Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 3-2-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, March 02, 2012
March 2, 2012

Hello and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. This week we've got lots of news and many fantastic events to share. A very important fundraiser has been planned for Kristen Romaniszak; the florist injured in the Asrai Garden robbery last month.The community is working together to generate as much money as possible for Kristen's recovery. Hope you can make it. But that's not all, art exhibitions are opening, new restaurants are heading our way, dance is featured this week, and more. For full details, just click on the photos below. Thanks, as always, for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 



   Asrai Garden Fundraiser for Kristen

As many of you know, Wicker Park's Asrai Garden was robbed mid-day about 2 weeks ago. One of the florists was injured during that robbery and the community has joined together to hold a fundraiser for Kristen this Monday at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Proceeds will be donated to Kristen to help with her recovery.


  Zumba, Belly Dance, Booty Beat Mondays

If you're ever wondering what to do on a Monday night and you're still holding fast to those New Years Resolutions to get fit, head to Bucktown's Dance Spa at 1890 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Tucked away on the North end of Milwaukee Avenue, Dance Spa offers professional training for all different types of dance and on Monday nights you can work out, get fit and have a great time.

Spring Garden Club Workshop

It's the 1st day of meteorological Spring so the timing of the Wicker Park Garden Club's workshop couldn't be better This Saturday you can learn how to propagate plants from residents right in the community. But you need to RSVP.  The details for how you do it are right here.


  Bloomingdale Trail Unveiling 

CBS is reporting that the plans for the Bloomingdale Trail are ready to be presented. The Chicago Department of Transportation will be holding a meeting next Tuesday. The time and the location of that meeting are attached.






  1st Fridays at The Flat Iron

The first Friday of each month, the Flat Iron artists open their studios to the public and thi Friday they will be hosting their "open house" and First Friday. You can visit over 50 artists right in the historic Flat Iron Building at the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue - 1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park. 


Footprints in Vertical Skies Opening Reception

This weekend please join Jackson Junge Gallery at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park for their opening reception of Footprints in Vertical Skies. This exhibition features Anastasia Mak's interpretation of Chicago Cityscapes and International Landmarks. The opening reception is Friday. 


Tap & Tutus - For Kids

Mazi Dance Fitness Centre is a beautiful space located right at the bustling corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenue (2001 W. North Avenue). Not only do they offer ballet technique -based dance classes, they also offer classes for kids. Tap & ballet classes are currently being offered for kids ages 5-8.






Double Door & Empty Bottle Named as 2 of Chicago's Best

Congratulations to Double Door and The Empty Bottle for being recognized by the Chicago Tribune for being 2 of Chicago's best music venues.  Keep up the great work.



  Tapas Head to Division Street
This week we received information letting us know that Angels & Mariachis (1721 W. Division St) had in fact shuttered their doors and that Black Bull Tapas will be moving in. The focus here will be on Spanish Tapas and they're looking to open in April. We'll provide additional details as soon as we receive them.

   The Trenchermen - To Open in April

Heading to the spot on North Avenue the previous home of Spring, Wicker Park's newest restaurant is hoping to open this April. Expect local, seasonal, higher end fare and a sizable bar area.

Bucktown's Duchamp is Sold

Eater Chicago is reporting that Duchamp (2118 N. Damen Avenue) has been sold and the new owners are working to re-concept the space. We're very sorry to see Duchamp close. They just participated in Restaurant Week to rave views and closed their doors Sunday 2/26.


Wormhole to Reopen Saturday

Our friends at The Wormhole (1462 N. Milwaukee Avenue) have been going through a serious remodeling effort which will improve the flow of the overall shop and provide more seating up front by the windows facing Milwaukee Avenue. The Delorean has also landed in it's new spot and The Wormhole is working hard to reopen again on Saturday morning (March 3rd).


Club Lucky   Martini Party Wednesday

The 1st Wednesday of each month, Club Lucky hosts a Martini Party. The sponsors of the event may change but the martinis are always excellent and only $6. Pair them with great Italian food that is only Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia).






   Celebrate Women's International Day

Spend $10 or more at the Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division Street) on International Women's Day and receive a FREE cupcake from The Giving Treats. Each cupcake handed out at purchase is a cupcake donated to The Safe Haven Foundation.


  Game Nights for Kids - Every Wednesday

Looking for a fun idea for something to do with the kids? Head to Wicker Park's Building Block Toys.  Every Wednesday night is game  night and a new game is featured each week.







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.

  Gorilla Tango Buys Skokie Theatre

Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre has announced that they are expanding and recently bought the Skokie Theatre. A very warm congratulations to the Gorilla Tango on this terrific accomplishment.


They're Dying Out - Trap Door

Trap Door Theatre's They're Dying Out continues this weekend to 4 star reviews.They're Dying Out tells the story of the corporate mindset and how it infects the souls of those who engage in it.

If you'd like to review a bar, restaurant, shop or event just let us know. You can log on to our website any time to rate your experience and provide comments. You can also vote for your favorites. And, for up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. We'd love to have you.


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




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