October 30, 2013 |
Review: Chop Shop 2033 W. North Ave. 773-537-4440 Rating: 3 (out of four) Off to a good start They say you can't be all things to all people, but Chop Shop sure is trying. This new addition to Wicker Park is a lunch counter, butcher, bar, restaurant, event space and even makes its own giardiniera. It's also run by a trio of killer Ms. The first is co-owner Mario Minelli, whose family runs Minelli Meat & Deli, a 50-plus-year-old butcher shop in north suburban Niles, Ill.; he oversees a team of butchers who cut up thick, ruddy steaks such as a NY strip ($32)
October 8, 2013 |
In Wicker Park, the space between the Blue Line tracks and Milwaukee Avenue is a hop, skip, and a jump. But for graffiti artist Tyrue 'Slang' Jones, the distance spans nearly 30 years. “Wicker Park was kind of my school of practice,” said Jones, now 43. “In the early- to mid-80s, the best pieces were between where Division comes up until where it goes down in Logan Square. That was almost the masterpiece burner strip. From Division to Logan, guys would hit the rooftops. The rooftops were the most visual.
October 1, 2013 |
It's not uncommon at the intersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee avenues to pass leather-clad punks heading to a show, packs of ladies in five-inch heels spilling out of a bar and well-dressed couples on their way to date night. That's the magic - and mayhem - of Wicker Park, a nightlife-heavy neighborhood that's only upping the entertainment ante. The past month has seen three bar and restaurant openings, with more on the way from major players such as Rick Bayless and the team behind Big Star and The Violet Hour.
September 16, 2013 |
In a new twist on an old adage, Stephenie Park's motto might well be, "If at first you do succeed, try, try again. " In 2003, the Chicago-area native and current Wicker Park resident moved to Benin, where she served with the Peace Corps to help farmers and groups of women in the West African country obtain microloans and to help with AIDS education. In 2005, she moved to Ghana, then took the LSATs and ended up at Harvard Law School. After two years working as an attorney in Chicago, she won a spot on NBC-TV's...
September 12, 2013 |
Needles have been found on the fence in Wicker Park. The homeless camp out there. The triangular-shaped park was the scene of a fatal shooting last week. It's all left residents asking for greater security at the park. The problems at the park, said longtime resident Mike Payette, include public drunkenness, drug use and disorderly conduct by drifters he referred to as “rail riders or grungy punks.” “They get in violent confrontations, pull out the bushes and the roses and throw them -...
September 3, 2013 |
EAT Rosh Hashanah Prix Fixe Bistronomic 840 N. Wabash Ave. 312-944-8400 Bring your bubbe - or a pal - to celebrate the Jewish New Year with a three-course dinner featuring such options as house-cured duck confit with honey, prime beef short ribs, yellow walleye pike and apple-challah bread pudding. 5-10 p.m. Through Thursday. $45. DRINK Bell's Oracle Tapping Jerry's 1938 W. Division St. 773-235-1006 Channel the wisdom of the (beer)