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Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 7-20-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

 

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

 

This weekend is going to be incredibly busy in Wicker Park & Bucktown with celebrations happening across the board. First, AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years with a party up and down North Avenue on Saturday. The Silver Room is hosting a block party all weekend long and one of the neighborhood's Annual Sidewalk Sales will also be happening up and down our main streets. But that's not all. We also have great music, lots of restaurant news, new fitness centers moving in and your chance to win a FREE breakfast for 2 at one of our neighborhood gems: Riverside Cafe.

 

If you'd like to receive this every Thursday, sign up! Thanks, as always, for joining us. For up-to-the-minute information throughout the week, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter. Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

 ART

         

Cap The Violence - Pile On The Sexy

In her new exhibit of watercolors and hand-sewn hair drawings, Cap the Violence; Pile on the Sexy, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas reflects with humor and sensitivity on violence, the sexy and femininity. Opening Reception Next Friday July 28th at ARC Gallery in Bucktown: 2156 N. Damen Avenue. Gallery Opening.

 

  BARS

         

Robert Goulet Staring Contest

You've got to hand it The Anthem, they plan a wide variety of one-of-a-kind events and next week you can compete in their Robert Goulet staring contest. First prize receives a Glenfiddich watch, a one month supply of lubricating eye drops and a $50 gift card to the Anthem - 1725 W. Division. Robert Goulet



 

COMMUNITY  

 

Milwaukee-Wood Intersection Getting Revamp

If you missed it earlier, this intersection is getting a much needed make-over. The redesign will remove the island on the northeast side (where many pedestrians get stuck) and enable a better overall flow of traffic. Work is scheduled to start in September. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago does an excellent job of outlining the issues/solutions. Redesign.

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show

Quickly becoming a regular Summer event and fun for young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue - this Sunday morning at 11am. Magic Boat.

 

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic

Performers! Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park next Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). We're publishing this announcement early so you can plan ahead for your performance. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

   

 

FREE Soul Summit Dance Party - Tonight

The Soul Summit FREE Dance Party is back this Friday July 20th at Double Door - 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Soul Summit Dance Party has been recommended by both Chicagoist & Time Out Chicago and spans the spectrum of early, raw r&b, funk & soul. Don't miss it. Soul Summit.

 

 

Disappears AfterShow

The Disappears will be heading to the Empty Bottle for an AfterShow following their show at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest. Disappears features members of Chicago dignitaries 90 Day Men and The Ponys, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Disappears.

 

Silver Room Block Party

The Silver Room's Annual Block Party is this weekend and party goers can enjoy a culturally diverse celebration of people, unity, art, fashion and music. It is an interactive event that is open to all ages and boasts DJs, live music performances, artists, fashion shows, children’s activities, mural artists and food. Three stages host music all weekend. Silver Room.

 

 

Wicker Park Fest - Next Weekend

Wicker Park Fest arrives next weekend July 28th and July 29th from Wood Street to North Avenue with shopping, food, music and more. For full details about Wicker Park Fest's final line up: 2012 Line Up.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

       

 

50% Off Wine at Via Carducci

Every week Monday- Friday, you can take advantage of 50% off bottles of wine at Via Carducci; the Wicker Park location at 1928 W. Division Street. So enjoy great Italian on their beautiful patio and get a great deal too. For full details including the fine print of this offer: Via Carducci.

 

 

WXRT Rockin' Lobster Bash at Red Door

In partnership with Supreme Lobster Co, Executive Chef Troy Graves celebrates Summer by hosting WXRT's and Supreme Lobster's Rockin Lobster Bash at Red Door in Bucktown - 2118 N. Damen Avenue. Incredibly talented chefs like Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate), Mark Steuer (The Bedford) and the Sheerin Brothers (The Trenchermen) will be participating. Get your tickets now while you can: Lobster Bash.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

AKIRA Celebrates 10 Years

This weekend AKIRA Chicago is celebrating 10 years in Wicker Park & Bucktown. And they'll be hosting one heck of a party up and down North Avenue from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. There will be food, drink, prizes, giveaways and more so be sure to stop by and congratulate AKIRA Chicago. Anniversary.

 

 

Bella Colletta Trunk Show

Edith Hart, formerly The Edit, in Bucktown at 1917 N. Damen Avenue is hosting a trunk show this weekend which will feature the Fall Collection for Bella Colletta. If you're looking for bold, statement making accessories you need to stop by. Wine will be served. Trunk Show.

 

Mariano's Fresh Market to Open in Bucktown

Mariano's Fresh Market has been considering a move to Bucktown since 2008 and it seems an agreement for the location at 2160 N. Ashland has been reached. The new space in Bucktown will be Mariano's 6th location and from what we hear from the people who visit Roscoe Village, it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Mariano's.

 

 

RetroActive Announces New Concept/Fitness Center

The team behind Wicker Park's newest fitness center reached out to us this week to let us know they'll be opening a brand new facility at 1448 N. Western Avenue. What can you expect at RetroActive? An 80's feel with personalized training sessions, boxing and Muay Thai. Look for RetroActive to open in October. RetroActive.

 

 

3 Sales You Don't Want to Miss

Looking for a great deal? Here are some BIG sales and great deals you don't want to miss. First Goorin Brothers will be hosting a huge Sample Sale in Wicker Park starting Friday. But don't go their store. Mazi Dance will be hosting this event. Secondly, Greenheart Shop is hosting their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with as much as 70% off. Eco friendly and wallet-friendly. And last but not least, you can now score a Craniosacral Session for only $30 an hour at Temple Beautiful in Wicker Park. This amazing offer ends August 8th. 

 

 

Wicker Park - Bucktown Sidewalk Sale

Last but not least the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sidewalk Sale in the neighborhood this weekend. You'll find lots of additional sales up and down Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue and Division Street from 11am -6pm Saturday and Sunday.

 


Those are the highlights for the weekend ahead. 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're getting close to 10,000 followers! If you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. And last but not least, if you're a Wicker Park or Bucktown business, be sure to sign up. We'd love to include you.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

 

One of the Coolest Spots in Chicago - Our Exclusive Interview with Double Door

Thyra DeCicco - Saturday, July 14, 2012

The History of Wicker Park's Most Famous Music Venue

Double Door- Wicker Park Chicago 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue

By Thyra DeCicco

On June 12th 1994 when Lloyd Cole showed up for sound check in Wicker Park’s newest club, the owners were still painting the walls. It was their very first show in their new space and they were down to the wire getting ready. The very talented Lloyd Cole was their first act. Cole played two nights and both of those nights were sold out. Not bad for a new club located off the beaten path in the very edgy – and still undiscovered - Wicker Park.

But that was just the beginning. The same week, The Smashing Pumpkins also played at this new club under the name Starchildren. And 3 years later The Rolling Stones would play here. The new club?  Double Door.

Double Door is one of Wicker Park’s most beloved icons and an incredible institution that has helped to make Wicker Park the neighborhood it is today.  I had the privilege of spending time with co-owners Andy Barrett and Sean Mulroney and long-time Manager Lorri Francis to discuss the history of the club, how the music industry has changed over the years and the day the Rolling Stones came to play.

 

 

THE HISTORY

How it Began

Andy:  Almost 18 years ago, Sean and I were partners in another tavern called Sweet Alice in Ukrainian Village. It was our first foray into the bar business together. Sweet Alice was in a double store front building but we were only occupying one of the storefronts. So there was a vacant storefront. Sean and I wanted to use the 2nd vacant storefront as a music room. Our partners didn’t agree with us on that and other issues so we foolishly decided we look for another room to do the music in.  We were already familiar with this neighborhood.

Sean: And 18 almost years later, we’re still here. 

 Andy:  Sean is passionate about music and I’m more of the business guy. We married those 2 ideas and Double Door is the result.   

 

Double Door Liquors

Sean: We discovered that the building was a tavern before prohibition.  In the 1940’s  -1970’s it was run as a barrel house where they were open 24 hours a day and served only shots and beer.  They were running hookers out of the upstairs. This place has a lot history.  

Was it Double Door liquors when you took it over?

Andy:  A very small portion of the space by the entrance on Milwaukee Avenue (about 350 sq ft) was Double Door liquors and the rest of the building was a Country & Western bar called Main Street Tavern.  When we first took it over there was a sect of people who didn’t want us here. They thought we were corporate guys. So every day they’d put super glue in our locks and we’d have to cut off the locks.

 

Photo: Smashing Pumpkins 1995. Photo credit: Love it Loud.com

The Very 1st Rock Show

Andy:  Throw from Chicago and Wade from San Francisco played the first rock show. Throw and Wade were the first bands to really turn it up. It had never been that loud in Double Door before. Wade was sound checking and we happened to have a tin ceiling at that time. Tin ceilings have small holes in them and as the band was sound checking (because of the volume) dust started to rain down through the holes in the ceiling. There was a steady stream of silt and dust raining down on people all night long.

 

Chicago’s Music Community Steps In

Sean: The really nice thing is the music community in Chicago.  When we were opening, everyone turned out to help.  Everyone who was an industry professional in the city came out and threw in their 2 cents in terms of what we should do. And we figured out what we could afford or not afford and what made sense.

 

The Venue

When you walk in the door, the vibe is undeniable.  It’s dark. It’s edgy. And it’s a cool place to be. Period.  The club is - and has always been -rock-driven but they’re open to every genre.  As a venue, they’ve played host to just about everything from: classical, to S&M to male strippers and theater. 

Lorri: We’ll try anything. 

And they have; recently hosting the Chicago Best Friend’s Dog Pageant.  Most notably, however, this club is known for its music. And if you’re a band trying to get a gig there, you know how tough it can be. They won’t book just anyone. You’ve got to make the grade ....

 

Our Exclusive Interview with the Amazing Owners of the Double Door Continued

Part 2- How the Music Industry Has Changed (Over the Past 2 Decades)

Part 3- The Day the Rollings Stones Came to Play

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Guide Has Arrived 7-13-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

 

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

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and party at Club Lucky. Jerry's is celebrating 5 years all weekend long. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

If you'd like to receive our handy Guide to week ahead via email every Thursday, sign up! Weekend Guide. Thanks, as always for joining us and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

 

 

  BARS

 


Cheeseburger Fridays- Just $20 Tonight

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.



 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

 Macarons, Mimosas & Up to 30% Off - Right Now!

Second Time Around is hosting a fabulous party in Wicker Park right now. So head on over from now until closing today and enjoy food, drink and up to 30% off. Great deals are waiting at 1543 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Mimosas.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 


Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know. 

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

We're Back! Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Just Arrived! 7-12-12

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

 

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

 

Hope you all had a terrific 4th of July. First and foremost, we'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts for the small business grant. Not only did we get enough votes to qualify, we exceeded the number we needed by a landslide. So thanks a million for your time -- and votes. We will keep you posted.

 

Secondly, we're catching up this week on a little neighborhood news and more. Lots of restaurants have opened including The Trenchermen, Grass Fed, and Purple Cow Ice Cream and a few new boutiques as well. But that's not all. Lots of great events are taking place this weekend including the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk and Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl. The amazing J. Davis Trio is also playing at Double Door and Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. So be sure to mark your calendars.

 

Last but not least, we still have a few Forever Yogurt Gift Cards to give away. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. We'll let you know where will be so we can give those gift cards to you!

 

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

 

 

  BARS

 

Bustlin' Bucktown Pub Crawl

Tonight! The Chicago History Museum is hosting a walking pub crawl of the Bucktown neighborhood from 7-10 p.m. that will incorporate those local and legendary pubs that make the neighborhood unique. There may be a few tickets left but you better hurry. Pub Crawl.

 


Cheeseburger Fridays

Not only do they have huge open windows and a patio, every Friday night The Standard Bar & Grill at 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue serves up a great special from 6pm -9pm which includes: all of their domestic bottles, well drinks, house wine, soda, and a full-sized Standard cheeseburger with a side of fries for just $20. Cheeseburger Special.

 

 

Movie Mondays

For those who may not know, Wicker Park's The Anthem has tv screens that are 190 inches wide. And, starting Monday July 16th, The Anthem will feature free movies every Monday night. You'll also receive free popcorn with any purchase. You can see the line-up of what's playing right here: Movie Night.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  


Bucktown Garden Walk & Party

It's time again this weekend for the Annual Bucktown Garden Walk from 11am - 5pm rain or shine. Each year over 700 attendees explore the 100+ gardens of Bucktown. Don't miss this neighborhood fundraiser & party at Club Lucky (the location of the welcome tables) at 1824 W. Wabansia. Club Lucky will be featuring 7 bands, food, drink and more both Saturday and Sunday. For additional details: Garden Walk.

 

 

Farmers Markets

Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 Farmers Markets in the neighborhood; the one on Sunday in Wicker Park proper at 1425 N. Damen Avenue and one on Thursdays in the Polish Triangle at Milwaukee/Division/Ashland. Last week, the Thursday Farmers Market was cancelled due to the hot weather but should be back in business today. For times and more: Farmers Markets. 

 

 

Wicker Park Fest

Wicker Park Fest is just around the corner. As always, food, shopping and music will fill Milwaukee Avenue from Wood Street to North & Damen Avenue. For dates, times and the final line-up. Wicker Park Fest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

 The J. Davis Trio   

J. Davis Trio at Double Door

For something different, head to Double Door this Saturday for the J. Davis Trio. The J. Davis Trio combines the perfect blend of hip-hop and jazz. Drums, bass, trumpet, congas and vibraphone make up the instrumentation. A don't miss. Grab dinner and then head on over. J. Davis Trio.

 

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

This weekend is Pitchfork and you can still score a few aftershow tickets right here. Don't wait until the last minute.You know these are going to sell out. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS


        

Fifty/50 Team Opens The Homestead

Owners of Wicker Park's The Fifty/50 have done it again. In addition to The Fifty/50, Bleeding Heart Bakery and Roots, this team has recently opened the new seasonal rooftop spot in West Town called The Homestead. The Homestead officially opened their doors this week and will feature farm fresh fare and a menu of predominantly small plates. For additional information: The Homestead.

 

 

Grass Fed's Soft Opening

Grass Fed has opened their doors (via a soft opening) in the space formerly the home of Caffe de Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue in Bucktown. What can you find here? Steak, steak and more steak. Seriously. There's one option on the menu: sirloin. And it's served with a salad and fries for $25. Vegetarians fear not. There's an off-the-menu option for you too. The official opening of Grass Fed is July 21st. Grass Fed.

 

Jerry's 5 Year Anniversary Party

Jerry's Wicker Park will hosting a 5 Year Anniversary celebration this weekend from July 12th-15th, with rare beer, whiskey specials, hickory-smoked meats, and special music to thank Chicago for supporting them the past five years. Each day features a different menu/beer tapping. For the highlights of each day: Jerry's

 


Oiistar's Ramen Plans For September

With seating for approximately 50, Oiistar is heading to Milwaukee Avenue with a focus on ramen dishes. Oiistar will feature specialty drinks and a simple streamlined menu which will include about 5 entrees. Appetizers will also be available. Look for Oiistar to open at 1385 N. Milwaukee Avenue in September. Oiistar.

 


The Savoy Opening Delayed

Wicker Park's newest seafood/raw/absinthe restaurant - The Savoy - has said there will be about a week delay for their opening. Their goal is to open next weekend and worst case scenario by the end of July. The Savoy has moved into the space formerly La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. For additional details: The Savoy.

 

 

The Trenchermen is Open

The Trenchermen is officially open at 2039 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. Reviews to date have been excellent. Expect a slight delay in brunch however. The Trenchermen team is working hard to make sure dinner is running smoothly before expanding their hours to include weekend brunch. Trenchermen.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

Blair Chic Boutique Opens Saturday

Please welcome Blair Chic Boutique to Wicker Park. Blair Chic is opening Saturday at 1343 N. Ashland Avenue and focuses on fresh, hip, chic and affordable clothing for women. Wicker Park's newest boutique is hosting a grand opening party with appetizers, drinks, giveaways and more from 7pm-10pm Saturday: Blair Chic

 

 

Bucktown's Hidden Gem - Valentia

Looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, housewares, glassware & more that don't break the bank? Head to Bucktown's newest boutique Valentia at 2042 N. Damen Avenue. Valentia showcases fair trade items as well as those made my local artists & more. These items truly are one of a kind. So if you miss them, you miss them. Stop by today. Valentia

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

FREE Yoga anyone? Bucktown's Lululemon located at 1627 N. Damen Avenue hosts a free yoga class every Sunday morning. But you have to get up and out early. Classes start at 10am. RSVP is preferred. Free Yoga.

 


Plenty Grocery's Kickstarter Campaign

Wicker Park's newest grocery store (to be) Plenty Grocery has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for their opening. Plenty will focus on locally sourced, organic products and those customers who are on more specialized diets. If you'd like to support this new neighborhood store on Division Street, feel free to make a contribution. Kickstarter.

 



Thanks again for joining us. If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,200+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.  Last but not least, if you'd like to receive this via email, here's how you sign up. Weekend Guide.

 

 

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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Insider's Guide Includes over 400 Wicker Park and Bucktown Businesses

Michael Hamrick - Friday, July 06, 2012

For those who may not know the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide includes a full online Business Directory for the neighborhood.

Perfect if you're looking for a restaurant idea...we've got em. Not only do we include every restaurant in the neighborhood, we've also included them by cuisine. So if you're looking for a Mexican restaurant, just head to our Restaurant Section and search my Mexican. We've included everyone from Las Palmas at 1825 W. North Avenue to La Pasadita at 1141 N. Ashland Avenue.

We provide a full directory for Bars, Retail Shops, Theaters, Music venues and are currently building a brand new Service Directory for those who offer services in the neighborhood like attorneys, real estate agents, dentists and more.

 

So many of you know we provide lots of news & information and, of course, lots of cool Events & Deals happening in Wicker Park & Bucktown. But many don't know about the directory.

You can also review your favorite businesses. Have a favorite restaurant? Sign up and write a review. We offer stars for ratings and lots of room to write.

And if we're missing anyone, just let us know. We're happy to include them.

 

 

Thanks and we'll see you in the neighborhood.

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide 6-29-12

Thyra DeCicco - Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29th, 2012

 

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

 

We just can't believe July is right around the corner! Where does the Summer go? On Saturday, Holstein Park will be celebrating 100 years and it's going to be quite a party with 14 food trucks, music, beer & more. So be sure to stop by. We've also included spots where you can find a cool treat, special events, a little news and much much more. This weekend is a little more quiet than usual because of July 4th. Hope you have a great one.

 

Last but not least, there are only 1 more day to push the Insider's Guide into the finals for a small business grant. So please VOTE! It really does take 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.

 

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

 

 

 Take Us Into the Finals!  Only 2 Days Left to Vote

Push us into the FINALS for a small business grant!  It only takes 30 seconds. Logon here and type in Wicker. Vote and you're done. But hurry! All votes must be in by Saturday June 30th. Thank you so much.

 


 

 

  BARS

 

4th of July Sing-Off

Oh say can you sing? Head to The Anthem on July 4th for their very special sing-off. You can win cash & prizes and it's being sponsored by 97.9's WLUP so you know it's going to be packed. Get there early and warm up those vocal chords. Sing-Off.

 

 

FoodieChats Fireworks Party

If you're on Twitter, chances are you already know Steve Green and his weekly Monday Tweet-Up called #Foodiechats. This Monday Steve is bringing Foodiechats to Wicker Park and we'll be a special guest! Be sure to stop by The Anthem/Bangers & Lace on Monday for lots of fun and free food! We will see you there. Foodiechats.


 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

 

Holstein Park's Centennial Bash Saturday

Holstein Park in Bucktown is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary this Saturday so be sure to head to the park at 2200 N. Oakley. You'll have lots of fun with 14 food trucks, bands and beer waiting for you. Let the celebration begin. Centennial.

 

Magic Boat Puppet Show

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

 

Sign Up for Spanish - With Elena Chicago

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

 

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Summer Guide

For your convenience, we've created this very cool Summer Guide to Wicker Park and Bucktown which includes all of the festivals, Summer events, movies, garden tours, pool openings and more. You can even find our directory to sweet Summer treats. Summer Guide

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Pitchfork Aftershows at The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle has announced their Pitchfork Aftershows. If you missed our announcement last week, be sure to check the shows right here. You know these are going to sell out quickly. Pitchfork Aftershows.

 

 

The Giving Tree & Joe Purdy Tonight

If you were hoping to head to Double Door to see The Giving Tree and Joe Purdy tonight, that show is sold out. . Music.

 

 

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt & More

With the thermometer close to 100 degrees today and 90-ish degrees in the forecast for the next week, here's where you can find incredible - and cool - sweet treats like frozen yogurt, gelato, creamy rich ice cream, Italian ice and more. Indulge.


Sabor Saveur Closes

The "For Lease" signs are up at 2013 W. Division Street, the website is down and we're sorry to report that it appears Sabor Saveur has closed their doors. An email was issued by the owners stating the restaurant would be closing. No additional information is available at this time. 

 

 

Seafood. Raw Bar. Absinthe Coming Soon

On a brighter note, Wicker Park's first seafood restaurant/raw bar is heading in to the space formerly the home of La Fonda del Gusto at 1408 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Their focus will also be on absinthe. Look for The Savoy to open the week of July 13th.

 

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Best Toy Stores in Chicago

A very big congratulations goes out to Building Block Toys and Bullfrogs & Butterflies for being cited by CBS News as 2 of Chicago's Best Toy Stores. If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with the kids, be sure to head to Building Block Toys every Tuesday for their Crafternoons Event.

 

 

Insider Deal of the Week

Ladies: this one's for you. Wicker Park's Shear Sapphire is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary and if you purchase full highlights, you'll receive your cut for FREE. Men - you can also score 50% off your haircut.The details: Shear Sapphire

 


Urba Baby Heads to Division

We just love the team behind Lincoln Park's Urba Baby and these former Wicker Park residents have decided to open a 2nd store right on Division Street. Look for Wicker Park's newest kids' shop to open late Summer in the space formerly the home of Bonnie & Clyde's at 1751 W. Division. Urba Baby.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Harry Houdini - For A Limited Time

As a friendly reminder, don't forget to get your tickets now for the 30 additional performances that have been added this Summer for Death & Harry Houdini at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Dennis Watkins is terrific. Do not miss this show. Magic.

 

 


If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.


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

 

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park & Bucktown Weekend Guide 6-22-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

 

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

We have an exciting weekend ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast. If you're a music lover, this week and weekend are for you. Green Music Fest arrives Saturday and free music shows are available at the Empty Bottle and Double Door all week - and weekend - long. But that's not all. We've also included Savannah style shrimp boils, lots of free community events, theater and more. 

The Lollapalooza Aftershows we mentioned last week are already selling out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets to those yet...do it.  

 

Last but not least, we learned this week our small business is eligible for a very generous grant. But we need 250 Votes to be qualify. If you're a small business fan and could vote for us, we would be incredibly appreciative. It literally takes 30 seconds. Additional details are outlined below.

 

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

 

 

 

  BARS

 

Southern Shrimp Boil

Please join The Southern at 1840 W. North Avenue on Monday, June 25 for a Savannah style shrimp boil prepared with andouille sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. The boil will be poured out just after 7:30 pm. For details & ticket information: Shrimp.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

2012 Chicago Reader "Best Of" List

The Chicago Reader just published their best of list for 2012 which includes a number of Wicker Park & Bucktown businesses. But that's not all. 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno was voted as Best Alderman and Wicker Park was voted as the Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. This we already know. Chicago Reader's Best Of 2012.


 

Puppets in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

Spanish Classes - At Club Lucky

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky - 1824 W. Wabansia. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic- Tonight

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park proper (1425 N. Damen Avenue) this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather is just perfect. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

Empty Bottle Announces Pitchfork AfterShows

The Empty Bottle just announced the Pitchfork 2012 AfterShows they'll be hosting and tickets are on sale now. You know these shows will sell out quickly. Want to know who will be playing at 1035 N. Western Avenue Pitchfork Festival Weekend? Aftershows.

 

 

FREE Music All Week & Weekend Long


The Double Door & Empty Bottle are offering FREE music shows all weekend long. No cover will be required but you may need to RSVP to sure your cover charge is waived. So you can catch great music all weekend long. Did me mention it's free? Freekend. Empty Bottle

 

Green Music Fest

Green Music Fest is also heading into the neighborhood this weekend on Damen Avenue between Schiller and Wicker Park Avenue. A $5 donation is requested but you can catch great bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the Raveonettes. The full line up.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Bucktown's Bluebird Introduces New Summer Menu

Bucktown's Bluebird -1749 N. Damen Avenue - is bringing in a new chef - and new menu just in time for Summer. Talented Chef Dave Ford is heading to Bluebird and will be overseeing the kitchen. What can you expect with his new menu? Predominantly small plates with a few large plates included to round out the menu. Here's a preview of what you'll find. Bluebird Menu.

 

FREE Forever Yogurt Gift Cards

The good news/bad news. The bad news is that we haven't been out walking the dogs as much as we usually do because the weather has been so incredibly hot. The good news is we still have a few Forever Yogurt gift cards to give away. And we'll be out and about this weekend for sure. See the dogs & we'll give you a $5 gift card right on the spot. While supplies last. Forever Yogurt.

 

Team Behind Prasino Plans New Spot

Alderman Moreno announced in a State of the Ward meeting that the team behind Prasino will be opening a new Greek/Middle Eastern gyro spot called Covo on Milwaukee Avenue next to Native Foods Cafe at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Look for this casual eatery to open late Summer. Additional details to follow.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Joe's Wine Cellar Opens Tuesday

Joe's Wine Cellar has moved in to Wicker Park and is located in the space formerly the home of Division Cleaners at 2108 W. Division Street. But we can assure you, there are no signs of the cleaners left in this space. Joe's offers 350+ varieties of wine, 16 taps for tasting, 80+ craft brews in bombers and mix and match six-packs plus mainly local cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh-baked baguettes from La Boulangerie. Joe's doors are open sporadically this weekend. Look for the official opening to happen Tuesday. Joe's Wine.

 

Plenty Grocery Heads to Wicker Park

Plenty Grocery & Deli is moving in to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Zaraz Collections at 2036 W. Division. Although plans are still in the works you can expect a neighborhood grocery store feeling and produce, dairy, breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty.

 

Temple Beautiful & The Fountain of Youth

Would you like to learn how to keep those botox injections at bay? Head to Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division tonight for an interactive workshop where you can learn a few secrets and participate in an acupressure session. Fountain of Youth.

 


SMALL BUSINESS GRANT 

 

Small Businesses Rock - Please Vote For Us !

Many people don't realize we're a small business. And because we are a small independent business we're eligible for a Chase/Livingsocial Small Business Grant. But we need your help. Please take a moment to vote for us! It only takes about 30 seconds (seriously). You logon here and type in Wicker into the "business" section and you're done. If everyone votes we'll have enough votes to qualify by the end of the day. But if you don't, we may not qualify at all. Thank you so much for your support!!  Rock the Vote.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Anger/Fly At Trap Door Theatre

Bucktown's Trap Door Theatre at 1655 W. Cortland Avenue was just recognized by the Chicago Reader for having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners in Chicago. Don't miss Anger/Fly; Trap Door's current show. It closes June 30th. Anger/Fly.

 

If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Your Wicker Park Bucktown Insider Weekend Guide Has Arrived! 6-21-12

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21, 2012

 

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

We have an exciting weekend ahead with beautiful weather in the forecast. If you're a music lover, this week and weekend are for you. Green Music Fest arrives Saturday and free music shows are available at the Empty Bottle and Double Door all week - and weekend - long. But that's not all. We've also included Savannah style shrimp boils, lots of free community events, theater and more. 

The Lollapalooza Aftershows we mentioned last week are already selling out. So if you haven't gotten your tickets to those yet...do it.  

 

Last but not least, we learned this week our small business is eligible for a very generous grant. But we need 250 Votes to be qualify. If you're a small business fan and could vote for us, we would be incredibly appreciative. It literally takes less than 1 minute. Additional details are outlined below.

 

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

 

 

 

  BARS

 

Southern Shrimp Boil

Please join The Southern at 1840 W. North Avenue on Monday, June 25 for a Savannah style shrimp boil prepared with andouille sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob. The boil will be poured out just after 7:30 pm. For details & ticket information: Shrimp.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

2012 Chicago Reader "Best Of" List

The Chicago Reader just published their best of list for 2012 which includes a number of Wicker Park & Bucktown businesses. But that's not all. 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno was voted as Best Alderman and Wicker Park was voted as the Best Neighborhood for Nightlife. This we already know. Chicago Reader's Best Of 2012.


 

Farmers Market - Tonight - Division/Ashland

Yes there are 2 Farmers Markets this year in Wicker Park. And every Thursday you can visit the Farmers Market located at Division & Ashland for produce, cheese, teas, soups and more. Opens at 3:00pm. Market.


 

Puppets in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue this Sunday at 11am. You can also stop by the Sunday Farmers Market in Wicker Park proper that morning and then head to the playground. Puppets

 

 

Spanish Classes - At Club Lucky

If you missed the opportunity earlier and would love to take Spanish Classes, Elena Chicago is back in July. Join award-winning educator Elaine Winer for her 8 week course at Bucktown's Club Lucky - 1824 W. Wabansia. Forget the stuffy classroom.Grab a glass of wine and enjoy. But hurry. Classes start soon. Elena Chicago.

 

Wicker Mic - Open Mic- Friday

Come out and perform your songs, poetry and stand up, or just enjoy listening at the outdoor open mic in Wicker Park proper (1425 N. Damen Avenue) this Friday from 6-9pm. Sign-up on the day of the event at 5pm. Each slot is 5 minutes (2 songs, 3 poems or 5 minutes of stand up). The weather should be perfect. Wicker Mic.

 

 

 

 

  MUSIC

    

FREE Do312 Anniversary Party Tonight

With roots in the neighborhood, we happy to report that Do312 is celebrating their 2nd Birthday with a Bash tonight at Double Door- 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The Heavy is playing and you can get in for free but you have to RSVP. Do312.

 

 

FREE Music All Week & Weekend Long


The Double Door & Empty Bottle are offering FREE music shows all weekend long. No cover will be required but you may need to RSVP to sure your cover charge is waived. So you can catch great music all weekend long. Did me mention it's free? Freekend. Empty Bottle

 

Green Music Fest

Green Music Fest is also heading into the neighborhood this weekend on Damen Avenue between Schiller and Wicker Park Avenue. A $5 donation is requested but you can catch great bands like Dinosaur Jr. and the Raveonettes. The full line up.

 

 

 RESTAURANTS

        

Bucktown's Bluebird Introduces New Summer Menu

Bucktown's Bluebird -1749 N. Damen Avenue - is bringing in a new chef - and new menu just in time for Summer. Talented Chef Dave Ford is heading to Bluebird and will be overseeing the kitchen. What can you expect with his new menu? Predominantly small plates with a few large plates included to round out the menu. Here's a preview of what you'll find. Bluebird Menu.

 

FREE Forever Yogurt Gift Cards

The good news/bad news. The bad news is that we haven't been out walking the dogs as much as we usually do because the weather has been so incredibly hot. The good news is we still have a few Forever Yogurt gift cards to give away. And we'll be out and about this weekend for sure. See the dogs & we'll give you a $5 gift card right on the spot. While supplies last. Forever Yogurt.

 

Team Behind Prasino Plans New Spot

Alderman Moreno announced in a State of the Ward meeting that the team behind Prasino will be opening a new Greek/Middle Eastern gyro spot on Milwaukee Avenue next to Native Foods Cafe at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Look for this casual eatery to open late Summer. Additional details to follow.

 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

 

 

Joe's Wine Cellar Opens Tuesday

Joe's Wine Cellar has moved in to Wicker Park and is located in the space formerly the home of Division Cleaners at 2108 W. Division Street. But we can assure you, there are no signs of the cleaners left in this space. Joe's offers 350+ varieties of wine, 16 taps for tasting, 80+ craft brews in bombers and mix and match six-packs plus mainly local cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh-baked baguettes from La Boulangerie. Joe's doors are open sporadically this weekend. Look for the official opening to happen Tuesday. Joe's Wine.

 

Plenty Grocery Heads to Wicker Park

Plenty Grocery & Deli is moving in to Wicker Park in the space formerly the home of Zaraz Collections at 2036 W. Division. Although plans are still in the works you can expect a neighborhood grocery store feeling and produce, dairy, breads, meats and cheeses. Plenty.

 

Temple Beautiful & The Fountain of Youth

Would you like to learn how to keep those botox injections at bay? Head to Temple Beautiful at 1903 W. Division this Friday for an interactive workshop where you can learn a few secrets and participate in an acupressure session. Fountain of Youth.

 


SMALL BUSINESS GRANT 

 

Small Businesses Rock - Please Vote For Us !

Many people don't realize we're a small business. And because we are a small independent business we're eligible for a Chase/Livingsocial Small Business Grant. But we need your help. Please take a moment to vote for us! It only takes about 30 seconds (seriously). You logon here and type in Wicker into the "business" section and you're done. If everyone votes we'll have enough votes to qualify by the end of the day. But if you don't, we may not qualify at all. Thank you so much for your support!!  Rock the Vote.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Anger/Fly At Trap Door Theatre

Bucktown's Trap Door Theatre at 1655 W. Cortland Avenue was just recognized by the Chicago Reader for having the Best String of Theatrical Stunners in Chicago. Don't miss Anger/Fly; Trap Door's current show. It closes June 30th. Anger/Fly.

 

If you're interested in receiving up-to-the minute news & event information from us throughout the week, please feel free to join our 8,000+ followers on Facebook & Twitter. We'd love to include you. And if you have news or an event to share, please don't hesitate to let us know.

 

 

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

 

 

The Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide

Wicker Park Fest 2012 Full Line-Up Announced

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Kill Hannah Photo Credit: theagencygroup.com

Although the festival isn't until the end of July here is the Full Line Up just announced for Wicker Park Fest 2012 (from 1400 N. Milwaukee Avenue - 1600 N. Milwaukee Avenue).


Wicker Park Fest 2012 Headliners July 28 and 29

Sat 7-28: CURSIVE -THE DRUMS- KILL HANNAH

Sun 7-29: BUDOS BAND- LUCERO- JOE PUG

 

For up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter

Your Do Division Weekend Guide Has Arrived 6-1-12

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 01, 2012

June 1st 2012

 

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

 

Wicker Park's Do Division Festival and Sidewalk Sale kick off today so this week's Weekend Guide is all about Division Street with a few community events and a little news too to be sure you're in the loop on the neighborhood. The Do Division Festival is centrally located between Damen Avenue & Leavitt but sidewalk sales will be happening up and down Division Street -- all the way to Ashland Avenue. The street is also packed with large patios due to the extra wide sidewalks. So no matter where you land, you'll have a terrific time.

 


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

 

 

  BARS

         

Division Street Bars

For those who may not be familiar with the neighborhood, we've included our handy little guide to all of the bars we have available right on Division Street. Your options range from cozy Irish pubs to large sports bars. So there's sure to be something for everyone. And almost every bar offers a dog-friendly patio. Division Street Bars.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY  

     

Farmers Market Opens Sunday

With our warm weather starting as early as St. Patrick's Day, it feels like the Wicker Park Farmers Market should have opened a long time ago. But it's officially opening this Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Avenue right in the Park. We will see you there. Farmers Market.

 

 

The Magic Boat Puppet Show in the Park

For young and old alike, please join The Magic Boat Puppet Show at the Wicker Park Playground - 1425 N. Damen Avenue -Sundays at 11am. This annual Summer event will continue through September. Lots of fun and the shows coincide with the Wicker Park Farmers Market. So you can visit the Farmers Market in the park and then head on over to the The Magic Boat Puppet Show.

 


 

 

 

  MUSIC

Final Lineup & Tonight's Do Division Headliners

Do Division's Festival includes a wide variety of music including: The Antlers, Peanut Butter Wolf, Murder by Death, Pinebender, Le Butcherettes and more.  The full line up is here and tonight The Black Belles and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound will be kicking off the festival. Do Division Details.


 

 

 RESTAURANTS

         

Black Bull Tapas to Open Today

When Angels & Mariachis closed their doors in January stating they were remodeling, we didn't realize they were remodeling into a brand new concept.But they have. Focused on small plates and an extensive Spanish wine list, Black Bull Tapas is working hard to open tonight at 1721 W. Division Street :  Black Bull Tapas.

 

Division Street Restaurants

We've heard from a representative at the West Town Chamber of Commerce that there will be as many as 15 food trucks participating at Do Division this year. They'll be located at the Polish Triangle located at Ashland/Division/Milwaukee Avenue. So you can grab food coming to - or leaving - the fest. But if that's not for you, we've included a guide to great restaurants you can enjoy right on Division Street. Almost all include dog-friendly patios. Division Street Restaurants.

 

Win FREE A Gift Card from Forever Yogurt

This has nothing to do with Division Street but we wanted to let you know first that we're kicking off a fun contest where you can win a FREE gift card compliments of Forever Yogurt. All you need to do is spot us walking our dogs around the neighborhood and we'll give you a gift card for FREE Forever Yogurt right on the spot. Look for our announcement & details later on Facebook & Twitter


 

 

 

 RETAIL/SHOPPING

  

Do Division Celebration

Be sure to stop by Elevenzees this weekend at 1901 W. Division Street. In addition to their Sidewalk Sale Saturday & Sunday, they'll also be hosting a store wide celebration which will include: crab cakes, wine, raffles, scavenger hunts for kids and more. Elevenzees.


Steve Quick Jeweler to Open This Fall

Steve Quick Jeweler is a boutique and custom jeweler with stores currently located in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park. This Fall they'll be opening their 3rd location right on Division Street in Wicker Park. We will keep you posted on the details but look for Steve Quick Jeweler's soft opening this September at 1909 W. Division Street. Details.

 

Insider Deal of the Week

Head to Division Street's Via Carducci at 1928 W. Division Street every Monday - Wednesday and you can enjoy half off a bottle of wine. Via Carducci offers excellent traditional Italian food, terrific service, a beautiful patio and this great deal. Insider Deals.

 

 

 

 THEATER 

 

Romeo & Juliet - The Chopin Theatre

Located at 1543 W. Division Street, The Chopin offers a wide range of film, music and theater entertainment options. This weekend you can see "a fun and  inventive spin" on the Shakespeare classic Romeo & Juliet. Ticket Information.



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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