Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Cool Jazz & Banh Mi Just $6.95 - Tuesdays Only

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, June 05, 2012


Tuesdays 6pm - 9pm

MC Restaurant and Lounge 1401 N. Ashland Avenue

Every Tuesday enjoy free parking, a beautiful patio, the jazz band the GB Duo and the Banh Mi special; a Banh Mi sandwich & Domestic Beer for just $6.95 at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue.

A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening. 

Where You Can Find a Delicious Good Old Fashioned Saturday Bar Brunch

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, June 02, 2012
By Kimberly Chua

Some days nothing but a good old-fashioned bar brunch will do. And these fine Wicker Park & Bucktown establishments offer brunch both Saturdays & Sundays.  So kick your weekend off right and start it off here.



6 Degrees (1935 N. Damen)

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

Dig into “The Infamous Breakfast Horseshoe” and other delicious options at 6 Degrees.


Blue Line Lounge and Grill (1548 N. Damen)

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Sunday 9am – 4pm

Blue Line's hangover brunch menu offers a mouth-watering selection but the real cure is found in $3.00 mimosas and their spicy bloody marys.


The Boundary (1932 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Check out The Boundary for omelets, pancakes, and even breakfast tacos!


Cortland's Garage (1645 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Taste the house favorite, crunchy vanilla bean French toast, or opt for the $5 bloody mary bar.


Crocodile (1540 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm

Breakfast pizzas!


Division Ale House (1942 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

Bottomless Brunch – For $25, you get one breakfast item plus bottomless mimosas and bloody marys!


The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

The Fifty/50 has a great brunch menu with tons of options – try the breakfast lasagna!


Lottie's Pub (1925 W. Cortland)

Saturday and Sunday 11am - 3pm

Grab some breakfast sliders and wash them down with mimosas and bloody marys.


Moonshine (1824 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Try Moonshine’s take on brunch favorites, like their malted waffles. Don’t forget - the Bloody Mary bar is available from 10am – 5pm on Sundays.


Small Bar (2049 W. Division)

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

Stop by Small Bar to try some green pork chili or Nutella and creme crepes!


The Southern (1840 W. North)

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm

Travel down to The Southern for some grits, bacon, doughnuts holes, and so much more!

Your Do Division Weekend Guide Has Arrived 6-1-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 01, 2012

June 1st 2012


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


Wicker Park's Do Division Festival and Sidewalk Sale kick off today so this week's Weekend Guide is all about Division Street with a few community events and a little news too to be sure you're in the loop on the neighborhood. The Do Division Festival is centrally located between Damen Avenue & Leavitt but sidewalk sales will be happening up and down Division Street -- all the way to Ashland Avenue. The street is also packed with large patios due to the extra wide sidewalks. So no matter where you land, you'll have a terrific time.


Thanks, as always, for joining us. Enjoy the fest and we'll see you in the neighborhood.





Division Street Bars

For those who may not be familiar with the neighborhood, we've included our handy little guide to all of the bars we have available right on Division Street. Your options range from cozy Irish pubs to large sports bars. So there's sure to be something for everyone. And almost every bar offers a dog-friendly patio. Division Street Bars.






Farmers Market Opens Sunday

With our warm weather starting as early as St. Patrick's Day, it feels like the Wicker Park Farmers Market should have opened a long time ago. But it's officially opening this Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Avenue right in the Park. We will see you there. Farmers Market.



The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. This annual Summer event will continue through September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.






Final Lineup & Tonight's Do Division Headliners

Do Division's Festival includes a wide variety of music including: The Antlers, Peanut Butter Wolf, Murder by Death, Pinebender, Le Butcherettes and more.  The full line up is here and tonight The Black Belles and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be kicking off the festival. Do Division Details.





Black Bull Tapas to Open Today

When Angels & Mariachis closed their doors in January stating they were remodeling, we didn't realize they were remodeling into a brand new concept.But they have. Focused on small plates and an extensive Spanish wine list, Black Bull Tapas is working hard to open tonight at 1721 W. Division Street :  Black Bull Tapas.


Division Street Restaurants

We've heard from a representative at the West Town Chamber of Commerce that there will be as many as 15 food trucks participating at Do Division this year. They'll be located at the Polish Triangle located at Ashland/Division/Milwaukee Avenue. So you can grab food coming to - or leaving - the fest. But if that's not for you, we've included a guide to great restaurants you can enjoy right on Division Street. Almost all include dog-friendly patios. Division Street Restaurants.


Win FREE A Gift Card from Forever Yogurt

This has nothing to do with Division Street but we wanted to let you know first that we're kicking off a fun contest where you can win a FREE gift card compliments of Forever Yogurt. All you need to do is spot us walking our dogs around the neighborhood and we'll give you a gift card for FREE Forever Yogurt right on the spot. Look for our announcement & details later on Facebook & Twitter






Do Division Celebration

Be sure to stop by Elevenzees this weekend at 1901 W. Division Street. In addition to their Sidewalk Sale Saturday & Sunday, they'll also be hosting a store wide celebration which will include: crab cakes, wine, raffles, scavenger hunts for kids and more. Elevenzees.

Steve Quick Jeweler to Open This Fall

Steve Quick Jeweler is a boutique and custom jeweler with stores currently located in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. This Fall they'll be opening their 3rd location right on Division Street in Wicker Park. We will keep you posted on the details but look for Steve Quick Jeweler's soft opening this September at 1909 W. Division Street. Details.


Insider Deal of the Week

Head to Division Street's Via Carducci at 1928 W. Division Street every Monday - Wednesday and you can enjoy half off a bottle of wine. Via Carducci offers excellent traditional Italian food, terrific service, a beautiful patio and this great deal. Insider Deals.






Romeo & Juliet - The Chopin Theatre

Located at 1543 W. Division Street, The Chopin offers a wide range of film, music and theater entertainment options. This weekend you can see "a fun and  inventive spin" on the Shakespeare classic Romeo & Juliet. Ticket Information.

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Black Bull Tapas Targets June 1st Opening

Michael Hamrick - Monday, May 28, 2012
Black Bull Tapas has moved into the space formerly the home of Angels & Mariachis at 1721 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and the folks behind River North's English Pub and Hubbard Inn are also behind this new spot. The menu is in the process of being finalized and it sounds like Black Bull Tapas will be opening June 1st.


How Black Bull Tapas is defined: "Black Bull Tapas pays homage to the tapas and pintxos bars of Spain, full of warmth & vivacity, a meeting point for friends, where an unassuming entrance conceals a boisterous setting serving simple yet surprising food."

The Chefs will be Executive Chef Bob Zrenner & Luis Contresas.

The target date for opening is mid-April. We can't help but picture tapas, a great wine and the outdoor patio. Welcome to the neighborhood.  


Stay tuned for details. For up to the minute information, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter

Wicker Park's People Lounge Debuts Brunch This Weekend

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, May 26, 2012

People Lounge Debuts Brunch

Executive Chef Ralph Steinberg and owner Baris Yuksel launch brunch service and expanded hours Memorial Day Weekend

People Lounge located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park - offers both an ala carte and prix-fixe option every Saturday and Sunday beginning May 26. Prix-fixe brunch is offered from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes choice of any below entrée with select beverages (sangria, mimosas or cava). The inclusive prix-fixe ranges from $15-$22 (add $10 to the entrée price). The a la carte brunch menu is offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Brunch Menu Selections

House Buttermilk Pancakes

Currant and pomegranate infused maple syrup ($8)


Gypsy Skillet

Gypsy hash (onions, green and red peppers, potatoes), boar sausage, quail eggs, toasted baguette ($9)



Choose three ingredients: spinach, mushrooms, bacon, chorizo or manchego cheese ($8)

With a side of fruit or patatas bravas (add $2)


Patatas Bravas

Crispy Russet potatoes, spicy red pepper aioli ($5)


Datiles con Jamon

Goat cheese-stuffed dates, applewood-smoked bacon, apple cider reduction ($6/two, $12/four)


People’s Skirt Steak

Braised Wagyu skirt steak, tomatoes, cornichons, capers, aged molten Manchego cheese ($9)


Tostada de Salmon

Citrus vodka house-cured salmon, chive cream cheese, pickled onions, rustic bread ($8)


Ensalada de Avocado

Bibb lettuce, avocado, watermelon, crispy Serrano ham, avocado vinaigrette ($8)            


Queso de Cabra

Herbed goat cheese, tomato sauce, garlic bread ($8)


Mushroom and Goat Cheese Empanadas

Oyster, porcini, Portobello and button mushrooms, chive aioli ($6/two, $11/four)

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Memorial Day Weekend Guide Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012


Hello and welcome to your Memorial Day Edition of your Insider Weekend Guide.


First and foremost, thank you so much for your help in making us Wicker Park & Bucktown's most popular neighborhood guide. We've reached almost 8,000 followers on social media alone and 10's of thousands of people visit us online each month. We couldn't do it without you and are very appreciative of your support.


Secondly, we receive information, events and news all day long. Our Weekend Guide is expanding every week so we've streamlined the format a little so it's easier for you to read. Hope you like it. Just click on the accompanying links for more detailed information on any topic. Last but not least, we've included our highlights for Memorial Day Weekend. Chicago Craft Beer Week continues with special events planned up and down Division Street, Poi Dog Pondering will be playing 2 VIP shows this weekend, there's lots of Summer Fest news to share (with Do Division right around the corner), you can win FREE brunch for 4 this Sunday and a couple of sweet deals are waiting for you too.

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





Division Street IPA Crawl

Jerry's joins forces with Smallbar Division and Bangers & Lace to bring you the IPA's of North America. Only a short distance separates three of the best destinations for beer in Chicago. Tonight just head to Division Street to taste some of the best IPA's coast to coast. IPA Crawl.

Moonshine Brewery Open House/Tour

Many don't know that Wicker Park's Moonshine at 1824 W. Division Street is actually a brewery. And tonight, in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week, local brewer JD McCormick is opening the doors to the brewery. Doors open at 5pm and you're invited to join JD for a free tour to learn what goes into making a great local craft beer. Moonshine Tour.



People Lounge Introduces Brunch

This weekend People Lounge - located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue - is introducing a brand new brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. What can you expect? This is not your standard bacon & eggs. Expect higher end fare and creative twists on your traditional favorites. The menu looks delicious an you can take a peek at the new brunch options waiting for you right here. Brunch Menu.






Do Division June 1st - June 3rd

Do Division 2012 is just around the corner and will be a 3 day festival for the 1st time in its history. Shopping, food and, of course, great music will be waiting for you. The final line-up includes: Pinebender, The Antlers. Peanut Butter Wolf, Le Butcherettes, Murder by Death and more. But that's not all, there are also lots of fun activities for kids. The details are here: Do Division.


The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. This annual Summer event kicks off this Sunday and will continue through September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.


Wicker Park Fest Headliners

Although still 2 months away, Wicker Park Fest has announced the headliners for the 2012 neighborhood festival which will include: The Drums, Cursive and local favorites including Joe Pug and Kill Hannah. The festival will take place on Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue & Wood Street July 28th and July 29th. Stay tuned for additional details about: Wicker Park Fest.







93XRT Presents Poi Dog Pondering Weekend

Local Chicago favorites Poi Dog Pondering will be playing not 1 - but 2 - shows this weekend at Wicker Park's Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. VIP Packages are available and include cds, signed posters, drinks and more. Get your tickets early. Poi Dog.


Raw Natural Born Artists Showcase

RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & make-up artistry, photography and performing arts. Tonight, they'll be showcasing who they feel represents the best of the best. Doors at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. Raw Showcase.





FREE Brunch for 4 This Sunday

Would you like win FREE Brunch for 4 for this Sunday at Bucktown's Riverside Cafe? Just look for our announcement later today on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Share our announcement and you'll be entered automatically into our random drawing. The winner will be selected Friday afternoon. Win FREE Brunch for 4.


Glazed and Infused Now Open

Donuts donuts donuts. Yes you can now score gourmet doughnuts directly across the street from the Damen Blue Line el stop at Glazed and Infused. Just look for their window on the west side of Francesca's Forno at 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Open early...and late. Doughnuts.


Jazz Tuesdays at MC

Perfect for Summer, MC Restaurant has announced they will be hosting jazz every Tuesday night from 6pm -9pm. With free parking & wi-fi, a beautiful patio and the banh mi/domestic beer special for just $6.95, MC will be a great spot to relax this Summer. And the banh mi is excellent. Details.

    The Trenchermen Looks to June

Although the folks behind The Trenchermen hosted a fundraiser/preview party May 17th, it looks like it will still be several weeks until Wicker Park's newest upscale eatery opens their doors. According to Grub Street, there is still a lot of work to do and they're guessing the opening date will be closer to the end of June. The Trenchermen.






20% Off Store Wide Memorial Day

Chicago's premier fair trade, eco-friendly store Greeneheart Shop has announced a store wide sale this Memorial Day Weekend.  You'll find unique, beautiful and recycled merchandise that helps to create a better world. The details are here. Sale.

Eat for Beauty - Friday

Kelli Komar reveals the secrets of achieving radiant skin from the inside out at this educational, fun and interactive workshop being held at Elevenzees Friday night. Join Kelli as she discloses the ancient secrets of Ayurveda to help you create a customized holistic dietary skin care regimen that will balance your body and skin. Eating For Beauty.


Insider Deals of the Week

Shear Sapphire is a Women's & Men's Salon at 1712 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park and their 1st Anniversary is just around the corner. As their way of saying "thank you" to you,  they're offering a couple of great deals. First: men can score 50% off any hair cut service. And women, you can get a FREE haircut with a purchase. These offers won't last forever. So hurry! Insider Deals.






Theatre of War - The Chopin Theatre

Tonight only: Theatre of War is an artistic investigation of the disconnect between the experiences of most citizens and those of people directly impacted by war. This show takes place just days after the city bids farewell to the NATO summit. Theatre of War.

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Jazz, Banh Mi, Trivia and More- Tuesday Specials In Wicker Park & Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Looking for something a little different to do tonight? We have a few ideas. On Tuesday nights don't miss Trivia at Wicker Park's Standard Bar & Grill. Every Tuesday you can win cash and prizes and there are plenty of drink specials. In the warmer months, the windows and patio are open.

 Tuesdays at 8:00pm

 Standard Bar and Grill - 1332 N Milwaukee Avenue

$5 Three Olives o-bombs
$10 Miller Lite buckets
$15 Buckets of Point Nude Beach and Blue Moon
$5 Quesadillas

Prizes and cash giveaways


At Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street - don't miss their Tuesday Special. $13 gets you their featured beer and a house made sausage pairing. Great food & drink and a great deal.



Feel like Jazz?


Every Tuesday enjoy free parking, a beautiful patio, the jazz band the GB Duo and the Banh Mi special; a Banh Mi sandwich and Domestic Beer for just $6.95 at MC Restaurant- 1401 N. Ashland Avenue. A perfect relaxing way to spend a Summer evening.

$5 Burgers, Fried Chicken, Beer & A Shot of Malort - Tonight

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, May 07, 2012

Looking for a couple of great Monday night specials in Wicker Park & Bucktown? We can help you out.

Tonight you can Build Your Own Delicious Burger at Cortland's Garage at 1645 W. Cortland Avenue in Bucktown for just $5. And the short rib nacho's aren't too shabby either. But that's not all. If you're looking for something in Wicker Park, head to Bangers & Lace.


On Monday nights at Bangers & Lace - 1670 W. Division Street-  you'll find fried chicken, beer and a shot of Malort for just $10. A great deal.


Tell em we sent you.


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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide 5-4-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, May 04, 2012
May 4th 2012

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

The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo arrive this weekend and there are many events and parties planned throughout the neighborhood. But that's not all. We've also included community news, art gallery celebrations, new restaurant openings and more. If you'd like to receive information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to include you. 

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



   Cinco de Mayo- Kentucky Derby Parties

This weekend Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby land on the same day. So we've included Cinco de Mayo street festivals, Kentucky Derby parties and those celebrations that will include both. We're adding a few more parties so if you're looking for fun and festive options in the neighborhood, we've got em right here.



   Do Division Update 

More bands have been announced so be sure to check for the line-ups to date right here. Sounds like there will also be food trucks at the Polish Triangle over the weekend. We will keep you updated. 


   Movies in the Park - Bucktown

The Bucktown Community Organization announced their Movies in the Park line-up this week. So, which movies are heading to Churchill Park this Summer? Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Wizard of Oz and The Lorax. And they're free. Stay tuned for the dates. As soon as they're announced, we will let you know. 


   Wicker Park Farmers Market

It's coming....the highly anticipated Wicker Park Farmers Market will reopen in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue on June 3rd. For those who may not know, the market is located at the corner of Damen & Wicker Park Avenue. We will see you there!


   Wicker Park Plant Sale & Fundraiser

Don't miss the Annual Plant Sale & Fundraiser this weekend in Wicker Park. Experienced gardeners and designers will help you pick the plants that are best for you. Proceeds are donated to the 10,000 square foot Wicker Park Gardens and lecture series.



     Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Arts N Spirits
Want to do something different this weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo? Head to Arts N Spirits at 1921 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown with your friends and drink of choice. (They're BYOB). You'll have a great time and come home with artwork ready for framing. Details for how to sign up are right here.  


    Park Schrek's 1 Year Anniversary
Park Schrek Gallery is celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary with an opening reception tonight from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Featured work will include Jonathon Stein and the one and only Dan Schrek & John Park. Congratulations on a terrific 1st year.






    Better Than Something - Film Screenings
The Empty Bottle will be hosting 2 film screenings this weekend for Better Than Something:  a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard.The portrait of Jay's life is captured just months before his untimely passing. Public Works Gallery - 1539 N. Damen Avenue.

    Local H - This Saturday

Hailing from Chicago, Local H is a two-man wrecking crew; a powerhouse invigorated by former Triple Fast Action drummer Brain St. Clair and driven by the distinct lyric and melodic vision of guitarist/vocalist Scott Lucas. Get your tickets now. Keep your eyes open on our facebook and twitter pages. We're giving away FREE tickets for this show later today. Double Door- 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue.


Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser

Mark your calendars. The Annual Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser for the Trio Animal Foundation heads to the neighborhood May 19th. Food will be provided by a top Chicago Caterer featuring signature items designed and served by Hot Doug's Chef.  There will also be an open bar, 2 VIP areas, and a fabulous silent auction and raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.






1/2 off Bottles of Wine

Via Carducci not only offers delicious and authentic Italian fare, but every Monday - Wednesday you can save 50% on select bottles of wine. Head to the patio and enjoy.

   Red Door is Open

The reviews following the soft opening last weekend have been extremely positive and the Red Door officially opened yesterday in Bucktown in the space formerly the home of Duchamp at 2118 N. Damen Avenue. We're looking forward to the private 100 person patio. See you there.




  Real Estate

    Foreclosure Spotting

Every foreclosure we publish sells within a week or less. The 1 bed + den we mentioned last week was under contract in couple of days. But you have another chance. This 3 bed/2 bath is in Ukrainian Village is current listed for $341k. We've also included a banner on our website which links to foreclosures. Don't wait on these if you're interested. 



     Mother's Day Gift Baskets- $25

Looking for a gift for Mom? Head to Greenheart Shop. You'll find beautiful gift baskets that extend beyond physical and cultural borders. Support fair trade and empower mothers everywhere. Starting at only $25. 


    Spex Grand Opening Party - Tonight

Spex opened their Wicker Park location earlier this year at 1407 N. Milwaukee Avenue and on Friday May 4th they'll be hosting their official Grand Opening Party. With swag bags, refreshments and appetizers, it's sure to be a great time. Be sure to stop by.




   The Mariachi Man Drinks to Cinco de Mayo

For one day only this weekend, in celebration of Mexican Heritage and drinking holidays everywhere, the cast of El Mari Chi Chi will perform an interactive drinking theme burlesque show. The audience may keep up with the characters on stage and take a drink for each time a character takes a swig. Gorilla Tango Theatre - 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

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

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, April 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

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.



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 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.




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.


 SAVE $5 OFF Riverside Cafe Brunch thru Feb 26th



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


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.


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