Forever Yogurt (Best Fro-Yo Chain) The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck (Best New Food Truck) and Roots Pizza (Best New Pizzeria) all captured Readers’ Choice honors in the Time Out Eat Out Awards. In the TOC Critics Circle, Miko’s Flipside Cafe, 1846 N. Damen, won props for being the Coziest Place to Hibernate... and just in time. Miko’s closed for the season this past weekend. Check out more Critics Choice categories here.
According to the Chicagoist, the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. is teaming up with a handful of local acts for a benefit show this Thursday to help raise funds for Rudy Carillo, the venue’s security guard who was hit by a car back in February. Headlining will be AM Taxi, with support from Dummy, Hammerdown, Rotten Finko and The Convicts, and Villains Company. New Belgium Brewing is donating a keg of Fresh Hop IPA for the event. For more details, click here.
According to Chicagoist, last minute fund raising plans have been made for Susan Stursberg, co-owner of Wicker Park tavern Gold Star. Gold Star co-owner Susan Stursberg was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. 100 percent of tonight’s receipts for The Pavement Group’s production of Girl You Know It’s True at the Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division St.) will be donated to Stursberg. throughout the remainder of the play’s five-week run, The Pavement group will be selling half-pound bags of their Intelligentsia special blend coffee in the Chopin’s lounge, with all proceeds earmarked for Stursberg’s medical costs. If you can’t make the play, consider heading to Double Door next Saturday. They’re holding a benefit concert for Stursberg featuring Joan of Arc, Del Rey, Coffin Pricks, The Ragtones, and Bobby Conn DJ’ing. Admission is $15. Finally, an online donation page has been set up in Stursberg’s name that has raised over $18,000 as of post time. For the full article click here.
Bulls. Booze. Buses. Ohio. BOOM! According to NBC Chicago, Lottie’s Pub is offering a chance to catch a Bulls’ game and get your party on at the same time. The Bucktown hotspot is hosting a bus trip to the April 26th game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. The $60 ticket includes transportation to and from the United Center, a ticket to the game and unlimited “road pops” on the bus. For the full article click here.
This Monday will mark two years since the beating on the 1800 block of North Damen of Natasha McShane, an Irish exchange student who is still suffering, per this CBS story. McShane “still cannot speak, dress herself , or go to the bathroom without help.”
According to NBC Chicago, Wicker Park native/busker/model/singer Erin Martin was voted off of The Voice last week. Martin, who performed “Your Song” by Elton John as her final performance on The Voice, was ultimately voted off the show by Cee Lo Green whose initial praise slated Martin as a possible front runner. No matter the outcome, Wicker Park is still proud of its neighbor and we at the Pipeline will always remember her as a Division St. busker. For the full article click here and stop by Martin’s fan page here for updates regarding her future career.
According to Red Eye Chicago, Wicker Park will soon be saying goodbye to a family owned lumberyard that has been part of the neighborhood for the past 91 years. By next spring, the two-story L. Miller & Son Lumber Company building, currently located at 1815 W. Division, will be transformed into a four-story mixed-use commercial and residential development. For the full article including a more detailed history of L. Miller & Sons Lumber Company click here. There will be a community meeting on the 26th re: Miller Lumber.
Empty Bottle? Garbage Dump? Unicycle Loves You? What do these words mean when put together? According to the Chicagoist, Unicycle Loves You, a Chicago trio, just recently released a video for a new track titled, “Garbage Dump,” in which there is a clown, a peculiar cat-man and zombie Miss Wicker Park in there somewhere. Unicycle Loves You plays Tuesday, April 24 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 9 p.m., $8 or free with RSVP, 21+. For the full article from the Chicagoist click here.
According to CBS Chicago, a Bucktown school is making a change in the fight against bullies…with change! The school brought in $1,200 in this year’s “Penny War,” which Student Council coordinator Tanya Ridgeway said has students raising money with pennies, and canceling out competing classrooms’ gains with silver coins. For the full article click here.
The first thing I discovered in the Chicago Tribune business feature titled, “Chicago entrepreneurs find bootstrapping a good fit,” was that the article was not discussing literal boots… rather, the post discusses entrepreneurs who start businesses with their own money so as to retain control of their company in the future. In particular this article focuses on Andrew Geant and Michael Weishuhn who launched an online tutoring marketplace called WyzAnt.com in 2005. Today, WyzAnt is a profitable company with 32 employees based in a newly renovated Bucktown office. For the full article click here and for a hilarious/horrifying video involving a cartoon boot click here.
According to Chicago Phoenix, the famed literary performance tour Sister Spit: The Next Generation was held at the Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North, as part of the Chicago International Movies and Musical Festival Saturday with performances by Dorothy Allison, Michelle Tea, Justin Vivian Bond and other notable acts. Chicago is the 14th stop on a 28 city tour throughout the month of April. Visit Radarproductions.org for more tour dates. For the full article and to find out what surprise performances you missed click here.
Yesterday, the Red Eye Chicago featured a Q & A with local artists, Gemini Club, in support of their upcoming show at Lincoln Hall this Saturday April 21. Bandmates Tom Gavin, 28, and Dan Brunelle, 25, (both of Wicker Park) and Gordon Bramli, 25, (of West Town) have been making electronic music together for about three years. For the full article including more information on Gemini Club as well as their upcoming shows click here. In other electronic music news, Alisa checked out the Bassnectar show at The Congress this past weekend.
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