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August 29, 2012
Red Door 2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221 The wooden communal tables on this spacious sideyard patio makes it feel like one big picnic, complete with seasonal shared plates, bacon jam-slathered burgers and spiked snow cones. Tocco 1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8895 At this sleek restaurant serving contemporary Italian fare, two massive garage doors open up to a brickfloored patio that's the closest thing you'll find to a piazza in Wicker Park. The Anthem 1725 W. Division St. 773-697-4804 Don't worry mega-fans, even sitting outside you can still see the massive TVs in this...
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May 15, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Wicker Park Fest announced its 2014 music lineup and headliners, including Owls, legendary DJ (and composer of the "Mad Men" theme song) RJD2 and JEFF The Brotherhood. The fest will take place July 26-27 along Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Street in Wicker Park. The festival's organizers ask for a $5 donation to enter. A press release states that more bands will be named next month, but for now, here's the music lineup you can expect to see:  (* notes a RedEye Sound Board top pick)
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October 18, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Look out hipsters--Wicker Park might be hitting the mainstream. (Or maybe it already has.) To the dismay of fixie-riders and flannel-wearers everywhere, Forbes recently published a list of the 20 hippest neighborhoods in America, totally selling out all of the coolest places to live, and Wicker Park landed at No. 4. Attempting the completely antithetical process of quantifying what it means to be "hipster-friendly," Forbes considered several different...
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February 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Don't be an a**hole. Have fun.  Those are the only rules at Snowbrawl, an annual impromptu event organized (loosely) by RedEye, Do312 and Chicagoist . What is it? One big snowball fight in Wicker Park, basically, where hundreds show up to fling powder around.  Details: 8 p.m. Wicker Park. Monday night (Feb. 17). Bring gloves. Use #snowbrawl2014 to Tweet and Instagram. In case you're a newbie, here's a glimpse at what you've missed the past few years.  Snow Brawl 2013 from Ray Whitehouse on Vimeo . Here's RedEye's Ernest Wilkins announcing the...
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December 11, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Susan Stursberg, the co-owner and familiar face behind Gold Star's bar, died of liver and pancreatic cancer Monday morning. She was 45. Stursberg took on the role of bartender at the popular Wicker Park dive in 1990, when her mother bought the bar. “She loved working here, loved being here,” said her mother, Mary Anne Reid Stursberg.  “Even when she was sick, she said she wished she were working.” Stursberg was diagnosed earlier this...
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May 29, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Attention all pie lovers, Pie it Forward, a group of people dedicated to promoting kindness around the nation, will be giving away free pie in Wicker Park - near the fountain at the intersection of Damen Avenue and Schiller Street--at 6 p.m. this evening. The group, also known as OccuPIE, started giving away pie in Ann Arbor, Mich., after being inspired by a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to Sarah Fertig, the executive weirdo do-gooder for Pie it Forward. “She said if you built a factory and got rich, you still have an obligation to pay into...
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October 8, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
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.
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May 29, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
I don't know about you, but when I think of a cardio-intensive workout some standard images come to mind. There's the overzealous businessman cruising on the treadmill, the first-time gymgoer aimlessly climbing the Stairmaster and the soccer mom pumping away aboard the elliptical. I see an indoor track stained with sweat from the guy who lost his sleeveless T-shirt back on lap No. 0. I see an elderly woman power walking like it's nobody's business. What I don't see? A toy made popular by Wham-O in the 1950s.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012
Thursday August 30th 6-8 PM Cans (1640 N. Damen) Coors Light on deck. A lot of it. Show up. Have a brew. America wins.   RSVP HERE. BOOM. SHAKA. LAKA.
NEWS
August 28, 2012
Grab a book and your laptop and get ready for a day-long cafe-hop. You may be craving decaf by the last stop, but you'll have successfully toured the neighborhood's best beaneries. Start your morning at Buzz: Killer Espresso (1644 N. Damen Ave. 773-366-8377), which serves its own house-roasted coffee made with beans from lesser-known producers. Next, walk over to The Wormhole (1462 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-661-2468), where you can grab a pastry and latte and plop down next to your choice of '70s and '80s kitsch (movies posters, Star Wars toys and yes, that's a DeLorean)
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October 30, 2013 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
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)
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October 8, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
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.
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October 1, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
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.
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September 16, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
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...
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September 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
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 -...
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September 3, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
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)
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August 21, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
They're not quite the floating, "Back to the Future II" toys, but an item from a Wicker Park merchant is probably the closest thing Chicago is going to get to a Hoverboard for now. Briana Leduc, owner of Ash's Tobacconist in Wicker Park, on Monday  began renting out remote controlled electric skateboards called Munky Boards. It's a partnership with Angelo Selvaggio, a Chicago inventor who designed the board and lives across the street from the shop. “When we're riding on the boards, everyone stops,” Leduc said.
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March 21, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Corned beef hash on a brunch menu probably doesn't raise any eyebrows. But how about a fried plantain, black bean and hominy hash? Or spicy chickpea, yogurt and kale hash? These global twists on the starchy breakfast staple are the focus at the appropriately named Hash restaurant, which opened March 20 on Western Avenue near the border of Wicker Park and Humboldt Park. "If I just did American hashes, it would really be quite boring," said owner Maggie McCoy, who  ran the now-closed Bagel on Damen.
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August 27, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Who says fest season is over when summer ends? Wicker Park and Bucktown will host the first-ever Chillfest, a free music event, on Nov. 16. Chillfest will feature more than 100 musicians playing live acoustic sets in storefronts throughout both neighborhoods. The performances will take place at a variety of venues in both neighborhoods and will be done in a simultaneous “pop-up” gig fashion, as several stores will play host to the musicians at once. The venues, including restaurants, boutiques, bakeries and bars, will stage four artists inside their businesses from noon to 6...
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August 21, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
They're not quite the floating, "Back to the Future II" toys, but an item from a Wicker Park merchant is probably the closest thing Chicago is going to get to a Hoverboard for now. Briana Leduc, owner of Ash's Tobacconist in Wicker Park, on Monday  began renting out remote controlled electric skateboards called Munky Boards. It's a partnership with Angelo Selvaggio, a Chicago inventor who designed the board and lives across the street from the shop. “When we're riding on the boards, everyone stops,” Leduc said.
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