January 11, 2013
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of
your Insider Weekend Guide.
What's on our radar
for the weekend ahead? A number of restaurant/bar openings for starters
with all featuring different types of food from Russian/Turkish to
Korean. You can also find out which Wicker Park, Bucktown restaurants
are participating in Chicago Restaurant Week (we feature them
each year) and catch a little filming of the Chicago Fire. But that's
not all. We've also included a great real estate deal, information about
one of Wicker Park's coolest vintage shops and an early warning on an
interesting event coming soon to Collaboraction.
Last but not least, we
published an incredible picture of Ashland/Milwaukee/Division circa
1953 earlier this week. It's an amazing shot. And you can see it here: Vintage Polish Triangle.
Wicker Park's Gunner's Shutters
We're very sorry to
report that Wicker Park's Gunner's at 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue has
closed their doors for good. Although, a sign is posted saying they're
renovating, the paper on the windows, graffiti all over the building and
disconnected phone tell a different story. Gunner's was a great little
neighborhood spot with friendly bartenders and good food. They will be
Bucktown Community Organization Membership Meeting
If you live in Bucktown
and would like to become more involved in your community be sure to
check out the Bucktown Community Organization. They address lots of
neighborhood issues like development, crime, special events and more.
And they're having a meeting next week: BCO Meeting
Chicago Fire is Back in Bucktown
If you're a fan of NBC's Chicago Fire,
then you'll be happy to know they're heading back to Bucktown next week.
Parking restrictions will also be enforced next week in the
Cortland/Damen area so be sure to check out this flier for details...and
take a few pics too: Chicago Fire.
Landscape Design Workshop Series
Lecture Series kicks off this Saturday in Wicker Park.
The Wicker Park Garden Club is offering a 7 week course so you can learn
how to create a beautiful landscape for your home or business. For
details and information about how you can sign up. Landscape Lecture.
Learn Spanish at Club Lucky
Is one of your New Years resolutions to
learn Spanish? Well, you're in luck! Elena Chicago is starting their new
conversational language classes this month. And they're being held at
Club Lucky in Bucktown. No stuffy classrooms. Lots of fun and a don't
miss. Spanish Classes
Bucktown 2 Bed - 2 Bath Townhome Foreclosure
The good news is we're
seeing fewer and fewer foreclosures in the neighborhood which really
does bode well for both the real estate market and economy overall. This
foreclosure features a tri-level towhome north of Webster for just $224,900.
Chicago Restaurant Week Participants
Restaurant Week is back...and is right around the corner kicking off
February 1st. Have you gotten your tickets yet? It's a fantastic way to
explore a wide variety of diverse food and restaurants. This year The
Bristol, The Bedford and Francesca's Forno will be participating again.
So will a few newcomers like Trenchermen. Chicago Restaurant Week.
Enhakkore Plans Soft - Opening Monday
newest Japanese/Korean eaterly Enhakkore has moved into the former home
of MELT Chicago at 1840 N. Damen Avenue. And we're happy to report,
they're planning their soft opening for this Monday, January 14th. For
additional details: Enhakkore
Red Square Cafe - Opening Sunday
Almost a year after our initial report, the Red Square Cafe is targeting
Sunday as they're official opening date at 1916 W. Division. Red Square
Cafe will focus on Russian/Turkish small plates with an American twist.
And they're hoping to be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in one of
Wicker Park's most beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings. > Bath House.
The Monarch Opens Tonight
the focus of their PR campaign seems to be about royalty, we see The
Monarch more about transformation. Formerly Uberstein at 1745 W. North
Avenue, The Monarch is launching a brand new restaurant/bar with the
amazing Chef Andrew Brochu. This very talented chef is switching his
focus from Michelin-award winning fine dining to the perfect chicken
wing...but you just know it's going to be good. The official opening is
tonight: The Monarch.
Antiques, Collectibles and More- Welcome to CAZA
you haven't ventured into CAZA yet, at 1459 N. Milwaukee Avenue, and
you're looking for something unique and beautiful for your home, you may
want to stop by and take a look. Formerly Lenny & Me, owner Alison
Veit hand picks each item she sells and you'll find everything from home
furnishings to clothing here. Our favorites, the vintage typewriters
and baby grand. CAZA
Monthly Handmade Market - This Weekend
month The Empty Bottle hosts their handmade market which features a
wide variety of artisans showcasing all different types of jewelry,
clothing, accessories and more. And because Bite is right next door, you
can shop with a mimosa in hand. The details about this Saturday's Handmade Market.
Crime Scene - A Chicago Anthology at Collaboraction
Opening in February,
Collaboraction's Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology examines Chicago's
history of violent crime and what it might take to create lasting change
in our city. They use real accounts (including an attack on 2 women in
our neighborhood) to help tell their story. For additional details: Collaboraction.
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Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide