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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 - it just goes on and on. It's lawless,” said Payette, who voiced his frustration at Wednesday's park district board meeting.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Chicago Chop Shop, a combination butcher shop, restaurant and event space, is set to open in July in a 100-year-old Wicker Park warehouse.  Located at 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago Chop Shop's counter-service butcher shop will open at 9 a.m. to offer meats along with sandwiches and antipasto salads. “Chicago loves their meats, and everyone I know has a grill and enjoys every moment of nice weather Chicago gets,” co-owner Nick Moretti said.  Co-owner Mario Minelli brings the meat cred from Minelli's Meat & Deli in Niles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Erin Martin, a 27-year-old Wicker Park resident, appeared on NBC's The Voice on Feb. 13. The young musician's rendition of "Hey there Delilah" by The Plain White T's was good enough to impress judges Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, but Martin ultimately chose to move on to the next round as part of Cee Lo's team. The model turned singer talked to us about world domination and her love of Disney songs. What are some of your favorite hangouts in Chicago? It depends on what kind of hanging out you are talking about.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2012 | By Erin Brereton and For RedEye
Chef Se Jin Yim, aka "Sunny," looked at more than 200 storefront locations and trekked to Japan for instruction on making ramen noodles to prepare for his first restaurant, Oiistar (1385 N. Milwaukee Ave.), scheduled to open by early September. The Wicker Park eatery's menu will feature international influences -- “Italian and French are my background, and I'm Korean,” said Yim, who previously worked as a chef for 15 years at a downtown hotel -- and approximately five ramen dishes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Kristen Kuchar, @KristenKuchar and For RedEye
What happens when an accomplished artisan bread maker teams up with a doughnut-making legend? Thanks to Stan's Donuts opening in Wicker Park by mid-October, Chicago will soon find out. But artisan bread maker Rich Labriola, owner of Labriola Baking Company, doesn't want just another doughnut shop. “We need to have the best doughnuts around, no ifs, ands or buts,” he said. Labriola plans on taking his 20 years of bread-making experience to give the doughnuts a more complex, unique taste by adding bread starters.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists - usually perform in the second-floor Cabaret Room.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
Check out a full photo tour of The Anthem on Metromix. Blame it on “The Wonder Years” coming to Netflix Instant: We've been feeling some serious '70s nostalgia lately. TV dinners in wood-paneled basements, fondue, Fleetwood Mac - even if you didn't live through it, the era is back in a big way. A new sports bar in Wicker Park is hoping to capitalize on the feel - Shake 'N' Bake chicken and cans of Schlitz included. Set to open Wednesday, The Anthem sits just across the street from sibling bar Bangers & Lace , a craft beer and sausage bar that has quickly become a Division Street staple.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and For RedEye
Mini-review: Storefront Company 1941 W. North Ave. 773-661-2609 Rating:  !!! (out of 4) Off to a good start The scene: Wicker Park's newest restaurant has the same owners as Debonair Social Club, but it couldn't be more different. They're both located in the Flat Iron Building, but where Debonair is all black paint, dark dance floors and PBR-clutching scenesters, Storefront Company is white-washed and light-filled. Young couples from the neighborhood dined next to wine-sipping white hairs - perhaps they're loyal Food & Wine magazine subscribers who remember chef Bryan Moscatello for his “Best New Chef” accolade, which he earned back in 2003 working for a Denver restaurant called Adega?
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