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Review: ‘Peace, Love, and Punk’ at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park

By at September 19, 2012 | 3:36 pm | 0 Comment

Review: ‘Peace, Love, and Punk’ at Riot Fest in Humboldt Park

Having shot Lollapalooza, Pitchfork and dozens of music festivals over the past many years, Philin Phlash tells us he can't remember the last time he had so much fun at a music fest. Suffering a cold from two days of roaming Humboldt Park, where the first outdoor edition of the 8th Annual Riot Fest occupied a sizable portion of the expansive park's southern end, more...

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UPDATED 9/23/12: Concerns, Praise For Revised Winnebago Avenue Development Plan

By at September 18, 2012 | 9:50 am | 12 Comments

UPDATED 9/23/12: Concerns, Praise For Revised Winnebago Avenue Development Plan

UPDATED 9/21/12:  Raymond Valadez from the 1st Ward Office told this writer that the vote from the meeting was 21-21, but that there was also "a petition from six or seven residents who couldn't be there that was in favor of the development."  Of the petition, Valadez said, "It was exactly what we needed to get [the development] approved."  When asked if the more...

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Two Commmunity Groups Say ‘No’ to Concession Stand at Entry to Wicker Park’s Park

By at September 18, 2012 | 8:04 am | 2 Comments

Two Commmunity Groups Say ‘No’ to Concession Stand at Entry to Wicker Park’s Park

Early this morning, two community groups, the Wicker Park Advisory Council and Wicker Park Committee, fired off letters of opposition to 1st Ward Alderman Moreno and Chicago Park District executives, expressing their concerns about a proposed 'L' car themed concession stand. The concession would be located at the entry to the historic park on the southwest corner more...

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Images and Reactions to Open Streets in Wicker Park

By at September 16, 2012 | 3:57 pm | 14 Comments

Images and Reactions to Open Streets in Wicker Park

It's 3:35 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon and a man on a megaphone is telling people on the 1500 block of Milwaukee Ave to "get out of the street, use the sidewalk." He's referring to the fact that for the past five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Milwaukee Avenue-- Wicker Park's main throughway street--  was closed to motorized traffic as part of Open Streets, an more...

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“She looked just like any other Wicker Park Hipster,” Local Shop Owner Says of Lady Gaga Visit

By at September 14, 2012 | 12:53 pm | 0 Comment

“She looked just like any other Wicker Park Hipster,” Local Shop Owner Says of Lady Gaga Visit

Ron, owner of Recycle Designer Resale, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. didn't recognize Lady Gaga when she came into his store to do some shopping this past Wednesday afternoon around 6 p.m. "She looked just like any other Wicker Park hipster," Ron told the pipeline. He started to have second thoughts, though, when his new customer began pointing out vintage Louis Vittuon more...

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Review: Once Upon a Rom Com is a ‘silly story with a romantic core’

By at September 14, 2012 | 6:59 am | 0 Comment

Review: Once Upon a Rom Com is a ‘silly story with a romantic core’

'Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story' begins under a slightly odd and novel premise: Bill Pullman's faded acting career. After a decade of performing his standard, undesirable, "other guy," Pullman has quit acting and fallen into a deep depression. With the help of his fairy godfather, however, he may be able to find true love and overcome the type casting that more...

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Spaces with Eva Bergant, Sept. 11th

By at September 13, 2012 | 6:05 pm | 0 Comment

Spaces with Eva Bergant, Sept. 11th

The housing market improved over this past summer. We continue to see quality properties selling quickly at reasonable asking prices. There is still concern over the “shadow inventory” of properties that are not yet on the market as their owners evaluate their financial positions and the viability of selling at today’s values potentially as a short sale or in more...

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Happy, um, Skinny Day (Thursday). Fatpour Opens Tomorrow, Releases Daily Specials

By at September 13, 2012 | 6:45 am | 0 Comment

Happy, um, Skinny Day (Thursday). Fatpour Opens Tomorrow, Releases Daily Specials

Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division, will finally open its doors to the public this Friday, September 14th, at 4:00 pm. After much delay, the finishing touches are being put on the bar and it is shaping up to be a great place. Here are a list of Fatpour's daily specials to get you through a long week and a tight budget: Daily specials $3 PBR tallboys all day every more...

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Parking Alerts: Two Special Events (and one Chevy Commercial) Prompt Street Closures, Parking/Towing Alerts this Weekend

By at September 12, 2012 | 5:43 pm | 1 Comments

Parking Alerts: Two Special Events (and one Chevy Commercial) Prompt Street Closures, Parking/Towing Alerts this Weekend

Two special events-- the Bucktown 5K and Open Streets-- are occurring this Sunday, Sept. 16th and have prompted a residential road closure alert from 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno and 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack that was taped to parking meters along Milwaukee Ave. today. Vehicles parked on Milwaukee Avenue from Ashland to Division (1.4 miles stretch) between the hours more...

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Local Authors Tell Local Coffee Shop Owner, “Thanks”

By at September 9, 2012 | 8:45 am | 0 Comment

Local Authors Tell Local Coffee Shop Owner, “Thanks”

Two guys walked into Filter Cafe, 1373 N. Milwaukee Ave., early in the morning this past Thursday, and ordered a hearty breakfast of steak and eggs. Later on, one of the men approached cafe owner Jeff Linnae, pictured, and told him that he had something to ask him. Jeff said he first thought, "Oh no, I hope he's not trying to sell me something!" It turned out more...

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