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7 Things to Do Outdoors in the Wicker Park Area This Weekend

By Alisa Hauser | July 15, 2016 12:16pm
 Made with salted caramel gelato and coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, the dessert is topped off with caramel sauce, whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  It costs $9.
Made with salted caramel gelato and coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, the dessert is topped off with caramel sauce, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. It costs $9.
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WICKER PARK — It's Friday and the weekend weather is projected to be warm and mostly rain-free.

Here are some outdoor things to do in the Wicker Park, Noble Square, Bucktown and West Town nabes.

Jam at a Block Party. Noble Square record shop Dusty Groove will host a 20th anniversary block party with food and drinks, entertainment, DJs, giveaways and kid-friendly activities. And it's also a Pokemon Go spot for fans that also want to "catch some records." Free, from noon to 5 p.m., on Haddon Street just west of Ashland Avenue.

Get to Know Other Bucktowners. An online Neighborhood Watch group that exists mostly virtually will be having a meet-up on a bar's patio. So far, 41 people say on Facebook that they'll attend The "Neighborhood Watch Social" at Jack & Gingers. Free, From 1 to 3 p.m., 2048 W. Armitage Ave.

Enjoy a Free Dance Performance. "Dance in the Parks," a professional dance company that performs in Chicago’s parks, will visit Bucktown for an all-ages performance of modern, jazz, contemporary and tap. A featured local youth guest performer will join the pros, too. Free. From 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Churchill Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave.

Score Deals at Boutiques on Division Street. A two-day sidewalk sale offers lots of added activities such as a free fitness class and a live DJ stationed at Gomez Shell Station. Plus, stop by Taus Authentic, 1846 W. Division St. during or after shopping and use code "wpbsidewalksales" for some special treatment. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, headquarters at 1950 W. Division St.

Indulge in a Juicy Double Brunch Burger. Beginning Sunday, West Town's TWO will launch a new Sunday brunch menu, featuring shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, lobster toast and a double cheeseburger, among other items. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 1152 W. Grand Ave. Reservations encouraged at 312-624-8363.

 

Eat Fried Ice Cream. Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, a food holiday. At Parlor Pizza Bar, check out the very decadent $9 "Fried Gelato" made with salted caramel gelato and coated in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and topped off with caramel sauce, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Served at the bar's West Loop, 108 N. Green St. and Wicker Park, 1824 W. Division St., locations.

Buy Fresh Produce at the Farmers Market. Score veggies, meats, eggs, pastries, pasta, fruit, jam, coffee from Ipsento, fresh crepes made onsite and more prepared foods at the weekly Wicker Park Farmers Market. See the full 2016 vendor list. In the park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This Sunday, there is a cooking demonstration by Urban Belly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with complimentary tastings and at 11 a.m., Theatre Hikes will perform "The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less.

 

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