July 20, 2012
Hello and welcome to this week's edition of
your Insider Weekend Guide.
This weekend is going to
be incredibly busy in Wicker Park & Bucktown with celebrations
happening across the board. First, AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years
with a party up and down North Avenue on Saturday. The Silver Room is
hosting a block party all weekend long and one of the neighborhood's
Annual Sidewalk Sales will also be happening up and down our main
streets. But that's not all. We also have great music, lots of
restaurant news, new fitness centers moving in and your chance to win a
FREE breakfast for 2 at one of our neighborhood gems: Riverside Cafe.
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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 Next Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.
Robert Goulet Staring Contest
got to hand it The Anthem, they plan a wide variety of one-of-a-kind
events and next week you can compete in their Robert Goulet staring
contest. First prize receives a Glenfiddich watch, a one month supply of
lubricating eye drops and a $50 gift card to the Anthem - 1725 W. Division. Robert Goulet
Milwaukee-Wood Intersection Getting Revamp
If you missed it earlier, this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will
remove the island on the northeast side (where many pedestrians get
stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Work is scheduled to start in September. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.
The Magic Boat Puppet Show
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 next 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). We're
publishing this announcement early so you can plan ahead for your
performance. Wicker Mic.
FREE Soul Summit Dance Party - Tonight
Soul Summit FREE Dance Party is back this Friday July 20th at Double
Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Soul Summit Dance Party has been
recommended by both Chicagoist & Time Out Chicago and spans the
spectrum of early, raw r&b, funk & soul. Don't miss it. Soul Summit.
The Disappears will be heading to the
Empty Bottle for an AfterShow following their show at the Milwaukee
Avenue Arts Fest. Disappears features members of Chicago dignitaries 90
Day Men and The Ponys, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Disappears.
Silver Room Block Party
The Silver Room's Annual Block Party is this weekend and party
goers can enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art,
fashion and music. It is an interactive event that is open to all ages
and boasts DJs, live music performances, artists, fashion shows,
children’s activities, mural artists and food. Three stages host music all weekend. Silver Room.
Wicker Park Fest - Next Weekend
Wicker Park Fest arrives next weekend July 28th and July 29th from Wood Street to North Avenue with shopping, food, music and more. For full details
about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.
50% Off Wine at Via Carducci
Every week Monday-
Friday, you can take advantage of 50% off bottles of wine at Via
Carducci; the Wicker Park location at 1928 W. Division Street. So enjoy
great Italian on their beautiful patio and get a great deal too. For
full details including the fine print of this offer: Via Carducci.
WXRT Rockin' Lobster Bash at Red Door
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. 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.
AKIRA Celebrates 10 Years
This weekend AKIRA
Chicago is celebrating 10 years in Wicker Park & Bucktown. And
they'll be hosting one heck of a party up and down North Avenue from
1:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be food, drink, prizes, giveaways and more
so be sure to stop by and congratulate AKIRA Chicago. Anniversary.
Bella Colletta Trunk Show
Edith Hart, formerly
The Edit, in Bucktown at 1917 N. Damen Avenue is hosting a trunk show
this weekend which will feature the Fall Collection for Bella Colletta.
If you're looking for bold, statement making accessories you need to
stop by. Wine will be served. Trunk Show.
Mariano's Fresh Market to Open in Bucktown
Mariano's Fresh Market
has been considering a move to Bucktown since 2008 and it seems an
agreement for the location at 2160 N. Ashland has been reached. The new
space in Bucktown will be Mariano's 6th location and from what we hear
from the people who visit Roscoe Village, it will be a welcome addition
to the neighborhood. Mariano's.
RetroActive Announces New Concept/Fitness Center
The team behind Wicker
Park's newest fitness center reached out to us this week to let us know
they'll be opening a brand new facility at 1448 N. Western Avenue. What
can you expect at RetroActive? An 80's feel with personalized training
sessions, boxing and Muay Thai. Look for RetroActive to open in October.
3 Sales You Don't Want to Miss
Looking for a great deal? Here are some BIG sales and great deals you don't want to miss. First Goorin Brothers
will be hosting a huge Sample Sale in Wicker Park starting Friday. But
don't go their store. Mazi Dance will be hosting this event. Secondly, Greenheart Shop
is hosting their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with as much as 70% off.
Eco friendly and wallet-friendly. And last but not least, you can now
score a Craniosacral Session for only $30 an hour at Temple Beautiful in Wicker Park. This amazing offer ends August 8th.
Wicker Park - Bucktown Sidewalk Sale
Last but not least the
Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sidewalk Sale in the neighborhood this
weekend. You'll find lots of additional sales up and down Milwaukee
Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue and Division Street from 11am -6pm
Saturday and Sunday.
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Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide