Bars/Clubs/Restaurants

Tapster opens and a dream becomes reality in Wicker Park

Date: 
03/10/2017
ConciergeDesk

"This is a dream of mine that I've been having for many years and it's finally here and it's really happening," said Roman Maliszewski, with a mix of excitement and disbelief Thursday night,

Moreno and Grandbar come to agreement

Date: 
11/28/2016
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In the final hours of business on Monday, Nov. 28, Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward, and Gene Stokes, GrandBar, formerly Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 1600 W. Grand Ave., reached an agreement regarding the bar's operations. 

Food vendors invited to participate in Tastes from the Neighborhood at PSMEMC

Date: 
01/29/2015
Tapas

Vendors are invited to participate in the first Tastes of the Neighborhood being put on by the largest employer in Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town and Humboldt Park area, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC).

Cheesies and Whiskey Business + Fry Bar scheduled for Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park

Date: 
12/11/2013
Cheesies

In early to mid 2014, Wicker Park will be added to the list of Cheesies locations.

Rob Martwick, Illinois Rep, rocked his vocals and guitars in Wicker Park

Date: 
04/29/2013
RobertMartwick

Robert F. Martwick, Illinois House of Representative, 19th District, sported a different persona Sat., Apr.  27, when he and the Chris N group rocked in Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St. 

Happy 2nd Valentine's Birthday to Kai Sushi in East Village

Date: 
02/14/2013
KaiSushiOutdoors

The unlikely pairing of Mongolian brothers and a Japanese sushi restaurant has turned out to be a successful match.

Fight erupts outside newly re-opened Dolphin Night Club in Bucktown

Date: 
02/11/2013
Dolphin

UPDATE:
One person was transported to a local hospital at 2:24 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department's spokes person.

A large fight occurred outside Dolphin Nightclub, 2200 N. Ashland Ave., at approximately 2:20 a.m., Sat., Feb. 9. Two Dolphin employees

InnJoy's Late Night Liquor License application ignites controversey througout Moreno's 1st Ward

Date: 
01/28/2013
MorenoMcKnight

As neighbors and other community members learn that InnJoy, 2051 W. Division St., submitted their application for a Late Night Liquor License to the Liquor Commission, many are expressing their disappointment and shock.

Mindy Segal on-air live with CBS's Vince Gerasole in HotChocolate

Date: 
12/14/2012
TapLesson

In the HotChocolate kitchen, 1747 N. Damen, Mindy Segal, owner, was giving CBS's Vince Gerasole pastry decorating tips on air before 7 a.m. on Wednesday in Wicker Park/Bucktown.

Mindy Segal reopens HotChocolate and receives James Beard Award

Date: 
05/10/2012
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"I needed a change," said Mindy Segal on Wed., May 9, as the last tasks on the renovation list got ticked off before the reopening of Mindy's HotChocolate restaurant and heavenly pastry haven, 1747 N. Damen, on Thursday.

Prasino to be a life style not a destination

Date: 
08/19/2011
Maglaris

Third generation Greek restaurateur Ted Maglaris at the Wicker Park opening of his newest prasino said, "I came to Wicker Park because of the community feel. I want this to be a life style not a once a month destination. We are organic and local (sourced)." Hours at 1846 W. Division are 7 a.m. to midnight. A 100 seat patio makes for spacious outdoor dining in good weather.

Check out perfect pairings at West Town Tavern

Date: 
05/05/2011
GossWelcom

The perfect pairing of Chef Susan Goss and wine expert Drew Goss make an art of pairing food and wine, local and sustainable along with service and environment. They are the hands-on owners of  the West Town Tavern

3 Quick Minutes: with… Kal from Rubblebucket

Date: 
01/14/2011
Rubblebucket

I conducted a Skype interview with Kalmia Traver, lead singer and saxophone player for Rubblebucket, while the band drove I-80 from their hometown of Brooklyn to a gig in Cleveland. Here, Traver discusses the band's January 15 show at Double Door, her love of Wicker Park, and what Rubblebucket delivers to music fans.

Chef Charlie Socher talks about Cafe Matou and its closing

Date: 
11/13/2010
CharlieSocher

Café Matou for me has always been a place for "special." Divinely special French food, special wine, special service and special "feel." A place where you can enjoy your dining companions. A place where you can hear them, providing an opportunity for conversation...imagine.

3 Quick Minutes, with… Brad Meyers

Date: 
08/09/2010
Meyers

Guitar and Vocals for Tell Your Friends

 

3 Quick Minutes with… Eric Palm of Gunners

Date: 
07/06/2010
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Eric Palm, owner of Gunners (1467 N. Milwaukee)

After years satisfying crowds of hungry, thirsty patrons at The Matchbox and The Silver Palm, Eric and Dan Palm are taking their burger-cocktail act to Wicker Park.  The new pub opened June 29,2010;

Grand creator of The Worm Hole coffee shop and builder of The DeLorean, James Tillapaugh

Date: 
06/28/2010
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Open since June 7, the Worm Hole is loaded with 1980s memorabilia: Back to the Future, Ghost Busters, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Blues Brothers, John Hughes, Steven Spielberg. Castle Grayskull sits atop the bar. The internet password is "sorryaboutthebug-eyesthing." Written on the front window is:
"Do I want coffee?" "Yes, have some." "Yes, have some."

Local coffee shop offers message of sustainability within a comfy atmosphere

Date: 
04/13/2010
Ipsento

When you go out for a cup of joe...what matters most to you?  Is it quality or convenience?  While it may seem easy for urban commuters to grab and go at a Starbucks, sometimes you want to go to a place where you can sit down and have a conversation and not feel pressed for time.

A Delorean takes up residence on Milwaukee Avenue

Date: 
03/16/2010
DeloreanOutofBox

A 1981 Delorean takes up residence in what is to be Wormhole Coffee at 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.   Travis Schaffner, owner, and his project chief James Tillapaugh have a joint vision that this will be the best coffee bar in Chicago...possibly the country.