Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Blue Line Derailment - Bus Shuttles Running to O'Hare

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 24, 2014

photo courtesy of ABC News

This morning at approximately 2:50am an eight car Blue Line CTA train derailed at O'Hare International Airport after failing to stop and climbing up an escalator. Approximately 32 people were injured; none with life threatening injuries. Twenty-six of those passengers have been taken to area hospitals for bumps and bruises. Six people had more serious injuries. Almost all passengers have been released.

At this time the CTA is running shuttle buses between the Rosement Blue Line el stop and O'Hare International Airport. It will take approximately 24 hours to remove the train cars from the tracks so the shuttles are expected to continue into tomorrow.The rest of the Blue Line train is roughly on schedule.

There is no reason yet for why the train failed to stop and an investigation is underway.

Blue Line Derailment Injuries 32, Train Hits Escalator At O'Hare [ABCNews

Rodan Kicks off Double Feature Series Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

image courtesy of Rodan via facebook

Local H's Scott Lucas is screening 2 films tonight at Wicker Park's Rodan at 1530 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

7:00pm: Purple Rain - starring Prince and the Revolution

2nd Feature: Streets of Fire - starring Diane Lane

The movies are FREE and you'll be treated to gourmet popcorn. $2 tacos all night long.

Snow Brawl 2014 is ON Tonight in Wicker Park !

Michael Hamrick - Monday, February 17, 2014

Do312, Chicagoist and RedEye are back in the hood again for the annual Snowbrawl in Wicker Park.

#Snowbrawl 2014 starts at 8pm. Meet at the Wicker Park Field House 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Put your cell phone in a zip lock bag and come prepared. The last couple of years have been great and this year we have waaaaay more snow.

image courtesy of Do312 via Twitter

Chicago PD Filming in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Monday, January 20, 2014

photo courtesy of Diane Salomon via twitter @dianesalomon

Chicago PD is filming in the neighborhood today at Wood/Wolcott and Wicker Park Avenue. Just a heads up if you're in the area. The police you're seeing in a high speed car chase down the alley behind Milwaukee Avenue are just actors. The guy posted at Wicker Park Avenue and Wolcott, however, in the unmarked car is the real thing.

Embedded image permalinkphoto courtesy of Diane Salomon.

Also: Wolcott at Milwaukee Avenue is closed to traffic between the 7 Eleven and Walgreens where the crew is currently set up. 

PSA- Wicker Park Post Office is Moving - Closed This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wicker Wire: If you live in the area and happen to use the post office next to Staples, they're moving this weekend. Just a few doors down, however, the walk-up window will be closed on Saturday and they will be closed on Monday for the holiday as well.

Their new location will be 1240 N. Ashland, right by the Dunkin Donuts. They are unsure at this time as to whether customers will still be allowed to use the large parking lot for K-Mart, Staples, Jewel etc.

Just an early warning. 

Recycle Your Christmas Tree in Chicago

Michael Hamrick - Friday, December 27, 2013

Don't throw that tree in the garbage. Recycle Recycle Recycle.


The City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District offers tree recycling at 23 locations, including the Humboldt Park Boathouse at 1369 N Sacramento Ave, from Saturday, January 4 to Saturday, January 18. For additional information call 311 or visit the website 


If you're willing to hold on to your tree this long .... Bartlett Tree Experts and the WPB SSA #33 are sponsoring Christmas tree recycling at the Jewel/Kmart Parking Lot at 1360 N Ashland Ave on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 10 am - 2pm. 


Finally, the three weekends following December 25 the Bucktown Community Organization will be making the rounds to pick up trees from alleys for their members who are unable to drop their trees off for recycling.Please email them for details at

Tonight! Atlas Brewing Night High Noon Saloon

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tonight! Don't miss Atlas Brewing Night at High Noon Saloon Thursday, Dec 19 7:00p to 10:00p

Meet Ben Saller, head brewer from Chicago’s Atlas Brewing Company, and enjoy craft brews from Atlas including Intemporelle Oak-Aged Quad, Pterodactyl Deathscream Imperial Red IPA, Hyperion Double IPA and Two-Headed Boy Farmhouse Ale (prices vary $6-$9). High Noon highlights suggested food pairings from the regular menu ($3-$8) and provides tasting notes on the beers. Live music by Nick Lynch from 8-11 p.m. no cover charge.

High Noon Saloon is located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Flaming Lip's Frontman Wayne Coyne at Permanent Records Friday

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

wayneimage courtesy of

We know this is a tiny bit south of the neighborhood, but this is one of those events that's a rare opportunity. Flaming Lip's Frontman Wayne Coyne will be at Permanent Records (1914 W. Chicago Avenue) this Friday December 20th at 8pm.

He'll be greeting fans and signing copies of the band's first-ever EP, The Flaming Lip's 1st EP, as a limited edition 12-inch on green vinyl. The remastered EP, which was last available in 1986, will be encased in a custom, hand-made chocolate skull. 

Also available will be The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo originally released in 1983. This will be available as a 7-inch on blue vinyl. Coyne is embarking on a record store tour to promote both which officially go on sale Christmas Eve.

Eat Chocolate Skulls With Wayne Coyne at Permanent Records [ChicagoInnerview.Com]

Meet Santa Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday December 14th 11am-2pm
Chop Shop
Santa will be at the Chop Shop this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Parents can bring the kids in for complimentary polaroid photos with Santa taken by a professional photographer.

Santa will be stationed by the Christmas tree in the 1st Ward event space with festive backdrop going on the large projection wall and holiday music. 

Chop Shop serves lunch beginning at 11 am and has introduced new items like their burger, kale salad, and steak sandwich along with their deli sandwiches and salads. 

Saturday, December 14th 11 am to 2 pm. FREE photos. 

Chop Shop/1st Ward
2033 W North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago Fire Filming at Lotties Today

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jesse Spencer. Photo courtesy of Ashley Foster.

Chicago Fire is filming again in Bucktown. But the filming location is limited just to the area surrounding Lottie's Pub (Cortland and Winchester) at 1925 W. Cortland. So if you're looking to take a photo ... or just stalking... they will be there today and should be there until around 10pm or so.

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