According to ABC Chicago, an abandoned raised rail line known as the Bloomingdale Trail, will be the world’s longest elevated park. The 2.65 mile stretch of land runs through the Pipeline’s coverage area and will cost $46 million in public and private funding, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. For further details and the entire article click here. Also, be sure to check out Julia Thiel’s Chicago Reader post, titled “The Bloomingdale Trail is (suddenly) fully funded.” Have a copy of the pipeline’s Celebrate! magazine handy? On pages 26-29 you’ll find an in-depth piece on the trail written by Nandika Gervais.
Last Wednesday, Time Out Chicago ran a story of local DJ Zebo and his five-year residency at Wicker Park’s Evil Olive, 1551 W. Division. Chicago Reader voted Zebo the best local DJ two years in a row, and Zebo celebrated five years as the entertainer of Booty Up at Evil Olive this past Friday night. For the full article written by Time Out Chicago’s Joshua P. Ferguson, click here.
Randy Gonsoulin of Gaper’s Block recounts an in-depth experience at last week’s Mixologist Mash-Up, a FUNdraiser for the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, held at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. The honors, as reported here, went to Club Lucky, for its “Six Corner Fizz,” aka the new (and first) ‘Official Drink of Wicker Park.’
A Wicker Park man was cited for animal cruelty after a concerned person witnessed him dragging a pit bull puppy by the neck during a walk, per this CBS story.
Recently, Our Urban Times ran a feature titled, “Meet Wicker Park’s New Supervisor” featuring interviews with Chicago native and newly appointed supervisor, Dan Puente, as well as several members of the Wicker Park Advisory Council. Puente lives in west Logan Square, he graduated from Gordon Tech High School and he is now returning to Wicker Park after three years of working with the Chicago White Sox. For the full-length feature on Dan Puente click here. Pop by and visit Puente in the field house at 1425 N. Damen, too.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a 57 year old Bucktown cabdriver passed away last week after losing control of his cab and crashing into a fence of a building in the 1900 block of North Honore Avenue. Read more here.
Last week, Daily Candy welcomed new daycare centers and pre-schools, Purple Monkey Playroom, New Einsteins Academy and ABC Daycare and Preschool, to the Bucktown area in a feature titled, “Go West, Young Man and Woman.” For full descriptions of these new daycare centers as well as the entirety of Daily Candy’s feature, click here. Also, be sure to check out this up-close interview with one of Bucktown’s longer running members of the field, Alicia Cherrett, founder of Childrens Learning Place, which was initially slated to be included in the pipeline’s summer booklet last year.
According to Hollywood Chicago, guest stars Horatio Sanz, Joe Lo Truglio as well as Wonder Mike and Master Gee (founding members of The Sugarhill Gang) have all been confirmed for the 4th Annual Chicago Movies and Music Festival in Wicker Park. The festival will take place from April 12-15 and the entire schedule for the festival will be posted March 15. Click here to read the entirety of Hollywood Chicago’s story on Chicago’s CIMM Fest.
Last week, the Chicago Tribune featured Wicker Park’s Small Bar, 2049 West Division Street, in the Cheap Eater. The feature, which can be found here, features a lengthy discussion of the fine dining and atmosphere to be found at Small Bar courtesy of chef Justin White.
According to Time Out Chicago, Dinosaur Jr. as well as The Raveonettes will be headlining the third annual Chicago Green Music Festival in Wicker Park June 23-24. The festival will take place in Big Star‘s driveway and will feature a Kid’s Area in addition to food and drink vendors employing the use of biodegradable cutlery, plates and cups. For the full article from Time Out click here.
Wicker Park’s The Bedford, 1612 W. Division, was recently featured in an article in the Los Angeles Times titled, “Chicago, that tippling town.” The article focuses upon Chicago’s history as an alcohol consuming town and highlights many of Chicago’s more popular restaurants and cocktail lounges, notably The Bedford. For the entire article click here.
Newman knows Chicago recently did a profile on Wicker Park and Bucktown. This neighborhood profile highlights the history of the neighborhood in addition to dining suggestions, The Charleston and Danny’s, shopping, Akira, and notes on the real estate in the area. For the neighborhood profile click here.
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Davis Popper is a resident of Ravenswood and a recent transplant to Chicago, originally from Macon, Georgia. He majored in philosophy at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He can be reached at dpopper212(at sign) gmail.com
In honor of the upcoming CIMMFest, here’s an oldie but favorite by the Sugarhill Gang!