April 26th, 2017

Apply for Green Music Fest 2017
Leveraging live music and a discerning crowd of over 30,000 people, Wicker Park's Green Music Fest demonstrates the power of biking as alternative transportation, and introduces the community to eco-minded lifestyle products, resources and ideas. Green Music Fest offers more affordable opportunities to participate in the neighborhood's vibrant fest scene. 

Vendors spots as low as only $300! Sponsor the fest for only $1,500

Contact  Pamela Maass  for details. 

Hurry and reserve your spot to showcase your business in front of 30,000+ people!

Be A Sponsor at One of Our Many Events
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce puts on numerous events every year including, but not limited to Wicker Park Fest, Green Music Fest, ChillFest, WPB Fall 
DinnerCrawl and many other events that your 
For advertising options, talk to Anthony.

Neighborhood Guide Release Party
When: Thur., May 4th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: The Den Theatre, 1331 N Milwaukee Ave
Save the Date for our annual WPB Neighborhood Guide Release Party! Where Magazine is producing our guide again this year after all the compliments we received on how great it turned out last year. Come out to The Den Theatre, who is helping us celebrate on Thursday, May 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. Local businesses, residents, community partners and Chicagoland concierges are encouraged to attend for a first look at the guide and a night of neighborhood revelry.  Click here to RSVP for the guide release party. Member businesses can RSVP for free. 

Are you looking to enjoy live music and help the environment this summer? 
Consider joining Bright Beat as an ECO EDUCATOR at Wicker Park's Green Music Fest, June 10-11! Soak up the sun, music and festivities while ECO EDUCATING the public and helping keep the event's recycling and compost streams clean. In exchange for Eco Educating, individual earn two free concert tickets* to Subterranean or Beat Kitchen, free admission to the fest and a free food voucher for each shift completed. *Restrictions apply. Learn more, pick your shift and secure your spot today by filling out the online application.

Your Group Can Power The Stage at Green Music Fest
Looking for a great way to gain exposure for your group or company while team building in an active and eco-conscious way? Please join our efforts to power the south stage at Green Music Fest: Sound by day & Lights by night! Click here for more info

Wicker Park Fest Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities Available!
Vendor and sponsor opportunities are now available for Wicker Park Fest 2017!  As one of Chicago's most anticipated summer  festivals , and dubbed "Chicago's Best Street  Festival  of the Summer " by the Chicago Tribune,  Wicker   Park   Fest  is one of Chicago's top-drawing  festivals , attracting visitors from across Chicagoland and the country with its fantastic music line-up.  Wicker   Park   Fest  is Chicago's longest two-day neighborhood street  festival  and  presents a unique opportunity to get your brand in front of 70,000  fest -goers on  July 29-30, 2017 ! For more info, email Pamela Maass.

May Networking Mixer at 826CHI
When: May 10th, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: 826CHI, 1276 N Milwaukee Ave
Come join us for our monthly networking mixer, this month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply store.  Drinks, food and fun networking with local business owners, residents and other will be provided.  Members attend for free but this event is open to the public. 
So come meet your neighbors. Click  here  for details.


Community Meeting
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), in conjunction with Alderman Moreno (1st Ward), Alderman Hopkins (2nd Ward), Alderman Waguespack (32nd Ward) and the Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33, is hosting a community meeting to discuss near-term improvements for people walking, biking, riding transit, and driving at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, North Avenue, and Damen Avenue. Improvements to the intersection will be considered along with other low-cost improvements on Milwaukee Ave between Armitage Avenue and Division Street. Please attend to learn about citywide pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety initiatives, hear about proposed improvements for the area included in the recently released Wicker Park Bucktown Master Plan, and to provide input on uses and challenges for people walking, biking, riding transit, or driving at this intersection. 

NEW Neighborhood Safety & Façade Rebate Programs
WPB SSA #33 now provides rebates for security cameras, exterior lighting, repairing broken or graffiti'd windows, and installing anti-smash or anti-graffiti window film. Businesses in the SSA district are eligible for a rebate of 50% of the cost of a neighborhood safety measure, up to $1,000 per measure.     Additionally, SSA rebates are available for façade improvements, up to $5,000. However, the business or building owner MUST now contact the WPB Chamber and get pre-approval before beginning these improvements.  Read the policies and applications here

Green Message
April certainly brought the showers!....so if you want May to bring lots of flowers, used coffee grounds headed for the trash can definitely find a better home in your garden (they can be great for the soil!) Just be sure to spread them out carefully to prevent mold from growing. Newspapers - although recyclable - also can act as mulch or a weed deterrent by laying them flat around your plants. .

WPB SSA 33 Logo Call for Commissioners
Are you interested in helping to direct how a portion of your property tax dollars are spent? Do you own property or have a business in the blue-shaded areas on this map? If so, you could be eligible to join the WPB SSA #33 Commission, a group of volunteer stake-holders who  approve the expenditures of the SSA #33 budget. To learn more, visit www.wickerparkbucktown.org , attend a Commission Meeting , a Committee meeting or contact Jessica, jessica@wickerparkbucktown.com

News from the Committees
The Guide Development committee meets on Tues. 5/9 at 8:00 a.m. at Goddess & Grocer (1649 N. Damen).
The Promote WPB Committee has been rescheduled to Wednesday, 5/10, 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 1414 N. Ashland.  The Transportation committee meets on Thur. 5/11 at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office (1414 N. Ashland). Come join us!. 
The Transportation committee meets on Thur. 5/11 at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office (1414 N. Ashland). Come join us!

What is the WPB SSA?  Click here to find out
When: Sunday, May 7, 9-10:30am
Where: Nike Running,  1640 N. Damen Ave
You are invited to join the NIKE RUNNING BUCKTOWN team for a fun morning of shopping, fitness, education and music! Enjoy personal one-on-one styling and bra fitting services provided by our Nike experts! Shop the store during exclusive off hours with in-store promotions just in time for Mother's Day!    

When: June 5-June 8
Where: Various locations
Each year through our Week of Hope spring fundraiser, we highlight Casa Central's network of programs and bring the community together for a variety of events. By being a part of our Week of Hope, you can help Casa Central to continue providing vital services such as Head Start Education, out-of-school-time support and older adult care, and help us as we work to unite the community through collaboration and strengthened partnerships. Learn more about our week's events!
When: Thursday May 11, 7-9pm (Adults Only)
Where: Shapiro Ballroom - 1612 W Chicago Ave.
Join us for Eckhart Park's Annual Fundraiser! Come out to meet your neighbors and celebrate Spring! Your ticket includes food & drinks and a fun, interactive Swing Dance lesson. There will be lots of great raffle prizes from our favorite local businesses too! For more details or questions, email friendsofeckhartpark@gmail.com

Roberto Clemente Festival
When:  Saturday, May 20th, 1-5 p.m
Where: McDonald's. 1951 N. Western Ave.
Schedule of Events:
12:45-1:00 P.M. Clemente Color Guard
1:00 P.M. Tommy Hawk Chicago Blackhawks
2:00 P.M. IncrediBulls
3:00 P.M. Check Presentation and Speeches:
McDonald's Owners:John and Carmen DeCarrier,
Clemente Principal and Local Politicians
3:30 P.M. Jesse White Tumbling Team
1:00- 5:00 P.M. Clemente Dance, Music and Sports Performances and Drills

When: April 8 - June 3, 2017
Where: Monique Meloche Gallery
2154 W Division Street 
moniquemeloche is pleased to present A New Look, a group exhibition featuring work by Sadie Barnette (American, b. 1984), Anna Bjerger (Swedish, b. 1973), Jessica Campbell (Canadian, b. 1985), Zoë Charlton (American, b. 1973), Chitra
When: Monday, May 8th, 7-8pm
Where: Health Source , 1448 N. Milwaukee Ave
Yoga & Champagne -- Two wonderfully relaxing things. HealthSource is hosting a free yoga class followed by a glass of champagne.
There is limited availability so call or email to claim your spot today!
(773) 772-4000 or  

When: Thursday, May 4, 6-8pm
Where: Free Range Office
2141 West North Avenue
Gather with fellow small business owners for a reception to celebrate Small Business Week! Our panel of industry experts will discuss "Being Your Own Brand for Business Success," moderated by Liane Jackson - attorney, journalist, entrepreneur and founder of Free Range. A networking cocktail hour with refreshments will follow at 7 p.m.

Volunteer for the 2017 Bucktown Garden Walk! 
When: Monday, May 8th
Where: Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave
Join us on Monday, May 8th at an open volunteer meeting. This year's garden walk will be more fun than ever with the addition of the garden walk block party and expansion of our Children's Fest and festivities at Churchill Field Park. We are looking for people to sign up for shifts on July 15th & 16th and for neighbors willing to to help recruit gardens and promote our event. Lots of easy, short commitments to help support our community's largest event of the year are open. Join us to get involved! Meeting space generously donated by Chop Shop.  Click here for more information

Jackson Junge Gallery
When: May 12, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Where: Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave 
The Jackson Junge Gallery is honored to present its next programming, A MODERN BESTIARY, featuring in-house artists - Tai Taeoalii, George Keaton, and Ennis Martin.  The exhibition will showcase a series of modern "beasts" in the forms of primates, hybrid sci-fi creatures, and the commentary of an artist's perspective within an animal focal point.   

Ukrainian National Museum
Art Exhibit by Olga & Ivan Karakul & Tetiana & Mykhaylo Vytiahlovskyi
When : May 5- May 28, 2017 
Where: Ukrainian National Museum
Check out the new Art Exhibit featuring two creative duos husband and wife Ukrainian artists, Olga & Ivan Karakul and Tetiana & Mykhaylo Vytiahlovskyi.
All 4 artist are classically trained and accomplished artists from Ukraine. The exhibit will feature their vibrant, Ukrainian inspired art work. A beautiful and colorful collaborative of oil paintings many featuring seascapes and landscapes of the Crimea region where Ivan and Olga Karakul are from. Olga will have many beautifully painted silk scarfs. Additionally the exhibit will feature Tetiana's wool paintings and wonderful textiles and her husband's Mykhaylo's oil landscapes. All paintings and art pieces are for sale.

A New Look Art Exhibit
When: April 8th - June 3rd
Where: Monique Meloche, 2154 W Division St
A New Look presents a selection of artists working within the realm of figuration today, employing this fundamental aesthetic notion as a lens through which to explore their different formal and conceptual concerns.  Find out more here.

For more local events and deals, please visit our website at wickerparkbucktown.com.
News For All    
Wicker Park Numero Uno for Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de mayo, or May 5th to our non-Spanish speaking friends, celebrates the day when Mexico's army in 1862 defeated France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
Today, we use it as a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage and luckily some of Chicago's most popular restaurants are based in Wicker Park. Click here to read the article

Green Music Fest 2017 Headliners Announced
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Subterranean are thrilled to announce R&B rocker JD McPherson, alt-country rock group Lucero and alternative rock band July Talk as headlining artists for Chicago's award-winning Green Music Fest in Wicker Park, June 10 and 11, 2017. Additional artists will be announced leading up to the festival. For full details, click here.

Sponsor or Donate to the Music/Theatre Series in the Park
Support the The Music/Theatre Series in the Park! We invite you to help support the performing arts in the park this year. The performing arts in the park have enhanced your experiences at the WPB Farmers Market for many years.  This year, on eight Sundays at the WPB Farmer's Market in Wicker Park, the Wicker Park Advisory Council (WPAC) will present 4 Music Performances and 4 Theatre performances for the neighborhood's enjoyment as part of the WPAC CREATE SERIES. For more info, click here. 

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