April 2, 2013 |
JUNE 27 UPDATE: Dimo's Pizza's Wicker Park location is due to celebrate its grand opening on July 24 with $1 slices. Popular Wrigleyville pizzeria Dimo's is preparing to open a second larger - and boozier - location on the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown this spring. The second Dimo's Pizza will be located inside a new building at 1615 N. Damen Ave., just north of Six Corners. In addition to being three times as large, this location plans to serve booze rather than go BYOB like the original, said founder and CEO Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau.
March 29, 2013 |
Drivers, beware. The city's street sweeping season starts April 1. Be on the lookout for the temporary orange no-parking signs that should be posted in advance. Drivers can find the street cleaning schedule here while some alderman have posted maps of the schedule on their websites. Residents who live in Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Wicker Park and Logan Square can sign up for free text alerts from tkttxt.com to help them avoid getting a $50 ticket on their windshield. Want more?
March 27, 2013 |
Could it be the Big Star effect? While Paul Kahan's ridiculously popular Wicker Park taco-and-whiskey garage was a novelty when it opened more than three years ago, the idea of the casual Mexican-inspired bar is catching on. River North's Ay Chiwowa (311 W. Chicago Ave. 312-643-3200), Rockit Ranch's trendy take on a taqueria, and Wicker Park's High Noon Saloon (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-9339), a Tex-Mex sports bar, both have opened within the past six weeks with plenty of tortillas and tequila to go around.
March 25, 2013 |
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.
March 21, 2013 |
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.
January 8, 2013 |
It's a brand-new year, which means it's time for some brand-new shows. Need a little drama in your life - or perhaps a some comedy or variety or horror or explorations of current events? Check out these five world premiere plays opening this winter in Chicago. Perfume, Whiskey and Sickness of the Soul: Improvisation in the Style of Tennessee Williams "A Sweet Bar Named Desire" or "Brat on a Hot Tin Roof," anyone? The Chemically Imbalanced Comedy cast takes a single audience suggestion to create and perform a one-act play drenched in Southern decadence, thwarted dreams and inappropriate sexual tension in this new show, which changes every week.
December 11, 2012 |
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...
November 26, 2012 |
Moped enthusiasts now have a new place to turn for the products and services alike. MOPED, at 2068 N. Western Ave., has been doing great business so far, despite little-to-no advertising thus far, said co-owner Will Andrews, 37. Andrews opened the store in August of this year with co-owner Marla Wisuri, 23. Both new and vintage mopeds adorn the walls of the store, which specializes not only in the sale of rare and collectible bikes, but also...
November 20, 2012 |
If you thought the Walgreens on the corner of State and Randolph was impressive, we've got news for you: as of Wednesday, it'll officially be second-best. The newest Walgreens is set to open in Wicker Park on Wednesday, and--like the State and Randolph location--it's a flagship store, which means the size and selection will be much larger than anything you'd see at your average Walgreens. The new drugstore--at the corner of North and Damen, in the space that used to hold The Noel State Bank--is something of a candy store for adults.
October 18, 2012 |
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...