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Picante Taqueria Closes After 21 Years In Wicker Park, But Owner Planning Breakfast Spot In Its Place

Staffing issues made worse by the pandemic led owner Felipe Caro to close Picante, but he's ready to move on. The new restaurant will feature "bagels with a Latin twist," breakfast tacos and more, he said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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Father Of Slain 15-Year-Old Shares Heartbreaking Message To Chicago: ‘How Did Our City Get Here?’

Caleb Westbrooks, 15, was shot Tuesday a few blocks north of Rauner College Prep, where he was a freshman. His dad said the young football player was walking to catch a bus home from school when someone opened fire.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Wood Street Bike Lanes, Other Neighborhood Upgrades Planned For Wicker Park Area After Approval By Residents

The projects, which include a protected bike lane on a section of Wood Street, were proposed by residents during the 1st Ward's participatory budgeting process.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

15-Year-Old Caleb Westbrooks, Known For Bringing ‘Positivity’ And ‘Light’ To School, Killed In West Town Shooting

The 15-year-old attended Rauner College Prep in West Town and "touched so many lives."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Carjacking, Robbery Victims In Wicker Park Area Say City Needs To Do More To Keep Them Safe — And In The Loop

Carjackings and robberies are up significantly in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town. "Whether it's the Mayor's Office, the prosecutor's office or the Police Department, I just wish they would work better together," one victim said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Hideout Reopens This Week After Month-Long COVID Hiatus

The bar and music venue closed in December as COVID-19 cases began to surge in Chicago. It reopens Wednesday with a full slate of shows and events.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Get Booster Shots, PPE And A Free Haircut At Vaccination Event Saturday In Wicker Park

The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Students Return To Classrooms — But Some Already Sent Home To Quarantine: ‘This Whole System Has Been A Mess’

Wednesday marks the first day of in-person Chicago Public Schools classes after five days of cancellations — but not everyone is on board with the return to school.

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Did You Lose Your Wedding Band? Wicker Park Neighbors Trying To Unite Ring With Its Owner

A lost wedding band found on the sidewalk in Wicker Park has set off an online search effort for its owner.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Urban Market Family-Owned Grocery Store Opens In River West After Supply Chain Delays And Tech Hiccups

The locally owned grocery store opened Dec. 30. It features a made-to-order cafe and bar on top of supermarket staples.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Teachers Say They Want To Return To Classrooms, But They Need Better COVID-19 Safety Measures

CTU members voted to return to remote learning, saying the COVID-19 surge makes in-person learning too risky. "I want to be with my students more than anything, but we need safety, we need better choices from our district," one teacher said.

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Little Wok Brings Sushi, Chinese Staples To Wicker Park Location: ‘We Cater To Almost Everyone’

The Wicker Park location is the restaurant's third in Chicago. It opened on New Year's Eve after experiencing supply chain delays last year.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

With No Staff To Check Vax Cards And City Stalling Winter Patio Approval, West Town Pub Closes For The Month

The Irish Nobleman Pub will reopen in February, when owners hope they can hire someone to check vaccination cards at the door.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chopin Theatre Seeking Donations As COVID Surge Causes Cancellations, Uncertainty At Wicker Park Venue

The Wicker Park theater has been a neighborhood staple for more than a century: "We will survive. The question is, how hard it will be to do it?"

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Hospitals Struggle With Staffing, Beds As Omicron Surge Hits, With Majority Of Cases Among Unvaccinated

The city is averaging 2,069 confirmed COVID-19 cases per day, up 101 percent from the week prior. Health care workers say they're feeling the crunch — and will consider shutting down units as hospital beds fill up.

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Chicago Restaurants, Music Venues Shut Down Voluntarily As Another COVID-19 Surge Hits City

Some businesses closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 or was exposed. Others have preemptively closed. "I'm gonna be honest: The staff is devastated and frustrated, afraid and rightfully so."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Armitage Avenue In Bucktown Fully Reopens After Construction — But Closures Are Coming To Logan Square Stretch Next

The city has completed a water main replacement on Armitage between Western Avenue and the expressway and is moving west for additional construction.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Check Out Holiday Decorations In Bucktown Through A Self-Guided Walking Tour

The second annual Bucktown Holiday Lights Walk will highlight more than two dozen homes in the neighborhood this Christmas.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Public Restrooms Are Hard To Find In Chicago. Some Alderpeople Want To Change That With Pilot Program

"There is not a Chicagoan out there who hasn't had occasion where they were in a really difficult spot with the most basic need that all of us have," said Ald. Daniel La Spata, a co-sponsor of the plan.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Lightfoot ‘Very Concerned’ About Bucktown Group’s Plan To Hire Private Security To Patrol Neighborhood

Private armed security guards could begin patrolling a portion of Bucktown Wednesday. The neighborhood group behind the program has refused to answer specific questions about how it will work.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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