WICKER PARK — It's a big weekend for welcoming new restaurants — three spots opened this past week in the area! Plus shopping for ugly sweaters or adopting a pet.
Here are 11 picks.
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Brunch at Buck's, a New Southern hangout. From buckets of fried chicken to punch bowls, an open-faced pork belly biscuit and deviled eggs topped with lox, the mouthwatering Instagram photos featuring Chef Mike Galen's creations are pretty tempting. Brunch Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Buck's, 1700 W. Division St. in the former Carriage House.
Wash a Gourmet Burger Down with a Boozy Milkshake. River North's 25 Degrees Burger bar has expanded to Wicker Park, in the former Barley & Brass spot. According to the menu, there's lots more than burgers, including weekend brunch, sandwiches and salads. Weekend hours are 11a.m. to 2a.m. Saturday; 11a.m.-10p.m. Sunday. 2015 W. Division St.
Go on a Cheap Date at B.Bim. With everything on the menu under $10 yet a dark ambience reminiscent of pricier predecessors Kokopelli and Between Lounge, B.Bim Asian Eatery, the latest concept near the intersection of Paulina and Milwaukee, is all about value and perhaps generous portions, based on a photo of a bowl on B.Bim's Facebook page. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1324 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Celebrate Izakaya Mita's 1-Year Anniversary. Two of Helen and Brian Mita's favorite specials — sakamushi, or sake steamed clams, and an old recipe from the family's Ichiban days, sakura shrimp — will be available all weekend, along with complimentary pours of Hana Fuga sparkling sake. The last-night kitchen is open until 1 a.m. and the bar until 3 a.m. Saturday. Call 773-799-8677 for reservations, 1950 N. Damen Ave.
Enjoy an Art-Inspired Meal in East Village. The Cotton Duck just introduced a new menu inspired by Diane Thodos' abstract paintings. Short ribs, risotto and Skuna Bay salmon are among the highlights plus caramel mousse and dark chocolate brownies for dessert. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday brunch.
Wear an Ugly Sweater for Rap Karaoke. A popular monthly rap night at Jerry's will be encouraging revelers to wear ugly holiday-themed sweaters for its 2nd annual show. Prizes include RapGod merchandise, whiskey gift certificates and more. Sign-up begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, 1938 W. Division St.
Give a Dog or Cat a 'Furever Home.' Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) hosts a 36-Hour Holiday Adopt-a-Thon, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave. Hours are from 11 a.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Shop for Jewelry, Hand Crafted Goods. Pop by the holiday edition of a monthly Handmade Market to peruse unique wares from over 30 venders packing the Empty Bottle music club, which will offer drink specials, too. The free market runs from noon to 4 p.m., 1035 N. Western Ave.
Shop for Even More Locally-made Gifts, Jewelry. Bitter Betty's motley crew of artisans returns to Innertown Pub offering an array of handcrafted items including soaps, leather goods, candles, Epic Spices, vaporizers, comics, original art, greeting cards and pies. A free raffle and Bloody Mary drink deals are on tap too. From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Innertown Pub, 1935 W. Thomas St.
Buy Fine Wearable or Usable Art at 'BLACK II, a Holiday Soiree.' Pavilion kicks off a new show celebrating "black," with a group exhibition from fine artists including SOHA CONCEPT, offering a sculptural table serving pieces made from Russian oak and blackened in hot oil, and Amsterdam's Biek Verstappen, whose hand felted shawls, scarves and blankets are sure to make great and lasting gifts. Starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Pavilion, 2055 N. Damen Ave.
Upgrade Your Shoe Game. A new men's shoe store featuring custom made leather shoes will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday night with cocktails, a free "dress for success" seminar and raffles. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Dursen Shoes, 1252 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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