Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide for May 17th Has Arrived

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012

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

The weather is expected to be just perfect so be sure to head out and enjoy. What's on our radar this week? Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off today throughout Chicago with an emphasis on 'neighborhoods'. The Map Room, Small Bar, Hot Chocolate, Bangers & Lace, Piece and more will be participating. Be sure to take advantage of the special craft beer being featured this week. But that's not all. We've also included a variety of fundraisers, new art exhibitions, music fests, movies in the park, community events, spa nights, great deals and more. For additional details, just click on the photos.

But that's not all, The Trenchermen is hosting their "Preview Party" tonight. Want to know how to buy tickets? We've included that too. For up to the minute updates throughout the week be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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



          Chicago Craft Beer Week

Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off today and this event will be taking place throughout Chicago. Full maps and details have been provided for each neighborhood and in Wicker Park and Bucktown, plan on visiting The Map Room, Small Bar, Bangers and Lace, Big Star and more.

        Sadie Hawkin's Throwback Party

Tonight...Sadie Hawkins is back. Cheeky Chicago and Leinenkugel present the Sadie Hawkins Throwback Party at The Anthem at 1725 W. Division Street in Wicker Park. There's still time to reserve your tickets but you have to hurry. Party starts at 6pm.




       Annual Kitten Shower

Bucktown's Annual Kitten Shower is being held this Saturday at Treehouse Humane Society at 1625 N. Ashland Avenue. For just a $5 donation you can ooh & ah over 20+ kittens ready for adoption. A great organization. Hope you can make it.

         Bucktown Garden Walk Dates Announced 

 When you think of Summer in Bucktown, you can't help but think of the Bucktown Garden walk, petting zoo for kids and big bash that weekend at Lotties Pub. The dates were announced this week so mark your calendars.


        Lights Camera Action  - MTV Films in Wicker Park

Just a word to the wise, MTV's Underemployed is filming in Wicker Park; specifically around the Evergreen and Hoyne area. If you live in the area or are planning to head into the neighborhood to visit, the parking in that area is a little tough. Filming is expected to last a couple of weeks.


      Undergraduate/Graduate Internships  Available

Want to work with the Insider's Guide? We have internships available for Graduate and Undergraduate Students with DePaul University. This is a perfect opportunity for marketing/advertising/media students. Let us know if you're interested and feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be a great candidate.


     Wicker Park's Farmers Markets Open in June

This year Wicker Park will be hosting 2 Farmers Markets and they're right around the corner. The first is the traditional Wicker Park Farmers market that's held every Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. That Farmers Market will open June 3rd. The 2nd will be hosted on Thursdays at the Polish Triangle starting June 7th.


     Wicker Park & Bucktown's Movies in the Park

At long last, both the Wicker Park and Bucktown Movies in the Park have been announced for this Summer. We told you earlier about the Wizard of Oz, The Lorax and Ferris Bueller heading to Bucktown. Hugo, Raiders of the Lost Ark and ET head to Wicker Park. Dates for the Wicker Park "Movies in the Park" are right here. 



        A Personal Project Show
13 Chicago artists bare their souls so you can see how their photographs, paintings and other ... expressions came to be. It's extraordinary. Head to Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery 1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue  this weekend for the opening.

       LVL3  - Suspended
Suspended is a state, a moment, some kind of disbelief, a stalemated gesture frozen in its own established conditions. The Suspended Exhibition features the work and paintings of Richard Galling and opens at  LVL3 in Wicker Park this Saturday.

       Monique Meloche - 2 New Exhibitions
Also opening this Saturday, 2 exhibitions at Monique Meloche in Wicker Park. The first called wood is a group exhibition with artists who incorporate the element of wood into their respective practices with differing goals and objectives. The 2nd exhibition is "on the wall" and can be viewed on Division Street. PPPPPresto! directly references 5 male artists creating paintings and sculptures out of wood. Both exhibitions open Saturday.   





       Hozac Blackout Fest This Weekend
This former 'zine turned garage-rock label will be hosting their Annual Blackout Fest this weekend at The Empty Bottle. The two-day event showcases the label's best bands. Tickets are on sale now.



Rockin' for Rescue Rock For Rescues This Saturday

A great cause; The Annual Rockin' For Rescue Fundraiser for the Trio Animal Foundation is this weekend! Food will be provided by a top Chicago Caterer featuring signature items designed and served by Hot Doug's Chef.  There will also be an open bar, 2 VIP areas, and a fabulous silent auction and raffle. All donations are tax-deductible.

     Soul Summit Dance Party Friday

The SOUL SUMMIT is a monthly dance party spanning the spectrum of early, raw R&B, Soul & Funk. Monthly parties are free except when showcasing live bands. This weekend's dance party is Friday May 18, Double Door, 9pm, Guest Band Brooklyn's IKEBE SHAKEDOWN (Ubiquity Records).







          Black Bull Tapas Opening "Very" Soon

We keep hearing "we're opening very soon" but don't have an actual date yet from the folks behind Black Bull Tapas located in the space previously the home of the Angels & Mariachis. We will do our best to keep you posted on the opening at 1721 W. Division Street in Wicker Park and as soon as we know, you'll know.

     The Trenchermen Preview Party- How You Get Tickets

The Preview Party is tonight! Want to attend? There's still a little time to buy your ticket. $75 buys you the General Ticket which includes the Menu Tasting and Beer & Wine. $95 buys you a VIP Ticket which includes all of the above plus a Meet & Mingle with Chef Micheal Sheerin, Specialty Cocktails and 1 Raffle Ticket. We've got the details here.





     Futurgarb's New Location, VIP Program and 20% Off 

Indie boutique Futurgarb has moved! They're now located at 1369 N. Milwaukee Avenue and have moved into a bigger space. Futurgarb sells very cool and hip men's and women's apparel and accessories at very reasonable prices. They also provide excellent service + 20% off everything in the store on Wednesdays. A don't miss. 


             Health, Wellness, Gluten Free and $10 Off

The owners of Mazi Dance Fitness are committed -of course- to fitness and offer many classes which strengthen and tone your body. But that's not all. Mazi is also focused on overall health & well-being. As an example of their commitment they've developed a video guide which explains the value of a gluten-free diet and where you can find it in the neighborhood. Mention this video and you'll get $10 off your next class.

           Staples Celebrates Small Businesses 

As a small business, we can attest to the fact that Staples Wicker Park, 1300 N. Ashland Avenue, is extraordinarily supportive of small businesses in our community. Be sure to stop by and celebrate our small businesses with them next week. Can't make it? Staples will begin showcasing small businesses every single month. Stay tuned for additional updates about Staples Small Business Showcase.

             The Wicker Perks 

Have you checked the Wicker Perks lately? We update neighborhood deals just about every day. So be sure to check in and see what's available. Are you an area business and would like to be included? Just let us know. 


restorative yoga               Yoga Spa Night Friday 

On Friday night, head to Wicker Park's Elevenzees for an evening of relaxation and tlc. First, you'll enjoy 90 minutes of yoga. Then you'll move to a hand massage, refreshments, crudites, a private shopping event and more. Ready to relax and be pampered? Make your reservation today.

Again, if you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join us on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.    




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