Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived 9-6-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 6th, 2012


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


Our apologies for the delay. Technology can be temperamental. In any case, we hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. It's hard to believe Summer has unofficially ended because there is so much happening in the neighborhood this month and the weather is just fantastic. This week we're featuring new art gallery exhibitions, great music, fests, fairs, new restaurants and more. There is so much to do in the park this month but our annual Summer events are winding down. So be sure to take advantage of them while you can.


For up-to-the-minute updates throughout the week be sure to follow us via Twitter and/or Facebook.


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




Butterflies, Getting Into Face         

Bernard Colbert Exhibition Opens Saturday

This weekend Eyeporium Gallery at 1431 N. Milwaukee Avenue will host an opening reception and exhibition for Bernard Colbert's new book Getting Into Face. Getting Into Face features local celebrity and artist JoJo Baby and Sal-E over a 5 year period. A book signing is also being hosted this weekend by Eyeporium. For additional details: Getting Into Face.



Jackson Junge Gallery's Newest Exhibition

Jackson Junge Gallery asks artists to render their vision of an apocalypse and, more importantly, portray their ideas of what a new world might resemble following this apocalypse.The artwork chosen for the upcoming exhibit showcases this duality. “APOCALYPSE 2012 : GENESIS 2013”, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, runs from September 14th to October 28th, 2012. Apocalypse 2012.




 Fatpour Tap Works - Chicago, IL      

College Football - Where You Can Catch the Game

We've updated our handy guide with a few more local college spots: where you can catch your team's games. Did we miss anyone? Let us know. We'll add 'em. College Football Guide.



FatPour Update- Win Grand Opening Party Tickets!

FatPour's Opening has officially been announced. It will be Friday September 14th. Oh...and we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the Grand Opening so if you'd like to win those, be sure you're following us on Facebook & Twitter.





13 District Police Appreciation Party

Show your support of the 13th District Police Department on September 8th. There will be prizes, raffles, food, drink and more. This team has done a great job for the neighborhood and you can show your thanks by stopping by this weekend. 13th District.



Bucktown 5k - Kicks Off September 16th

It's back! The Annual Bucktown 5k is almost here. Have you registered? Sponsored by RAM Racing, join your neighbors, friends, and family at our annual neighborhood race! Sunday, September 16 line up outside Burr Elementary School and race friends to the finish line...or at least finish the little over 3 mile course. Enjoy a little Taste of Bucktown directly following the race: Bucktown 5k.



Open Streets Next Weekend

Open Streets is heading to Wicker Park next weekend. Initially launched in the Loop last year (and this weekend), Open Streets has expanded their reach to include the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods. It should be a lot of fun but also please be aware that 15 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue will be closed next Saturday from Division Street to Western Avenue. So if you live in the neighborhood, plan accordingly. Open Streets.



10th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Returns to Wicker Park

Renegade Craft Fair Saturday & Sunday

This is such a fun event and even more special now that Renegade Craft no longer has a store on Division Street in Wicker Park. This  DIY extravaganza features more than 300 indie-craft artists from across the U.S. selling handmade wares, from jewelry and clothing to rock posters to bath products to plush toys and more. Great music, food and drink also abound. A don't miss. Renegade. 


Summer's Last Hurrah

It's hard to believe another Summer packed with Movies in the Park, Garden Walks, Summer Festivals and swimming pools has come and gone. But there's still time to enjoy a little more of the park before the weather gets cool. Be sure to catch these 10 End of Summer events while you can. Summer Wind Down.





Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE on 35 mm

The untimely death of director/producer Tony Scott has left an irreparable scar on Hollywood cinema and this weekend you can catch Scott's last film in spectacular 35mm at Cinema Borealis at 1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The will be 2 screenings. However, seating is very limited so please arrive early. Unstoppable.





FREE 93XRT Everest Show Tonight

Tonight 93XRT and Corona Extra are teaming up to provide a free show for the LA-based band Everest. What does it mean to be ownerless? is the band's newest album and you can catch them for free tonight.  93XRT Presents.


Exit Ghost - Pyro Fighter- Rah Rah & More

On Saturday, you can catch 4 bands for just $10 at Wicker Park's Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The 4 bands offer a wide mix of genre including: country tinged indie rock, folk, straight up rock and electro-pop duet Pyro Fighter. A great deal at just $10. Double Door.


Metro Chicago & Big Star Present The Dust Up

Metro Chicago and Big Star have teamed up for The Dust Up, a free music festival happening this Saturday in the Big Star parking lot. The fest will include music, DJs, a record fair, and of course good food and good drinks. Read on for complete details: The Dust Up.






Carriage House Targets Mid-September

Wicker Park's newest Southern Belle The Carriage House is still on track to open mid-September at 1700 W. Division Street in the space formerly the home of Edge at Division Street and Paulina. This will mark the 2nd Wicker Park restaurant for the team behind The Bedford. The Carriage House.


 Covo Gyro Market Is Open

Covo Gyro Market is now open at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. What can you expect? Authentic traditional Greek gyros and salads from the team behind Prasino. We arrived for the opening but there was a slight delay and haven't had the time to head back. If you've been there, we'd love to know what you think. Covo Gyro Market.




Nameless Japanese Eatery Opens in Bucktown

A new Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Bucktown has opened at 1613 N. Damen Avenue and they contacted us to let us know they're hosting a contest to Name That Restaurant. If your name is selected you'll receive $100/month in free food for a year. Japanese Fusion.

The Lazy Parrot is Open

A number of restauranteurs have decided to open 2nd businesses in Wicker Park this Summer and The Lazy Parrot is another one of those spots. From the team behind Bucktown's Cafe LaGuardia, you'll find a mix of Carribean and Cuban food at The Lazy Parrot; located at 2257 W. North Avenue. Initial reviews have been very positive and we're hoping to head there later this week. The Lazy Parrot.







Second Time Around: Wicker Park - Chicago, IL

Fashion's Night Out- Tonight

From 6pm - 10pm tonight, you can enjoy wine, snacks and great deals. Merchandise will be on sale with 50% off all Summer clothes and 20% off all new arrivals. Today only. 1534 N. Milwaukee Avenue Sip Shop and Save.


Go Inspired Green Heads to Wicker Park

If you've been wondering how to reduce energy expenses in your home. Well, we may just have an idea for you. Go Inspired Green is a new consulting business that has moved into the space formerly the home of Casa De Soul at 1919 W. Division Street with a focus on how to reduce energy expenses and live in a healthier environment. For additional information contact Go Inspired Green. They are officially open for business. Inspired Green.



Organic Spa Party - Tonight

Looking for a little tlc? Then head to Elevenzees' Temple Beautiful tonight for their Organic Spa Party. Relax and enjoy being pampered. Space is limited. Feel free to BYOB. The details: Organic Spa Party.



ZOOM Whitening - Only $169  New Patient Special - $129

The great deals at Wicker Park's ORA Dental continue this month. Not only can you score a ZOOM Whitening treatment for only $169 (regular price is $599), new patients can also take advantage of their current offer which is only $129. ORA books up early so schedule your appointments now before these great deals end. ORA Dental Specials


Those are the highlights for the week. We're currently planning our Halloween Edition so stay tuned for all of the very best Wicker Park & Bucktown events heading our way. If you have a Halloween Event coming up, be sure to send them to us. We'd love to include you.



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



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