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Ex-Bravo star's post about encounter with man in his Chicago building draws debate

Vincent Anzalone said his fiancee ran into their Wicker Park condo earlier this week frightened about a man who was blocking a building door, so he grabbed a hammer to confront the man. Anzalone, a real estate broker who starred on Bravo's short-lived Chicago show "100 Days of Summer," said the man...

Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

A new Greek spot in Wicker Park, free day at The Field Museum and more things to do in Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Development Of Massive New Wicker Park Rental Tower Is Moving Forward

The city has issued a building permit for a 15-story apartment tower in Wicker Park—the latest in a string of new towers planned along the Blue Line. [ more › ]

The 'Saved by the Bell' diner is coming to a city near you

After decades of waiting, Americans everywhere can finally head to the Max after school. Earlier this summer, Saved By The Max, a pop-up diner inspired by Saved by the Bell, opened up in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, bringing much joy to '90s nostalgia nerds. Show More Summary

Saved by the Max extends Chicago pop-up before launching national tour

It's a Screech-mas miracle for those who didn't get the chance to visit Saved by the Max before it was projected to close after New Year's Eve. Announced on Twitter this morning, the Wicker Park pop-up diner based on “Saved by the Bell” is once again extending the experience through May 2017 before...

Password required for new West Loop speakeasy, French cafe opens in 87-year-old tower

Start your week by catching up on Chicago's latest restaurant news. Below, 21 openings and one closing to know: WICKER PARK - Following four years of renovations, the Hotel Robey has opened. You might not know the name, but you almost certainly know the building: an 87-year-old art-deco tower at...

'A Proper Drink' author explores cocktail revival Monday at Violet Hour

In 2007 when The Violet Hour first opened its doors in Wicker Park, it wasn't always easy to get a proper drink in Chicago. Writers at the time wondered if people would even patronize a bar solely because the drinks were of exceptional quality. It was a time when cocktails were given short shrift. ...

Thursday: Eat. Drink. Do.

A new Wicker Park spot from The Publican, a book signing with The Cure's Lol Tolhurst and more things to do in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Trenchermen to close at year's end; will reconcept for 2017

After more than four years in Wicker Park, Trenchermen (2039 W. North Ave.) is closing. Patrick Sheerin, who founded the restaurant with his brother, Michael (who left a couple of years ago), is stepping down for personal reasons. "2016 was a tough year for my family, and for me personally," Sheerin...

Chicago in the Old Days – 41 Fascinating Photos Documented Street Young People of Wicker Park in the late 1950s

Wicker Park is a neighborhood within the West Town community area in Chicago, Illinois. Situated just west of the Kennedy Expressway, Wicker Park is known for its local hipster culture, art community, nightlife, and food scene. These vintage pictures were taken by an American photographer named Richard. Show More Summary

Publican Anker Opens in Wicker Park This Wednesday

The restaurant will focus on "wood-roasted and raw seafood, vegetables, ramped-up coal-fired bar food" and, of course, craft beer and cocktails. [ more › ]

One Off Hospitality opening Anker in Wicker Park on Wednesday

Publican Anker (1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-452-9673), the latest restaurant by One Off Hospitality Group (Avec, Blackbird, Nico Osteria, the Publican, more), will open Wednesday. It's the fourth Wicker Park property for the group, which already operates Big Star, Dove's Luncheonette and The Violet...

Photos: Inside Wicker Park's New Boutique Hotel & Social Media-Minded Hostel

After nearly four years of restoration, two new boutique hotel properties are due to open in Wicker Park next week. [ more › ]

Cinderella, operetta and potatoes in this Hypocrites holiday mashup

There is a venerable funky tradition at The Hypocrites — a great little theater company in Wicker Park — of the offbeat holiday show, the kind of seasonal attraction that both urban hipsters and suburban tourists can enjoy. Often, this highly creative company has stuck its wacky Gilbert and Sullivan...

All The Food News You Missed During The Election

Rick Bayless is making a change to his Wicker Park restaurant, and more. [ more › ]

Rick Bayless closes Xoco Bistro, opens Fonda Frontera

When Rick Bayless opened Xoco Bistro in Wicker Park in 2014, it sounded like a surefire hit. After all, the original location of Xoco in River North has been going strong since 2009, still regularly bringing in throngs for its wood-fired tortas and rich hot chocolate. But after a little more than two...

Restaurant openings: Le Duck brings Asian food with a twist, The Budlong bounces back

WICKER PARK - Chef Ong Satangmongkol has already succeeded with Thai food (Silom12), Japanese food (Tsukiji Fish Market) and seafood (Mad Boiler). So when he snagged a restaurant space in Wicker Park, he decided he wanted to try his hand at something new. “I wanted to focus on what I want to do,...

The secret to mezcal's meteoric rise

One month ago, on a crisp September Sunday, a group of 22 mezcaleros descended on Chop Shop in Wicker Park with one mission in mind: Seduce Chicagoans with the magic of mezcal. Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle, as the event was dubbed, saw crowds thirstily clamoring for hundreds of different styles of...

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