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Ashland Ave Closing, Fish Fry Day, News + More - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

March 28, 2014


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 of the weekend and special one-of-a-kind markets, art installations, music, theater, great deals and more. We've also included a little neighborhood insider news as well. So you're the first to know. For up-to-the-minute updates throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter . And you'll never miss a thing. 


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Beginning this evening and continuing 24 hours a day until it's done, Bloomingdale Trail/606 Construction will be underway for Ashland Avenue from North Avenue to Armitage Avenue. The bridge is being removed and Ashland Avenue will be closed. Detours will be in place beginning at 10pm. The Wicker Park, Bucktown Farmers Market is still a few months away but the indoor Logan Square Farmers Market will be open for one more weekend. The final weekend for this indoor market is this weekend. Stop by for fresh produce, baked goods, The Nosh and more. The 25th Annual Nelson Algren Birthday Celebration is this weekend and will be hosted at the Bloomingdale Arts Space. And last but not least, Prtizker Elementary School is hosting a performance of The Music Man Jr. through Saturday. 



The Lincoln LodgeTonight and every Friday Night The Lincoln Lodge (the nation's longest running independent comedy showcase) is hosted in Wicker Park at Subterranean - 2011 W. North Avenue.Tickets are $10. Collaboraction's This Is Not A Cure for Cancer closes this weekend. Collaboraction is located on the 3rd floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue and you can see a performance through Sunday. In Early Warning News: CIMM Fest, the Chicago International Movie and Music Festival has announced Yo La Tengo will be one of their headliners this year. Tickets are on sale now. And the Double Door has announced a Special Benefit for Matt Suhar. Members of Poi Dog Pondering, My Morning Jacket and Local H will perform.


Looking for fish on Friday night? Why just stick to boring old traditional fare when you can sample everything from smelt fish and chips to shrimp tempura tacos. We've got your Fish Fry Day covered. Also in restaurant news, Bucktown's Goddess & Grocer at 1646 N. Damen Avenue is moving. But they're only moving to the East side...of Damen Avenue. On April 15th, Goddess & Grocer will be moving almost directly across the street to a much bigger space at 1649 N. Damen Avenue. They'll be offering a number of daily lunch + dinner special while adding a brand new salad bar.

March Madness continues. And there are plenty of spots in Wicker Park & Bucktown where you can score a great deal or two while watching the games this weekend. Also this weekend, Pipeworks Brewing and Trenchermen are bringing you an amazing beer dinner on Sunday. And this is not your regular beer dinner. Take a look at the incredible Menu available Sunday night only.



**Big News** this week. The Northwest Tower building conversion to a boutique hotel was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Landmarks Committee. So the plans are almost fully approved to convert this Wicker Park & Bucktown icon into a 120 room hotel. The final step: full approval by the city council.

Wicker Park, Bucktown Real Estate Update: The real estate market is off and running for Wicker Park, Bucktown and the surrounding neighborhoods this year. Thirty-eight properties closed in February 2014; thirty-four of which were condos. Sale prices are very close to listing prices. Your February Real Estate Wrap Up.



In Opening News: San Francisco-based Peek, a children's toy, book and clothing store is heading for 1723 N. Damen Avenue; the former location for Stitch. This will be the first Chicago location for Peek and they are targeting a Spring opening in Bucktown.

Last but not least, 2 big sales to put on your radar. Goorin Bros is hosting a huge sample sale at 1564 N. Damen Avenue #208 (Mazi Dance Studio) through Sunday. So grab a great hat for a whole lot less. And, you can save big once again at Le Dress in Wicker Park.  Le Dress experienced a burst pipe this Winter. The store is still closed but they're hosting a BIG sale tomorrow Saturday March 29th from 12pm-5pm at 1741 W. Division Street. Merchandise will be marked down 75%.

That's the scoop for this weekend.Thanks for sending us your events and information. If you're a business and would like to be included, just let us know. Have a fantastic weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

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