Wicker Park Bucktown Pipeline 7.12.2011 

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Thank you to the following Sponsors who make this e-newsletter possible:  


Eva Bergant, Realtor 

Cat and Mouse Game Store 

Jackson Junge Gallery & Framing 

Yuca Cafe

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Pipeline on Twitter, @thelocalfeed
Philin Phlash's Photo blog 
role play game couples cornerTHANK YOU TO ALL PIPELINE BOOKLET  Sponsors AND COUPLES CORNER, 2014 W. Division

(Damen/Division). Enjoy 15% off thru this Fri. 7-15-11


Ald. 'Proco' Joe Moreno  

Ald. Scott Waguespack  


All Star Pet Care, Inc.  

American Apparel- Wicker Park 

American Eagle Bank   

Arauz & Co. Tax and Accounting  

Armand's Pizza 

Aspen Kitchen & Bath   

Ash's Bucktown Smoke Shop 

Asrai Garden  

Avenue N Guitars  

AthletiCo PT-  Bucktown   



Birchwood Kitchen  

Bon Bon Vietnamese   


Broken Cherry Boutique  

Brad Waters Coaching  

Bucktown Arts Fest 

Bucktown Garden Walk  

Bucktown Barber Shop 

Bucktown Community Org.   

Bucktown Fitness Club  

Bucktown Music   

BuckWick Organix Convenience  


Cafe Campo Rey   

Car-X on Grand  

Cat & Mouse Game Store  

Challengers Comics  

Chicago Conservative Care- Chiropractic    

Children's Learning Place  

Chopin Theatre 

City Soles/Niche    

Club Lucky   

Color Wheel Studio 

Congress Theatre  

Copenhagen Cyclery   

Core Chiropractic Healthcare 

Crepe Crave Cafe   

Crespo's Finer Foods    


D+D Liquors  

David Leonardis Gallery  

DeciBel Audio  

Dr. William DeJean, DDS  

De Louice Custom Tailor & Design 

The Den Theatre    

Division Gold Pawn Shop  

Doggy Style Pet Shop  

Dominick's- Chicago Ave.   


Easel Art Studio   

EsKell Boutique  

Eva Bergant, Realtor 

Eyeporium Gallery 

Eye Want  


First Merit Bank-Bucktown    

Friends of Holstein Park 

Friends of Burr School 


Goldblatt's Sewing Machines  

Gorilla Tango Theatre   

Green Eye Lounge  

Greenheart Shop  

Gunner's Bar and Grill    


Holy Trinity High School   

i-GO Car Sharing  

Irazu Chicago    

J. Wellington's  

Jackson Junge Gallery & Framing 

Jake's Country Meats  

Janik's Cafe   

Josephinum Academy  

Juan the Spanish Tutor 

Julie the Dog Walker    


Karen Marie Salon  

Kiz Chicago Boutique   


Larkspur, All Things Floral  

LaSalle II Magnet School  

Lenny & Me   

Life's a Cabernet  

Littlerock Remodeling   


Local First Chicago  

Lubinski Furniture     


M.GO Fashion Salon  

Northside Tech Support   

NOW Studio   


Odd Obsession Video    

Olivia's Market 


Paper Doll  

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria  

Pint Pub & Restaurant 

Pot Pan Thai Restaurant   

Pulaski International School of Chicago  

Quimby's Bookstore   

Ray's Bucktown Bed & Breakfast  


The Red Apple Buffet  

Real Naked Food   

Red & White Wine Shop  


RGB (design co-op) Lounge  

Rogues Gallery   


Sacco Bruno  

Saint Mary of the Angels School 

Solao Fitness 

A fun time was had by all this past weekend, beginning with the BCO's 7th Annual Garden Walk, where the humidity did not keep even the smallest garden lovers at bay, above. (Read the pipeline's dispatch from the walk and see pictures here.)  


100 canvases

It was also a nice weekend to get ready for Saturday's (July 16) 9th Annual Sound System Block Party, at Evergreen and Milwaukee, from Noon-10PM. The fun kicked off with a 100 canvases for A Better World Fundraiser at The Silver Room! (see images and words from the event here)    


"On stage with The Flaming Lips"/
Photo by Philin Phlash

And then there was West Fest in West Town, Folk & Roots in Lincoln Square, and a Dave Matthews concert on our city's south side. Roving photojournalist Philin Phlash admonished us for "not caring" when he showed up with out-of-the-neighborhood images.  


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Another amazing photo by Philin Phlash

Here's a few images by Phlash (and Alisa) from the weekend past. We'll add more later, so check back, or visit Phlash's blog which we helped him launch one long day in March. Note: Do not use images from any Pipeline photobucket album (lebakoji) without  permission and credit to chicago-pipeline.com. We appreciate your understanding of this policy and respect of our work/time. Thanks!  


Ed, far right, and Stefan, of Fare Adventures Catering

Our response to Phlash's cries of "not caring" was that we can barely keep up with Wicker Park and Bucktown, much less dilute our focus with citywide excitement. Is a blue SPAM bus parked outside of the Wicker Park Lutheran Church this morning (Tuesday) more e-newsletter worthy than a couple enthralled by life, at a fest, which Phlash captured? We're not sure. Chef and chief caterer Ed, of Fare Adventures Catering reported that he would be feeding 265 cast and crew members of Powers, a new FX network TV series pilot, which is being filmed in Wicker Park.   


Photo by Philin Phlash

"We need to get everyone through [the buffet] in seven minutes or less," Ed told The Pipeline, referring to the speed at which the TV crew must eat while on the set. Yesterday's buffet, served at the church, included adobe marinated grilled pork chops and mahi tuna. Ed's been cooking for Hollywood for the better part of 30 years. Wow!   


robert in pipelineIn addition to a myriad of fun happenings, the weekend also brought a tragic death, and storms, which resulted in downed power lines and dozens of uprooted trees. On what we'd expected to be a short walk on Monday morning, we came across a fallen branch. While taking photos of said branch, a passerby struck up a conversation.  


fallen bricks 1379 n milw"You're the pipeline?" Robert, pictured above, while taking out his ear-buds, asked, to which we more or less replied, "Yes," and then invited the already-Pipeline-reader on our errands, where Robert noticed that a property on the 1300 block of North Milw. now sports a partially exposed vintage billboard due to unfortunate storm-to-brick damage.   


Robert now has his first pipeline writing assignment. It involves local ammunition, literally. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.    


Your Pipeline Team
Alisa, Phlash, Nandika, Joe, Harris
SJDK by phlash
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, July 10, Photo by Philin Phlash

The Pipeline sends its deepest condolences to the family of Marciea Adkins, the 911 dispatcher who lost her life last Sunday morning in a car wreck that involved a police pursuit. Adkins lived in the Bucktown area with her young daughter and husband William, who is a Fire Department dispatcher, according to this article by the Tribune. To donate to the memorial fund for the family at Chicago Patrolmen's Federal Credit Union, call (312)726-8814.

The driver of the other vehicle is 16 year-old Marquis Harrison, who police say left a party in Old Town around 6 a.m. 
Read more.
eva logo RESIDENTIAL SPACES  is Made Possible by Eva Bergant, Realtor

If you see Eva driving around in her green Nissan cube, say 'hello!' like The Pipeline did (and then snapped this photo) 

I hope that you took a walk in Bucktown this past weekend. It was a great time to talk with neighbors, look at gardens, and notice that Bucktown is a great place to live.  

Remember the basic rule of real estate - Location, location, location? Bucktown and Wicker Park provide some of the

best locations in the city as a result of our transportation, restaurants, entertainment, schools, and subsequent quality of life.


There were 13 closings in Bucktown/Wicker Park over the past two weeks. Four were detached single family homes and nine were attached homes. The highest closing was a 5- bedroom, 2.2 bath, three story Landmark graystone residence, right, which sold for $920,000, and the lowest was a bank-owned duplex condo in the 2300 block of West Armitage. Get the full rundown 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.    
cat mouse NEW logo

LINKYPOOS is Sponsored by

Cat & Mouse Game Store, 

Yo-Yos on sale, too!

2212 W. Armitage, p: 773-384-4454


Gamers, Puzzlers, Teachers, Birthday-Present-Stocker-Uppers, and Bargain Hunters everywhere, this one's for you!  Stop by our Super Summer Clearance Sale and discover boatloads of bargains!  We'll be clearing out lots of merchandise so that we can bring in fun new products for the rest of the year.  Starting Friday July 29 and through Sunday July 31, our clearance tables will be overflowing with board

games, card games, puzzles, brainteasers, and more, at savings up to 70% off.  Find your next great game at a really great price!

delish diner

Inside Delish, photo by Philin Phlash

More positive reviews are coming in for newly opened Delish Diner and Bakery, 2018 W. Division, whose "50s throwback" style and "retro vibe" have Yahoo! Contributor Jori Sams buzzing. If you feel like getting some traditional diner food and BYOB in a revamped funeral home, check it out!

just indulge walk up window

Just Indulge now has a walk up window/ Photo by Philin Phlash


If you are looking for more places to bring your pooch, this dog-friendly patios list by Metromix will get you out and about with your four-legged friend! The local mention is Bangers & Lace, where your dog can enjoy water and you can enjoy beer and sausages at their Division Street sidewalk cafe.


If beer wasn't boozy enough with your sammies, then you better mosey over to Jerry's, 1938 W. Division, where they just started serving up 60 different American whiskeys in addition to their gargantuan beer menu.


As reported here, Native Foods Cafe is gearing up to open soon and was holding interviews at their Wicker Park location over the weekend, according to this Redeye post. The vegan and vegetarian chain is said to be hiring kitchen managers, lead cooks and line cooks.


Will Greg of W. Grocer one day take some lucky lady to the Wisconsin Dells and purchase matching T-shirts like the one he's wearing in this photo, snapped last summer?

There were many local shout outs in this month's Chicago magazine print/July edition which included Best Beer AND the city's top singles. Our cash register impulse magazine purchase had us turning to the 2011 Singles, though, where we encountered a familiar face, Greg of W. Grocer, who recently took up running, per this streetsofwicker blog post. 


Glide  interviews the band Gomez, who lived in Bucktown during the recording of their last album.  This Chicagoist article focuses on the success and growth of the Wicker Park Choral Singers and their founder, Mark Tomasino.     


Videoappetizer posted this video from CANS Music Fest, which took place over the weekend.   


New York Times writer Jessica Reaves speaks to the laid-off Chicago art teachers who are taking part in the Flat Iron Building's new gallery show "Art Teachers: Redefined" which runs through July 30.


Read the rest of Linkypoos HERE.   


-compiled by Nandika Gervais. Got a link to share? Send it to Dika.


yiuca cafe patio COMMUNITY NEWS

is proudly sponsored by Yuca Cafe, 2257 W. North (at the corner of Oakley and North).

Seven years ago this space was an upscale pet boutique, then a much-loved Korean Restaurant, then Pannenkoeken, and now, finally, Yuca Cafe, which serves up delicious food, great art, along with a serene back patio featuring free wi-fi!   


Check out a few images inside Yuca cafe. 

Do you have milestones (graduations, marriages, births, business or personal anniversaries, deaths) to share?  Let us know!   


Yahoo! contributor Gina Pisano posted this article about Pulaski Park's Sports Camp for kids aged 6 through 12. Camp themes include floor hockey, biking, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, in-line skating, soccer and volleyball. Running from Aug 8 to Aug 19, the camp meets weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (312)742-7559.

Chock full of new news is the July 1st Edition of Holstein Happenings, from Friends of Holstein Park. The Holstein Park Pool opened a few weeks back. There is a Chicago Park District swimming class for youths ages 6-12 years, which takes place on weekends from 5 to 6PM. Get the updated (as of 7/1/2011) pool schedule HERE


The Wicker Park Garden Club welcomes volunteers  to assist with gardening in the park on Saturday mornings, from 10AM-1PM, through the fall.  In other park news, there's softball every Monday (more on this 16" blog) and Magic Boat puppet shows run on Saturday July 17, and 31st, 11AM at the playground.  The next Movie in the Park, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, sponsored by The Wormhole, goes down/up at dusk on Monday, July 18.


farmers market friends
Fun times at the Wicker Park Farmers Market, Summer '10

There's no need to trek to your nearest grocery store for produce in the summertime when you can pop in on a great local market... The Wicker Park's Farmers' Market, 1425 N. Damen, occurs every Sunday from 8AM-2PM now through Oct. 30 and has many participating vendors


Looking for even MORE market excitement? The first day of the weekly Thursday Polish Triangle market yielded over 150 shoppers last week, per this SSA #33 newsletter. Check out the photos.       


THE BUCKTOWN APPLE PIE CONTEST needs you! Visit FOHP to learn more about how you can help make this October 2011 event a reality. The next meeting is slated for next Tues. July 19 at 6:30PM in the field house, 2200 N. Oakley. Check out a few of the photos that The Pipeline snapped at last year's event. Send an email to contest organizer Michelle to get involved. 

pavilion Welcomes 12 exciting new artists for 'dialogue' exhibition

cast of vices bag courtesy of pavilion

'Cast of Vices' leather shopping bag, image courtesy of pavilion


Next Tuesday, July 19, pavilion, a 20th century decorative and design space at 2055 N. Damen, will play host to dialogue, an expansion in its gallery of the dialogue between contemporary and historical design featuring limited and open editions by 12  contemporary artists and designers.


"Over the last two years we have complimented the historical collection shown at pavilion with works of contemporary design and design research by French, Dutch and German designers, architects and artists who meet our vision of innovative thought, innovative use of materials and skilled execution," noted Deborah Colman, founder of pavilion.  

Read more. 
Momentum Wild Set to Cycle Into Jackson Junge Gallery this Friday
By Harris Bell

momentum poster"What's that you say? The weather is just right; it's time to break out the bike in honor of summer?  


It's also time to take in one of the most spectacular art exhibits featuring one of this city's perennial favorites, biking, as interpreted in the paintings of the talented and imaginative Chicago artist Brian Morgan. Mr. Morgan's visual feast, "Momentum Wild" The Art of Urban Cycling is a gorgeous body of work that stands strong next to his other well known, tinged with political satire pieces and will be featured at the Jackson Junge Gallery beginning with an opening exhibition this Friday, July 15.  


"I feel my bike paintings are very connected to Chicago," says Morgan. Read more.   




RETAIL SPACES is Sponsored By  

UPS STORE #3173, Open 7 Days/Wk! 

1658 N. Milw, 773-486-5700


SUN noon-4PM  

west on north adWest on North, West Bucktown's newest restaurant, with full bar,  at 2509 W. North, is on track to meet its soft opening of Mon. July 18!! The grand opening occurs Fri., July 22. Go inside WON here!

Native Foods is opening in August and looking to fill JOBS in July! Yes, there's work available. Read all about the on-site HIRING FAIR here. 

wolfs denThe Wolf's Den, at the corner of Milw. and Honore, 1393 N. Milw., appears to be becoming something else, based on the newspaper on its walls. Was it only yesterday that the space was home to the Let's Go Diner?

milw buildingA three story building in a highly coveted area in the 1400 block of North Milw. is for sale after many decades of family ownership. The building features three retail storefronts, one of which has an original interior balcony, 12 (long-boarded-up) rental units, and more. If you'd like a tour of this property, call Scott at 888-684-3999 and reference hearing about the space in 'the pipeline.' In 2009, Keith of Ben's Shoes, who carried his deceased father's retail shoe business on, wrote a testimonial in support of this e-newsletter, whose writer has a connection to Ben's Shoes, as her deceased father, a rep for Stacy Adams, used to sell shoes to the original Ben, back in the 1980s.
pipeline booklet proof

a proof, PROOF that we are at press!

Longtime Division street stationary staple Paper Doll, will be moving from the North side of Division Street to the South side next week, literally from 2048 W. Division to 2027 W. Division. Look for Paper Doll's hot-off-the-press and correct updated listing in the pipeline printed booklet, due out Friday!

paper print closingIn other paper-related news, Paper & Print closed for business this part Sunday, July 10, after seven years at 1940 N.  Damen. Paper & Print has shifted its business online, where it has sold stationary since 1997. Visit envelopemall.com

After many years on Milw., Sound Living, which specializes in high-end audio systems for homes, is relocating to the suburbs, per this sign. No word yet on what's next for the space, which neighbors the creatively titled, Dude, I Forgot.

There's lots of changes these days on North Damen. Tipsycake is coming soon, to the former Grasshopper 510 space, near Damen and Armitage; a high-end eyelash boutique has moved into the former Crossell & Company coach house, Art and Spirits is cultivating a strong presence in the Twittersphere, and lots more we'd report on if we had the time....

Celebrate the soft opening of West on North and The Pipeline's booklet too on Monday the 18th
Speaking of time (yes, it's 6:09AM), join our Wordpress network and help us out! We get feedback along the lines of "This would be a great story!" or "Why don't you do XYZ?" or 'How come you are not on Facebook?" or 'We're surprised you didn't include us?" but we are having difficulty with improving the pipeline because we are so busy maintaining it, if that makes any sense? If you are interested in helping to contribute, either as a writer/reporter, listings compiler, 'social media' superstar, or participant (to support what we do), we'd love to meet you this Monday July 18th at West on North, one block west of Western, 7PM.   We'll have hot-off-the-press booklets featuring OVER 130 AWESOME LOCAL BUSINESSES with us on Monday too! Hope to see you there, or at the Block Party!

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! 


Jackson Junge logo verticalThe Week Ahead is
sponsored by

Jackson Junge
Gallery and Framing

1389 N. Milw.

P: 773-227-7900;  


Tues-Sa. 11AM-8PM;

Sun. Noon-5PM

Wed. July 13
6-9PM: Bustlines & Bodacious Burlesque (VLF)

Thurs. July 14

2-8PM: Polish Triangle Marketplace (Ashland/Division/Milw.)
6PM: First Ward (second) Thursdays (M-C Restaurant)
6-8PM: Chamber Networking, Goorins Bros. Hats
6-9PM: Three Decades of Portraits- Marc Hauser Book Release (319 N. Western)
'in flight' brian morgan
'In Flight' by Brian Morgan

Fri. July 15

9AM: WBEZ 91.5 Interview with Alison Cuddy of NPR and Eric Williams, founder of The Silver Room!

6-9PM: Art Opening: 'Momentum Wild'  

(Jackson Junge Gallery; read a prequel by Harris Bell!)  


8PM: Comedy: Astronaut Theatre (esteemed winners of the GTT $1,000 Sketch Thing Contest)  (Gorilla Tango)  




Sat. July 16 

sound system block party posterNoon-10PM: "A Better World" 9th Annual Sound   

System Block Party (Evergreen and Milwaukee)  

1-6PM: Vintage Heaven Market (Heaven Gallery)  

5-6PM: Learn to Swim Class, Youths 6-12 y.o. (Holstein Park)

Sun. July 17
8AM-2PM: Wicker Park Farmers' Market  
10AM-3PM: Logan Square Farmers' Market
11AM: Magic Boat Puppet Show (Wicker Park)
5-6PM: Learn to Swim, Youths 6-12 y.o. (Holstein Park)

Mon. July 18
7-9PM Pipeline's 'Booklet Soft Launch' AND West on North's Soft Launch, too! (West on North Restaurant/with bar, 2509 W. North)

Tues. July 19
5-9PM: Art/Design Opening: dialogue (pavilion, 2055 N. Damen)
6:30PM: Bucktown Apple Pie Contest Volunteer Meeting (email for info)

Wed. July 20
7:30PM: Theatre Opening (and closing): Marijuanarama! (Gorilla Tango)
(read a prequel by Harris Bell here!)

Sat. July 23, Sunday July 24
Noon-10PM, Wicker Park Fest/Merchant Sidewalk Sales

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Fri. July 29
Super 70% Off Clearance Sale Begins
(Cat & Mouse Game Store)
Open Mic (Wicker Park Park's Grounds)

Sat. July 30
6:30PM, Booklet Launch/Meet-Up/Free Beer, Conan Writer's Show, 8PM (Congress Theatre)


Fri. Aug. 12- Sat. Aug. 13 

BUILT Festival by FUZE (Aldi Parking Lot)    

(artists: deadline for submission is July 25)  


SAT/SUN: 8/27-28: Bucktown Arts Fest   


Just extended:  

Dina Petrakis:  

A Year in Humboldt Park (Birchwood Kitchen)    


Stephanie Owen (Three Birds Gallery)   


Click to enlarge CPS Art Teachers: Redefined press release


Philin Phlash Retrospective Photo Gallery (Skewerz)   


Teresa Peterson: "They Call Me Mellow Jellow" (Eyeporium)      


Through July 30:

Kendell Carter: Liberation Summer  

(monique meloche)     


ART Teachers: Redefined (FIAA bldg; 3rd Floor Gallery)





* There's no shortage of performances in the 'hood. If you'd like to volunteer to assist us with covering the performance/arts scene, or improving this listings section, send an email or pop by West on North on July 18. Thanks.   


*Do you have an event to share? Let us know!  


wally, tanya, with proof

Tanya, left, and Wally of Dupli-Graphic, with the booklet's contact page, featuring the front, back, and inside covers! Next week (July 19) we will publish a special edition of the pipeline featuring Dupli-Graphic's unique history and a few other local stories that we were unable to feature in the printed edition due to keeping costs down.  

The 84-page full color booklet is at Dupli-Graphic as we type this....  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO ELECTED TO BE PART OF THE BOOKLET! You are our inspiration and the reason why we're here.  


We will be giving booklets away at the launch party at Congress Theatre, July 30, as well as at Saturday's Silver Room Block Party, July 16, West on North's soft launch,  July 18, Wicker Park Fest, July 23-24, and Bucktown Arts Fest, August 28-29. All paid participants will receive copies for their counters in proportion to their level of sponsorship. 


If you are featured in the booklet, we encourage you to attend the soft launch party to pick up your copies, or call 773-960-3997. Let me know if you'll be at soft launch on Monday the 18th and we'll reserve your copies. We will do our best to get booklets out to participants before the 30th, between myself and Philin Phlash. Gas is not cheap, thus we will do this in the most efficient manner possible.  

On Sat. July 30, Conan O'Brien writers Laurie Kilmartin and Deon Cole will perform at the Congress Theatre! Check out this clip of Kilmartin and of Cole and send an email with header, "Comedy" if you'd like to be our guest for an evening of laughter.


The show kicks off at 8PM. There will be pre-show mingling- with Free Beer!!!- in the lobby of the Congress between 6:30-8PM.



Deon Cole has snagged a movie gig and must cancel. Are you a Chicago comic that would like to join Kilmartin on stage!? Call 773 960 3997 asap!