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Prequel Coffee Opens Saturday Inside Former Home Of Atomix In West Town

Atomix, 1957 W. Chicago Ave., closed in 2019 year after 19 years in business. One of its former baristas is opening a new spot in its place.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Fest Canceled, But Organizers Plan To ‘Bring It Back In All Its Glory’ Next Year

The West Town Chamber of Commerce also canceled its annual Do Division Street Fest.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Get Dinner Deals In Wicker Park, Bucktown Through June 23 As Restaurants Recover From Pandemic Slump

Though the pandemic is ending, local restaurateurs still need neighbors' support, chamber Director Pamela Maass said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wicker Park Fest Returns This Summer With Live Music, Local Vendors

The annual fest will include two live music stages with bands and deejays, dozens of independent artisanal vendors, a Goose Island beer tent and more.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Town Neighborhood Group Meeting In Person For First Time This Month — And It’s Looking For New Members

The West Town Neighbors Association includes those who live west of Damen, north of Grand, east of Western and south of Chicago avenues.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Man Brought Axe Onto Damen Blue Line Platform, Police Say

Police said the 22-year-old man began striking and kicking officers after the axe was taken away from him.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Beauty Bar Is Back After 14-Month Closure — And Its Opening Weekend Is All About Celebrating Missed Birthday Parties

The bar is back — but patrons will notice major changes. "... These places for congregating and socializing are so important to getting back to feeling a semblance of normalcy."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Ukrainian Village Community Policing Rep Encourages Neighbors To Form Block Clubs

While block clubs can't prevent all crime, setting up tools like phone trees can be helpful to provide information after a crime has occurred, the rep said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Polish Museum Of America Reopening Noble Square Doors This Weekend After 14 Months

Founded in 1935, the museum is a vital resource for international visitors as well as Chicagoans who want to research Polish history and culture, a volunteer said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wicker Park Condo Building On Western Avenue Approved By City Council

Neighborhood leaders supported a 38-condo plan for 1317-1335 N. Western Ave., but some residents said they worried the project will bring more traffic to the area.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Vaca’s Creamery Brings Vegan Soft Serve To Wicker Park-Noble Square Border

Dylan Sutcliff and Mariana Marinho said they can already picture their neighbors picking up ice cream and enjoying it at nearby Pulaski Park.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

After Another Driver Plows Into Greek Corner Restaurant, Neighbors Step Up To Raise Money To Rebuild

Before January, the last time a car crashed into Greek Corner was 27 years ago. Now it's happened twice in five months.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Rainbo Club Is Back In Business After 14-Month Pandemic Shutdown: ‘Tip Your Bartenders! We Made It’

All eight bartenders and door staff returning to work are fully vaccinated. Dee Taira feels ready to reopen: "We're just winging it. We'll see what happens."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

AMITA’s West Town Health Market Returns Next Month

This year's market will start June 20 at St. Mary Hospital.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

As Lumber Prices Soar And North Branch Manufacturing Slows, This Bucktown Woodworker Has Managed To Keep Crafting Custom Cabinets For Chicagoans

Despite a global lumber shortage, a blockage in the Suez Canal and being unable to work inside people's homes for months, Bucktown woodworker Keith Skogstrom is keeping his business going.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Need Your Roof Or Porch Fixed? Apply For City Grant To Get Your Home Fixed Thursday

The highly competitive program will only accept registrants for its lottery 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Winners will be picked in July.

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After Do Division Festival Is Called Off, ‘Summer Stroll’ Will Support West Town Businesses

A full lineup of participating businesses for Summer Stroll, planned for the same weekend as Do Division would have been, will be announced soon.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chef Bill Kim’s Pizza Sandwich Now Available For Delivery At Wicker Park’s Urbanbelly

Using slices of Detroit-style pizza as bread, the sandwich is stuffed with tomato sauce, pecorino cheeses and other fillings. Customers have the option to add fried chicken, pepperoni, smoked pork or arugula, mushrooms and ricotta.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Is Rapidly Losing Its Signature Home, The Two-Flat: ‘Now You Go Through Lincoln Park And It Looks Like The Suburbs’

Chicago has lost thousands of two-, three- and four-unit buildings. In wealthy areas, they've become single-family homes. In poorer neighborhoods, they're now vacant lots.

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Chicago’s Joe Freshgoods Dropping 7-Eleven Streetwear Collection Thursday

"Growing up in Chicago, I would always hit up the local 7‑Eleven on Division and Lockwood to grab a Slurpee drink or a snack and just hang out with friends," Joe Freshgoods said. His store, Fat Tiger Workshop, is based in River West.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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