Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Emporium Arcade Opens Their Doors Saturday

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, June 17, 2012

At Long Last! At 5pm Saturday (6-16-12), Emporium Arcade located at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 'unofficially' opened their doors in an announcement via Twitter. We're really happy for the team behind this new establishment because it's taken a very long time for them to receive their license and the city's blessing.

The official opening for Wicker Park's newest bar-cade is planned for Tuesday.

Emporium Arcade Details.

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 6-14-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14th, 2012


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


We're back to business as usual this week with fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood and the latest Wicker Park & Bucktown news. If you're looking for a fun idea for Father's Day, we've got it. Also this weekend, don't miss Learnapalaooza. One day a year the neighborhood is filled with free classes & workshops. Sign up now if you haven't already. We're also happy to report that our neighborhood outdoor pools open this weekend -- just in time for the 90 degree days heading our way.


But that's not all. This week Lollapalooza Aftershows were announced and the final line-up for Wicker Park Fest 2012 released.


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





Dads Paint for FREE At Arts N Spirits

Looking for something fun & creative to do with Dad this weekend? Head to Bucktown's Arts N Spirits. Your Dad can paint his favorite sports stadium while you socialize, listen to music, drink your beverage of choice (byob) and just have an all around great time. And this weekend, Dads can paint for FREE. Make your reservation today. Father's Day.


Into the Void - Opening Weekend

This week don't miss the opening of Into the Void; Park Schrek's newest exhibition featuring the works of Steve Amos. The title for the show, comes from one of the artists earlier paintings, one that sparked and influenced an entire series. Work will be on display beginning this Friday, June 15th through July 30th. For additional details and gallery hours: Into the Void.






Emporium Arcade Opening Soon

With license in hand and inspections all passed, we're not really sure what's keeping Emporium Arcade - located at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue- from officially opening their doors. They've said they're ready to open any day now. So be sure to have plenty of quarters on hand. We're expecting their doors to be open this weekend. We were able to catch a sneak peak of Wicker Park's hottest new bar last week. Emporium.

The Anthem Launches New Patio Menu

The Anthem has launched a new lighter Summer Patio menu just in time for the steamy weekend ahead. What can you expect? Vodka punch, magaritas,vodka popcicles and Juicy Lucy sliders/pork belly sliders for just $4 each. And for all of the veggies out there, vegetarian sliders are also available. The Anthem.







Bueller? Ferris Kicks off Movies in the Park Tonight

Tonight Ferris Bueller's Day Off kicks off the Summer Movies in the Park series in Bucktown. The weather should be just perfect and all movies start at dusk. Next Wednesday The Wizard heads to Wicker Park proper. For the full line up this Summer in Wicker Park and Bucktown: Movies.


Learnapalooza This Weekend Only

Learnapalooza is an annual Summer event that takes place in the neighborhood for one day only. Businesses throughout Wicker Park & Bucktown play host to all sorts of workshops and classes that are absolutely free of charge. But be sure to sign up now if you haven't already. Classes fill up very quickly. Learnapalooza.



Milwaukee Avenue - Wood Street Intersection Getting Redesign

As residents of Wicker Park for 7+ years, we can attest to the fact that this intersection is the most dangerous in the neighborhood for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians...and we are excited to report that at long last ... this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where so many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.






Richard Lloyd Show Canceled

We're sorry to report that Richard Lloyd (of Television) has been hospitalized and the remaining tour has been canceled. If you have tickets for the show this weekend at Double Door you can receive a refund at the point of purchase. Richard Lloyd



Lollapalooza AfterShows Announced

This week Do312 announced the 2012 Lollapaooza Aftershows happening throughout Chicago. So if you don't have the time or money to attend Lollapalooza proper this year in Grant Park, you can still catch a great show at one of the aftershows. Here are the acts playing in Wicker Park venues this year. Aftershows.



Wicker Park Fest Announces Full Line Up

Wicker Park Fest announced the headliners for this year several weeks ago. This week, they released the full line up heading to the neighborhood at the end of July. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.






Bedford Development Group to Open Carriage House

The orange notice has been posted in the front window at 1700 W. Division Street stating the Carriage House is moving in to the space formerly the home of Edge (Division Street & Paulina St) and this week the details of the project were released. We're excited to report the developers behind The Bedford are opening a new bar/restaurant in the space with a focus on all that is "Southern". Target date for the opening is September 2012. The Carriage House.


Father's Day Brunch & Dinner Ideas

Still wondering where to take Dad this weekend? Club Lucky is offering an incredible All-You-Can-Eat Buffet with everything from fried chicken and spare ribs to biscuits & gravy. They're including breakfast dishes, lunch fare and delicious desserts. Taxim is also offering a special menu for Dad (and discount) and Bucktown's Red Door is offering a whole goat with lots of sides for $18.


Purple Cow Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop Update

Hand-dipped ice cream cones, malts, shakes, sundaes and more are heading to Division Street. Purple Cow (in the space formerly Anastasia Chatzka at 1740 W. Division) has a few more city inspections to entertain and then their doors will open. They'll also be serving up doggy ice cream and homemade candy and popcorn. Look for this new Wicker Park spot to open by early July. Purple Cow.







Temple Beautiful Expands Classes/Workshops

This week Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division Street announced a number of new dance, acupuncture, yoga + more classes and workshops. We've just published their schedule into July. Sign up early. Space is limited for these classes. Temple Beautiful.






Early Warning - Harry Houdini Heads to The Chopin in July

Earlier this year we reported Death & Harry Houdini was selling out shows far in advance due to the talent and popularity of magician Dennis Watkins. Death & Harry Houdini will arrive back at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park on July 7th. Get your tickets early: Houdini.


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'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.



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




The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide


Wine Tasting-Classes Every Monday Night in June

Michael Hamrick - Monday, June 11, 2012
Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar
1209 N. Noble Street
$30 Per Person or 3 Sessions for $80

SAVE THE DATES! Wicker Park's Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar (1209 N. Noble Street), in affiliation with Vino di Savino, a Chicago-based private wine education and wine tasting company, will be hosting a series of 4 wine education and tasting classes each Mondays through June 25th.


For more information: (773) 278-2233

Cool Jazz & Banh Mi Just $6.95 - Tuesdays Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm

MC Restaurant and Lounge 1401 N. Ashland Avenue

Every Tuesday enjoy free parking, a beautiful patio, the jazz band the GB Duo and the Banh Mi special; a Banh Mi sandwich & Domestic Beer for just $6.95 at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue.

A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening. 

Bangers & Lace Monday Fried Chicken Special - Just $10

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, June 04, 2012

It's warm, the patios and doors are wide open and on Monday nights at Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street-  you'll find fried chicken, beer and a shot of Malort for just $10. This is a great deal.


Get there early ... and tell em we sent you.



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

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

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



6 Degrees (1935 N. Damen)

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

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


Blue Line Lounge and Grill (1548 N. Damen)

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Sunday 9am – 4pm

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


The Boundary (1932 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

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


Cortland's Garage (1645 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

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


Crocodile (1540 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Breakfast pizzas!


Division Ale House (1942 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

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


The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

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


Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

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


Moonshine (1824 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

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


Small Bar (2049 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

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


The Southern (1840 W. North)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm

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

Your Do Division Weekend Guide Has Arrived 6-1-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 01, 2012

June 1st 2012


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


Wicker Park's Do Division Festival and Sidewalk Sale kick off today so this week's Weekend Guide is all about Division Street with a few community events and a little news too to be sure you're in the loop on the neighborhood. The Do Division Festival is centrally located between Damen Avenue & Leavitt but sidewalk sales will be happening up and down Division Street -- all the way to Ashland Avenue. The street is also packed with large patios due to the extra wide sidewalks. So no matter where you land, you'll have a terrific time.


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





Division Street Bars

For those who may not be familiar with the neighborhood, we've included our handy little guide to all of the bars we have available right on Division Street. Your options range from cozy Irish pubs to large sports bars. So there's sure to be something for everyone. And almost every bar offers a dog-friendly patio. Division Street Bars.






Farmers Market Opens Sunday

With our warm weather starting as early as St. Patrick's Day, it feels like the Wicker Park Farmers Market should have opened a long time ago. But it's officially opening this Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Avenue right in the Park. We will see you there. Farmers Market.



The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

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






Final Lineup & Tonight's Do Division Headliners

Do Division's Festival includes a wide variety of music including: The Antlers, Peanut Butter Wolf, Murder by Death, Pinebender, Le Butcherettes and more.  The full line up is here and tonight The Black Belles and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be kicking off the festival. Do Division Details.





Black Bull Tapas to Open Today

When Angels & Mariachis closed their doors in January stating they were remodeling, we didn't realize they were remodeling into a brand new concept.But they have. Focused on small plates and an extensive Spanish wine list, Black Bull Tapas is working hard to open tonight at 1721 W. Division Street :  Black Bull Tapas.


Division Street Restaurants

We've heard from a representative at the West Town Chamber of Commerce that there will be as many as 15 food trucks participating at Do Division this year. They'll be located at the Polish Triangle located at Ashland/Division/Milwaukee Avenue. So you can grab food coming to - or leaving - the fest. But if that's not for you, we've included a guide to great restaurants you can enjoy right on Division Street. Almost all include dog-friendly patios. Division Street Restaurants.


Win FREE A Gift Card from Forever Yogurt

This has nothing to do with Division Street but we wanted to let you know first that we're kicking off a fun contest where you can win a FREE gift card compliments of Forever Yogurt. All you need to do is spot us walking our dogs around the neighborhood and we'll give you a gift card for FREE Forever Yogurt right on the spot. Look for our announcement & details later on Facebook & Twitter






Do Division Celebration

Be sure to stop by Elevenzees this weekend at 1901 W. Division Street. In addition to their Sidewalk Sale Saturday & Sunday, they'll also be hosting a store wide celebration which will include: crab cakes, wine, raffles, scavenger hunts for kids and more. Elevenzees.

Steve Quick Jeweler to Open This Fall

Steve Quick Jeweler is a boutique and custom jeweler with stores currently located in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. This Fall they'll be opening their 3rd location right on Division Street in Wicker Park. We will keep you posted on the details but look for Steve Quick Jeweler's soft opening this September at 1909 W. Division Street. Details.


Insider Deal of the Week

Head to Division Street's Via Carducci at 1928 W. Division Street every Monday - Wednesday and you can enjoy half off a bottle of wine. Via Carducci offers excellent traditional Italian food, terrific service, a beautiful patio and this great deal. Insider Deals.






Romeo & Juliet - The Chopin Theatre

Located at 1543 W. Division Street, The Chopin offers a wide range of film, music and theater entertainment options. This weekend you can see "a fun and  inventive spin" on the Shakespeare classic Romeo & Juliet. Ticket Information.

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'd love to include you. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.    




The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Black Bull Tapas Targets June 1st Opening

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 28, 2012
Black Bull Tapas has moved into the space formerly the home of Angels & Mariachis at 1721 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and the folks behind River North's English Pub and Hubbard Inn are also behind this new spot. The menu is in the process of being finalized and it sounds like Black Bull Tapas will be opening June 1st.


How Black Bull Tapas is defined: "Black Bull Tapas pays homage to the tapas and pintxos bars of Spain, full of warmth & vivacity, a meeting point for friends, where an unassuming entrance conceals a boisterous setting serving simple yet surprising food."

The Chefs will be Executive Chef Bob Zrenner & Luis Contresas.

The target date for opening is mid-April. We can't help but picture tapas, a great wine and the outdoor patio. Welcome to the neighborhood.  


Stay tuned for details. For up to the minute information, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter

93XRT's Poi Dog Pondering VIP Double Header Continues Tonight at Double Door

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, May 27, 2012
93XRT Welcomes: The Poi Memorial Day Double Header with Poi Dog Pondering Photo:
Sunday May 27th - Show 9:00pm
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue- Wicker Park
$25/$50/$75 Packages Available

93XRT Welcomes The Spring Double Header: A Weekend with Poi Dog Pondering

The double header continues tonight Sunday May 27th. Doors at 8pm.

$25 / $50 VIP Balcony Tickets Include: Signed poster, CD, and 2 drinks 

$75 VIP Tickets Include: Signed poster, CD, and 4 drinks.



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Wicker Park's People Lounge Debuts Brunch This Weekend

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, May 26, 2012

People Lounge Debuts Brunch

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

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


Brunch Menu Selections

House Buttermilk Pancakes

Currant and pomegranate infused maple syrup ($8)


Gypsy Skillet

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



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

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


Patatas Bravas

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


Datiles con Jamon

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


People’s Skirt Steak

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


Tostada de Salmon

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


Ensalada de Avocado

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


Queso de Cabra

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


Mushroom and Goat Cheese Empanadas

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

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