March 20, 2012 |
It's not impossible to find a taqueria and an antique shop on the same street. But how about in the same storefront? That's what husband-and-wife team Rick and Ashley Ortiz are envisioning with Antique Taco, a new restaurant/retail hybrid slated for a May opening at 1360 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. “I tell people it's like a taco stand meets farmers market meets Anthropologie … while drinking a canned beer,” said Ashley. The two met while working together on events at Soldier Field, he as executive sous chef and she in catering sales.
August 29, 2012
Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540 Chefs (and brothers) Mike and Patrick Sheerin left their posts at acclaimed restaurants -- Blackbird and The Signature Room, respectively - to jam out together cooking seasonal, globally influenced American fare at their own restaurant in a unique space that was formerly bathhouse. Danny's 1951 W. Dickens Ave. 773-489-6457 It may look like just another house from the outside, but inside, this music-fueled bar can turn into one of the biggest dance parties in the neighborhood.
March 13, 2012 |
Rapid Transit Bike Shop owner Justyna Frank had to check the date Monday to make sure it wasn'tApril Fool's Day. When she realized it wasn't, and that an article posted online since January has featured a photo of her Wicker Park bike shop along with a motorist bashing cyclists, she said she was shocked. "It was sort of too perfect. My husband and I were scratching our head. Is it somebody playing a joke on us?" she said of the post on the site, which asks motorists on the street to comment on their vehicles.
August 29, 2012
Milk & Honey Cafe 1920 W. Division St. 773-395-9434 This corner cafe serves breakfast during the week with extended hours on the weekend. Place your order for buttermilk granola pancakes or casserole-style huevos rancheros at the counter and hang out at a table until it's ready. Birchwood Kitchen 2211 W. North Ave. 773-276-2100 During the week, this cute BYOB cafe excels with seriously tasty sandwiches, and the same applies to its hearty breakfast sammies served on the weekends, including a killer croque madame (and a vegetarian version as well)
June 26, 2013 |
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
April 4, 2013 |
If you've ever waited for your turn to play Duck Hunt at Emporium Arcade Bar or stood on line at Big Star craving a fish taco, you know that some popular Wicker Park bars could use a little extra space. Luckily, some of them are poised to expand. The Smoke Daddy , a veteran Division Street barbecue joint known for its slow cooking and house-made sauces, has constructed an addition to their storefront that adds about 65 new seats. The expansion, which will be unveiled at a grand opening party April 18, also adds 15 bar seats at a new wrap-around bar, plus 10 large-screen TVs and additional bathrooms.
August 27, 2013 |
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 p.m. the day of the fest.
April 2, 2012 |
If Wicker Park looks a little greener this June, don't worry. You're eyesight isn't failing you. It's just the return of the Green Music Festival . The two-day festival will run June 23-24 and will once again pair eco-friendly vendors with eco-conscious consumers. Green Music Festival is also put on as green-ly as possible - using biodegradable plastic cups and biodiesel generators among other methods that reduce the event's impact on the environment. “There's more means to be green every year, so [the festival]
February 15, 2012 |
Appealing to the nostalgic hipster in all of us, a vet of Brooklyn's Barcade is opening a new video game haven with a full bar in Wicker Park. Opening sometime in March, Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will feature 30 arcade games and pinball machines from the '80s and '90s, including Pacman, Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, Streetfighter and Smash TV. There won't be a cover charge, and tokens good for one play will cost a quarter each. “After a couple beers and not having played Pacman for 20 years, it's a lot harder [to play]
June 15, 2012 |
The Bedford 's chef Mark Steuer will soon be bringing “a little bit of back home to Chicago.” The Charleston, South Carolina, native has plans to open a Lowcountry-inspired restaurant with Salita Development, the team behind The Bedford, in early September. Carriage House (1700 W. Division St.) will be the team's second Wicker Park restaurant, occupying a space that's been empty since Edge sports bar closed last year. While Steuer has been serving contemporary Midwestern fare at The Bedford, the menu at Carriage House will feature the food he grew up with, which he doesn't think is currently represented in Chicago: Cajun and Creole flavors and seafood sourced from the Charleston area, and simple, high-quality ingredients.