April 8, 2013 |
Hugging the edges of Wicker Park and Humboldt Park, Ukrainian Village long has been home to funky dive bars and plenty of tucked-away haunts. A new crop of breakfast spots retains the neighborhood vibe and helps make early mornings a little more tolerable. Here's where to chat, chow and get your cruffle on near the Western Avenue border. First Lizzie's Bake Shoppe 2136 W. Chicago Ave. 312-405-8212 At this 4-month-old bakery, the cruffle is queen. Cruffles, one-bite cake- or dough-filled truffles, are available in nearly 50 rotating flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and...
July 26, 2012 |
UPDATE: Plenty has surpassed their $15,000 goal, but still accepting donations until Wednesday afternoon. The kickstarter can be found here. Davey Sommers wants to be Ukrainian Village's friendly neighborhood grocer. With the help of some crowd funding, he's nearly there. But the 27-year-old from the neighborhood needs about $3,000 more in funds for his Kickstarter campaign to bring a fully stocked food store--which he and partner Gwen Harley are calling Plenty Grocery and Deli--to 2036 W. Division.
February 15, 2012 |
Forget the tamale guy. Late-night eaters in Ukrainian Village now have a new option thanks to a hot dog shop that opened in early February. The team behind rock music/prison-themed burger bar Lockdown has opened Phil's Last Stand (2258 W. Chicago Ave. 773-245-3287), which serves a selection of classic char-dogs, burgers and sandwiches such as grilled salami. The spot was named after 440-pound Phil Ashbach, who owned several hot dog stands and restaurants throughout his lifetime, and for whom the signature “Double Fatso” burger is named.
August 13, 2013 |
A young woman in a bright yellow, single-occupant rowboat scooted into the Chicago Yacht Club and docked her boat. Waiting for her were a throng of supporters as well as a pack of reporters. News cameras were aimed squarely on her as she walked to her loved ones for an emotional embrace. The date was Aug. 14, 2012. Jenn Gibbons was finally home. The rower and rowing coach spent the summer of 2012 on a fundraising trip for Recovery On Water, a group Gibbons founded that trains breast cancer survivors to become rowers.
December 10, 2013 |
The Chicago Police Department released a community alert Tuesday afternoon warning of an uptick in burglaries in West Town early this month. The alert said a burglar, who is likely male, black, 25- to 30-years old, 5'9", and 140 lbs., forced open side and rear windows and doors of apartments in West Town, near Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park, and stole property. The incidents were reported at apartments in the 1000 block of North Wood Street on Dec. 2, the 900 block of North Wood Street on Dec. 3, and the 2100 block of West Division...
March 5, 2012 |
The guy who frequents Ukrainian Village coffee shop Atomix is much more than a guy named Phil. He's actually Phillip-Michael Scales, a Ukrainian Village resident and frontman of Briar Rabbit , a local Chicago act that recently dropped a new album, "The Great Routine," and is currently on tour throughout the Midwest. Briar Rabbit's tour has made stops in college towns including Des Moines, Ames, Madison, Grand Rapids and Iowa City....