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
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.
Fat Pour to Open in August
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Now Open - The Savoy
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
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.
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
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Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide