 2008 and it seems an agreement for the location at 2160 N. Ashland has been reached. The new space in Bucktown will be Mariano's 6th location and from what we hear from the people who visit Roscoe Village, it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Mariano's.

 

 

RetroActive Announces New Concept/Fitness Center

The team behind Wicker Park's newest fitness center reached out to us this week to let us know they'll be opening a brand new facility at 1448 N. Western Avenue. What can you expect at RetroActive? An 80's feel with personalized training sessions, boxing and Muay Thai. Look for RetroActive to open in October. RetroActive.

 

 

3 Sales You Don't Want to Miss

Looking for a great deal? Here are some BIG sales and great deals you don't want to miss. First Goorin Brothers will be hosting a huge Sample Sale in Wicker Park starting Friday. But don't go their store. Mazi Dance will be hosting this event. Secondly, Greenheart Shop is hosting their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with as much as 70% off. Eco friendly and wallet-friendly. And last but not least, you can now score a Craniosacral Session for only $30 an hour at Temple Beautiful in Wicker Park. This amazing offer ends August 8th. 

 

 

Wicker Park - Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

Last but not least the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sidewalk Sale in the neighborhood this weekend. You'll find lots of additional sales up and down Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue and Division Street from 11am -6pm Saturday and Sunday.

 


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

 

One of the Coolest Spots in Chicago - Our Exclusive Interview with Double Door

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, July 14, 2012

The History of Wicker Park's Most Famous Music Venue

Double Door- Wicker Park Chicago 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue

By Thyra DeCicco

On June 12th 1994 when Lloyd Cole showed up for sound check in Wicker Park’s newest club, the owners were still painting the walls. It was their very first show in their new space and they were down to the wire getting ready. The very talented Lloyd Cole was their first act. Cole played two nights and both of those nights were sold out. Not bad for a new club located off the beaten path in the very edgy – and still undiscovered - Wicker Park.

But that was just the beginning. The same week, The Smashing Pumpkins also played at this new club under the name Starchildren. And 3 years later The Rolling Stones would play here. The new club?  Double Door.

Double Door is one of Wicker Park’s most beloved icons and an incredible institution that has helped to make Wicker Park the neighborhood it is today.  I had the privilege of spending time with co-owners Andy Barrett and Sean Mulroney and long-time Manager Lorri Francis to discuss the history of the club, how the music industry has changed over the years and the day the Rolling Stones came to play.

 

 

THE HISTORY

How it Began

Andy:  Almost 18 years ago, Sean and I were partners in another tavern called Sweet Alice in Ukrainian Village. It was our first foray into the bar business together. Sweet Alice was in a double store front building but we were only occupying one of the storefronts. So there was a vacant storefront. Sean and I wanted to use the 2nd vacant storefront as a music room. Our partners didn’t agree with us on that and other issues so we foolishly decided we look for another room to do the music in.  We were already familiar with this neighborhood.

Sean: And 18 almost years later, we’re still here. 

 Andy:  Sean is passionate about music and I’m more of the business guy. We married those 2 ideas and Double Door is the result.   

 

Double Door Liquors

Sean: We discovered that the building was a tavern before prohibition.  In the 1940’s  -1970’s it was run as a barrel house where they were open 24 hours a day and served only shots and beer.  They were running hookers out of the upstairs. This place has a lot history.  

Was it Double Door liquors when you took it over?

Andy:  A very small portion of the space by the entrance on Milwaukee Avenue (about 350 sq ft) was Double Door liquors and the rest of the building was a Country & Western bar called Main Street Tavern.  When we first took it over there was a sect of people who didn’t want us here. They thought we were corporate guys. So every day they’d put super glue in our locks and we’d have to cut off the locks.

 

Photo: Smashing Pumpkins 1995. Photo credit: Love it Loud.com

The Very 1st Rock Show

Andy:  Throw from Chicago and Wade from San Francisco played the first rock show. Throw and Wade were the first bands to really turn it up. It had never been that loud in Double Door before. Wade was sound checking and we happened to have a tin ceiling at that time. Tin ceilings have small holes in them and as the band was sound checking (because of the volume) dust started to rain down through the holes in the ceiling. There was a steady stream of silt and dust raining down on people all night long.

 

Chicago’s Music Community Steps In

Sean: The really nice thing is the music community in Chicago.  When we were opening, everyone turned out to help.  Everyone who was an industry professional in the city came out and threw in their 2 cents in terms of what we should do. And we figured out what we could afford or not afford and what made sense.

 

The Venue

When you walk in the door, the vibe is undeniable.  It’s dark. It’s edgy. And it’s a cool place to be. Period.  The club is - and has always been -rock-driven but they’re open to every genre.  As a venue, they’ve played host to just about everything from: classical, to S&M to male strippers and theater. 

Lorri: We’ll try anything. 

And they have; recently hosting the Chicago Best Friend’s Dog Pageant.  Most notably, however, this club is known for its music. And if you’re a band trying to get a gig there, you know how tough it can be. They won’t book just anyone. You’ve got to make the grade ....

 

Our Exclusive Interview with the Amazing Owners of the Double Door Continued

Part 2- How the Music Industry Has Changed (Over the Past 2 Decades)

Part 3- The Day the Rollings Stones Came to Play


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