Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Oh Good Lord - Amazing Seafood And Underdog - Your Wicker Park, Bucktown Weekender

Michael Hamrick - Friday, November 01, 2013
November 1, 2013


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

Thanks for joining us. 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 we offer a little neighborhood insider information as well. New this week: we've been scouting the neighborhood for really great deals and we're publishing those on a regular basis. This weekend, you can also win a Free $25 Gift Card to Mott Street.

So be sure to follow us on  Facebook and Twitter for full details on how you can win. 


Don't forget to turn those clocks back an hour on Saturday night and have a great weekend.



Tonight! O Good Lord Opens at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park. A special holiday exhibition at Jackson Junge Gallery, O Good Lord features a diverse group of artists from around the world. The group exhibit will be on display through January 12, 2014. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for tonight from 6-9pm. In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to dress for the reception in the theme of "Saints & Sinners".  





The very last Wicker Park Farmers market was hosted in the park last week. But if you're looking for locally sourced food and products this Winter, you can head North on Milwaukee Avenue to the Logan Square market in its new location. The Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market opens this Sunday.




A unique Halloween event that's featured every year is the 17th Annual Halloween Bash at Double Door which started last night and continues tonight. On the bill: Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, The Black Keys, Neil Young and more. Also this weekend, Shadow Town continues at The Den Theatre. The production tells the true story of sex trafficking in the Chicago area. Proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Promise Program, Anne's House and the Dreamcatcher Foundation.


Underdog Returns to Flash Taco Basement

FOOD-  Underdogg Returns.Wicker Park's Underdogg closed after 20 years in the basement of Flash Taco to become Heat; a gourmet hot dog and sausage spot.Well the space is becoming  Underdog once again (with one less g) and they're looking  to re-open this month.  A little Insider scoop: there's an incredible seafood place in Wicker Park/East Village that's byob. Reasonable, delicious and very much off the radar of most Wicker Park and Bucktown residents.


These 2 delicious food specials should be on your radar. On Wednesday nights, Trenchermen offers a $10 burger deal and The Savoy offers a fish fry. The details.


Last but not least, here is an incredible deal you can score right now in the neighborhood. But you know these don't last long: 50% off Food & Drink at Jane's Restaurant. Excellent food and ambiance right in Bucktown.

DRINK -  This weekend Moonshine's 5th Annual Chil Cook-Off is back. On Sunday from 4pm - 9pm you can sample all different types of chili and enjoy a variety of drink and beer specials while watching football all day long. Bring a coat too. It's also a fundraiser/annual coat drive sponsored by 1st Ward Alderman Moreno. 


If you're looking for a unique real estate investment opportunity in Wicker Park, this church may just be the spot for you. Boasting over 16,000 square feet, this property is located right on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen in the heart of Wicker Park and directly across the street from the park and dog park. It includes: an auditorium, kitchen, banquet rooms, classrooms and a lot of square footage. Wicker Park Church


As we reported earlier, Milwaukee Avenue at Paulina and south to Division is getting a significant makeover due to the purchase of a number of properties by Centrum Partners LLC. Blockbuster, Payless and Oberweis have moved out. Pet Supplies Plus and The Vitamin Shoppe are moving in. New Wicker Park Businesses.

Mango, an adorable little grocery store, is also setting up shop at LeMoyne and Western Avenue. Their focus is on organic items, milk, ice cream and some packaged goods. 

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 weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood. 





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