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Wicker Area Weekend: Art, Warehouse Sale, Arm Wrestling, Polish Dinner

By Alisa Hauser | March 7, 2014 3:52pm
 Weekend events in the Wicker Park area.
Wicker Area Weekend Highlights, March 7-9, 2014
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WICKER PARK —   It's another busy weekend in the vicinity of Wicker Park and Bucktown.

Here are a few of the highlights. 


5 to 10 p.m.   Orange Dot First Fridays.  Shops and galleries will open their doors for installations, performances and trunk sales as part of a neighborhood-wide "First Friday" effort.  Artist Kevin Lahvic's studio will offer original paintings beginning at $20. Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

5 p.m.   Friday Fish Fries in Wicker Park.   For those observing Lent —  or who just like fish — a new Milwaukee Avenue bar has added Lake Perch to their daily menu and will fry it on Fridays, according to the Insider Guide's round-up of where to score fish on Fridays.  Links Taproom, 1559 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.

 12 local boutiques are having a big sale under one roof this weekend.
12 local boutiques are having a big sale under one roof this weekend.
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The Wicker Collective

6 to 10 p.m.  Duet: a Symphony of Realism and Abstraction.  Audry Cramblit's realistic bronze sculptures join paintings by abstract painter M. Jackson (aka L. Lee Junge) in an exhibit that opens Friday and runs through April 27.  Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

7 to 10 p.m.   APORTA Trunk Show.   Chicago weaver Noelle Sharp's textile-based accessories and jewelry include a 12-karat gold leaf horse vertebrae necklace, among other one-of-a-kind finds.  Dovetail, 1452 W. Chicago Ave. in West Town.

8 p.m.  Lincoln Lodge Comedy Show.  A long-running weekly stand-up comedy show has a new home in Wicker Park after the closing of North Center's Lincoln Restaurant. Tickets are $10, with no drink minimum. Ages 21 and over. Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave in Wicker Park.



10 a.m. to NoonPaper Shredding, e-Recycling and Book Donations.  Bring old papers, electronics and books to the West Town Shopping Plaza parking lot at 1300 N. Ashland Ave. in Wicker Park.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Wicker Collective Multi-Boutique Warehouse Sale. Twelve local boutiques are having a warehouse sale under one roof at 1st Ward Events in the Chop Shop. 2033 W.  North Ave. in Wicker Park.

Noon to 4 p.m.  Handmade Market at Empty Bottle. Crafters and shoppers unite at this indoor bazaar featuring affordable and locally made items including jewelry, cards, clothing, handbags and more. Free admission, ages 21 and older.  Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. in Ukrainian Village.

1 to 4 p.m.   Spring Craft Fair and Dog Rescue.   Check out crafts and meet dogs looking for forever homes at Sew Crafty Studio, 2230 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown.

1 p.m.   SXSW Send Off Party.  Help bid goodbye to 11 local bands that will be departing for South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.  Tickets are $10.   The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. in West Town.

8 p.m.   "Rose and the Rime." The House Theater's play about a small Michigan town trapped in a perpetual winter focuses on a young heroine named Rose who tries to save Radio Falls from the "vicious curse of the Rime Witch."  There are aerial spectacles and magic, too.  Tickets are $20-$45. Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St. in Wicker Park.

9 to 11 p.m.   Y2K Dance Party.   Enjoy $3 "Napster" shots as four DJs spin popular songs from the early 2000s. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave. West Town. 

10 p.m. to 1 a.m.   Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestling's XVIII Championship.  Watch 14 wrestlers with names like Gorrison Killer, Macho Ma'am Candy Savage and Hillary Rod-arm Clinton wrestle one-on-one until just one remains. Tickets are $10. Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. in Logan Square.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market. Ditch the grocery store and find fresh produce from several vendors every Sunday through March 30. 2755 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish Dinner.  Enjoy Polka dancing, authentic Polish food like pierogies and stuffed cabbage catered by Kasia's Deli, as well as a raffle, homemade baked goods and "bottomless punch" at an annual fundraiser.  Plates are $10 per person.  St. Stan's School Cafeteria, 1255 N. Noble St. in Noble Square.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Multi-Boutique Warehouse Sale. 1st Ward Events in the Chop Shop. 2033 W.  North Ave. in Wicker Park.

7 to 10 p.m.  Cairo Gang at Rainbo Club. Called "Chicago's Best Rock Band" by Reader music critic Peter Margasak, Cairo Gang will take a break from their tour to pop by Rainbo Club, 1150 N. Damen Ave. in Ukrainian Village.