WICKER PARK — Happy Friday!
Here are some ideas for activities and things to do in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town this weekend.
Check Out Luella’s. Indulge in buttermilk fried chicken, collard greens and yams — or brunch at the just-opened Luella’s Gospel Bird. Weekend hours are noon- 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. brunch and 4 – 10 p.m. dinner on Saturday and Sunday, at 2009 N. Damen Ave.
Stargaze On The 606. Astronomer Joe Guzman returns to the Exelon Observatory at the west end of the trail to host another “For the Love of Stars” event. Free, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, 1800 N. Ridgeway Ave.
Shhhh, Conrad’s. Word on the street is that tater tot-stuffed wrap specialists Conrad’s Grill will “soft open” this weekend ahead of the chain’s official grand opening on Wednesday. In fact, according to a tweet by Conrad’s Grill, the new outpost will welcome Michigan State’s Spartan fans at 10 a.m. Saturday for pregame grub. Be advised that hours might be sporadic and anyone planning to pop by should be gentle on employees who’re learning the works. The restaurant is at 1422 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Trunk Show and Live Music. Jewelry designer Crystal Hartman’s trunk show at Jackson Junge Gallery will offer a chance to meet the Colorado-based artist and check out her metal jewelry set with turquoise and other stones. Live music and complimentary drinks are also planned. Free, from 6- 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Go Gallery Hopping. The Wicker Park Bucktown Weekend Arts Guide includes the lowdown on dozens of arts-related events, free drawing sessions (where pajama attire is suggested), plus a sock knitting workshop at Fire Fly fabric studio from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Locations and hours vary; check the listings here.
Score Handcrafted Gifts. The Indoor Handmade Market takes over The Empty Bottle on the second Saturday of every month from October — April. More than 30 sellers will display jewelry, knitted items, clothing, baked goods, handbags, paper crafts, skincare and more. Free. From noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 1035 N. Western Ave.
Learn About a New Private High School. An informational session at Bennett Upper School for families seeking a progressive, project-based high school curriculum is set for 10- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with RSVPs online encouraged, at 955 W. Grand Ave.
Pretend You’re On Vacation. Stay overnight or just join visitors in The Robey hotel’s restaurant, Cafe Robey. It recently updated the brunch menu and added French Toast, made with bourbon mascarpone stuffed brioche bread, topped with candy apples and maple syrup ($14). Brunch hours are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Get A Farmers Fix. Missing the farmers from the now-ended outdoor Wicker Park Farmers Market? Many of the vendors, including Iron Creek Farms, are participating in Logan Square’s indoor weekly market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday in Emporium Arcade Bar, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.