Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Memorial Day Weekend Guide Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012


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


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


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

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





Division Street IPA Crawl

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

Moonshine Brewery Open House/Tour

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



People Lounge Introduces Brunch

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






Do Division June 1st - June 3rd

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


The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

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


Wicker Park Fest Headliners

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







93XRT Presents Poi Dog Pondering Weekend

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


Raw Natural Born Artists Showcase

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





FREE Brunch for 4 This Sunday

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


Glazed and Infused Now Open

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


Jazz Tuesdays at MC

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

    The Trenchermen Looks to June

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






20% Off Store Wide Memorial Day

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

Eat for Beauty - Friday

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


Insider Deals of the Week

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






Theatre of War - The Chopin Theatre

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

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




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Jazz, Banh Mi, Trivia and More- Tuesday Specials In Wicker Park & Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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

 Tuesdays at 8:00pm

 Standard Bar and Grill - 1332 N Milwaukee Avenue

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

Prizes and cash giveaways


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



Feel like Jazz?


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

$5 Burgers, Fried Chicken, Beer & A Shot of Malort - Tonight

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, May 07, 2012

Looking for a couple of great Monday night specials in Wicker Park & Bucktown? We can help you out.

Tonight you can Build Your Own Delicious Burger at Cortland's Garage at 1645 W. Cortland Avenue in Bucktown for just $5. And the short rib nacho's aren't too shabby either. But that's not all. If you're looking for something in Wicker Park, head to Bangers & Lace.


On Monday nights at Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street-  you'll find fried chicken, beer and a shot of Malort for just $10. A great deal.


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Enter to Win 2 FREE Local H Tickets for Saturday Night

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 04, 2012


Win 2 FREE tickets to see

Local H Saturday at Double Door

1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park

Watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for this announcement. Local H plays the Double Door Saturday May 5th. Show starts at 9:00pm


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Enter by 10:00pm Friday May 4th. You'll be entered into a random drawing for 5 pairs! Winners will be notified Saturday morning. Good luck!

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide 5-4-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 04, 2012
May 4th 2012

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

The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo arrive this weekend and there are many events and parties planned throughout the neighborhood. But that's not all. We've also included community news, art gallery celebrations, new restaurant openings and more. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to include you. 

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



   Cinco de Mayo- Kentucky Derby Parties

This weekend Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby land on the same day. So we've included Cinco de Mayo street festivals, Kentucky Derby parties and those celebrations that will include both. We're adding a few more parties so if you're looking for fun and festive options in the neighborhood, we've got em right here.



   Do Division Update 

More bands have been announced so be sure to check for the line-ups to date right here. Sounds like there will also be food trucks at the Polish Triangle over the weekend. We will keep you updated. 


   Movies in the Park - Bucktown

The Bucktown Community Organization announced their Movies in the Park line-up this week. So, which movies are heading to Churchill Park this Summer? Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Wizard of Oz and The Lorax. And they're free. Stay tuned for the dates. As soon as they're announced, we will let you know. 


   Wicker Park Farmers Market

It's coming....the highly anticipated Wicker Park Farmers Market will reopen in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue on June 3rd. For those who may not know, the market is located at the corner of Damen & Wicker Park Avenue. We will see you there!


   Wicker Park Plant Sale & Fundraiser

Don't miss the Annual Plant Sale & Fundraiser this weekend in Wicker Park. Experienced gardeners and designers will help you pick the plants that are best for you. Proceeds are donated to the 10,000 square foot Wicker Park Gardens and lecture series.



     Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Arts N Spirits
Want to do something different this weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo? Head to Arts N Spirits at 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown with your friends and drink of choice. (They're BYOB). You'll have a great time and come home with artwork ready for framing. Details for how to sign up are right here.  


    Park Schrek's 1 Year Anniversary
Park Schrek Gallery is celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary with an opening reception tonight from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Featured work will include Jonathon Stein and the one and only Dan Schrek & John Park. Congratulations on a terrific 1st year.






    Better Than Something - Film Screenings
The Empty Bottle will be hosting 2 film screenings this weekend for Better Than Something:  a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard.The portrait of Jay's life is captured just months before his untimely passing. Public Works Gallery - 1539 N. Damen Avenue.

    Local H - This Saturday

Hailing from Chicago, Local H is a two-man wrecking crew; a powerhouse invigorated by former Triple Fast Action drummer Brain St. Clair and driven by the distinct lyric and melodic vision of guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas. Get your tickets now. Keep your eyes open on our facebook and twitter pages. We're giving away FREE tickets for this show later today. Double Door- 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser

Mark your calendars. The Annual Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser for the Trio Animal Foundation heads to the neighborhood May 19th. Food will be provided by a top Chicago Caterer featuring signature items designed and served by Hot Doug's Chef.  There will also be an open bar, 2 VIP areas, and a fabulous silent auction and raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.






1/2 off Bottles of Wine

Via Carducci not only offers delicious and authentic Italian fare, but every Monday - Wednesday you can save 50% on select bottles of wine. Head to the patio and enjoy.

   Red Door is Open

The reviews following the soft opening last weekend have been extremely positive and the Red Door officially opened yesterday in Bucktown in the space formerly the home of Duchamp at 2118 N. Damen Avenue. We're looking forward to the private 100 person patio. See you there.




  Real Estate

    Foreclosure Spotting

Every foreclosure we publish sells within a week or less. The 1 bed + den we mentioned last week was under contract in couple of days. But you have another chance. This 3 bed/2 bath is in Ukrainian Village is current listed for $341k. We've also included a banner on our website which links to foreclosures. Don't wait on these if you're interested. 



     Mother's Day Gift Baskets- $25

Looking for a gift for Mom? Head to Greenheart Shop. You'll find beautiful gift baskets that extend beyond physical and cultural borders. Support fair trade and empower mothers everywhere. Starting at only $25. 


    Spex Grand Opening Party - Tonight

Spex opened their Wicker Park location earlier this year at 1407 N. Milwaukee Avenue and on Friday May 4th they'll be hosting their official Grand Opening Party. With swag bags, refreshments and appetizers, it's sure to be a great time. Be sure to stop by.




   The Mariachi Man Drinks to Cinco de Mayo

For one day only this weekend, in celebration of Mexican Heritage and drinking holidays everywhere, the cast of El Mari Chi Chi will perform an interactive drinking theme burlesque show. The audience may keep up with the characters on stage and take a drink for each time a character takes a swig. Gorilla Tango Theatre - 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

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




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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 9-30-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, September 30, 2011
September 30, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. Although it's hard to believe it's October already, a great Fall weekend is ahead and we're happy to share information about the many terrific events planned throughout the neighborhood. This weekend is Festival Weekend and includes: Oktoberfest, The Coyote - Festival of the Arts, The Backyard Film and Music Fest, Moonshine's Rib-A-Que and The Empty Bottle's 5 day Adventures in Modern Music taking center stage but that's not all. You'll also find new gallery exhibitions, lectures, jazz and so much more. We also have a few exciting updates regarding new bar and restaurant openings just for good measure. Know of any others? Just let us know and we'll include them.


Moonshine's 4th Annual Rib Fest is the Saturday and it's going to be a fantastic event. Last year over 500 people attended and this year, we expect even more. With Prasino, Frontier Grill, The Smoke Daddy, The Bedford and more incredible chefs participating it's going to be a fun and delicious event. A perfect Fall Fest. This week, we've also included an update on new bars opening soon. The focus is on Division Street. Gourmet burgers and signature cocktails are heading our way. Last but not least, if you missed it last week, our top picks for fun Oktoberfest celebrations are included below. 

Mooshine's 4th Annual Rib-A-Que


  New Bars on Division Street

  Celebrating Oktoberfest



This Sunday don't miss the Bucktown 5k! Great exercise and its a terrific fundraiser for Gilda's Cub. On Monday, Christy Webber will be the speaker for the Wicker Park Garden Club's Lecture series. Buying an old pick up truck in in 1988 and a small amount of lawn mowing equipment, Christy began cutting grass around the Wicker Park neighborhood. With determination and hard work, she has become one of the largest landscape companies in Chicago and you can see her Monday.  Next up? Mark your calendars and hone those baking skills. The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is just around the corner.

     The Bucktown 5k

     Christy Webber Lecture Monday

      The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest




At long last, The Coyote: The Wicker Park Bucktown Festival of the Arts is this weekend! For 3 days, 150 artists will be featured throughout the neighborhood and 24 musical acts will be featured at Bucktown's Club Lucky. But that's not all. Two new gallery exhibitions will also be opening this weekend. Element Flux features 53 artists and opens at Jackson Junge on Friday. Also this weekend, Park Schrek's new exhibition Blur opens with a reception Friday night from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek is just steps from the Flat Iron so if you're heading to The Coyote, be sure to stop by.

New Gallery Exhibition Openings

Coyote - The Wicker Park/Bucktown Festival of the Arts




We have a wide variety of music options available this weekend. First, for something completely different, we love the idea of an evening packed with cool jazz & blues. And this Friday you can enjoy just that at the Blue Star Wine Bar. Reservations are recommended. Also this weekend, as part of The Coyote Festival, Club Lucky will be hosting 24 bands over a 3 day period. So stop by for great food, drink and music. The Lemonheads will be arriving at Double Door very soon and they will be playing the entire "It's A Shame About Ray" record.  Do you have your tickets? And last but not least, "Adventures in Modern Music"  is back at The Empty Bottle this weekend.


   Friday Night Jazz & Blues at Blue Star


   24 Bands at Club Lucky This Weekend

  Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray



A number of new restaurants are heading in to the neighborhood including - you guessed it - more sushi. Nori a Japanese/Sushi spot based in Lincoln Park is expanding into the Wicker Park and Rogers Park neighborhoods and is scheduled to open in mid-October. And unfortunately, MELT's opening has been postponed due to "city issues". Not uncommon. This week we've also included an Allergy-Friendly Directory. Lots of folks are looking for gluten-free and more. So we've compiled a handy guide to those eateries who are sensitive to food allergies. Many thanks to all who contributed to our Directory!

       New Neighborhood Restaurants

    Allergy-Friendly Eateries





We haven't seen an official press announcement but the word on the street is that the former owners of Wicker Park's Earwax Cafe have signed a lease with billion dollar company Dr. Martens.  The brown paper is officially up on the windows. As additional details become available, we will send them your way.  There have also been a number of new retail (clothing) shops who have opened their doors and we'll provide additional information on those new shops shortly. 

     New Doc Martens Store Coming to Wicker Park ?



The BackYard Fim & Music Fest is back on the north side this year after a brief hiatus on the south side last year.  And yes founder Fred Koschmann really did set up a projector in his backyard, hung a bed sheet for a screen, put out lawn chairs, and invited some 40 friends over to view two of his short films in 2008 when the fest first started. What can you expect on on Saturday?  From 2pm-6pm 16 local and international short films will be featured at the Wicker Park Arts Center. Additional details follow.  Also don't miss Cyrano. The quintessential Renaissance man is at The Chopin and you'll get your money's worth with a good old-fashioned sword fight included in the price of admission.

 Cyrano at The Chopin

Back Yard Film & Music Fest

These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join our 6,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.


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



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