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Alisa Hauser

Wicker Park, Bucktown & West Town reporter

La Colombe Barista Max Johnson, ‘Ultimate Sweetheart of Sweethearts,’ Dies At 29

"He was unafraid to be honest about what he saw. I think that’s why so many people felt so close to him, he really paid attention and understood and accepted people with all their complexities and flaws."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

From ‘Crazy Hillbillies’ To The Rolling Stones: The History Of Wicker Park’s Iconic Double Door Sign

The neon Double Door sign was around long before the iconic Wicker Park music club opened in 1994.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Brothers And Sisters Restaurant And Market Opens In Ukrainian Village (MENUS)

The eatery and bottle shop is serving up sandwiches, doughnuts and more every day.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Beloved Wicker Park ‘Shop Dog’ Dies, Leaving Longtime Retailer, Community Heartbroken

A shrine of flowers and condolence cards are placed where Kohl usually sat. "You can tell how much he loved him,” one neighbor said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

1980s Wicker Park Street Photography To Be Featured In Flashback Exhibit

The exhibition features many sepia streetscape images and portraits of people Jim Redd knew and encountered on the street.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

11 Things To Do In Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town This Weekend

Where do get photos with Santa, pet portraits, trunk shows, indoor farmers market and a menorah making workshop are among the many picks for November 30- December 2.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Jeep With 3-Year-Old Inside Stolen From Outside Noble Square Laundromat

The car was quickly abandoned nearby with the boy still inside, police said. He was not hurt.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago’s Indie Music Venues Unite To Fight Live Nation Takeover At Lincoln Yards

Venues owned by music behemoth Live Nation could devastate local clubs, which would lose Lolla after parties and access to some of the world's biggest bands.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Beatnik Team Bringing New Restaurant And Wine Bar To Shuttered Bank Next Door

"We are thrilled be growing in the neighborhood and to continue to be part of its story and evolution."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

San Fran’s Philz Coffee To Open First Chicago Location In Wicker Park Apartment Tower

Pilates-focused Solidcore will also anchor the new Wicker Park Connection building at 1660 W. Division St.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Nina Yarn Shop To Exit Wicker Park For Bigger Digs Along West Town’s Chicago Avenue

Established in 2004, the independently-owned store and community hub needs more space.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wicker Park Ice Skating Season Kicks Off This Weekend With Firefighters Filling The Rink

Once the water fully freezes, the rink will stay open from Dec. 1- Feb. 28, weather permitting.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

No Bones Beach Club To Take Over Old Santullo’s With Vegan Dishes, Tiki Bar Vibes

"Just cuz it's vegan doesn't mean it sucks!" says the restaurant, known for its meat and dairy-free spins on nachos and burgers.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Saturday’s ‘ChillFest’ Offers Music And Perks To Wicker Park, Bucktown Shoppers

More than 20 storefronts will host musicians from 2-6 p.m. Saturday along with special sales for Small Business Saturday.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Dayna Less, Killed In Mercy Hospital Shooting, Got Into Medicine To Help People After Her Own Health Issues, Devastated Family Says

Dayna Less was set to marry her childhood sweetheart next summer. Instead, her family is planning her funeral.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

‘Ukrainian Village People’ T-Shirts Are A Hot Seller As Dad Band Stokes Neighborhood Pride

Spotted all over Chicago and even England and Australia, the unique band and neighborhood pride shirts are sold via email and at St. Helen School events.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Former Neo Nazi To Speak At East Bank Club Tuesday Amid Rise In Anti-Semitic Incidents

Organized by a local rabbi, the "Breaking Hate" will focus on how to put an end to bigotry.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Cyclist Groped By Man On Motorcycle Calls Arrest A ‘Real Community Effort’

Zachary Konecki, 30, faces two felony battery charges and will appear in bond court Saturday.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

10 Things To Do In Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town This Weekend

Unique pop-ups, free Pure Barre classes, "The Nutcracker," a craft brewer potluck with karaoke and more picks for November 16-18.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Hideout Could Get Landmark Status, But Supporters Still Want Lincoln Yards Plan To Slow Down

Dozens of the bar's supporters showed up to let Ald. Brian Hopkins and city officials know they're paying attention, and not going anywhere.

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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