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Win a FREE $25 Gift Card Today for Wicker Park's Via Carducci

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, January 03, 2013

Wicker Park's Via Carducci located at 1928 W. Division Street is a great Italian eatery serving up delicious traditional favorites. Want to win a $25 Gift Card?

It's easy.

 

Via Twitter

>> Twitter Page and RT our announcement to enter.

 

OR

 

Via Facebook

Head to our Facebook Page later today...and give us the thumbs up.

 

We'll be picking a winner later today.  Good luck!

Gallery Exhibitions, Music, Open Streets, Lady Gaga, Neon City And More 9-13-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend a number of beautiful art galleries are hosting opening receptions for new exhibitions, FatPour is having their official Grand Opening Party, Milwaukee Avenue will be closed for 15 blocks to host "Open Streets", Neon City takes place on Friday to celebrate the Polish Triangle with art and music, the Bucktown 5k kicks off on Sunday ...and so much more. There are also fantastic opportunities for live music this weekend and there is always neighborhood news to share.

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a terrific weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

Newcomer        


Alleys & Parking Lots Opens Saturday

This new exhibition features the work of Joel Ross in collaboration with photographer Jason Creps. The artists install signs, photograph them and then abandon them at locations throughout Chicago and Southern Illinois. The opening reception for this and Monique Meloche's newest "On the Wall" exhibition is this Saturday. For additional information: Alleys & Parking Lots.




Apocalyse 2012: Genesis 2013 Opens Friday

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.




State of the Art Opens Friday

Park Schreck Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming show State of the Art, featuring work by Ray Becoskie and Jane Carney. Ray's sophisticated yet playful compositions would make a welcome addition to any home. The Opening Reception is this Friday from 7pm -10pm. Park Schrek.


 

 

 

 

  BARS

 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

Bears vs Packers Tonight - Where To Catch The Game

We can't wait for the Bears vs Packers game tonight. And if you're looking for a great spot to kick back, grab some great food, drink and have plenty of room for football with a great view of the game, well we have a few ideas for you. Bear Down.

 


FatPour Grand Opening Party Friday

FatPour is officially opening this Friday! They will be hosting their Grand Open Party from 4pm - 2am at 2005 W. Division Street. A very big thank to you to the team at FatPour for donating VIP tickets in our giveaway. Evan Jones was our lucky winner but the party is open to the public so be sure to head over to Wicker Park's newest bar on Friday. Grand Opening.

 

 

COMMUNITY  

Photo: So I had my picture taken today in Wicker Park with Mayor Rahm. I asked the photog if they could also include my dogs in the picture...Do not think Rahm was amused by my request. Won't get the picture for 3-5 days and I'm guessing my 2 pit bulls will be cropped out. Time will tell ...

 

Bucktown 5k - Sunday

The Annual Bucktown 5k is this weekend. Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. And enjoy a Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 


Neighborhood Celeb Spotlights - Lady Gaga and Rahm Spotting

Wicker Park has had its share of 'celebrity' news this week. First, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an appearance at this year's Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday around 1pm and we bumped right into the Mayor just outside of Moonshine. Secondly, The Mob Doctor spent all day on Wednesday filming inside of Zakopane. And last but certainly not least, Lady Gaga also made an appearance in Wicker Park this week; and even stopped by Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue for a shot of tequila.

 

 

Neon City - Lights Up The Polish Triangle

This sounds like it will be a fun event this Friday in the Polish Triangle located at Ashland, Division and Milwaukee Avenue. From 5pm -10pm, the space will be transformed using public art + music and will come to life with color through neon paint, sweatbands, glow sticks, special lighting and the livelihood of people enjoying the festivities. Neon City.

 

 

 

 

Open Streets - Sunday

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park this weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year, Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic although bicycles and skateboards will be allowed. An impromptu urban park will be set up for a few hours. Sounds like fun but if you park on Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday, your car will be towed. Open Streets.

 

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - This Sunday at 11am. The season is winding down and there's only one show after this one. So when you stop by the Farmers Market this Sunday, be sure to stop by the playground. Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Home Movies and The Avant Garde

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Home Movie Day, the Northwest Chicago Film Society will be screening two programs of avant-garde films that exalt, appropriate, and reshuffle home movies. Co-sponsored by Chicago Film Archives. Don't miss the first of these this Sunday at 7:00pm. The Avant Garde.

 

 

  MUSIC

The Memorials


Berkley's - The Memorials - This Weekend

Thomas Pridgen, the former drummer of the Latin infused-prog group The Mars Volta, arrives with his newest project The Memorials this weekend. The Memorials, a collective of Pridgen and two of his best friends from before his Volta days; singer Viveca Hawkins and guitarist Nick Brewer will be at Double Door for an early show on Saturday. The Memorials.

 

Riot Fest - The Offspring, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello & More

Every once in a while a great event pops up just beyond the borders of the neighborhood...and we just have to mention it. Riot Fest is one of those events. This year Riot Fest is being hosted by The Congress Theater on Friday and will take place in Humboldt Park on Saturday/Sunday. Great acts like Elvis Costello, The Offspring, Iggy Pop, The Jesus & Mary Chain and more will be heading to Riot Fest. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you better hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Carriage House - Opens September 18th

Wicker Park's newest Southern eatery is all set to open on September 18th at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford and Chef Mark Steuer will be a the helm once again. The Carriage House.

 

 Grass Fed Opens for Lunch

Bucktown's Grass Fed located at 1721 N. Damen Avenue has quickly established themselves as the go-to steak restaurant in the neighborhood. And now they're open for lunch. Serving up fresh salads, burgers and sandwiches Grass Fed is open for lunch Monday - Friday starting at 11:00am. And there are plenty of options for vegetarians as well. Take a look at their brand new Lunch Menu right here: Grass Fed.

 

 Pizano's Opening Soon

The paper is off the windows. The staff has been in training this week. And when we spoke to Pizano's Corporate Office this week, they told us they're just waiting for Chicago's final blessing. Can't wait for a big slice of deep dish pizza. How about you? Coming soon to 2056 W. Division Street. Pizano's Pizza.

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING


 

Deals, Sales & Special Offers

Don't forget the Wicker Perks! We update our deals every week so keep your eyes open for new special offers- like $2 slices of pizza- or existing offers ending soon like ORA Dental's new patient special for $129 which is ending at the end of September. We'd hate for you to miss a really great deal: Wicker Perks.

 

 

Temple Beautiful's Book Club Meetings, Belly Dancing + More

Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful offers a wide variety of classes for overall health and well-being. From inspirational, motivational book club meetings to modern belly dancing classes, you can find it at Wicker Park's Temple Beautiful 1901 W. Division Street.

 

Those are the highlights for the week.  And as always, if you'd like additional information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Insider Weekend Guide - Labor Day Edition - Has Just Arrived !

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, August 30, 2012

August 30, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is Labor Day Weekend; the unofficial end of Summer. But we have many fantastic Fall events heading our way far beyond this weekend and into September. So here's your preview of what's in store for Fall. As always, we have lots of information and great Insider deals to share. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. Have a great Labor Day Weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

  Brent Riley at Firecat Projects       

Brent Riley Opens at Firecat Projects

For his latest show in Chicago, longtime resident  Brent Riley will present 42 original inkjet prints at Firecat Projects 2124 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  The series began in 2006 and was finished 2012. The inkjet prints are “Original” in the sense that these pieces exist in no other form. Opening Reception is Friday. For additional details: Brent Riley.

 

 

Jackson Junge Gallery Announces Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asked artists to render their vision of such an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.

 

 

  BARS

         

2nd Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Wondering what to do this Labor Day? Head to Bangers & Lace 2nd Official Hot Dog Eating Contest. Last year the winner downed 17 hot dogs in just 5 minutes. Think you can beat that record? $25 buys you a Bangers & Lace t-shirt, all the hot dogs you can eat in 5 minutes and a nice cold beer to wash it all down. The Grand Prize winner scores 2 Bears Tickets. Sign up up to 1 hour before the contest starts. Hot Dog Eating Contest.

 

 

 

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We know how great it is to watch the game with a pack of alums so every year we publish our College Football Guide so you know where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.

 

 


FatPour - Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening is tentatively scheduled for September 7th. Nothing official has been announced as they still have one more inspection to go. So stay tuned for details. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter. The Grand Opening Party will be in mid-September.

 

 

COMMUNITY  


13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by next weekend. 13th District.



5 "DON'T MISS" Fall Events

Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer but it's not the end of great events heading into Wicker Park & Bucktown. Open Streets are expanding from the Loop into the neighborhood, Circus in the Parks are back, The Coyote Festival of the Arts arrives at the end of September and so much more. Put these on your radar. Early Fall Events.

 

 

Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.

 

 

Bloomingdale Trail - World's Longest Elevated Park

Did you know that when the Bloomingdale Trail is finished it will be the longest elevated park in the world? True story. Paris and New York City also have elevated parks but ours will be the longest. You can find the details and ABC's video report right here: Bloomingdale Trail. 

 

 

Renegade Craft Fair - Next Weekend

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza 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. A don't miss. Renegade. 

 

 

Spanish Classes Start Soon - Sign up Now

Back to school takes on a whole new meaning with Elena Chicago. Join Elaine Winer for new Fall classes and learn Spanish in a casual and relaxed environment. Elaine's reviews have been outstanding and you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy Club Lucky's ambiance while learning. Hurry! Classes start next week. Spanish Classes.

 

 

 

  MOVIES

 

Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 

Avenue N Guitars Rock For Kids Showcase Tonight

Tonight Avenue N Guitars located on North Avenue in Wicker Park is hosting a free showcase to benefit "Rock For Kids". The doors open at 7:00pm and the showcase begins at 8:30pm. For additional information including bands in the showcase: Rock For Kids.

 

 

Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening on September 8th in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

 

Blue Star Bistro and Wine Bar Opens For Lunch

Off the beaten path, Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar offers fresh delicious food and an impressive selection of wine. They are also now open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. With a large patio and easy street parking during the day, head to Blue Star Bistro and enjoy a delicious lunch presented beautifully. Blue Star Bistro.

 

 In Search of The Best Pisco Sour

As long-time neighborhood residents and true Insiders, we have insight you just can't find anywhere else. We look beyond the hip and trendy to what's truly good and share information you should know. So here's a little Insider information for where you can find a great authentic Pisco Sour. You won't see this in other publications but you will find it here...enjoy! Pisco Sour Tour.

 

Wicker Basket Cafe' - What You Should Know

Another great Insider tip for the day... is Wicker Basket Cafe'. After venturing in for our Saturday Sandwich feature, we just can't wait to head back. The sandwiches there are de-licious and after writing our feature, we heard from others that their egg salad sandwich is addictive. Off the beaten path at 2113 W. Division Street, Wicker Basket Cafe' has a nice patio, solid service and tasty food. Wicker Basket Cafe'.

 

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

David's Tea To Open in Bucktown

DAVIDsTea is quickly expanding and is opening 3 new locations in Chicago; 924 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park, 1645 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown and 3530 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. in Chicago. Look for Bucktown's shop to open October 13th. DavidsTea.

 

 

Final Sale at NEW'D - Most Items $5

Thursday and Friday will mark NEWD's final 2 sale days so be sure to stop by. Everything must go and most items are listed at $5. NEW'D has been a great spot at 1917 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and we wish them all the best. NEWD Sale.

 

 

Labor Day Sale with 70% Off at STA

Wicker Park's Second Time Around is kicking off a Labor Day Sale this weekend with 70% Off All Summer Merchandise and 20% off new Fall arrivals. STA sells designer clothing, accessories and shoes at a fraction of their original price. Be sure to check out their sale. You'll find some incredible values here: Second Time Sale.

 

 

ZOOM Whitening - Only $169 !

THIS is an incredible value! If you book an appointment with ORA Dental in September, you can score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169. The regular price is $599. What are you waiting for? They book up early so be sure to schedule your appointments now...before this deal ends. Zoom Whitening Deal.


Those are the highlights for the week. Hope you have a terrific Labor Day Weekend! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Go To Eateries for Delivery - Who'd We Miss?

Michael Hamrick - Monday, August 13, 2012

It's the perfect day for ordering in. And as we always say....sure we could list every single establishment in the neighborhood who offers delivery but that doesn't tell you much. Instead, we love to feature your favorite GO-TO establishments who you can depend on who provide great food & service.

And, as always, you have fantastic recommendations. Everything from pizza to falafel, sushi, barbeque, sandwiches and more. Perfect for when you're busy or the weather is 'less than perfect'.

Here are YOUR Top Neighborhood picks. A very warm thank you to everyone who participated.  And if we've missed your favorite, just let us know:

 

 

Coast
2045 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown
(773) 235-5775

 

 

Jerry's Sandwiches
1938 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-235-1006

 

 

Penny's Noodle Shop
1542 N. Damen Avenue, Wicker Park
773-394-0100
 

 

Picante Taqueria
2016 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-328-8800

 

Piece
1927 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park
773-772-4422

 

 

Pot Pan
1362 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park
773-862-6990

 

My Pie Pizza
2010 N. Damen Avenue, Bucktown
(773) 394-6900



Smoke Daddy
1804 W Division Street, Wicker Park
773-772-6656

 

 

Sultan's Market
2057 W. North Avenue, Wicker Park
773-235-3072

 

 

The Boundary
1932 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-278-1919

 

 

The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division Street, Wicker Park
773-489-5050


Via Carducci La Sorella
1928 W. Division Street, Wicker Park, IL 60622
773-252-2244

 

Cheeseburger, Fries, Domestic Beer, Wine & More - Just $20 Tonight Only

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 03, 2012

Cheeseburger Fridays

Happy Friday Night! From 6pm-9pm Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue has a wristband package available for $20.

That $20 includes all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries. A great deal.

Throughout the entire evening, they are also currently offering all of their Ketel One Vodka products (any flavors we have available) for $6 as part of a one-mixer cocktail (ie. Ketel/soda or Ketel/cranberry)...no martinis, shots, neat, rocks, etc. Enjoy.

The Day's Agenda in Wicker Park and Bucktown - Crossfit, Movies and More

Thyra DeCicco - Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CrossFit Opens Today in Wicker Park

What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a new Wicker Park Fitness Center located in the space formerly Aspen Kitchen and Bath located at 2133 W. Division Street and will feature a variety of classes called the 'Workout of the Day'.  Crossfit appears to focus on more intensive training programs. For more information: Crossfit.

 

FREE Movie in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Don't miss this week's Movie in the Park in Wicker Park proper - 1425 N. Damen Avenue. Movies start at dusk but our last movie had 2,000 attendees so you may want to get there a little early.

Bring a blanket, food and bug spray. And yes, dogs are welcome. See ya there.

Movies in the Park.

 

Martini Party at Club Lucky

Every 1st Wednesday of the month Club Lucky plays host to their martini party at 1824 W. Wabansia in Bucktown. And tonight Ketel One Martinis are only $6.

 

 

For all the latest updates be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Guide For 7-27-12 and There's So Much to Do

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27th, 2012

 

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

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser Tonight

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy- Tonight

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 Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens Tonight

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
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 this 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). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

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 next Tuesday July 31st.  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.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived ! 7-26-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26th, 2012

 

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

 

Another busy weekend is on the agenda in Wicker Park & Bucktown with Wicker Park Fest heading to Milwaukee Avenue. This year's fest will be the biggest to date with the festival extending from North Avenue to Paulina Street. Traditionally, the fest has ended at Wood/Wolcott. If you're there and take photos, feel free to send them to us. We may just publish them and you'll get full credit. But there's more. We also have lots of great community events happening throughout the neighborhood, art exhibition openings, fundraisers, news and more. 

 

 

Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Bucktown Arts Fest Fundraiser

The Bucktown Arts Festival is just around the corner. Would you like to help contribute to a great cause and event? Then head to Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday for the Goat Party. Live and silent auction items, food, drink and music are waiting for you. And if you buy tickets early, you save $10. Goat Party.




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 Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

 

Yo Solo Opens This Weekend

You Solo - The Theatre Festival of Latino Solo Shows - opens this Friday at Collaboraction. Throughout the weekend you'll find both Visual Art Openings and Music. For the schedule of events being showcased from Friday through Sunday at Collaboraction: Yo Solo.

 

 

 

  BARS

         

Fat Pour to Open in August

In record speed, the Big Onion Tavern Group has stepped in to what was previously Adobo Grill at 2005 W. Division Street and is creating a new sports-focused establishment with a focus on import, domestic, specialty and craft beer that will be available in 2 sizes: the pint and the Fat Pour. Gourmet pizza and burgers will also be served. Look for Fat Pour to open in August.


 

 

COMMUNITY  

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that Wicker Park plays host to 2 farmers markets each week. Every Thursday you can catch the Polish Triangle market located at Divsion/Milwaukee/Ashland from 3pm -7pm and on Sundays, don't miss the annual Wicker Park Farmers Market located in the park at 1425 N. Damen. Farmers Markets.




Last Call Sale/Street Fest Announced

The group behind Do Division has announced that the traditional year end sidewalk sale that takes place each August has expanded into a year-end event including music & family entertainment. Th event will be centrally located at Hermitage & Division. For initial information regarding the Last Call Street Fest.



Movies in the Park - Raiders of the Lost Ark

They're back! Last month ET was featured in Wicker Park proper and approximately 2,000 people attended - including us! This month, don't miss Raiders of the Lost Ark heading back to Wicker Park next week. Movies start at dusk. You may want to head there a little early to get a great seat. Also a very special thank you to our friends at Wormhole Coffee who have sponsored so many of our movies this year. Movies in the Park.

 

 

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park
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 this 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). The weather should be cooperating. Wicker Mic.

 

 

Wicker Park Historic Walking Tour

If you've been to Wicker Park, you know how stunning the architecture is. The Chicago Architecture Foundation agrees and is hosting a Historic Walking Tour this Summer throughout the neighborhood. A tour is scheduled for this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, you can learn more here: Historic Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

 

Girl In A Coma Tonight

When we first published this event on Twitter we said: Girl In A Coma Heads to Double Door. One of our fabulous twitter followers responded: "True but that probably sounds little different than you intended". Duly noted. So, San Antonio's amazing "Girl In A Coma" is playing at the Double Door tonight. If you haven't gotten your tickets, do it now. This should be a great show and no one's been hurt: Girl In A Coma.

 


WeHaveAirConditioningAndIndoorPlumbingFest

As many know, one of Chicago's most famous music venues - Double Door - is just steps away from all of the action at Wicker Park Fest. This weekend they're opening their doors at noon on Saturday. So if you'd like to step out of the heat and into a little a/c they'll be open and there's no cover. If you've never been to Double Door, you should go. There's a reason the Rolling Stones asked to play there. That's right. The Rolling Stones asked if they could play Double Door. WHACAIPF.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Saturday & Sunday

Wicker Park Fest arrives this weekend July 28th and July 29th and will be the biggest fest to date. On Milwaukee Avenue from Paulina Street to North Avenue you'll find shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


      
Now Open - The Savoy


Wicker Park's newest seafood restaurant & raw bar opened their doors this past Monday at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Not only is The Savoy opened for dinner. They're also open for lunch. We're hoping to make it there next week. In the interim, for details: The Savoy.

 

Pizano's Deep Dish Update

In Wicker Park & Bucktown, we have a number of different pizza restaurants but they're all very different...and good. Gratto, for example, specializes in rustic Italian and it's fantastic. Pizza Metro's roots are in Rome. Piece's specialty is New Haven-style. And now Pizano's, who will focus on deep dish, is heading to Division Street. Hoping to open last June/July, Pizano's is working hard to open in August. Fingers are crossed. Pizano's.

 

 

WXRT Lobster Bash

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 next Tuesday July 31st.  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.

 


 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Greenheart's Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

There's still time to score BIG savings at Wicker Park's most eco-friendly store. Greenheart is focused on fair trade practices, items using recycled materials and anything that involves being environmentally aware. Right now you can save up to 70% in their huge sale. But their sale is ending very soon so head to Greenheart Shop at 1911 W. Division Street today. Clearance Sale

 

 

Into to Ballet Starts Tuesday

If you've been wanting to try ballet but haven't known how to get started, we can help. So can Mazi Dance & Fitness in Wicker Park. Starting this Tuesday, Mazi will host an introductory ballet class with the very talented, Marisol Sarabia, as your instructor. Reserve your spot today. Here's how. Intro to Ballet.

 

 

 

Featured Deal of the Week - $30 Craniosacral Sessions

Have you ever considered trying Craniosacral Therapy? This is an amazing deal. Lindsay Burch, practitioner at Temple Beautiful, is offering 1 hour sessions for only $30. But you have to act quickly. This incredible deal is ending August 9th. $30 Deal.

 


 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter.  We're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.  

 

 

 

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Mana Food Bar Sets Up Recovery Fund for Ashley Pruneau

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, July 22, 2012

On Saturday July 1, 2012, an unknown attacker viciously assaulted Ashley Pruneau at her home in the 800 block of North California with a hammer while she was alone inside her apartment. Although stable now, Ashley suffered numerous blows to her  head during the assault and will require additional surgery to aid with her recovery.

Co-workers at Mana Food Bar  at 1742 W. Division Street in Wicker Park (her employer), and friends & family have set up a recovery fund for Ashley to help her with her hospital expenses and surgeries.

How you can help Ashley with a donation for her recovery: Recovery Fund.


Thanks so much.





Report of the Incident via NBC Chicago

Your Favorite Wicker Park - Bucktown Brunch Spots. Who'd We Miss?

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, July 22, 2012

You know us. Yeah sure we can list every restaurant and bar in Wicker Park & Bucktown that offer brunch. But what we really like to offer our viewers is the best in the neighborhood. So we asked you about your favorite place for brunch in Wicker park or Bucktown and the feedback we got was phenomenal. There are a number of tasty options out there and each offers something a little different. Not only are there great brunch options available, there's a very good chance you'll find exactly what you're looking for right here because there is such a variety. And with all of these options available, there's no reason to wait in line on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

A very big "thank you" to everyone who participated. If you missed the poll, not a problem. Just provide a comment below and let us know about your favorite. In the interim, have a great time at brunch -- and tell 'em we sent you.

 

Bangers & Lace

1670 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

773-252-6499
Brunch 11am -3pm

Looking for a very different twist on the traditional Sunday brunch? Try Bangers & Lace. The late night spot opens early on the weekend to serve sausage pancakes and hash as well as the Benedict: a favorite featuring eggs, sausage, bacon all sitting on top of brioche for $8.00. We also wanted to add 4 very special words: Build Your Own Biscuit. Yep...and delicious. This gets 2 very hearty thumbs ups from all of the foodies out there.

Our viewers tried most of the menu, however, and loved it all. Special note: the gravy fries ...delish. Favorites on the menu beyond just brunch included the deviled eggs, black truffle/white cheddar grilled cheese and brioche corn-battered Vienna hot dog. Don't forget the Bloody Marys.

 

Birchwood Kitchen

2211 W. North Avenue - Bucktown
(773) 276-2100
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Friendly and comfortable Birchwood Kitchen offers a great atmosphere, terrific attentive service and excellent food. The brunch menu may not be as expansive as other neighborhood establishments but there is a variety to choose from. And the prices are reasonable.

Choices range from the Breakfast Sandwich (vegetable frittata, cheddar, grilled focaccia, roasted potatoes, petit salad) to Quiche to Belgian waffles to Salad to Steak and Eggs + more. You may also want to try the Croque Vert - seasonal vegetables and cheese on sourdough topped with fried eggs and served with a petite salad.

If you’re looking for a comfortable and casual brunch spot with good food and excellent coffee, this just may be your place.

 

The Bongo Room

1470 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park
Sunday Hours 9am- 2:30pm.

Super cozy with a diner feeling, the best advice I can give is to get there early. Lines of people are usually forming down Milwaukee Avenue early on the weekends. The food is good --- and original. Pancakes are a favorite here and they range from carrot cake with vanilla bean sauce to cranberry...or even white macadamia ! The standard fare: Omelettes, eggs, french toast are also available. Always good but very busy on weekends.

 

Feast

1616 N. Damen - Bucktown
Weekend Brunch
Sat - Sun: 9am - 3pm
(no reservations)

Feast is well-known for their fresh food and variety of delicious options and brunch is no different! Yes, the traditional pancakes are available but there’s so much more. Eggs are the primary focus with build-your-own-omelettes, the grand slam breakfast (eggs, sausage, potatoes + toast). For non-traditional brunch-lovers, why not try the eggs portobello (two poached eggs with spinach and oven roasted tomatoes over a breaded portobello mushroom with hollandaise sauce + feast potatoes) or the crab benedict two poached eggs and crab cakes over jalapeno cheddar corn bread with chipotle hollandaise + feast potatoes.

 


Hot Chocolate

1747 N. Damen Avenue

(773) 489- 1747

Hot Chocolate's brunch includes treats like sweets and warm doughnuts, fresh ricotta & eggs, smoked fish, cheddar melts, buttermilk pancakes, steak and eggs, quiche and much much more. Also available are salads, granola and fruit plates. For a new and fresh twist on your old favorites, be sure to stop by. And don't forget the hot chocolate. It is truly not to be missed.

 

Las Palmas

1825 W. North Avenue - Wicker Park

(773) 289-4991

For something completely different, put a Mexican spin on your Saturday (or Sunday) morning brunch. Tucked away on North Avenue, Las Palmas is a favorite of the neighborhood and one of Wicker Park & Bucktown's best kept secrets. For starters, how about two eggs sunny-side up smothered in salsa ranchera and served with refried black beans, rice, avocado, crema Mexicana & warm tortillas? Not a bad start to the day. Many many brunch options wait for you. The brunch menu is right here: Brunch.

 

Letizia's Natural Bakery

 2144 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

(773) 342-1011

First of all, you have to love the fact that Letizia's wesbite is superyummy.com. That being said, Letizia's is one of Wicker Park's best kept secrets. Off the beaten path on the West end of Division, you might miss it if you don't know it's there. And if you're looking for fresh natural ingredients, head to Letizia's. You'll also find a full espresso bar, pastries, muffins, panini and more. In the Summer, the patio in the back is like an oasis. For hours and more.

 

 

Milk & Honey

1920 W. Division - Wicker Park
(773) 395-9434

One of the earlier brunch spots in the neighborhood, you head to Milk & Honey at 8am on Saturday or Sunday and brunch is open until 2:00pm. What can you expect to find at Milk & Honey? Buttermilk granola pancakes, orange brioche French Toast with almonds, scrambled egg burritos or smoked salmon on a toasted bagel. Those are just the starters. There are many more optins, fresh juice and you won't break the bank at $7 or less. The full Brunch Menu.

 

 

Prasino

1846 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

Quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite, Prasino was almost immediately voted as a neighborhood favorite for brunch. This eco-friendly hotspot features organic and locally-sourced food when available. The brunch menu is unconventional and not your traditional Sunday morning breakfast and eggs. Here you'll find lobster stuffed avocados with mango salsa, chili beurre fondue or the honey chicken salad sandwich – arugula, grapes, pecans, celery, honey yogurt dressing, pretzel croissant. For breakfast, you'll also find gluten-free pancakes. For the full brunch menu: Prasino Brunch.

 

 

 

 

Riverside Cafe

1656 W. Cortland - Bucktown

 (773) 278-3354

This small little neighborhood gem is tucked away on Cortland Avenue far away from the beaten path and hectic pace of North, Damen and Milwaukee. For those looking for a quiet respite in the heart of the city, the Riverside Cafe is for you. The large patio is very private. The Sunday brunch is a huge spread of about 50+ items were you'll find: fruit, eggs, pierogis, pancakes, cereal, steak and so much more. The regular menu is not available but this is a great deal (and a great deal of food) for $12.95 a person.

Riverside is cash only.

 

 

 

The Bristol

2152 N. Damen Avenue - Bucktown

Sunday Brunch Hours: 10am - 2pm

Seasonal and locally sourced food reigns supreme here at The Bristol. What can you expect on a Sunday? Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and large menu with a lot of variety. A few items to get you thinking about heading to The Bristol this Sunday: glazed doughnuts and maple sausage. Those are just for starters. Once you head to the heart of brunch, you'll find buttermilk pancakes, house made biscuits with a poached egg, braised pork chilaquiles with fried egg, eggs benedict with smoked ham & mustard hollandaise and much much more. The full menu is right here: Bristol Brunch.

 

 

The Southern

1840 W. North Avenue
Weekend Brunch
773-342-1840

 

The Southern has quickly become know for its outstanding brunch and amazing Bloody Marys. Although a bar, The Southern is a true contender for great food in the neighborhood. On Sunday morning, try the fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits or eggs sardou.  Our viewers give this Sunday morning hot spot a great rating and it has quickly become a neighborhood favorite.  The word everyone uses to describe The Southern Brunch: delicious.

 

Have a favorite who's not included? Let us know. We're happy to add them.


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