WICKER PARK — Happy Friday!
Here are a few ideas for things to do in the neighborhood this weekend.
Art Show. See and smell (and read) all about flowers in “Flowers Always,” a solo exhibition by artist and poet Alejandro Jiménez-Flores. An opening reception runs from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor.
Opening Night For New Restaurants. Tai Nang, a BYOB Vietnamese/Thai restaurant in the former Bricola, opens at 4 p.m. Friday, 937 N. Damen Ave. in East Village. In West Town, Funkenhausen, offering a new spin on Bavarian cuisine with a long, 24-seat bar for those who just want to imbibe, will open at 5 p.m. Friday, 1708 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago Corruption-Inspired Comedy. Comedian Aaron Sutherland “traces the comically tragic roots of corruption in Chicago and the wackiest villains who helped shape the city,” according to a poster for the @North Bar show. Doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, 1637 W. North Ave.
Back-to-School Fair, Tumbling Show. The 2nd Ward Back To School Family & Health Fest will provide school supplies to students who live in the ward, plus health and vision screenings, immunizations (bring immunization records). Other activities include face painting, bounce houses and free hot dogs. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform at 11 a.m. and the show is open to all residents. The free fair runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at Columbus School, 1003 N. Leavitt St.
Pizza Crawl. As part of the Chicago Tribune’s “Food Bowl,” a neighborhood walking tour of Bucktown and Wicker Park will pop in at four different pizza eateries, where participants can indulge in different styles of pizza. Tickets are $55, from 4- 7 p.m. Saturday, meet at 1560 N. Damen Ave.
Wind Down the Weekend. Big Star’s “Dust-Up” music and grilling series will offer live music, food from chefs Julie Warpanski and Nick Jirasek and drinks from bartenders Wade McElroe and Jeff Donahue. From 5-9 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot next to the patio, 1531 N. Damen Ave.