Between the 1st and 32nd wards, 5,623 registered voters participated in this past Tuesday’s primary election. Per the Illinois Observer’s Primary Election report, First Ward Ald. Joe Moreno, pictured in the Congress Theater a few years back, won the committeeman post with 1,872 votes (56.87% of 3292 ballots cast), beating out incumbent Jesse Ruben Juarez (535; 16.25%) by a long shot, and challenger Anne Shaw (885; 26.88%) by a much closer margin. In Moreno’s last election, for alderman back in 2011, he won 74% of the vote. 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack (2,331 ballots cast) won his committeeman post in an uncontested race. Read all about the rest of the races and who won what post here.
In other 32nd Ward news, WBEZ reporter Justin Kaufman (MC of the Miss Wicker Park Pageant) spotlighted Steve Jensen and his one man volunteer clean-up crew, ridding the 32nd Ward of campaign signs and other materials not permitted on public property. Pictured is a photo of Jensen that Alisa snapped at the Feb. 20, 2012 Illinois Right to Carrry meeting in Logan Square.
According to the Chicago Tribune, a robber, claiming to possess a firearm, robbed a Chase Bank branch, 1230 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park last Wednesday morning shortly before 9:30 a.m. For the entire article click here and if you possess any information please call the FBI at (312) 421-6700.
It was reported in the Examiner last week that Stanton How, 42, allegedly dragged his 11-week-old, black-and-white pit bull puppy in an attempt to teach her how to walk. In effect, Howard’s dragging left a lengthy blood trail by which neighbors and the police traced the actions to Howard’s second floor apartment in Wicker Park. To read the entire article by Examiner, click here.
According to Gapers Block, Wicker Park Art Center may be losing its home to Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission. The possible change in ownership was discussed at a March 12 public meeting regarding the St. Paul’s Community Church, 2215 W. North Avenue. If initiated, the new owners, a Midwest-based organization representing part of the Roman Catholic Church without Vatican approval, would displace the Near Northwest Arts Council and some 29 other local arts organizations, including the Nelson Algren Committee, the NeuroKitchen Arts Collective, and CIMMFest. For the entirety of the article, click here. Also, for the Pipeline’s coverage of the topic, click here.
After years of anticipation for founders Garret Lewis and Beejay Oslon, Pipeworks Brewing is finally opening in Chicago right here in Bucktown located at 1675 N. Western Ave.! Last week, the Tribune featured a full-length story on the creation of Pipeworks Brewing as well as a detailed description of the company’s forthcoming brew creations and retail locations. For more news on Pipeworks Brewing click here.
Let’s be honest, there is no such thing as too many tacos. And its a good thing because, in addition to Flash Taco and Big Star, Antique Taco is scheduled to open in the heart of Wicker Park where Milwood Bar & Grille used to be located. For the full article from Chicago Eater, click here. Also, check out Red Eye’s coverage, too.
Last week. ChicagoTalks featured Wicker Park’s Marrakech Cuisine as authentic Moroccan cuisine that transports patrons to far-away lands. Owner and Moroccan native Ahmen Hajir claims to be particularly proud of the restaurant’s couscous–the food so nice they named it twice! For the entire article click here.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Club Lucky came out victorious in the Wicker Park Mixologist Mash-Up. The Club Lucky general manager, Thomas Kleiner, came up with a 10-ingredient allegory of the neighborhood’s ethnic history and summer activities, served with a participatory painting installation on the side and titled it, “The Six Corner Fizz.” According to Kleiner, “The Six Corner Fizz, pictured, which gets its name from the nexus of North, Damen and Milwaukee avenues, will be on menu at Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia Ave., starting this weekend ($10.75) and will remain there the rest of the year.” For the entire article click here. Photo credit: Philinphlash.blogspot.com
According to Chicago Curbed, last week at Division Street’s Bonnie & Clyde’s, 1751 W. Division, a water pipe connected to a sewage pipe broke and ruined a significant amount of designer merchandise. The store is now closed and has packed up what is salvageable, soon to move to another location. Pictured: A purse spotted at Bonnie & Clyde back in 2009, snapped by Alisa.
Last week DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University, cleared up any doubt amongst ‘sneakerheads’ as to the best place to shop for ‘kicks’ in Chicago–The Wicker Park sneaker store located 1531 N. Milwaukee Ave. As of press time, the best place to purchase retro jerseys in Chicago is still up for debate but stay posted. For the entire article click here.
According to the Chicagoist, a new hANKSY street art installation just popped up in Bucktown located on Campbell, between North Ave. and Armitage. This is not kANKSY’s first art installation in Chicago, so it is safe to assume that we may expect more in the future. For the entire article as well as a link to pictures of hANKSY’s other art installations, click here. Photo Credit: Melissa Murphy Hainault.
Long before Stephanie Sack, owner of vive la femme, started her Bucktown boutique specializing in hip fashions for the fuller-figured (in the past we’ve covered VLF trunk shows, and most recently Cece highlighted Perch, Sack’s new junior line) she was known around town as “Stephanie from New City,” tasked with the job of selling newspaper advertising for the indie alt-weekly. Many congrats to Stephanie for achieving a milestone of 10 Years in Business. In this New City Boutiqueville interview, Stephanie shares her advice for those interested in starting an independently owned business.
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