Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Boo Palooza, Horror Movies, Parties and More -Your Wicker Park Bucktown Halloween Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, October 26, 2013
October 26, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us for our special Halloween Edition. Every week we feature our picks for the very best events in the neighborhood and have lots of news to share. From special one-of-a-kind markets to theater, music and more. We've got you covered. And a little neighborhood insider information just in time for Halloween .... did you know there are a number of area businesses that claim to be haunted? From mysterious sounds to voices and more: The Most Haunted Spots in the neighborhood. 

Last but not least, be sure to join our amazing 15,000+ followers on Facebook Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute information and giveaways so you'll never miss a thing.

Thanks again for joining us, have a great Halloween and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 



There are so many community events in the works this weekend. The Chicago Park District and others are hosting lots of costume parties for the little guys.So we've created a full list of Halloween events Just For Kids.

Riverside Cafe is hosting their Annual Pumpkin Patch through Halloween filled with gourds, corn stalks, Indian corn, hay and of course, lots of pumpkins.Everything is provided by a local farmer and it's right in Bucktown.So grab breakfast or lunch in the cafe and then head to the garden. The very last Wicker Park Farmers Market of the season is this Sunday and is open from 8am - 2pm featuring fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, flowers and more. It's the final, as in very last, week. Don't miss it. 

Last but not least Boo-Palooza heads back to Wicker Park proper this weekend. There are always lots of fun activities planned for kids. Don't have kids? There's a costume contests & parade for dogs.

In neighborhood news:  Speaking of dogs, last week we sent out an APB looking for a lost dog last seen running down the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage. A facebook search ensued and we're happy to report, Hope has been reunited with her family in Minnesota.




Music: The 17th Annual Rock N Roll Halloween Bash arrives at Double Door next week and features: KISS, Axl Rose, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cars, Janis Joplin and many more. This event has stood the test of time and is lots of fun every single year. And this year, the party continues for 2 full days. Eight days of Halloween continues at The Empty Bottle. A $40 pass gets you into 4 shows all week long through Halloween. Need your music fix a little sooner? Catch Kid Congo (The Cramps, Nick Cave) this weekend for $10. 

Entertainment: A unique Halloween event that's featured every year, Sidney Friedman is heading to Davenport's on Milwaukee Avenue for Mind Shivers; a magical and mysterious night combining ESP, mind games, premonitions and more. This is Sidney's 15th show and he'll be in Wicker Park for 3 nights this weekend. Also this weekend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show arrives live at The Chopin Theater. This live show delivers the music, drama and camp you've grown to love in the film and it's this weekend only.


FOOD - Wicker Park's Weekly Food Festival  The Nosh is winding down for the season. They will only be open in Wicker Park through this Saturday and this week and they're ending with a bang: Halloween Candy, Hot Apple Cider and lots of great food will be waiting for you. Also in food news, a new Italian restaurant called Azzurra EnoTavola is opening in the location formerly Gunner's in Wicker Park next Tuesday. 

Last but not least The Empty Bottle is hosting a FREE paranormal brunch on Saturday.

DRINK -  Wondering what's going on for Halloween? There are so many parties in the works for Halloween this year and many kicked off yesterday. You can still find Pumpkin Carving, Horror Movie Showings, lots of Costume Parties and a special performance by Mucca Pazzo. But that's not all. In the mood for a little Police and Nirvana? They'll be doing special performances at Jerry's. For a line-up of Events and Parties.


Real Estate Sales Up 30%- According to data provided via the MRED (formerly the MLS) real estate sales in the Wicker Park, Bucktown and surrounding areas are up 30% this year over last. Both single family home sales as well as condominium sales have increased dramatically and values are starting to follow. 


Dose Market  is back this weekend and will be filled with local businesses, food, sweets, jewelry, garments, housewares and more at The Chop Shop/ 1st Ward space at 2033 W. North Avenue. They're open Sundays from 10am-4pm.

That's it for this weekend. Thanks again for joining us and for sending us your events and information. 

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



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