Wicker Park Bucktown Pipeline 6.21.2011
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Summer is here and there's lots of fun stuff happening! Eleanor, nine months, above, made it out to the Opening Day of Holstein Park's Pool. She was spotted at the 7-8:45AM adult lap swim this past Friday, accompanied by her mother, Jennifer. Get the preliminary pool schedule here.
Other events besides swimming include a Spanish wine tasting tonight (WED) at Red & White Wine Shop, tomorrow's (THURS) Movies in the Park Kickoff (The Dark Knight) at Bucktown's Churchill Park, with a promised "'infamous after-party" at Lottie's, per this e-update from the Bucktown Community Organization.
Also in tap for the week ahead is this weekend's Green Music Fest, taking place in the heart of Wicker Park, on Damen between North Ave. and Schiller, from Noon to 10PM on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday's Learnapoalooza festival, and Sunday's Best Friend All-City Dog Pageant at Double Door. Read more about organizer Rich Seng in in this Red Eye story.
|Perhaps because we had a lot more time on our hands last summer, but for whatever reason, The Pipeline snapped lots of photos from the Miss Wicker Park pageant, including vaudeville burlesque clips. |
Learnapalooza, featured in Time Out this week, is now in its second year in Wicker Park. The neighborhood festival offers communal teaching and learning opportunities, with classes ranging from architecture walks like the one we're attending to Bollywood dancing, Beginner Digital SLR Photography, worm composting, Urban Stomp dancing, and more. Check out the full slate of classes.
320 people have already RSVP'ed, and 17 classes are full!
On the Pipeline home-front, we are in the final stages of wrapping up production of the printed booklet!! There will be NO weekly e-NEWSLETTER for the next two weeks as we focus on the booklet, though, time permitting, we will post coverage of local events on our blog, website, and Twitter feed.
The theme of the booklet is "Independent Spirit" and we are featuring interviews with innovative entreprenuers, ranging from American Apparel's Dov Charney who shared these words of wisdom with us by phone from Osaka, to the talented and savvy Annette of Eye Want Eye Wear/Eyeporium Gallery, as well as photos, unique editorial and more. Get the most recent list of the participants and New Printer's Angels here, along with 'breaking news' on four remaining Printer's Angel opportunities, which will make the difference between perfect binding and saddle stitching.
Now, here's the part where we sound like raving fruit bats...If we are not sure of the status of your ad, give us a jingle or call 773-960-3997. Send us your camera ready ad by this Friday at the very latest.
Very truly yours,
Your Pipeline Team
Alisa, Pat, Phlash, Nandika, Harris, Joe
Anna Hebal, second from right, owner of
Avondale's The Red Apple Buffet, is joined by Pat Jones, far left, who was eating a late lunch along with her parents this past Thursday. The Jones Family have been regulars at the buffet for 29 years, and recall fondly of when the Red Apple was being constructed!
It's impossible not to smile when you're at The Red Apple!
"I just flew in from Arizona last night," Pat told The Pipeline. "And I had to have their saurkraut." Many thanks to The Red Apple Buffet for being a Printer's Angel sponsor. Are you curious to check out The Red Apple's buffet too? The Pipeline is sponsoring one free buffet, plus CTA bus fare, to and from the iconic Red Apple to the first reader to write us with a subject message header of "My favorite Polish food is...." We're still having Red Apple induced potato pancake fantasies starring these troopers and it's been three days since we made the short pilgrimage out of Wicker Park and into Avondale where billboards like this one still exist.
Fourth Offense, First Conviction for Suburban Tagger
A 19 year-old youth from suburban Elmhurst pleaded guilty in court this past Thurs. June 16 to defacing a building in West Bucktown with the tag of XTC, which stands for, 'Exterminating the City,' no doubt ironic considering that Olmo does not live in the city.
A developer with longtime local roots chased Olmo down while calling police on her cell phone, just as a 14th District police officer happened to be in the area and noticed the commotion. Read more.
|RESIDENTIAL SPACES is Made Possible by Eva Bergant,|
Eva, at the 2009 Bucktown Garden Walk. Are you interested in helping with the walk? Volunteer opportunities are still available! Send an email with tagline of "volunteer" and stop by the next meeting on Wed. June 29, 7-9PM, at Club Lucky.
Eva did not write a real estate article this week, because she was busy bringing together the many parts of the upcoming annual Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk! Visit her and her garden on the weekend of July 9-10. The gardens are open from 11 am to 5pm and the fun kicks off at the walk's presenting sponsor, Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia.
In other news, over the past two weeks, there were 25 closings in the neighborhood! Of the mix, 17 were attached and eight were detached single family homes. The lowest closing was a condo foreclosure in the 1600 block of N. Milw. and the highest closing was a home in the 1700 block of N. Winchester which sold for over $1 million. Read all about it here.
Eva Bergant is a Bucktown resident and local Realtor with a community driven style. In addition to being president of the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO), Eva has long served as the chair of the Bucktown Garden Walk.. You can reach Eva by email, or 312-543-6819.
**Information sourced from MREDLLC; 6/21/11. Attached Property and Detached Property residential Bucktown (Ashland, Western, Fullerton, North) and WickerPark (Ashland, Western, North, Division)
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Wicker Park Childrens Carnival
From making custom shakers using water bottles and corn at the Easel Art Studio table to learning how to yo-yo and grow plants, a fun time was most definitely had by all who partook in this past Saturday's Childrens Carnival on Wicker Park's park grounds.
Nearly 20 neighborhood groups collaborated on the event to make it happen in style. Per organizer Sam of Missio Dei Church, "My best guess was 500 total attendees...but I have no concrete idea!" Sam added that over 60 volunteers helped to run the event and there were 1,800+ prizes distributed, along with 68 smurf plush toys which found new owners!
Philin Phlash was on the scene and captured the excitement!
Visit Phlash's photo montage!
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We love the summer, and you'll find us out and about at a bunch of events.
This past Sat. 6/18, we had a blast at the Wicker Park Children's Carnival, right! Looking for a game for your next outing? Pop on by or check out what's new on our site!
a Father's Day story
about an interaction with a Ave. Streetwise vendor on his blog.
Looking for Megghan, former manager of the now closed LeSportSac? Find her on the streets (or rather at Irazu) as we did!
Lush Cosmetics is moving into the former LeSportsac space on Damen Avenue, according to this Racked article.
Newish Pipeline contributor Harris Bell was on the scene this past Sunday night as a an unidentified flying object flew over Wicker Park. Check it out!
Chicago Talks writer Grace Cain attended last month's Beat 1424 CAPS meeting, where the homeless and graffiti were among the resident's concerns.
The Redeye's Ruthie Kott interviews 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno about whether he's the "hipster alderman" but also discusses his views on local arts, bars in Wicker Park, cycling in Chicago, social media and on the upcoming Green Music Fest.
This Sun-Times article focuses on the success of Bucktown-based business GrubHub, who's online food delivery service recently raised $34 million in venture capital.
John G. Locallo, a Chicago attorney who lives in the Bucktown area will become the 135th President of the Illinois State Bar Association. Read more about it here.
This Tribune article on how Chicago comedians make ends meet mentions Carley Moseley, who's sketch group "Jeremy" performs at the Gorilla Tango Theater.
Delish Diner, 2018 W. Division St., just opened and Grub Street has a look at their full menu. Wonderful to have another breakfast choice in town!
Time Out Chicago featured Learnapalooza in this story (and even included a photo snapped by Alisa at last year's event!)
According to Jessica Cilella, if you heard gunshots in the alley near 1545 N. Damen last Thursday evening, it was just Atlanta-based Media Arts International Film Corporation filming a new independent thriller called "Altered." The film crew will be in the area for the next two weeks, filming beneath the L tracks which will remain accessible, so you might have a shot at being an extra!
According to the article, you can also contact the filmmakers at their facebook if you are interested in being an extra.
|Members of Collaboraction, in their newish HQ inside the Flat Iron Arts Building/ Pipeline 2010 file photo|
You still have one last weekend to catch Collaboraction's "Sketchbook: Evolution" at Wicker Park's Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division. The short-play festival is in it's 11th year. According to this Redeye article, performances take place at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
-Nandika Gervais, Alisa H.
Got the local news bug? Following are just a few local media sites on the Pipeline's radar. If we're missing yours, let us know.
Our Urban Times ** @peacelovegoat (BCO on Twitter)** WPB "Insiders Guide"
Red Eye Neighborhood Blog **
"Bucktown" and "Wicker Park" Facebook Pages.
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|Elizabeth and Jeremy|
The Pipeline would like to congratulate a local couple on their recent nuptials.
Elizabeth Cronin, 35, and Jeremy Kitchen, 40, married June 4th, 2011 at the Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan. Elizabeth, who was born and raised in Chicago, opened boutique flower shop Asrai Garden (1935 W. North Ave.) in 1999. Jeremy hails from Northfield, Michigan and is a children's librarian with the Chicago Public Library. The pair were introduced through mutual friends and have been together for three years. They got engaged right before an amazing trip to Ecuador, and perhaps the engagement was to take place during the epic trip, but the bride tells the Pipeline, "Jeremy's 90 year old grandma blew the surprise." Read more (by Nandika) here.
The third annual Green Music Fest sets off this weekend (June 25th and 26th) on Damen, between North and Schiller. Read more (by Harris Bell) here.
|The Pipeline joined this group of sad swimmers last night (Tues.) as we learned that the pool needed to close due to a sanitation issue involving the shallow end of the pool and presumably/hopefully a child. We were about to head home when we ran into Michelle Pennington, chair of Friends of Holstein Park. Instead of lap swimming, we then sat around a table for a few hours and ate candy while attending a Friends of Holstein Park board meeting. Learn more about the friendly and dedicated volunteer group here. |
The Holstein Park Pool opened this past Friday, June 17, and yes, The Pipeline was there (we were there on deadline night too and wonder if the pool will be our new euphemism for procrastination?). Take a peek at the preliminary pool schedule, including adult and family lap swim, here. (Note: Via last night's Friends of Holstein Park meeting, we learned that our pool schedule might be off by 15-minute increments and we will update it soon. We also got wind of a FREE Chicago Park District swimming class for youths ages 6-12 years, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 6PM. Pop by the park office inside the field house at 2200 N. Oakley to get your youth registered in the Learn to Swim program).
The Wicker Park Garden Club welcomes volunteers to assist with gardening in the park on Saturday mornings, from 10AM-1PM, through the fall.
There's no need to trek to your nearest grocery store for produce in the summertime when you can trek to two great local markets just a mile or so away from each other...The Wicker Park's Farmers' Market, 1425 N. Damen, occurs every Sunday from 8AM-2PM now through Oct. 30 and has 17 participating vendors. The Logan Square Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 10AM-3PM.
This August, Bucktown's Radiance Fine Jewelry is teaming up with Single Working Women's Affiliate Network and planning to raffle off a .5 Karat diamond pendant as well as raise $5,000 for the American Red Cross. Check out the details/volunteer opportunities.
If you've walked down Division Street lately, perhaps you've noticed a new mural, at LaSalle II Magnet School. Learn all about the mural in this post on our newish web site, which includes a photo montage by Philin Phlash.
The BCO Tree and GardenWalk will be held on July 9-10. VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO LEND A HAND! The Pipeline is a big fan of this event and will be volunteering sometime on Sunday, as well as covering the event. See you there!
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Correction! In last week's Pipeline we incorrectly attributed a mural to artist Keith Skogstrom, who will be the artist responsible for the Violet Hour's next mural. Nick Goettling made The Violet Hour's current mural in collaboration with artist Hannan Aitchison, We regret the error/mural mishap.
There is a hidden gem antiques shop in Bucktown which we love to pop in at, and figure it's time to let the secret out... This rhino, right, was shot and mounted by John T. Piere, Jr., whose grandfather founded the Carson Pirie & Scott Department store! Send an email for more information on where to find the 1920s-era African trophy collection!
|"from wild bush/a pointed/barrel/lurch-to-wall/so much time between now and a moment mounted" |
- author unknown
Mr. Amazing Loans, a 'leading alternative financial services company,' per its website, is moving into the storefront beneath the Bucktown Station condos, 1845 N. Western.
Athena Dental is opening soon at 2256 W. North.
Chrome Messenger bags opens in Wicker Park tomorrow (THURS) at 8PM, per its Facebook Page. The shop will be giving out 400 copies of a monograph by photographer Chris Millman.
|This abandoned storefront in nearby Logan Square is full of dying plants. A sign left by its owners advertises plants for sale, yet notes left beneath the door offering to purchase or adopt the plants have not been acknowledged by the company which has taken the building into receivership or the former tenant|
Though out of the neighborhood, we were in Logan Square this past week and couldn't help but notice a sad display in the window of a storefront at 2731 N. Milw. The building's tenants, clearly at one point avid plant owners, had tacked a "Se Venden Plantas" or "Plants for Sale" sign on their window but have not responded to any of the numerous notes tucked under their door, even as the plants slowly die. The Pipeline followed up with admitted "crazy plant lady" Desiree, who says she lives near the storefront and walks by it at least one a day. Desiree said that she cannot believe the plants are dying and no one has done anything about it. Curious to learn more, we popped in at the building's realty office and learned that the building is in foreclosure and the tenants who occupied the plant-filled storefront have possibly elected to let their plants die. See more photos here.
Got news to share regarding a new space? You will receive a byline, credit, and oodles of thanks. Currently we're wondering about lots of spaces, so reach out, or call 773-960-3997!
|The Week Ahead is |
Gallery and Framing
1389 N. Milw.
Wed. June 22
6-9PM: Free Wine Tasting of Spanish Wines (Red and White Wine Shop)
Thurs. June 23:
Dusk: BCO Presents, Movies in the Park: The Dark Knight (Churchill Park)
8PM: Opening Party (Chrome Bags)
Fri. June 24 5:309-8:30PM:
Happy Hour to Support Holy Trinity Student Scholarships
7-10 PM: Art Opening: CTRL: New Works by Michael Sirianni (Johalla Projects)
7-10PM: Art Opening: Clown Soldier as 'The Human Cannon Ball' (Pawn Works)
Sat. June 25
10AM-1PM: Volunteer Gardening (Wicker Park Grounds)
|Anastasia Chatzka is offering a one-day sale on Saturday, at 1740 W. Division. Get 20% off current season and up to 40% off past seasons!|
10PM-5PM: LEARNAPALOOZA (All over the neighborhood!)
11-8PM: Two Year Anniversary Sale
(Anastasia Chatzka, 1740 W. Division)
11AM-7PM: Kings of Past Vintage Sunglasses Trunk Show
(Clever Alice, 1920 N. Damen)
Noon-10PM: Green Music Fest
(on Damen, between North and Schiller)
1-6PM: Vintage Heaven Saturday Market (Heaven Gallery)
2-5PM: Gunner's Pub One Year Anniversary Party (Gunner's)
Sun. June 26
8AM-2PM: Wicker Park Farmers' Market
Noon-5PM: Vintage Sunglasses Trunk Show, cont. (Clever Alice)
Noon: Gay Pride Parade
(get your parade together via this AA factory update!)
Noon to 10 PM: Green Music Fest
(on Damen, Between North and Schiller)
4-7PM: Chicago's Best Friend Dog Show "Top Ten" Finals
Wed. June 29
7-9PM: BCO Garden Walk Planning Meeting (Club Lucky)
Thurs, June 30
2-8PM: Opening Day for Polish Triangle Marketplace (Ashland/Division/Milw.)
6-11 PM: Atomic Sketch (Green Eye Lounge)
6-8PM:Victory Party & Fundraiser to Support Ald. 'Proco' Joe Moreno (VLive)
Fri. July 15
"In Flight," by Brian Morgan, 'cycling' into Jackson Junge Gallery soon
6-9PM: Art Opening: 'Momentum Wild'
(Jackson Junge Gallery)
ART GALLERY WATCH*:
Dina Petrakis: A Year in Humboldt Park
Stephanie Owen (Three Birds Gallery)
Now through June 15:
Teresa Peterson: "They Call Me Mellow Jellow" (Eyeporium)
Now through July 1:
Esau McGhee: Full Clip: Artistic Impressions from 2010-20 (The Silver Room)
Now through July 2:
Drawing Attention II (Tom Robinson Gallery)
Now through July 3:
Future Obscura: The Timeless Art of Jason Brammer (Jackson Junge)
Through July 30:
Kendell Carter: Liberation Summer (monique meloche)
* There's no shortage of theatrical and musical performances in the 'hood, but we've chosen to mostly feature art here. Proceeds from advertisers help to fund the hours it takes to put this weekly e-newsletter together, from 'street-side' reporting, to snapping hundreds of photos and editing them down, to attending events, festivals, working with contributors and more! If you'd like to assist us with covering the performance/arts scene, send an email.
We encourage you to visit the websites of Pipeline supporters Gorilla Tango Theatre, The Den Theatre, Chopin Theatre and the Congress Theatre to check out what's playing. Thanks! - AH
IN THE SUMMERTIME PIPELINE:
SAT/SUN: 7/9-10: BCO Annual Garden Walk
SAT 7/16: TSR Sound System Block Party
Wicker Park Fest/Sidewalk Sales
SAT: 7/30: We're in the Neighborhood Booklet Launch/Conan Writer's Show
SAT/SUN: 8/27-28: Bucktown Arts Fest
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|"BOOKLET UPDATE" |
Booklet cover painting by Rick Liebenow
-this Friday- REALLY is the last day for all ads and payments to come in, because we really plan to send a file off to a printer on June 30, and we really plan not to think about this booklet (or the neighborhood) over the 4th holiday. We are gathering quotes for 96, and 100 full color pages, playbill size, both saddle-stitched and perfect bound. THANKS to ALL participants! Thanks to new Printer's Angels, Avondale's The Red Apple All-You-Can-Eat Polish and American Buffet (well worth the short trip out of Wicker Park!), and The Couples Corner! Thanks also to Mark from Car-X on Grand, Kelly and her Team from Easel Art Studio, 'Big Al' of Spenadel Tax & Accounting Services, and the Chabad of Wicker Park/The Living Room. (Note: We've revised our adv/sponsorship policy on locally based religious groups... All organizations of faith are welcome to join the booklet if you can get a camera ready ad to us in the next few days, along with a payment to help fund our printing costs, call 773-960-3997!)
Printer's Angel Advertising are applied directly to the costs associated with printing the booklet, so we can make the good news highlighting so many available to all! Printer's Angels receive TOP BILLING, as well as premier placement within a unique documentation of our eclectic and awesome neighborhood! Email or call 773-960-3997 if you would like to be a Printer's Angel and MAKE PERFECT BINDING (vs. saddle stitching ) a reality.