Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Dave Grohl at Wicker Park's Piece Once Again

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

photo courtesy of Krist Novoselic

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters must love Piece Pizza. He first arrived there with members of Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick and Steve Albini back in June.

And he was back today showing off the "selfie" while in Wicker Park's popular pizza spot and brewery. He's welcome any time. 

Big Buck World Championship Heads to Wicker Park This Weekend

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth overall in last year's Big Buck Hunter World Championship. Erlandson and husband Jerod return to Chicago this weekend to compete for the top prize.Sara Erlandson, two-time Ladies Tournament Champion, finished fourth… (Lily Homstad )

Almost 100 of the world's best players will head to Wicker Park's 1st Ward/Chop Shop this weekend to compete in the Big Buck Hunt Championship. The Big Buck Hunt Championship is an arcade game tournament that offers more than $63,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000.

And these players take the game seriously. Sara Erlandson (pictured above) is a two-time Ladies Tournament Champion. All the fun kicks off at the 1st Ward event space located at 2033 W. North Avenue.

Big Buck Championship Returns to Chicago This Weekend [RedEye]

One of A Kind Illustrated Wicker Park, Bucktown Map For A Limited Time Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Mapphotos courtesy of Joe Mills

Everyone knows how passionate Chicagoans are about their neighborhoods. And that certainly is the case for Wicker Park and Bucktown. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

So local Chicago artist/illustrator Joe Mills had an idea; to create a unique map for these neighborhoods and others that integrate the neighborhoods' unique landmarks, streets, building structures, history and special events into one beautiful 18 x 24 screen print. And the one he created for Wicker Park and Bucktown is fantastic.Even small detailed pieces of history like the section of Pierce Street in Wicker Park West of Damen Avenue being referred to as Beer Baron Row has been integrated into this one-of-a-kind illustration. 

Image of Bucktown and Wicker Park Map

The newly named 606 and small details like the Churchill Dog Park, Mr. Wicker (of Wicker Park) and the Coyote (for the Northwest Tower at North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue) have all been included. The artist has only created 100 of these and all pieces will be numbered and signed by Joe Mills. Get them while you can. Each print costs $25.00

For additional information head to Joe Mills' Website. 

Actress Sophia Bush Gets Inked in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Monday, November 04, 2013

photo courtesy of Sophia Bush via instagram

Sophia Bush, formerly of "One Tree Hill" and currently of "Chicago PD" (a spin off of Chicago Fire), landed in Wicker Park Sunday night for a little ink.

According to a report published by the Chicago Tribune, the actress visited Speakeasy Sunday at 1925 W. North Avenue with friends and DJs The Jane Doze who performed at Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club Friday night. According to those bandages pictured above, it looks like everyone walked away with a little something new.

Published on Bush's instagram account:

Remember that time @thejanedoze and I were gonna get tattooed in SF? Well ... #Chicago did it for us. Thanks @HeathRave. We 💛 you. #SpeakeasyTattoo

Sighting: Actress Sophia Bush Gets Tattoo in Wicker Park [Chicago Tribune]

Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Sunday Scoop

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, November 03, 2013

Good Sunday Morning-

A pretty Fall day ahead. Mostly sunny and 52 degrees. Looking for something to do today? Here is what's on our agenda for Sunday in Wicker Park and Bucktown:

Dose Market 

Showcasing a variety of food, artisans, home decor, clothing, accessories and more. Dose Market is open from 10am-4pm at Wicker Park's Chop Shop.

Moonshine's 5th Annual Chili Cook Off 

Sample a wide variety of chili today and vote for your favorites. This event is also a coat drive so be sure to bring a warm coat to donate. You'll get a discount on your ticket too. Head to Moonshine on Division Street.

Paint the Chicago Bean

Join Arts n Spirits and #BeSomebody for this special byob event in Bucktown starting at 2pm. You'll also come home with a beautiful new piece of artwork.

Missing the Wicker Park Farmer's Market? Head to Logan Square. Their Indoor Farmers Market officially opens today in a new location.

That's it for the day. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

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Save right now at Jane's, Moonshine, Emporium Arcarde, Cheetah Gym, Sorelle, M.Go Salon Services and More. 

Beetlejuice Rides the Blue Line

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A great Halloween photo of Steve O Sullivan waiting for the Blue Line published October 29, 2012 by People of the CTA.

 PhotoHave any cool Halloween photos? Tag us on Facebook or send them to us via Twitter. We're happy to share with full credit to you of course.

The Cars, KISS, Queens of the Stone Age And More This Week at Double Door

Michael Hamrick - Monday, October 28, 2013

Slutter as KISS
Don't Miss The Double Door's 17th Annual Halloween Bash; one of our very favorite neighborhood events of the year. October 31st. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Tickets just $10. Who's on the agenda this year? The Cars, KISS, Motorhead, Queens of the Stone Age and many more. Plus the bash continues for 2 full days. On November 1st, you can see Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty....the list goes on and on. 

Slutter as KISS

Slutter as KISS
SLUTTER is the finest all-female KISS revue in the country. Featuring four of Chicago's hottest and most talented creatures of the night, this quartet of hard luck women has the magic touch to resurrect the energy of the original KISS shows 100,000 years ago. Clad in traditional KISS make up, leather, vinyl, studs, and spacesuits, SLUTTER features the hissing, purring, shedding Peterless Criss, the sexually ambiguous, always inappropriate starchild GG Stanley, the gluttonous, self-aggrandizing goddess of thunder Vagene Simmons, and the firey, radioactive Lace SHEley.

AM Taxi as The Cars
AM Taxi as The Cars
With a blend of old-school punk, world beat and modern pop influences, Chicago-based AM Taxi combines experience with exuberance on their Virgin Records debut, We Don’t Stand A Chance. The band was formed almost two years ago—with the encouragement of Sublime producer Miguel Happoldt—by longtime Windy City bandmates and pals, singer/songwriter Adam Krier, drummer Chris Smith and bassist Jason Schultejann. The trio began writing and recording and produced their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly after, they were joined by brothers John and Luke Schmitt on guitar and keyboards. AM Taxi began establishing a rep as a dynamic live outfit with headlining performances at local clubs like the Metro and soon after recorded their second EP, The Good, The Bad and The Fed Up. .

There are also songs about things everyone can identify with, like a couple in which no matter how much he messes up, she takes him back (“Charissa”) or New Year’s resolutions gone bad (“Champagne Toast”).

“I try to write songs about things people can relate to,” nods Adam. “For me, the best music, at the end of the day, is therapeutic. That’s always in the back of my mind a little when I’m sitting down to write.”

Big Paraid and Brighton MA as Queens of The Stone Age
Big Paraid and Brighton MA as Queens of The Stone Age
BIG PARAID, the aggressive crush pop trio out of Chicago, released their debut record in March of 2013. Since then, they have marched on through the House Of Blues, Metro, the Taste Of Lincoln Ave, and Lincoln Hall. They have also made handsome appearances on the Mancow Morning TV Show, Chicago's own JBTV, and the trio has told the exciting truth to radio DJs on WXRT, WBEZ, and WLUL.

The BIG PARAID live experience, which encompasses bombastic original rock songs, choreographed dancers, and a confetti cannon, is not one to be missed.

Brighton MA is a five-piece rock band from Chicago. Named for lead singer/songwriter Matt Kerstein's hometown, Brighton MA has existed in various forms since 2006. In the past year, founding members Kerstein, Sam Koentopp, and Jim Tuerk have been joined by Joe Darnaby and Jon Ozaksut to develop their most cohesive sound to date. BMA has built a reputation throughout the Midwest on a series of blistering live performances and a catalog of undeniably tuneful and well-crafted songs, heard on such prime-time television shows such as Gossip Gir, One Tree Hill and Castle. The diversity of songs has led them to share the stage with a number of noteworthy and disparate sounding performers, from Old 97s, Elvis Perkins, and Mason Jennings, to Man Man, The Essex Green, and Appleseed Cast to name a few. With an ever-expanding catalog and a quickly building fanbase, Brighton MA are a band on the rise and poised to break through.

BMA is currently working on their as of yet untitled third LP, a followup to Amateur Lovers [2008] and the self-titled debut EP [2007].

Hessler as W.A.S.P.
Hessler as W.A.S.P.

Fueled by music to leave you feeling an adrenaline overdose equivalent to a lightning strike, HËSSLER is an all out onslaught created to ignite your soul and seduce your mind. Trainwreck with the insane and follow the Windy City quintet into a heart pounding, blood pumping, over the top trip into an exhibition of carnage and excitement.

HËSSLER have shared the stage with: W.A.S.P., Loudness, Cinderella, Steel Panther, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Skid Row, Warrant, Lizzy Borden, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Bang Tango, Sister Sin, The Last Vegas, All That Remains, Otep, Obsession (featuring Mike Vescera), Enuff Z Nuff, Trixter and performed at Rocklahoma 2012, playing right before Slash, as well as Summerfest 2012 in Milwaukee (the biggest music festival in the world).

DJ Erik as DJ Axl Rose
DJ Erik as DJ Axl Rose
"Ah just act the way ah feel. Elvis Presley"

The Halloween Bash Continues on Friday November 1st with Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Neil Young and more.

Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622

Get Dosed! Dose Market Continues Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm you can head to the Dose Market located right in the heart of Wicker Park and Bucktown .... in the new space at the 1st Ward/Chop Shop located at 2033 W. North Avenue. 

Dose Market will feature a selection of garments, jewelry, food, sweets, design objects, gifts and more. A variety of entrepreneurs, boutiques and restaurants are featured every weekend and the market is located directly next to Chop Shop where you'll find amazing food, coffee, pastry and a full service kitchen.

Dose Market kicks off Sunday September 29th and continues every Sunday through December 15th. Here's a look at each week and Dose Market will be filling in the details for every Sunday's market:

There is an entry fee of $5 per week. Discounts for season tickets are available. For additional details, visit the Dose Marketwebsite. 

images courtesy of Dose Market 

100 FREE Doughnuts in Wicker Park Wednesday

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013


On Wednesday October 16th Glazed and Infused will be giving away 100 vanilla bean doughnuts starting at 7:00am. Wicker Park location only. 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. First come first served. The doughnuts will be available until they're all gone.

Another Stunning Photo Taken By Wicker Park Resident Andy Fowler

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Every once in a while, we're the proud recipients of one of Wicker Park resident and photographer Andy Fowler's beautiful shots.

We received on early this morning following the sunrise. This photo was taken from Mr. Fowler's residence (on the rooftop). Please keep them coming.

For a full size view/photo head to our Facebook page.

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