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Bucktown Woman Carjacked While Warming Up SUV

Michael Hamrick - Monday, December 19, 2016

A 24-year-old woman was carjacked at gunpoint early Sunday evening in Bucktown as she was warming up her SUV in the frigid Chicago cold. 

On Sunday evening, December 18, 2016, as temperatures were heading to subzero a woman was warming up her car at approximately 6:30pm when 2 unknown male offenders approached her vehicle displaying handguns. The victim fled from the vehicle located in the block of 1700 N. Wolcott leaving her personal belongings behind according to reports.

The stolen vehicle is a 2016 Black Ford Escape and the offenders fled the scene with the car. The car has not yet been located. The offenders are described as black, between the ages of 20 and 25 with one wearing a red hoodie and the other wearing a black jacket.



Grand Opening for Arc'Teryx Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 10, 2016


Opening in the former Asics location at 1630 N. Damen Avenue Arc'Teryx is hosting their Grand Opening today in Wicker Park. For those who may not know, Arc'Teryx is an outdoor apparel shop based in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

The Grand Opening hosted today, Saturday September 10, 2016 until 7:00pm will include: Craftsman Demos, Food, Drink, Live Music and Giveaways.


There's already a line down the street. 

Mario Lopez Makes Appearance At Wicker Park's Saved By The Max

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 03, 2016

Had to cruise by this SBTB diner while in town... #Chicago

A video posted by Mario Lopez (@mariolopezextra) on

Wicker Park's pop up bar/restaurant Saved By The Max pays homage to the beloved sitcom Saved By The Bell. The diner located at 1941 W. North Avenue has been painstakingly recreated to provide diners with a trip back in time ... and right down memory lane. Reservations sold out immediately and the pop-up's stay was extended through the end of the year.

As part of their promotion at the launch of the opening, the team behind the Wicker Park hot spot promised possible guest appearances by actors featured in the show. And they did not disappoint. Saved By The Bell's A. C Slater  (and now tv celeb) Mario Lopez made a very surprise appearance late last night surprising diners and capturing the moments through photos and video on Lopez's Instagram account. 


Chicago Votes 2016

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't forget to vote! Today, Tuesday March 15, 2016 is the official primary election date in Illinois. For a quick and easy way to find your polling place, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners created this handy little link. Just input your address and you'll find your polling location.

Polls are open all day from 6am-7pm. Find your polling place HERE.

5 Things You Can Do in Wicker Park, Bucktown Today

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, September 20, 2015

image courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

Good Sunday morning. The weather should be just beautiful today in the neighborhood. So drench yourself in blue skies and warm sunshine. And be sure to take advantage of these special events in Wicker Park and Bucktown...happening today.


Apple Pie Party - No contest this year but there will still be plenty of apple pie to eat. So head to Bucktown's Holstein Park - 2200 N. Oakley Street, 2:00pm-5:00pm.


Bitter Betty Bazaar - Right around the corner from the Renegade Craft Fair, the Bitter Betty Bazaar features handcrafted soaps, jewelry, home decor, accessories, vegan baked goods and more. Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas, 12:00pm-6:00pm.


Farmers Market - Featuring fresh produce, flowers, cheeses and meats, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open today from 8:00am - 2:00pm. 1425 N. Damen Avenue.


Midnight Circus on the Parks - For the first time ever, the Midnight Circus in the Parks is in Wicker Park this weekend and today will be the final day. Get those tickets while you can. Ticket Information & More. 1425 N. Damen Avenue.


Renegade Craft Fair - The biggest craft fair in Chicago, and a favorite of many, the Renegade Craft Fair is back in Wicker Park this weekend. You'll find plenty of artisans, food, music and more. 11:00am-6:00pm from Paulina to Damen. 


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

Wicker Park Party Ends With Shooting

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 08, 2015

Wicker Wire: The Chicago Sun Times is reporting a man was shot while at a party in Wicker Park early Saturday morning. The party was being hosted in the block of 1900 W. Division Street. And, at approximately, 3:15am someone opened fire shooting a 21-year-old in the foot. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was reported to be in good condition.

Man Shot And Killed in Wicker Park Last Night

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, May 23, 2015

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At approximately 2am, Chicago Scanner first reported a man had been shot, the fire department had arrived and CPR was being done at the scene of a shooting last night in Wicker Park.

According to a subsequent report published early this morning by the Chicago Tribune, the 34-year-old man was shot while on the back porch on the block of 1700 W. Pierce Street when someone opened fire. He was hit multiple times and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Please be careful out there.


Local Wicker Park, Bucktown Businesses - It's Easy To Get Featured

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 11, 2015

Get Your Business Featured 

If you're a local business in (or very close to) the Wicker Park or Bucktown area and would like to share:

 1)Big Sale OR

 2)Special Event 

 3)Unique Information

With the public at large and our many many viewers, let us know. We'd be delighted to talk more about how we can help you spread the word. It's easy.

Just send an email to our Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Thyra DeCicco, for more detailed information. You can reach her at: info [at] wickerparkbucktown [dot] info.  And we will follow up with more detailed information about how your special information can be published and shared.  Email again is: info@wickerparkbucktown.info.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Daily Special Feature - Tallboy and Po' Boy $12

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Carriage House via Facebook


Recent Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Carriage House, located at 1700 W. Division Street is offering a sweet Wednesday special. For the next few months, they'll be offering a $12 Tallboy - Po' boy combo. The catfish, shrimp and oyster po' boys will be offered on a rotating basis.  A tall can of beer or cider of the diner's choice will also be included for that $12. 

The po'boy being featured tonight is catfish. Enjoy this delicious special while you can. Carriage House has also introduced a few new drinks -- like their Spring Gimlet (gin, elder flower, lime, strawberry, balsamic) and dishes ---including Chilled Watermelon (served with lime, tabasco honey and torn fresh mint). Check their current menu for all of the details. 

Wicker Park's Mondo Meatball Celebrates Opening With Free Sliders

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, March 21, 2015

Photo courtesy of Mondo Meatball via Facebook

Wicker Wire: Mondo Meatball opened this week in the former location of Azzurra Chicago, 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue. And nothing says Grand Opening quite like free food. To celebrate their opening, they've given away free samples. This weekend, they're giving away free sliders.

On Sunday, March 22nd from 12pm-2pm Mondo Meatball will be giving away 200 free meatball sliders. First come first served. 


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