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Daily Special Feature - Tallboy and Po' Boy $12

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Carriage House via Facebook


Recent Wicker Park Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Carriage House, located at 1700 W. Division Street is offering a sweet Wednesday special. For the next few months, they'll be offering a $12 Tallboy - Po' boy combo. The catfish, shrimp and oyster po' boys will be offered on a rotating basis.  A tall can of beer or cider of the diner's choice will also be included for that $12. 

The po'boy being featured tonight is catfish. Enjoy this delicious special while you can. Carriage House has also introduced a few new drinks -- like their Spring Gimlet (gin, elder flower, lime, strawberry, balsamic) and dishes ---including Chilled Watermelon (served with lime, tabasco honey and torn fresh mint). Check their current menu for all of the details. 

Wicker Park's Mondo Meatball Celebrates Opening With Free Sliders

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, March 21, 2015

Photo courtesy of Mondo Meatball via Facebook

Wicker Wire: Mondo Meatball opened this week in the former location of Azzurra Chicago, 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue. And nothing says Grand Opening quite like free food. To celebrate their opening, they've given away free samples. This weekend, they're giving away free sliders.

On Sunday, March 22nd from 12pm-2pm Mondo Meatball will be giving away 200 free meatball sliders. First come first served. 

Taste Test Wicker Park's Newest Meatball Shop Sunday

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 06, 2015

Photo provided courtesy of Mondo Meatball via Facebook


Wicker Wire: Mondo Meatball has taken over the space formerly Azzura Chicago, at 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Azzurra Chicago closed on New Year's Day of this year. 

Before Mondo Meatball officially opens their doors, you can get an early preview with a free taste test of their menu this Sunday, March 8th from 1pm-5pm.

Mondo Meatball is targeting an official opening as early as next week.


Wicker Park's Kokopelli Opens For Weekend Brunch

Michael Hamrick - Friday, February 27, 2015
photo courtesy of Kokopelli via Facebook

Wicker Wire: Beginning this Saturday, February 28th, Kokopelli will now be open for weekend brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm you'll find Mexican brunch classics, skillets, tacos and more. Drinks available will include:  Micheladas, mimosas and palomas. 


Kokopelli is located at 1324 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. 

New Restaurant Heads for Azzurra Space in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

image courtesy of Azzurra via Facebook

Wicker Wire: We reported yesterday, that one of our favorite Italian eateries had closed up shop in Wicker Park. Azzurra shuttered unceremoniously on New Years Eve simply by posting a note on their door (and later posting the notice on Facebook). And now, according to report published by Eater Chicago today, it seems the owners have sold their lease in record speed at 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue to a new restaurant. Azzurra co-owner and restaurant veteran Ron Dinella declined to comment on who has assumed the lease. He also added: that although Azzurra was done right and was a beautiful restaurant, it just wasn't right for the neighborhood.

We will keep you posted about future plans for the space. 




Published January 5, 2015


We are very sorry to report that Azzurra EnoTavola has closed up shop in Wicker Park at 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Azzurra opened in the former location of Gunner's just over a year ago in late October 2013. Not only were we big fans of the Italian eatery, they recentlyreceived a 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand designation; no easy feat.

Notice was not provided prior to the closing. The following note was simply posted on their front door indicating their final day of service was December 31, 2014. 



New Big Star Take Out Window Targets Wednesday Opening

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 Big Star's expanded patio in Wicker Park

Wicker Wire: The team behind Big Star and Violet Hour are working hard to open their newest eatery Dove's Luncheonette later this week. The counter service diner located adjacent to Big Star at 1545 N. Damen Avenue will be serving food morning, noon and night set to the sounds of 1960's-1970's soul and blues. You'll find Mexican-inspired soul food and a tequila and mezcal-focused bar program. There isn't an official opening date but according to owner and chef Paul Kahan, they should be open by September 22.

The expanded patio is ready to go and the newly relocated take-out window (formerly located on the south end of the taqueria) is now located on the north end. Big Star reps said today they're hoping to have the new take-out area open and ready for business tomorrow, Wednesday September 17, 2014.

XOCO Wicker Park Opens August 12th

Michael Hamrick - Friday, August 01, 2014

Photo via Facebook

Updated July 31, 2014 - It looks like Rick Bayless's new restaurant in Wicker Park is getting ready to open very soon. Moving quickly into the former Salud space at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chef Bayless was hoping to open Spring 2014.But according to a report published earlier via theChicago Tribune, the Wicker Park opening is set for August 12th. They'll be serving a similar menu to that of the River North location with a few additional snacks added plus 20 local microbrews will be available. According to Bayless, the focus will definitely be on the food versus the drink. But plenty of drink options will be available.



Published April 2014 - The new XOCO will feature the same type of food as the original on Clark Street including:churros, empanadas, tortas, caldos and more. The Wicker Park space is larger, so more seating and a bar will be included in this location. You can expect table service and local beer will be served. A large patio is also in the works. 

Look for the Wicker Park XOCO location to open by the end of June 2014. 



Chicago's Most Anticipated Spring Openings of 2014 [Eater Chicago]

Wicker Park's The Savoy Closes Tonight

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, July 27, 2014

We're very sorry to report after just 2 years, The Savoy is closing up shop at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. And according to Eater Chicago, a decline in business is the primary reason.

The Savoy opened almost exactly 2 years ago with a focus on absinthe, the raw bar and seafood-focused menu. Their last night is tonight and they'll shutter for good at 10pm following tonight's service.

That space has been a tough one for restaurants with La Fonda del Gusto closing before The Savoy. You can still catch them tonight at the restaurant or at their booth at Wicker Park Fest. 

The Savoy is located at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue (Milwaukee Avenue at Wood Street) in Wicker Park.


Seafood and Absinthe Spot The Savoy To Shutter Sunday [Eater Chicago]

Wicker Park's XOCO Targets July ... and They're Hiring

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 06, 2014

Photo courtesy of XOCO via Facebook

Wicker Wire: The new Rick Bayless spot was originally targeting a Spring opening in the former location of Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Bayless is now targeting a late July opening according to a report published by Eater Chicago. 

The Wicker Park location will be bigger than the original and will include a bar, local beer, table service and a large patio. They are also currently hiring.

 

Bayless Updates [Eater Chicago]

Bayless is Hiring for Wicker Park Location [Chicagoist]

 

Max's Wine Dive Opens in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Photo courtesy of Max's Wine Dive via Facebook

June 3rd was a big day for new openings in the neighborhood. Mariano's Market opened their new 80,000+ square foot grocery store at 2112 N. Ashland Avenue, Craft Pizza Chicago opened in the former Haute and Dog space at 1252 N. Damen Avenue and the Texas-based chain restaurant Max's Wine Dive opened in the former Covo Gyro Market space at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Max's Wine Dive, whose mantra is "Fried Chicken and Champagne... Why the Hell Not?", opened quietly on Tuesday and will serve "a top-notch food and wine program" served in an eclectic and casual environment with exposed brick and an open kitchen.

Max's Wine Dive hours are  Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm , Friday-Saturday 10am-1am and Sunday 10am-11pm.


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