Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide 8-4-11

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, August 05, 2011

August 4th, 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. This weekend is Lollapalooza and it should be great. But even if you're not venturing to Grant Park, the weather should be nice and there is lots of fun to be had right here. Thank you for supporting the Insider's Guide and have a terrific weekend.



This weekend the weather should be beautiful. As a reminder, here are your picks for best patios in the neighborhood. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know. We've included an early warning for next weekend's big bash at The Fifty/50 and for those who may have missed the announcement earlier this Summer, Pipeworks Brewing Company is moving in to Bucktown.


   Your Favorite Wicker Park & Bucktown Patios


       The Fifty/50 Cell Phone Party 


      Pipeworks Brewing Calls Bucktown Home



Just a friendly reminder that the Polish Triangle Farmers Market is today Thursday from 2pm -8pm. So you can stop by on your way home from work. And next week don't miss the grass roots effort: the Built Festival. The Built Festival is next Friday/Saturday and will feature over 100 performers, artists and musicians. The best part? The venues are made from shipping containers.

    Thursday Farmers Market - Polish Triangle


      The Built Festival - Next Friday & Saturday



Cyclists! Don't miss Chicago Artist Brian Morgan and his exhibition "Momentum Wild" at the beautiful Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.  In this exhibition, Morgan departs from his usual focus on political satire to focus on the diversity of urban bicycles and the men and women who ride them.


  Momentum Wild at Jackson Junge




Don't  miss our 3 part interview with the Double Door. As many of you know, Double Door has played host to incredibly talented acts for almost 18 years including: Lloyd Cole, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nash Kato & Urge Overkill, Ben Harper, New York Dolls, The Melvins, Liz Phair, thousands of local bands and yes, the Rolling Stones. Not only is it a neighborhood icon, it's one of the coolest places in the city. If you haven't been there GO. And if you have been there, stop by again and say hi. Sean, Andy and Lorri would love to see you.

But that's not all Lollapalooza is this weekend in Grant Park and we have the After Shows in the neighborhood right here. Hurry! Some have already sold out.


    The Past, Present & The Rolling Stones


   Lollapalooza After Shows in Wicker Park




We're updating your Favorite Brunch spots and have already received the following additions: Toast, Milk & Honey, Jam, Jane's, Riverside Cafe and The Bristol. Any more of your favs you would like to include? Just let us know. But that's not all. If you haven't heard already, Piece beat 35,000 other pizzerias to be selected as best Indie Pizza of the year. Congrats Piece! It's also Piece's 10 year anniversary in Wicker Park. More on that next week.


   Weigh in on Your Best Brunch Picks


   Piece Wins Best Indie Pizza




Our favorite pop up shop - Re.Stock Shop - is heading out of Wicker Park. Sunday will be their last day. Their designer clothes were already sold at a huge discount. But now? Even bigger discounts are waiting for you. Prices have been slashed but you only have until Sunday.  But that's not all. Tipsycake, Lush and more are heading to Bucktown. For all of the details, check out our Shopping Section.


   Re.Stock Shop Heads out of Wicker


   Your Neighborhood Shopping Update



As always, we are so very lucky to have a wide variety of theater and performing arts options in the neighborhood. This weekend the Magic continues Friday Night at 10:30pm at The Chopin. Many new shows have started at Gorilla Tango and comedy continues at Crocodile. For a full list of great theater events, check the information below. We're also providing an early warning for Life's Ruff; a special show including rescue dogs. At The Den Theatre this Friday night, you can catch A Street Car Named Desire.


  Wicker Park & Bucktown Theatre


  Life's RUFF - A Tribute to Rescues Everywhere


  A Street Car Named Desire - At The Den

For additional information throughout the week, please 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 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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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.

New Site Features What's Hot or Not in Wicker Park and Bucktown

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 08, 2011

New site features what's hot or not in Wicker Park and Bucktown

Emmanuel Garza

The new Wicker Park and Bucktown Insiders Guide offers online information on what’s hot in the neighborhood.

Launched in late March 2011, the website gives browsers information on restaurants, bars, shopping, art, live music, theater and special events in the area.

The site was launched by an area resident wanting to give a more intimate perspective on the popular Chicago neighborhood not found on other sites.

Visitors are encouraged to sign up for free membership and to also list events. Comments are also welcome to give browsers their own point of viewon what is listed.

Advertising opportunities are also found in the form of promotional sponsorship or banner advertising.


The Wicker Park and Bucktown area serves a unique population of residents.  Students, young professionals and the longtime families call the area home.  From the late 1800, immigrants from Germany, Scandinavia and Poland settled in the area building many of the homes and shops which still stand today.  Eventually, the area became home to a large Puerto Rican populace and now has an even more diverse range of ethnicities.

Several area businesses which cater to these residents are included and promoted on the site.

Please go to for more information.

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 23, 2011

Welcome to the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide; your neighborhood go-to resource for the inside scoop about what's hot .... and what's not in Wicker Park & Bucktown.

Thanks to the incredible input of visitors, residents and your Insider, we collectively have created an amazing resource which continues to get even better every single day.

But who is your Insider?

Wicker Park resident, Thyra DeCicco, is an award-winning marketing who is passionate about the community and can be frequently seen walking her 2 large black pit bulls up and down the streets of Wicker Park, Bucktown, East Village, Ukrainian Village...and more.

I often hear "I see you everywhere".  Because I truly am everywhere ... eating, relaxing with friends, going to shows, all sorts of special events, fests, visiting our shop owners .... walking the dogs. You name it. I do it. One thing you can be sure of,  I am enjoying the neighborhood.

Your input and feedback, however, are what make the site incredible and truly special and I am very appreciative of your amazing support. So please continue to send me your events, information, reviews + feedback. You are what make the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide the great resource it has become and I warmly appreciate your ongoing contribution to our very cool community. We could not do it without you.

If you see me in the neighborhood, please be sure to say "Hi". Who knows? I may even take your picture.


See you in the neighborhood.



P.S .... it's pronounced Teer-a.

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