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Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 28, 2014

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Every week we sift through lots of information to identify the neighborhood's very best of the best; the best theater, music, cool events, art exhibitions, awesome deals, unique real estate opportunities and more.  And every week we publish the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide which features these special events combined with local news including new restaurants, retail shops and bars.

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Celebrity Sightings, Big Buck and More- Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 08, 2013
November 8, 2013

 

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

Thanks for joining us. Here are this week's picks for neighborhood events and news. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. If you missed it earlier this week, a very talented artist and illustrator was selling a very limited edition map of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Once we published the info, they sold out within an hour. If he prints more, we will definitely let you know. Also, did you happen to see Sophia Bush in Wicker Park? She's filming for Chicago PD and got a little ink in the neighborhood. And there's still time to win that Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street. We're drawing a winner's name at 5:00pm today. Head to  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 

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

 

ART 

Paint for FREE. Looking for the perfect date idea? Head to Arts n Spirits in Bucktown. It's a lot of fun, byob, you'll come home with a cool new piece of artwork and tonight! guys will pay for free. The cost is usually $40 per person. A great deal and great time.

 

COMMUNITY

Plans are progressing to transform The Coyote (Northwest Tower Building) at North-Damen-Milwaukee Avenue into a boutique hotel with as many as 120 rooms. A community meeting was held this week in Wicker Park and plans were approved. The developers behind this project are looking to begin construction in March 2014. 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT
If you see these guys roaming the streets this weekend, they're not really armed...and hunting. The Big Buck Arcade Game World Championship is taking place at the 1st Ward/Chop Shop. Wooden Shjips/Cave/Rabble Rabble head to the Empty Bottle for their rock and roll record release show. Chicago Afrobeat Project returns for another show at Double Door.And the very special 15th Annual All Souls Jazz Festival heads back to The Chopin Theatre. 



FOOD & DRINK 

The Michelin Guide has just announced their 2014 Bib Gourmand Award Winners. Out of 67 winners, 9 are in West Town and 5 are in Wicker Park or Bucktown. A very big congrats to all and an extra special congrats to Mana Food Bar and Mott Street who are first-time winners. If you missed this earlier, lots of people celebrated lawmakers' passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois. However, not everyone was happy. And this person was sure to let The Bongo Room know it.
With a chill in the air and temps possibly heading into the 30's next week, one of our favorite spots for dessert and hot chocolate.



RETAIL/SHOPPING

Palazzo has relocated from Oak Street and Michigan Avenue and recently opened their doors in Bucktown. Featuring the collection of Jane White, Palazzo is hosting a very big sample sale with as much as 70% off. Sale ends November 30th. The Handmade Market which features artisans of all types will be open this Saturday at The Empty Bottle from noon-4pm and  Dose Market  continues this Sunday in Wicker Park. For you deal shoppers, we're keeping our eyes open for amazinggroupon deals. Last week we spotted deals from Jane's, Emporium Arcade, Nature Yoga, Cheetah Gym, Blue Fin sushi and more. 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Oh Good Lord - Amazing Seafood And Underdog - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 01, 2013
November 1, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. New this week: we've been scouting the neighborhood for really great deals and we're publishing those on a regular basis. This weekend, you can also win a Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street.

So be sure to follow us on  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 

 

Don't forget to turn those clocks back an hour on Saturday night and have a great weekend.

 

ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS



Tonight! O Good Lord Opens at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. A special holiday exhibition at Jackson Junge Gallery, O Good Lord features a diverse group of artists from around the world. The group exhibit will be on display through January 12, 2014. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for tonight from 6-9pm. In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to dress for the reception in the theme of "Saints & Sinners".  

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



The very last Wicker Park Farmers market was hosted in the park last week. But if you're looking for locally sourced food and products this Winter, you can head North on Milwaukee Avenue to the Logan Square market in its new location. The Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market opens this Sunday.


 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

A unique Halloween event that's featured every year is the 17th Annual Halloween Bash at Double Door which started last night and continues tonight. On the bill: Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, The Black Keys, Neil Young and more. Also this weekend, Shadow Town continues at The Den Theatre. The production tells the true story of sex trafficking in the Chicago area. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Promise Program, Anne's House and the Dreamcatcher Foundation.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS

Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basement

FOOD-  Underdogg Returns.Wicker Park's Underdogg closed after 20 years in the basement of Flash Taco to become Heat; a gourmet hot dog and sausage spot.Well the space is becoming  Underdog once again (with one less g) and they're looking  to re-open this month.  A little Insider scoop: there's an incredible seafood place in Wicker Park/East Village that's byob. Reasonable, delicious and very much off the radar of most Wicker Park and Bucktown residents.

 

These 2 delicious food specials should be on your radar. On Wednesday nights, Trenchermen offers a $10 burger deal and The Savoy offers a fish fry. The details.

 

Last but not least, here is an incredible deal you can score right now in the neighborhood. But you know these don't last long: 50% off Food & Drink at Jane's Restaurant. Excellent food and ambiance right in Bucktown.


DRINK -  This weekend Moonshine's 5th Annual Chil Cook-Off is back. On Sunday from 4pm - 9pm you can sample all different types of chili and enjoy a variety of drink and beer specials while watching football all day long. Bring a coat too. It's also a fundraiser/annual coat drive sponsored by 1st Ward Alderman Moreno. 







REAL ESTATE FEATURE



If you're looking for a unique real estate investment opportunity in Wicker Park, this church may just be the spot for you. Boasting over 16,000 square feet, this property is located right on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen in the heart of Wicker Park and directly across the street from the park and dog park. It includes: an auditorium, kitchen, banquet rooms, classrooms and a lot of square footage. Wicker Park Church






RETAIL/SHOPPING NEWS




As we reported earlier, Milwaukee Avenue at Paulina and south to Division is getting a significant makeover due to the purchase of a number of properties by Centrum Partners LLC. Blockbuster, Payless and Oberweis have moved out. Pet Supplies Plus and The Vitamin Shoppe are moving in. New Wicker Park Businesses.

Mango, an adorable little grocery store, is also setting up shop at LeMoyne and Western Avenue. Their focus is on organic items, milk, ice cream and some packaged goods. 

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. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

 

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender - Halloween Edition

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 25, 2013
October 25, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us for our special Halloween Edition. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And a little neighborhood insider information just in time for Halloween .... did you know there are a number of area businesses that claim to be haunted? From mysterious sounds to voices and more: The Most Haunted Spots in the neighborhood. 

 

Last but not least, be sure to join our amazing 15,000+ followers on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways so you'll never miss a thing.


Thanks again for joining us, have a great Halloween and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



There are so many community events in the works this weekend. Tonight! Head to Wicker Park proper for the Annual Haunted Indoor Drive-In Movie. The field house is transformed into a movie theater. It's fun for all ages and it's free.The featured film this year is:  Twilight Saga- New Moon. But that's not all. The Chicago Park District and others are hosting lots of costume parties for the little guys.So we've created a full list of Halloween events Just For Kids.


Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch through Halloween filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins.Everything is provided by a local farmer and it's right in Bucktown.So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The very last Wicker Park Farmers Market of the season is this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. It's the final, as in very last, week. Don't miss it. 

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park proper this weekend. There are always lots of fun activities planned for kids. Don't have kids? There's a costume contests & parade for dogs.


In neighborhood news:  Speaking of dogs, last week we sent out an APB looking for a lost dog last seen running down the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage. A facebook search ensued and we're happy to report, Hope has been reunited with her family in Minnesota.

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: The 17th Annual Rock N Roll Halloween Bash arrives at Double Door next week and features: KISS, Axl Rose, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cars, Janis Joplin and many more. This event has stood the test of time and is lots of fun every single year. And this year, the party continues for 2 full days. Eight days of Halloween continues at The Empty Bottle. A $40 pass gets you into 4 shows all week long through Halloween. Need your music fix a little sooner? Catch Kid Congo (The Cramps, Nick Cave) this weekend for $10. 



Entertainment: A unique Halloween event that's featured every year, Sidney Friedman is heading to Davenport's on Milwaukee Avenue for Mind Shivers; a magical and mysterious night combining ESP, mind games, premonitions and more. This is Sidney's 15th show and he'll be in Wicker Park for 3 nights this weekend. Also this weekend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show arrives live at The Chopin Theater. This live show delivers the music, drama and camp you've grown to love in the film and it's this weekend only.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



FOOD - Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through this Saturday and this week and they're ending with a bang: Halloween Candy, Hot Apple Cider and lots of great food will be waiting for you. Also in food news, a new Italian restaurant called Azzurra EnoTavola is opening in the location formerly Gunner's in Wicker Park next Tuesday. 


DRINK -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? There are so many parties in the works for Halloween this year and many kicked off yesterday. You can still find Pumpkin Carving, Horror Movie Showings, lots of Costume Parties and a special performance by Mucca Pazzo. But that's not all. In the mood for a little Police and Nirvana? They'll be doing special performances at Jerry's. For a line-up of Events and Parties.





REAL ESTATE FEATURE



Real Estate Sales Up 30%- According to data provided via the MRED (formerly the MLS) real estate sales in the Wicker Park, Bucktown and surrounding areas are up 30% this year over last. Both single family home sales as well as condominium sales have increased dramatically and values are starting to follow. 






SHOPPING EVENTS




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. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.


That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. 

 

 

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

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Chicago Flea, Art, Music and More - Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender 10-5-13

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 05, 2013
October 5, 2013

 

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


Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.We're giving a gift card away for a delicious Wicker Park restaurant next week and you won't want to miss it.


Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS

West Town Art Walk - Chicago, IL

The West Town Art Walk is back for its 3rd year. You can visit both local businesses and artists while walking throughout the neighborhood tonight and all day Saturday on Chicago Avenue from Milwaukee Avenue to Oakley. Also tonight, Wicker Park's ORNOT Gallery is hosting their 2nd show at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue inside of Ready Coffee. Local artists Steve Pollack and Cindie Kurman Barrie will be featured.


 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



Free yoga continues every Saturday morning at 9am and 11am at Ready Coffee 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. 

 

In neighborhood news: the Bucktown Apple Pie contest is looking for more contestants.So, if you're a baker and have a great recipe for an amazing pie,sign up. It's always a lot of fun and last year it was packed. Construction has officially begun on The Bloomingdale Trail. A number of people were towed this week at Honore and Bloomingdale Avenue. So if you're in or heading to Bucktown, please be aware of the parking restrictions. And it sounds like work on the Milwaukee-Wood-Wolcott intersection has been delayed once again. We will keep you posted. 

 

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on Vocals

Music: This weekend 6 hunky guys, who also happen to be part of a six piece orchestral folk-pop band based in Seattle head to The Empty Bottle. Don't miss Hey Marseilles Sunday night. And on Tuesday October 8th, Jam Productions Presents: Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K on vocals. Should be a great show.


Theater:  Shadow Town opens at The Den Theater in Wicker Park next week and tells the story of 4 Chicago area sex trafficked girls through the eyes of their pimp.This original play is based on dozens of interviews with people involved in sex trafficking right here in Chicago.





FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -  Wicker Park's new Asian eatery RUNA has opened and is offering 30% off your next meal through October 15th as part of their Grand Opening. The team behind The Violet Hour and Big Star have just signed a lease for the Cipolina space directly next to Big Star.So another  Paul Kahan business is in the works on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park. And in closing news, Covo Gyro Market has shuttered on Milwaukee Avenue. 


Foodie Events: Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday but their hours are shorter to accommodate the shorter days ahead. Starting this week The Nosh's new hours are 10am - 3pm.


Drink -  Red Door Kitchen & Bar is hosting a Meet & Greet for local neighbors on Monday. Limited space is available and RSVPs are required. Kids and dogs are welcome. Martini Parties at Club Lucky continue every Tuesday and martinis are just $6. Head to Bucktown's Club Lucky this Tuesday for some of the best martinis in Chicago.






REAL ESTATE NEWS



Looking for a townhome in Wicker Park or Bucktown? This all brick 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome with the master and 2nd bedroom on the same floor is located just 2 blocks from the Damen blue line stop at LeMoyne and Damen Avenue. It also includes a top floor family room, roof top deck and attached garage. It was just listed today by Prudential Rubloff. The listing details.







SHOPPING EVENTS

Photo: Featuring pumpkin painting by Local Goods Chicago, Food trucks, and artisans you don't want to miss!
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.Also this weekend, Helena Quinn is hosting a trunk show featuring pieces from her Fall collection at Edith Hart in Bucktown 1917 N. Damen Avenue. 


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.

 

 

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

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Food, Drink, Entertainment and More- Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, October 04, 2013
October 4th, 2013

 

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

Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. Tonight, be sure to keep your eyes open for the performing arts group Out of Site at the Damen Blue Line stop between 5pm - 7pm. You never know what they'll do. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information.We're giving a gift card away for a Wicker Park restaurant next week and you won't want to miss it.

Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS

West Town Art Walk - Chicago, IL

Tonight! The West Town Art Walk is back for its 3rd year. You can visit both local businesses and artists while walking throughout the neighborhood tonight and all day Saturday on Chicago Avenue from Milwaukee Avenue to Oakley. Also tonight, Wicker Park's ORNOT Gallery is hosting their 2nd show at 1562 N. Milwaukee Avenue inside of Ready Coffee. Local artists Steve Pollack and Cindie Kurman Barrie will be featured.

COMMUNITY EVENTS



Interesting and fun events are planned for the neighborhood this weekend and beyond. Tonight: it's family movie night in Bucktown. You can catch ET outdoors at Burr Field and it looks like the weather will be cooperating.  Free yoga is available every Saturday morning at 9am and 11am at Ready Coffee 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. 

In neighborhood news: the Bucktown Apple Pie contest is looking for more contestants.So, if you're a baker and have a great recipe for an amazing pie,sign up. It's always a lot of fun and last year it was packed. Construction has officially begun on The Bloomingdale Trail. A number of people were towed this week at Honore and Bloomingdale Avenue. So if you're in or heading to Bucktown, please be aware of the parking restrictions. And it sounds like work on the Milwaukee-Wood-Wolcott intersection has been delayed once again. We will keep you posted. 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on Vocals

Music: This weekend 6 hunky guys, who also happen to be part of a six piece orchestral folk-pop band based in Seattle head to The Empty Bottle. Don't miss Hey Marseilles Sunday night. And on Tuesday October 8th, Jam Productions Presents: Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K on vocals. Should be a great show.


Theater:  Shadow Town opens at The Den Theater in Wicker Park next week and tells the story of 4 Chicago area sex trafficked girls through the eyes of their pimp.This original play is based on dozens of interviews with people involved in sex trafficking right here in Chicago.





FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -  Wicker Park's new Asian eatery RUNA has opened and is offering 30% off your next meal through October 15th as part of their Grand Opening. The team behind The Violet Hour and Big Star have just signed a lease for the Cipolina space directly next to Big Star.So another Paul Kahan business is in the works on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park. And in closing news, Covo Gyro Market has shuttered on Milwaukee Avenue. 

Foodie Events: Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday but their hours are shorter to accommodate the shorter days ahead. Starting this week The Nosh's new hours are 10am - 3pm.

Drink -  Red Door Kitchen & Bar is hosting a Meet & Greet for local neighbors on Monday. Limited space is available and RSVPs are required. Kids and dogs are welcome. Martini Parties at Club Lucky continue every Tuesday and martinis are just $6. Head to Bucktown's Club Lucky this Tuesday for some of the best martinis in Chicago.






REAL ESTATE NEWS



Looking for a townhome in Wicker Park or Bucktown? This all brick 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome with the master and 2nd bedroom on the same floor is located just 2 blocks from the Damen blue line stop at LeMoyne and Damen Avenue. It also includes a top floor family room, roof top deck and attached garage. It was just listed today by Prudential Rubloff. The listing details.





SHOPPING EVENTS

Photo: Featuring pumpkin painting by Local Goods Chicago, Food trucks, and artisans you don't want to miss!
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.Also this weekend, Helena Quinn is hosting a trunk show featuring pieces from her Fall collection at Edith Hart in Bucktown 1917 N. Damen Avenue. 


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.

 

Want to receive this each week? Just sign up below. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Rick Bayless, The Coyote, Dose Market and More - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 28, 2013
September 27, 2013

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

Thanks for joining us. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. If you missed it earlier, the neighborhood was filled with film production crews as Sirens, Chicago PD and Chicago Fire filmed in Wicker Park and Bucktown this week ... on the same day. 

Wondering who's filming in the neighborhood this week? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information. We also give away lots of great prizes via social media --like gift cards and free tickets for neighborhood events. So be sure to follow us and you'll never miss a thing.

Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS


Tonight! The Flat Iron Artists bring  The Coyote - The Wicker Park/Bucktown Festival of the arts back into the neighborhood. A don't miss event every September, you'll find over 150 artists, musicians and sculptors at the Flat Iron all weekend long.. Also, this weekend Wicker Park's Public Works is hosting a special event where you can participate in a dialogue between several of the city's creative communities. Next week, the West Town Art Walk is back for its 3rd year. You can visit both local businesses and artists while walking throughout the neighborhood.

COMMUNITY EVENTS



Interesting and fun events are planned for the neighborhood this weekend and beyond. Tonight: the Summer wind down continues and the very last outdoor Open Mic, Wicker Mic, is taking place in Wicker Park proper. You'll find lots of local talent and the weather should be perfect. 

Free yoga is available every Saturday morning at 9am and 11am at Ready Coffee and Eb and flow is hosting a very special fundraiser next week. This fundraiser combines a Master Power Flow class with a party, including food and beverages, directly after the class.  

This weekend, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is also back on Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. 

And in neighborhood news: work is officially beginning on The Bloomingdale Trail this Monday. Parts of Bloomingdale Avenue and spots like Churchill Park will have restricted access. Last but not least, if you're looking for an inexpensive spot to stay in Wicker Park fully equipped with a kitchen, wifi and parking, allow us to introduce you to Holiday Jones. Now open and located right on Division Street. 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. on Vocals

Music: One of the biggest monthly parties in town, Soul Summit Dance Party is back at Double Door again this weekend and it's FREE.  Also this weekend the Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour arrives at Subterranean. Headliners include: The Growlers. Tonight, the Meat Puppets head to The Empty Bottle and on Saturday Chicago alternative rockers Pink Frost will also be at The Empty Bottle showcasing their unique brand of pop-rock for their record release party. Last but not least. Mark your calendars for October 8th Tuesday, Jam Productions Presents: Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K on vocals.

Looking for a little humor? Art You Can Laugh At heads back to the ORNOT Gallery for another show next week.




FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -  Yes it's true. Bucktown resident and Chicago celebrity chef Rick Bayless is opening a new restaurant in the space formerly Salud at 1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue. RUNA has officially opened in Wicker Park and is offering 30% off your next meal from Saturday September 28th through October 15th as part of their Grand Opening.Wicker Park's newest bar/restaurant/butcher/deli venue Chop Shop is set to open Monday. Another new spot getting ready to open The Hat on North Avenue. Owned by the team behind Hollywood Grill, The Hat will serve: hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, shakes and more. 


Foodie Events: Cheat on Meat or Go Whole Beast heads to Chop Shop featuring 8 different Chefs and your choice of veggie dishes or the whole animal. And Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is back this Saturday from 10am -5pm. 


Drink -  Those Martini Parties at Club Lucky are just too fun to have only 1 day a month. So instead of the 1st Wednesday of every month, they're hosting them every Tuesday and martinis are just $6. Head to Club Lucky this Tuesday for some of the best martinis in Chicago.




REAL ESTATE NEWS


If you've ever strolled past those stunning greystones in the historic parts of the neighborhood and wondered how much those cost, well, so have we. This stunning single family home on Evergreen was just listed for $2,349,000 and sold in 60 days. Take a peek inside this magnificent home in Wicker Park.





SHOPPING EVENTS



This is GREAT news. Dose Market has moved from Navy Pier to Wicker Park and will be hosting their amazing events filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and so much more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. Dose Market will be in the neighborhood every Sunday for 12 weeks starting this weekend. 

Also, this weekend, Prasino is kicking off their brunch/shopping combo. On Saturday and Sunday you can indulge in brunch at Prasino in Wicker Park and then head off to the fashion outlet stores to shop until you drop.

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.

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

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

The Replacements, Bucktown 5k, Open Streets and More

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 13, 2013
September 13, 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. The Bucktown 5k is this weekend so you can take a nice run through the most scenic parts of Bucktown. Open Streets is also back this Sunday and Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland to Kedzie. But you can run, bike, skateboard and more without worrying about traffic. Riot Fest also kicks off tonight with 80 incredible bands plus the farmers market and The Nosh continue.


Last but not least, for up to the minute information, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We give away lots of great prizes. So be sure to follow us there and you'll never miss a thing.


Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS



Mark your calendars for next weekend when Wicker Park After Dark opens at Jackson Junge Gallery. Wicker Park After Dark  features photographer David Szpunar's perspective of the unique nightlife and many of the unusual things that happen in the neighborhood in the wee hours of the night.


 

COMMUNITY EVENTS



Two big events arrive this weekend in the neighborhood. First the annual Bucktown 5k is Sunday and participants take a scenic run through the neighborhood. There's still time to register if you haven't already. An expanded Open Streets also takes place on Sunday from 10am -3pm. And this year, the event includes Logan Square. Three miles of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland Avenue all the way to Kedzie. If you've never tried a Divvy bike but would like to. Now would be a great time. There are also lots of events planned for kids.

 

Also this weekend, 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. 


Things to put on your radar for next weekend: Circus in the Parks and the Twilight Tour of Wicker Park.

 

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: The Riot Fest Music Festival and Carnival is this weekend and it's all happening right around the corner. The bands that have been booked this year are just incredible and include: The Replacements, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Pixies, Violent Femmes, Joan Jett, Blondie, Dinosaur Junior, Flag, Bob Mould, Guided by Voices and more. 80 bands in total will be featured plus there will be carnival rides, and lots of food and drink. The 3 day tickets sold out long ago but a few single day tickets are still available.


 After Shows for Riot Fest are selling out. Even if you're not going to the festival, you can still grab a great show right in the neighborhood.






FOOD & DRINK NEWS



Food -   A cute little Italian Deli has just opened on Western Avenue. Rosie's features sandwiches (like sub and meatball sandwiches), soups, salads, pizza, gourmet items, meats, cheeses and more. Their goal is to offer as much locally sourced and organic food as possible and the pizza we had was terrific. Rosie's West Town Deli


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 - Bucktown's Red Door is hosting Slurp & Slush this weekend. And what is Slurp & Slush? It's an oyster shuck off between 3 notable Chicago Chefs. Your $40 ticket buys you food, drinks and appetizers. 





REAL ESTATE NEWS



This 22,000 square foot brick and limestone building at Potomac and Wood Street in Wicker Park was originally an orphanage in 1903 when it was first built. Over time it was converted into a single family residence. Yes you heard us: single family residence. Recently listed at $3.5 million, this huge property has been sold and is currently under contract. You can check out a few photos of this incredible property right here: 1239 N. Wood Street.






SHOPPING EVENTS

Fulton Fest - Chicago, Illinois

Just south of the neighborhood, Fulton Fest celebrates Chicago's independent entrepreneurs and artisans on Damen Avenue at Fulton. You'll find food, drink, music and great local businesses. Today only. 


And a little insight we'd love to share. We came across this incredible grocery store on Western Avenue called Amish Healthy Foods. Amish Healthy Foods is like a tiny little independent small business version of Whole Foods and the owners travel to an Amish community every Wednesday. They head back with fresh produce, eggs, cheese, butter, honey and too much list. A don't miss.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Renegade, Riot Fest and Football - Wicker Park Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, September 07, 2013
September 7, 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. The Renegade Craft Fair kicks off tomorrow on Division Street from Damen Avenue to Paulina. And you'll find the street filled with over 300 indie craft artists. But that's not all. We've also included food, drink, community events and even a couple of real estate deals that won't be around for long.


Last but not least, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Last weekend we gave away Platinum Cubs Tickets worth $200! So be sure to follow us on social media and you'll never miss a thing.

Thanks again for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS




Dog Lovers! Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue is hosting a Puppy Art Party this weekend. So bring your pooch to Jackson Junge in Wicker Park and meet artist Kate Hoyer. She paints incredible custom pictures. Also at Jackson Junge, Wicker Park After Dark opens in two weeks and features a photographer's perspective of Wicker Park nightlife.

 



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On Saturday, be sure to bring your kids to the adorable Magic Boat Puppet Show. The show starts at 11am right in the Wicker Park Playground. Also in the park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. Chef Rick Bayless is there on a regular basis so you never know who you'll bump into while you're there. 

Next Weekend: Two big events arrive next week in the neighborhood. The Annual Bucktown 5k is right around the corner and there's still time to register if you haven't already. And Open Streets heads back to Wicker Park and Bucktown. This year Milwaukee Avenue will be closed to cars from Ashland all the way to Kedzie in Logan Square. Plan accordingly and be sure to watch those parking restrictions.



 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT

Music: Right on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown, The Hideout Block Party is this weekend and lots of great talent will be squeezed into a few short days. Who can you find at 1354 W. Wabansia this weekend? Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann to name a few. A family-friendly event fill with food, fun and lots of music. Also this weekend, the wonderfully flamboyant and provocative rapper Mykki Blanco heads to Empty Bottle and if you RSVP via Do312, you can get in for free before 10pm. 


Early WarningThe After Shows for Riot Fest just went on sale and many shows have already sold out. So if you'd like to attend any of these, you'd better buy your tickets now. Also, Emporium Arcade will be hosting an After Party that's not currently included on this list. So we will keep you posted on that. The party at Emporium is next Sunday. Details to follow. 






FOODIE & DRINK NEWS



Food -   These 5 new eateries are the ones we're most excited about at the moment, and they are on our radar for 2013. You'll find everything from new cake doughnuts to Italian pastry to Asian fare and more. Keep your eyes open for these new Wicker Park and Bucktown Restaurants opening soon.


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 - Emporium Arcade is kicking off the Chicago Bears Season at 1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue with a party this Sunday. The game will be shown on their 20 foot long movie screen and a buffet from Antique Taco will be provided. And if you're looking for college games: we have you covered with this handy little College Football Guide. If you're wondering which bars feature which college football teams, you can find them there.





REAL ESTATE DEALS

1636 N Claremont

This week you can find 2 incredible deals in the neighborhood if you're looking for 2-flats or multi-units. The first is located in Bucktown at 1636 N. Claremont. This well-maintained brick Victorian property is a 2-flat and is located on a quiet street but close to everything.Currently listed at $580,000. The 2nd is located at 2610 W. Cortland 2 blocks west of the Western Blue Line El stop. Currently occupied as 4 units, this property is also very well maintained and is currently listed for just $399k. These are great deals and in nice locations so you better hurry. 





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One of the nicest events of the year, Renegade Craft Fair is back Saturday and Sunday on Division Street. You'll find food, drink and over 300 indie-craft artists from 11am -7pm each day. A don't miss and the weather looks like it will be cooperating. Also in shopping news Steven Alan is opening their very first Midwest location in the space formerly the home of Riley at 1659 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown.


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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Bucktown Arts Fest, FREE Yoga, Dusty Groove Sale + More

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 24, 2013
August 24, 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. The 28th Annual Bucktown Arts Festival is this weekend but that's not all. We've also included puppet shows, architectural tours, lots of food news, fundraisers, carnivals, music shows, theater, big sales and more. And you can score a free yoga class today at Ready Coffee in Wicker Park.


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

 

 

 

ART GALLERIES/NEWS


This weekend run don't walk to the 28th Annual Bucktown Arts Fest . You'll find food, music, performing artists, lots of beer and over 200 artists showcasing their work in Holstein Park. And if that's not enough, the festival is FREE. A number of streets willclosed for that as well as Chicago Fire filming.

 

 

 

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One of the very best things about Wicker Park and Bucktown is the beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture and historic landmarks.The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting a historic walking tour throughout the neighborhood and the reviews to date have been extremely positive. This tour is a nice opportunity to see the unique, beautiful and historic side of Wicker Park. For kids this weekend, don't miss the 9th Annual St. Helen Carnival. There carnival is a fundraiser filled with food, music, entertainment and more.

Events in Wicker Park:  On Saturday morning, be sure to bring your kids to the adorable Magic Boat Puppet Show. The show starts at 11am right in the Wicker Park Playground. Also in the park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market is open again this Sunday at 8am. Chef Rick Bayless was back again last Sunday so you never know who you'll bump into there. 

Neighborhood News: This little pooch was found in Wicker Park at LeMoyne + Wood Street. And it's not the little dog that's been advertised all over the neighborhood. If you do, however, know of someone who may have lost a chihuahua, please contact us. 

 

 

 

 

 ENTERTAINMENT



Movies:  The very last Summer Movie in the Park is next week in Bucktown. Don't miss The Amazing Spider Man in Churchill Park on Thursday. All movies start at dusk and they're free. A very special thanks to the Chicago park district. These are great events.


MusicThis weekend the Laughing Stock Comedy Rock Fest heads to Double Door. Over 30 comedic rock acts will perform throughout the day and we will be giving away a FREE pair of tickets via Facebook & Twitter. So keep your eyes open for those. Also this weekend, The Empty Bottle will be hosting a fundraiser for one of the coolest galleries in town; Johalla Projects. $5 pays for your admission to the event and includes your 1st PBR. 


TheaterA whole slew of new and continuing burlesque shows have been announced at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Bucktown. So if you're looking for something a little different, yet fun, head to Gorilla Tango.






FOODIE & DRINK NEWS



Food -  As we reported last week Cafe Con Leche has closed up for good in Bucktown and new owner restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff says he won't open a new business there until next year. Not a lot of details yet on this new development but the space already has a new owner.


Next week Black Dog Gelato and Glazed & Infused are creating a wicked (as in awesome) variety of Gelato-Doughnut sandwiches. Not your traditional ice cream sandwich, these will pack a powerful punch of flavor...and sugar. Pre-ordering is recommended and they will be available at Black Dog Gelato on August 29th.


Gourmet empanadas are replacing the burgers and fries at J. Wellington's in Wicker Park. 5411 Empanadas has taken over the space on North Avenue and are hoping to open their 2nd Chicago restaurant later this year. 


Gunner's closed earlier this year and will soon become an Italian restaurant...again. This is an interesting development because before it was Gunner's it was an Italian restaurant called Cafe Bionda. So 1467 N. Milwaukee Avenue is heading back to its Italian roots. Look for Azzurra Eno Tavola to open in October. 
 


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 are hosting a block party this 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. 






SHOPPING EVENTS



This weekend Dusty Groove is hosting the first massive sale of its kind. The Garage Sale will offer LPs CDs and 45s for as little as 25 cents! And whatever hasn't been sold on Saturday by 5pm will be auctioned off. Sounds like a great opportunity for music fans to score some incredible deals. So be sure to head to 1120 N. Ashland on Saturday.


Also to put on your radar, the Renegade Craft Fair is right around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars for September 7th. Always a nice event, last year we bumped right into Mayor Emanuel at the corner of Division and Wood Street. 

That's it for this weekend. If you'd like to receive this via email each week, just sign up below. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

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