Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Sirens Production Team Issues Apology to Wicker Park Residents

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Wicker Park residents were shocked this week when they woke to police sirens and bull horns at 1:00am Monday morning. But it wasn't a crime or serious problem. It was the Sirens Production Crew and Chicago Police Department waking them up to move their cars off of the 1500 block of N. Elk Grove.

Chicago Fire and Chicago PD have been filming here non-stop as well and there haven't been issues with parking. But the production teams for Chicago Fire/Chicago PD post pink or green notices on every single residence in the area potentially impacted by filming. But the "Sirens" crew, who just started filming in the neighborhood a few weeks ago, posted "No Parking" signs and then (ironically) used sirens early in the morning when cars hadn't been moved. Residents were not happy.

The Production Team issued the following apology to the residents affected by the incident earlier this week which was published via Alderman Moreno:

October 8, 2013

Dear Residents,

The “Sirens” staff would like to send an apology for the inconvenience our filming caused in the early morning disturbance that occurred on October 7, 2013.

It is our sincerest desire to keep a balance of peace and good will among the communities where we film our productions. During our filming, we have worked diligently to prevent and avoid confusion and will put forth a greater effort to avoid future mishaps within the community. Our crew has enjoyed filming in Wicker Park,shopping at the local stores, and enjoying the amazing food. In order to make amends enclosed is a gift certificate from a local Wicker Park business.

We hope you can find in your hearts to accept our heartfelt apology.

Thank you!

The Sirens Location Department

They'll be back in the neighborhood at the end of the month. 

Chicago Flea, Dose Market and More Today in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, October 06, 2013

Photo: Featuring pumpkin painting by Local Goods Chicago, Food trucks, and artisans you don't want to miss!
Good Sunday morning. This weekend there are 3 shopping events you can catch before -- or after -- the Bears game today:

The very last Chicago Flea open air market of the season is taking place in Wicker Park this weekend. Local artisans and food trucks are heading to the 40,000 square foot outdoor space at A.N Prtizker and there will be a pumpkin decorating contest as well so be sure to stop by. The weather should be perfect.

Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue.

And the Wicker Park Farmers Market is back on Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. The farmers market is only open through October. Catch it while you can.

On Our Radar for Sunday in Wicker Park, Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, September 29, 2013

Good Sunday morning. Looking for a few ideas for how to spend the day?

Dose MarketDose Market has officially moved from River West to Wicker Park and will be hosting their weekly fashion and food market at Chop Shop every Sunday for the next 12 weeks. If you go today, you can take a peek at 1st Ward/Chop Shop before they officially open to the public tomorrow.

Weekly Farmers Market- The weekly farmers market is back in Wicker Park proper and offers fresh produce, cheeses, meat, a variety of baked goods, tamales, crepes and more. 

The Coyote - Wicker Park, Bucktown Festival of the Arts - kicks off day 3 today at the Flat Iron. Over 150 artists of all types will be showcasing their work. Starts at Noon.

And if you need an idea for Sunday brunch, here are your favorites...and we're adding a few more.

The weather is expected to be 72 degrees and sunny. Have a great Sunday and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

Stunning Lightening Photo - Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 19, 2013

This stunning photo taken was in Wicker Park during last night's dangerous storm by photographer and software engineer Andy Fowler. Incredible shot.


Watch the Chicago Bears Today in Wicker Park on 20 Foot Screen

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Bears kick off their official season today in Soldier Field and if you're not going to the game you can catch it today at Emporium Arcade. They'll be showing the game on their new 20 foot movie screen and will also be providing a buffet with food from Antique Taco.

So if you're looking for a spot today where you can watch the game with a great view of all of the action, head to Emporium Arcade: 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

Renegade Craft Fair Heads to Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

September 7th and September 8th

Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park

The Renegade Craft Fair has grown at an incredible rate each and every year. In 2013, the fair will will held Saturday September 7th from 11:00am - 7:00pm and September 8th 11:00am - 7:00pm on Division Street between Paulina Street and Damen Avenue.


This  DIY extravaganza is in its 11th year features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. 

This year you'll find a vintage pop up market by The Vintage Bazaar, entertainment/music by Reckless Records and CHIRP radio, a photobooth by Magnolia Photo Booth Company, food by: Antique Taco, Mana, Glazed & Infused, Black Dog Gelato + more.

This is a great "don't miss" fest. You never know who you'll meet there. Last year we bumped into Mayor Emanuel.



Win 2 FREE Cubs Tickets - Worth over $200

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 31, 2013

image courtesy of national sport beat

Want to win 2 FREE tickets for the Chicago Cubs Game tomorrow Sunday September 1st? These tickets are in the platinum section of Wrigley Field and are worth over $200. Go to Facebook & Twitter for to enter.

We will be picking a winner at 12pm noon and you will have to confirm you've won by 12:30pm or we're picking another winner.

You will need to pick the tickets up between 2pm-3pm TODAY at the @properties office in Bucktown at 1875 N. Damen Avenue. 

So if you can't pick the tickets up by 3pm today, please don't enter because the office will be closed after that time.

Otherwise, have fun and good luck! 

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide Love

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 17, 2013

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Flash Mobs, Fashion Fests, Food And More- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 17, 2013
August 17, 2013


Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. 

Thanks for joining us. This week we've got lots of news to share and special events you won't want to miss. A flash mob is popping up at North/Damen/Milwaukee Avenue today at 1pm filled with dancers so keep your eyes open for that. Another festival is heading to Division Street this weekend: The 5th Annual Chicago Fashion Fest. You'll find food, music, drink, fashion shows and fun for kids both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-10pm. But that's not all. Free yoga, movies in the park, music shows, lots of shopping events and magic are all on the agenda for the weekend. The Nosh is also back in Wicker Park this Saturday with lots of delicious food from 10am-5pm.

The weather should be great this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.





Dog Lovers! Bucktown's Arts n Spirits is offering a very special deal on their adorable dog painting. Sign up for the Saturday class at 11am, mention this offer and you'll get a $10 discount. Plus you'll come home with this great new piece of artwork. Be sure to sign up now to get the discount. Next weekend, don't miss the Bucktown Arts Fest . You'll find food, music, beer and over 200 artists showcasing their work. And if that's not enough, the festival is FREE.





Events in Wicker Park: The Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. We suggest you get there early. Although the market is open until 2pm, many of the vendors sell out and close up shop before 2pm. Also on Sunday Wicker Park resident and musician Patti Rain will also be performing a combination of folk, rock and reggae in the park from 12pm -2pm.

Neighborhood News: The high rise at 1611 W. Division Street is now renting apartments. Rents are significantly higher than originally anticipated and will start at $1495/month for a studio and increasing to $3295/month for a 2 bedroom. The lower level tiers of the building will be available October 1st. Higher tiers October 15th. Also in neighborhood news, The Bloomingdale Trail - 606 is scheduled to break ground this month.






Movies:  The very final Movies in the Park - in Wicker Park - is this Thursday and will feature Buckaroo Banzai sponsored again by our amazing friends at The Wormhole. The Wormhole has done a great job sponsoring our Summer of Goldblum this year and we appreciate their hard work. An estimated 3,000 people attended Jurassic Park .... in the park. 

Music: This weekend the Soul Summit Dance Party takes over at Double Door. It's always packed, fun and free. Also this weekend, Vocalo Presents: The Music Vox Live featuring 3 up-and-coming Chicago rappers ProbCause, Show You Suck and Chandler London at The Empty Bottle for just $6.

Theater: It's the final weekend for Death & Harry Houdini featuring the amazing talent and magic of Dennis Watkins. Tickets for these shows sell out far in advance but you may still be able to grab one or two if you're very lucky. This show closes at The Chopin Theatre on August 18th.


Food - Looks like Cafe Con Leche may have closed up shop for good in Bucktown. Traditionally the patio is full in the warm Summer months but the restaurant has been dark for a week. We will keep you posted. Also in restaurant news, Ready Coffee announced this week they are offering free yoga classes every Saturday morning beginning tomorrow August 17th.

Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. New participants are featured each week. This week includes: The Rice Table, Chicago's Dog House, Bad Happy, The Bento Box and many more ... even organic treats for dogs will be available. Dogs are welcome and there's no admission fee.

Drink - Bangers & Lace and the Carriage House have announced their block party next weekend at Division & Paulina in Wicker Park. The block party is also a fundraiser and will feature food, drink and even a dunk tank. $35 buys you 4 tickets and the party benefits UN86'D. Also in drink news, The Revel Room has officially opened in Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Empire Liquors. Check out a few photos here via Eater Chicago.


If you're a fashionista, or just love to shop, you're going to love this weekend in Wicker Park and Bucktown. First the 5th Annual Chicago Fashion Fest will be taking over Division Street from Wood Street to Damen Avenue all weekend long. You'll find, music, food, drink and fashion shows plus activities for kids. The Last Call Sidewalk Sale is also being hosted throughout the neighborhood. So if you're looking for a great deal, check out the sales on Ashland-North-Damen-Division-Milwaukee Avenue.

Two additional unique shopping opportunities this weekend: The Empty Bottle is hosting their Annual Garage Sale on Saturday at 11:00am. A pop-up resale shop is being hosted this weekend at 1406 N. Honore and will include clothes, accessories, artwork, food and more. The sale benefits A Long Walk Home.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. For up-to-the-minute details throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter so you never miss a thing.


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Members of The Doors- Frank Zappa Band Play Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, August 11, 2013

Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen (featuring members of The Doors & Frank Zappa Band) Photo courtesy of Double Door

Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen - Features members of The Doors and Frank Zappa Band


So much incredible talent is converging upon Wicker Park. Rock and roll legends combine: Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Arthur Barrow, Tommy Mars, Larry Klimas and Tom Brechtlein have teamed up for Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen. And they're all heading for the Double Door tonight.


1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8:00pm.


For Ticket Info.

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