As a recent college graduate, young twenty-something, single male, I often find myself wondering, “Where can I find family oriented events that really care about going green in the Wicker Park and Bucktown areas?” Well, thanks to the Examiner, my prayers have been answered. For a full list of Earth Day related events continuing through the rest of this week in Wicker Park and Bucktown click here. Pictured: Earth Day excitement w/Marc Harris of MH Photography at Karen Marie Salon, 1859 N. Milwaukee.
Journalist Steve Rhodes of The Beachwood Reporter featured Alderman Moreno in a post about the Infrastructure Bank Trust, of which 41 alderman voted for it and 7 (including Ald. Waguespack and Ald. Fioretti) were against it. For additional news on the topic, check out Our Urban Times coverage. In unrelated news, Ald. Moreno called into WGCI The Morning Riot to talk rap and events at The Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee. PICTURED: Ald. Moreno at a Save the 13th District Police HQ rally this past fall. Photo by Philin Phlash.
Per Our Urban Times, it looks like Krush, 1675 N. Elston, plagued by a long record of community complaints, and gang related violence and shootings, might be headed to a BACP deleterious hearing, via 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack. As previously reported by Alisa, The Congress Theater had its first hearing this past week.
In positive news… Taxim’s (1558 N. Milwaukee) David Schneider was featured in this Windy City Times interview, and Chicagoist reviewed brunch at The Storefront Company, 1941 W. North. Up the street from TSC, Trencherman is finally opening next month in the former Spring space, at 2039 W. North Ave., per the 312 Dining Diva! At 2118 N. Damen (the former Duchamp space) a restaurant called Red Door is on the horizon, per Eater.com. Also on Damen, though not food-related, the Chicago Reader featured local artist Nicholas Sistler’s upcoming show, ‘Trouble’, opening this Friday at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen.
In other what’s hot news, last week Time Out Chicago released a Wicker Park and Bucktown Neighborhood Guide for the year of 2012. So, whether you are craving Wicker Park’s finest cocktail lounge, art gallery or boutique, or you’re just curious where caffe streets owner Darko Arandjelovic likes to hang out when he’s not at his caffe, you’ll find it all in Time Out’s 2012 guide right here.
Last week the Chicago Tribune ran a feature titled, “Following a poetic trail” charting the history of performance, or “slam,” poetry in Chicago. According to the report, “Chicago’s slam poetry movement started over 25 years ago in Wicker Park’s Get Me High Lounge with a group of artists led by Marc Smith. The competitive element of slam poetry separated it from beat poetry of the 1950s – that and the different community of practitioners separated from earlier poetry performances by space and time. For the full article including further details regarding Chicago’s poetic history click here.
According to Wicker Park and Bucktown’s Insider Guide, El Rincon Azteca has moved into the space formerly the home of Crepe Crave at 1752 W. North Avenue in Wicker Park. This casual Mexican eatery will be open seven days a week and boasts an expansive and delicious menu suitable for a wide array of preferred Mexican cuisine. For the full article including more details click here. Also, be sure to check out the pipeline’s coverage of ERA and save the date for a Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday featuring complimentary bites from 10:30AM-5PM!
According to the Examiner in this week’s Pet News, Kriser’s at 1658 North Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown will hold an adoption outreach event for Tree House Humane Society from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers from Tree House will be on hand with cats looking for a home. Stop by to meet the adoptable kitties and learn more about the organization. For the full article including much more in local pet news and this week’s events click here.
In The Broken World of Sacrifice, J.C. Heesterman seeks to understand the nature and origin of Vedic sacrifice in ancient Indian culture. At the heart of this ritual and at the crux of his argument, there is the Sacrificial Meal–known in more recent times as the potluck. Flash forward to now, and we see a similar phenomenon happening in Wicker Park through a ritual labeled by the Chicago Tribune as the Manbque. For the full article including a more in depth look at this Wicker Park ritual of machismo, booze and grilled meat click here.
Cleaning up a bath house never looked so elegant! According to Huffington Post, a converted bath house in Wicker Park is currently on the market for a $2.3 million asking price. Built in 1918 as the Lincoln Bath House, the property was one of 19 in the city that accommodated 19th- and 20th-century Chicagoans living in primitive housing that may not have had running water, according to listing agent Robert Anderson. Since its conversion 30 years ago, the Wicker Park property has been updated with decidedly modern furnishings, including commercial-grade fixtures and appliances in the kitchen, stained concrete floors and skylights in the master suite. Only the 14-foot ceilings betray the building’s original purpose. For the full article including a virtual tour of this stunning piece of historic real estate click here.
According to Chicago Phoenix, Lee Trinh is expanding his Banh Mi & Co empire to brand new locations in Lincoln Park and Bucktown. Opening on Thursday, both locations will offer a completely different yet familiar experience to Lee’s relatively new Banh Mi & Co brand. With the Bucktown location right next door, Lee’s partnered up with the folks at Moonshine at 1824 W. Division St. to take advantage of their full kitchen and beer garden to offer a completely different experience. Both locations will be serving the full menu of spring rolls, wonton soup, and of course Chicago’s best banh mi. For the full article click here.
According to the Chicago Eater, it seems that Bucktown just wasn’t ready for the “killer margarita’s” offered by Cesar’s. After numerous meetings with neighbors and the city’s zoning board, Cesar Castellanos, who owns two locations of Cesar’s (home of the “killer margaritas) in Lakeview, has killed plans to open a third spot in the former Dairy Queen on Damen in Bucktown. For the full article click here.
According to Wicker Park Bucktown Insider’s Guide, Caffe De Luca at 1721 N. Damen Avenue – has been sold and will be closing their doors at the end of May as reported by Eater Chicago earlier this week as well as Alisa who used to work at the caffe. So, say goodnight to 13 years of authentic Italian cuisine, Bucktown, cause you’re never gonna see another Caffe De Luca like this Caffe De Luca. For the full article including a transcript of De Luca’s note to friends and family click here.
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About Davis: 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’s coming off a sprained ankle so send him your best wishes for full recovery, too!