Links with Davis Popper

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According to Huffington Post, Wicker Park’s Do-Division summer street festival has been expanded to three full days this year. In addition to bands featuring names ranging from the ironic to the increasingly ironic (my favorite being O, Death, which I genuinely hope is an allusion to 1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” because that would just be epic-ly metal), Do-Division is also expanding their Family Fun Fest to a two-block stretch of kid-friendly tunes, The Easel Art Studio Craft Tent, punk rock hair styling by Psycho Baby, face painting, a dunk tank and more. For the full article including the artist lineup and schedule for Do-Division click here.

Living in Chicago, specifically Wicker Park and Bucktown, seems to constantly reaffirm the oft-repeated, rarely embellished, sentiment that we truly do live in the greatest brunchry in the entire world. For proof, look no further than the Chicagoist‘s feature last week on Wicker Park’s Storefront Company, 1941 W. North.  For the full article including more information on Storefront Company’s brunch click here.

SmallBar Fullerton was sold this past week to The Beer Bistro, per   The good news is that there’s still the classics, SmallBar Division, 2049 W. Division, and SmallBar in Logan Square.  And, yes, there’s brunch at SmallBar, too!

Paul Wargaski of Wargaski Violins, 1900 W. North, was featured in this CBS story.

Via the Crabby GoLightly blog, FugScreen Studios is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign! Wish them luck as they seek to open a gig poster gallery at 2381 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square.

Do you love Greek cuisine? The Windy City Times interviewed Taxim Chef David Schneider last week discussing such topics of conversation as Greece, cuisine, Greek cuisine, and engineering. For the full article and interview click here. Got a mom? Take her to Taxim for M-day! Sunday May 6th at 6:30PM. Via an email, “Featuring a five-course dinner with wine pairings from two of Greece’s most acclaimed wineries. Additional information will be released soon, including the menu and pairings. Please check

All this brunch and Greek cuisine talk has gotten me pretty worked up, I must admit. But wheresoever must I go for the finest eating in Wicker Park? Woe has truly befallen me…what is that you speak of? Serious Eats Chicago ran a feature neighborhood guide for Wicker Park by Julia Kramer from Time Out Chicago last week? My prayers have been answered. For the full article including the low down on Wicker Park’s best and most delicious click here.

As a recent Chicago transplant from Georgia, I must admit that I was confused by all of the six-stop intersections in Chicago north of the Loop such as Bucktown’s Milwaukee-Wood-Wolcott intersection, which seems to have caused problems for even the non-bumbling small town Southern folk like myself. Lucky for everyone, Grid Chicago reported last week that aforementioned intersection will be redesigned and reconstructed this year as part of a project to upgrade the signals. For the full article click here.

Urban Daddy ran a piece last week on Seís de Mayo and Bucktown’s soon-to-be, sloppy neighborhood bar Red Door. What is Seís de Mayo, you ask? Click here for answers to this question including much, much more information regarding Red Door. Speaking of friendly neighborhood bars and red doors, check out this sweet scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s dystopian thriller The Village. Spoiler alert: Joaquin Phoenix’s character is actually a ghost.

Any news is good news, unless that news involves a police-mandated warning of increased burglaries in your neighborhood. So say we all. According to NBC Chicago, this just might be the case for you if you happen to live in the Wicker Park, Ukranian Village, or West Town neighborhoods. For the full report click here and have a lovely and prosperous May!

Is the suspense of Ru Paul’s Drag Race rendering you a shell of your former self, riddled with anticipation and crippled with bouts of anxiety? You are not alone. Drag Race contestant and Wicker Native Phi Phi O’Hara cannot stand the anticipation either. For the full article from Chicago Sun-Times including statements from Phi Phi her(him?)self regarding the season four finale of Drag Race click here.

According to NBC Chicago, Wicker Park’s The Bedford celebrates its one-year anniversary on May 3rd with a lineup designed to mimic a concert. The event is specifically food-focused but will also include live performances in addition to a $50 three-course anniversary menu. For the full article including details regarding The Bedford and this upcoming event click here.

I agree. The Hunger Games is old news, and in a few, short days Joss Whedon’s The Avengers will most likely enact irreparable change upon the historical landscape we know as cinema henceforth and forever more. Is it human nature that we all still subconsciously desire to be more like Katniss Everdeen? Not at all. And according to Red Eye Chicago those lucky residents of Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and South Loop may soon enough train for something that kind of resembles but must still remain unequivocally distanced from The actual Hunger Games at Bikram Yoga Chicago under the sagacious tutelage of Keith Jennings, head trainer at Forteza Fitness in Ravenswood. So get on out there, and may the odds forever be in your favor. And even if they aren’t, no worries; fitness is a personal battle and the loser will be you alone. For the full article including more information on these classes and further training click here.


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