Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 7-28-11

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011


Good morning and welcome to this week's edition of your Insider Weekend Guide. Thanks to everyone who sends us their events. Please keep it coming! We are happy, as always, to share these events with you. Our website is continuing to grow at an incredible rate. Thank you for supporting us and have a terrific weekend.



There is always lots of fun to be had at the bars in Wicker Park and Bucktown. On Twitter, we often get asked what the specials are across the neighborhood. For your convenience, we've set up a list on Twitter of all the bars in the Wicker Park & Bucktown (who happen to be on Twitter) so you can see what the specials are on any day. Wicker Park & Bucktown Bar Specials  The page takes a second to load but it's there. And that's not all ! Division Ale House is celebrating their 2 year Anniversary tonight and Salud is hosting a tequila dinner. The deets are right here:



   Division Ale House Anniversary Party - Tonight!



   Salud's Tequila Dinner - Tonight !



Wicker Mic - Wicker Park's open mic is this Friday. But that's not all. Holstein Park is hosting Shrek on Saturday night and those fun puppets are back in the park on Sunday.

      Wicker Mic - Open Mic - Friday

    Movies in the Park - Shrek Forever After

  The Magic Boat Puppet Show



The beautiful Rinus Van de Velde exhibition and the Kendall Carter exhibition are closing this weekend at Monique Meloche. Don't miss them! But that's not all. Interesting gallery exhibitions continue at Park Schrek and Jackson Junge in Wicker Park. For full details on these and more:


  Wicker Park & Bucktown's Current Exhibitions



We are reserving this Weekend's Edition of Music for the Debonair Social Club who we haven't featured often enough lately. So be sure to stop by Monday night - and every Monday night - for Rehab Mondays. This week: the Lollapalooza Kick Off Party.


    Lollapalooza Kick-Off Party - Monday



Lillie's Q is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary on Monday!  Chef McKenna will be serving delicious barbecue and it's free! So be sure to stop by and celebrate with Lillie's Q. Prasino told us they're set to open August 12th. We're looking very forward to that. And last, but not least, Native Foods Cafe is inviting all of us to their VIP Parties next week. Want a sneak peek? The details are below.


  FREE Anniversary Party - Lillie's Q - Monday


  Native Foods Cafe VIP Parties August 4th & 5th

  Prasino to Open August 12th - Finally !




Fall fashion is right around the corner and the next big street fest heading our way is the Renegade Craft Fair. Sure it's not until September but it's big ... and we're guessing it's going to be even bigger this year. So mark your calendars!


   Chasing Autumn Launches at Brooklyn Industries


    Coming Soon - Renegade - Wicker's Next Big Street Fest




As always, we are so very lucky to have so many incredible theater and performing arts options in the neighborhood. This weekend: My Chicago. My Chicago explores Chicago from the kids' point of view. Fun for all ages. And calling all Gleeks! Gleetastic is heading back at Davenports but not many shows are scheduled. So don't wait until the last minute. These shows always sell out.


   My Chicago - Stories from the City


  Gleetastic Cabaret Returns to Davenports Friday


For additional information throughout the week, join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily.  If you are a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, we will be sending a separate email to you shortly. So please keep you eyes open for that.

Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.



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Wicker Park Fest 2011 Photos

Thyra DeCicco - Sunday, July 24, 2011









Friday Night in Wicker Park - Bucktown

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 22, 2011

Hello and Happy Friday !


We're pretty sure that everyone knows that Wicker Park Fest is this weekend. If you didn't know that, here are the deets: Wicker Park Fest 2011.


But there is a whole evening ahead of Wicker Park Fest for us to enjoy.  Need some ideas?  Here are a few:



Check out our Restaurant Directory for fresh new ideas and reviews.



Who's got the BEST Patio voted by You - Our Viewers


Wicker Park & Bucktown Daily Bar Specials

(This list is via Twitter and takes a few minutes to load)





The Show Below - Free Comedy
Every Friday and Saturday at 9:00pm

        Crocodile 1540 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park




Boobs and Goombas - A Super Mario Burlesque
Fridays + Saturdays 11:00pm

        Gorilla Tango Theater 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Bucktown



Learn English or Ill F-king Kill You

        Fridays July 22nd - July 29th 9:30pm

        Gorilla Tango Theatre 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Bucktown



Wild Flag
Friday July 22nd Show 10:30pm

        Subterranean 2011 W. North Avenue      

       (SOLD OUT)



 Dennis Watkin's Incredible Magic Show

       The Chopin Theatre - Friday at 10:30pm



The Rose of Stambul
Thursdays - Saturdays 7:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm
The Chopin Theatre


Have a great evening and we'll see you at Wicker Park Fest ....tomorrow.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 7-7-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 08, 2011

July 7, 2011


Good morning and welcome to this week's Insider Weekend Guide. Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend. So many fun events are happening this weekend and a number of great neighborhood fests are heading our way soon. So we're providing an update to those neighborhood fests so you have plenty of notice. But that's not all. This week we are also featuring a very special interview we conducted recently with 93XRT DJ Richard Milne. This year Richard will be celebrating 25 years with XRT and 23 years in Wicker Park. We're very lucky to have him. See below for the details. And thanks, as always, for joining us.



Don't miss Bucktown's "Movies in the Park". Tonight you can sing along to Grease in Churchill Park. Starts at dusk and the weather should be perfect. But that's not all the Bucktown Community Organization is also hosting their annual Garden walk with a party and petting zoo at Lotties Pub. And last but not least: Attention all gardeners. Wicker Park needs you !


          Tonight! Movies in the Park - Bucktown

        Annual Bucktown Garden Walk, Party & Petting Zoo

        Gardeners! Wicker Park Gardens Needs You





Every week we provide updates on gallery openings and exhibitions. As a reminder, you can find those on our website any time. We have amazing galleries throughout the neighborhood and the exhibitions are both interesting and beautiful. This week, we're providing a Summer Arts Fest Update. So you can plan ahead. Details are still being finalized but dates are below so you can get these great events on your calendar.


   Bucktown Arts Fest


  Coyote Arts Fest





Meet Richard Milne. Richard's been a 93XRT disc jockey for 25 years and is one of the most well-known and influential people in the Chicago music scene. But what most people don't know is that Richard is a long-time Wicker Park resident. In a recent interview with us, he shares his perspective on: Chicago Music, Local Anesthetic and how his neighborhood, Wicker Park, has changed over the years. Don't miss it. But that's not all. In this week's Music news, local favs Local H play at The Empty Bottle Friday and many of the Lollapalooza Aftershows in Wicker Park have sold out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets. Hurry!


    Meet 93XRT's Richard Milne


    Local Favorite - Local H at The Empty Bottle


   Lollapalooza After Shows - Selling Out




Psychic Nancy Wallace is making another appearance at Elevenzees. Space is very limited so if you haven't scheduled a time yet, do it soon. Forte' Framing is hosting a cat and dog adoption event in partnership with the South Suburban Humane Society at their store on Saturday.  And last, but not least, Lenscrafters is offering us an exclusive deal! 50% off lenses plus an additional 15% off your total purchase just for being an "Insider". Take advantage of this great offer and many thanks to Lenscrafters.


     Meet Psychic Nancy Wallace - Saturday at Elevenzees

     Pet Adoption Event at Forte' Framing


       Lenscrafters Exclusive Offer - Just for us !





The House Theatre is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary this year! With that we would like to remind everyone of the amazing magic show that Dennis Watkins hosts. It's a great show every single week. But that's not all. As we mentioned last week, more burlesque is opening in July at the Gorilla Tango Theatre.


     The Magic Continues at The Chopin

     A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque


For additional information throughout the week, please join us on Twitter and Facebook where we post updates/information daily. Have a great weekend. If you, or someone you know, has an upcoming Wicker Park or Bucktown event, or are a business who would like to be included please submit your information through our website.  We would love to include you.


Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.


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Wicker Park Fest 2011 - Do Division Dates and More

Thyra DeCicco - Monday, July 04, 2011
Wicker Park and Bucktown are known for playing host to a number of festivals throughout the Summer:  including amazing art fests like the Bucktown Arts Fest and Beyond the Coyote and incredible music fests like Wicker Park Fest.  Do Division and the Green Music Fest were fantastic this year. But there are more fests heading our way. These fests and more are just around the corner so mark your calendars and we will see you there.


Wicker Park Fest 2011
July 23rd and July 24th 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Milwaukee Avenue Between Wood and North Avenue



Bucktown Arts Fest 2011
August 27th and August 28th

Holstein Park 2200 N. Oakley - Bucktown



Renegade Craft Fair 2011
September 10th and September 11th
Division Street Between Damen Avenue and Paulina - Wicker Park

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