According to ReviewtheBrews blog, Pipeworks Brewing, 1675 N. Western Ave., just north of North and Western Ave., has finally begun their brewing operation, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign! Can’t to have another brewery in the neighborhood!
The Wicker Park Bandit struck again over the weekend, robbing a Chase bank in the Roscoe Village neighborhood last Sunday. The suspect is claimed to have robbed 10 banks in 60 days and is still on the loose. Read more from ABC News here and also here.
A Pilsen man is being held on $750k bail after allegedly raping a woman in her Bucktown home on the 2300 block of W. St. Paul Ave. Michael Giffin, 25, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. Read more here in this Tribune article.
Mayor Emanuel was in Wicker Park last week, holding a press conference at the site of the new Resurrection University at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 2233 N. Western. The new school, which will be funded by a $4.7 million in TIF subsidies, is expected to bring many new jobs to the area. The mayor spoke more about TIF spending in this Sun Times article.
Gaper’s Block recently posted this article about local coffee shop, Wormhole, and their efforts at greening their business. The Milwaukee Avenue java joint at 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave. started composting and recycling 80% of their waste and also donate trash to Growing Power, a group that runs 5 urban farm projects in the Chicago area. The article also adds that Wormhole will be closed from Feb. 20 until March 5 for a quick remodeling.
Wicker Park art gallery owner Monique Meloche finishes some sentences for Chicago Mag writer Gina Bazer in this recent article. Check out the works of Sheree Hovsepian and Kerry James Marshall at Meloche’s gallery, 2154 W. Division, this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Flickr user MasMiguel recently uploaded some amazing scans of photos of Wicker Park from the 50s. Take a look at this glimpse at what childhood must have been like back then, as kids run on the corner of Bell and Hirsch. Check out the rest of his photo feed to see more high-quality photos from that set.
CBS Chicago suggested using the new app ‘Spotdash’ on your next jaunt through Wicker Park. The app will guide you to all the neighborhood gems like Quimby’s Bookstore and Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee, and other points of interest. (Pictured: liner notes from Fleet Foxes newest album, purchased at Reckless.)
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