Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide - Halloween Edition - 10/28/11

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, October 29, 2011
October 27, 2011

Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your  Insider Weekend Guide. This week our focus is on Halloween and the festive events happening throughout the neighborhood.

But a little bit of spooky trivia first: did you know a few of our businesses have claims of being haunted? Our neighbors at The Congress Theatre were featured in a Ghost Hunters episode in 2009 due to the paranormal activity being reported there. But that's not all. In the 1970's a man was shot and killed at Bucktown's Club Lucky. They still have the evidence of the gunshots in the bar. And at night, when the employees are getting ready to close, they occasionally hear footsteps walking in the bar. But of course... no one is there. Just a few stories to set the mood for the week.


As always, there are many fantastic events happening throughout the neighborhood and we're happy to be your Guide. Almost every bar is having a party but there's so much more. Our picks are included below. Have a terrific weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.



  Halloween Bar Events

Almost every bar is having a Halloween Party and/or costume contest so you really can't miss if you head to any bar in the neighborhood on Saturday night. The Fifty/50 is offering a $300 cash prize for their winner for best costume. But there are other events planned as well including:  Lottie's Road Trip to the haunted house Screams in the Park tonight!


  Pumpkin Party - Small Bar

Looking for something a little different than the traditional Bar Halloween Party?  Head to Wicker Park's Small Bar. Small Bar is known for their soccer - and great beer. And this weekend Small Bar will be hosting their Pumpkin Party. You can try a variety of pumpkin beer, candies and cupcakes.

  Community Events

Boo-Palooza for Kids & Dogs

Boo-Palooza is a family and dog-friendly event facilitated by the Wicker Park Advisory Council and supported by 33 local organizations. You'll find lots of fun in store rain or shine. So be sure to check the agenda and head to the park this weekend. Dressing up your dog? Well bring them too. Costume contests are waiting for you. Oh...and we'll be there! So be sure to stop by and say Hi. We'd love to meet you.


Haunted Indoor Drive In Movies

Miss your Summer Movies in the Park? So do we. But this weekend, the Chicago Park District will be hosting their Annual Indoor Drive-In Movies Event. Always fun for all ages, this year you'll find Abbott & Costello and lots of Mummies.




Mind Shivers at Davenports

Looking for a different and spooky event? Meet Sydney Friedman at Davenports for a night of fun, mind games, ESP, premonitions and more. Sydney's shows always leave his audience in awe. This weekend only.

15th Annual Halloween Bash, AM Taxi as The Clash, The Last Vegas as The Runaways, Blackbox as Stone Temple Pilots, The Fold as NOFX, Hessler as Judas Priest, Dorian Taj as Bob Dylan, DJ Keith Richards Double Door's Annual Halloween Bash

This year marks the 15th Year for the Double Door's Annual Hallowen Bash and it's always lots of fun. Local bands throw on their costumes and cover a set of songs. This year you'll "see":  The Clash, The Runaways, Stone Temple Pilots and more.

Halloween Handmade Farmers Market

Don't miss the Halloween Handmade Farmer's Market this weekend at The Empty Bottle. Costumes are welcome. Check out the list of the participating vendors right here. The market is free and fun for all ages.




  All You Can Eat - Hand Made Pasta - Just $14.95

So, yes we know this has nothing to do with Halloween but we saw the Executive Chef making the pasta this week and it looked fantastic. It's also a great deal. Don't miss out next Tuesday at Via Carducci in Wicker Park. 


  Halloween Events for Kids

   Halloween Cupcake Decorating

The Color Wheel Studio and Goddess & Grocer have teamed up this weekend for their Annual Halloween Cupcake Decorating Event. It's only $5 and all materials will be provided. But you have to hurry. This event was almost sold out when our Weekend Guide was being written.

Psycho Baby  Halloween with Psychobaby

Halloween is a favorite holiday for the folks at Psychobaby and if you head there on Saturday, you'll be sure to have lots of fun. Trick or treaters, prizes and more are waiting for you.


   Trick or Treat with Building Blocks Toys

Be sure to bring your  little trick or treaters to Wicker Park's Building Blocks on Halloween. Fun, goodies, treats and more are all waiting for you. Stop by any time between 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Monday.



We love the variety of theater and performing arts options available to us every week. Everything from comedy to drama to film and more. Check our  Theater  section for the many performances included in the Insider's Guide.  If you're looking for a Halloween-appropriate show this weekend, check out True Twilight, Gorilla Tango style.  True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical

Vamps! Wolves! Gleeks! For something a little different, head out to Gorilla Tango for the fun and campy True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical. Suckie Stickhouse has just moved to Wiccan Park and is torn between 2 men. Sound familiar? 


These are just a few of the highlights for this weekend and beyond. We have 100s of special events on our website. So feel free to check in...often ...for the most updated information available. Or for additional neighborhood information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.

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


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