10 Things To Do In Wicker Park And Bucktown This Weekend

By Alisa Hauser | September 23, 2016 12:56pm | Updated on April 21, 2017 11:08am
 Record Store Day will give music fans the opportunity to buy limited releases and celebrate Chicago's record stores.
Record Store Day will give music fans the opportunity to buy limited releases and celebrate Chicago's record stores.
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WICKER PARK —  Happy Friday!

Here are some events happening in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town this weekend.

Celebrate The Existence Of Vinyl. Bop in and out of independent record stores for new releases, swag and in-store performances at Saturday's Record Store Day festivities. Shuga Records, 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave., will offer free coffee and doughnuts starting at 8 a.m. And Reckless Records, 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave., plans in-store shows (The Smoking Popes, MAGAS) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Events are also on tap at Permanent Records, 1914 W. Chicago Ave., Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., and KStarke, 1109 N. Western Ave. 

Clean Up Churchill Dog Park. Raking, cleaning gravel pits, picking up trash, power washing and much more is on tap for volunteers eager to beautify this Bucktown dog park on Saturday aka "Earth Day." As an added perk, there will be complimentary Stan's Donuts for those who work up a sweat, while supplies last. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, 1825 N. Damen Ave.

Spruce Up Bloomingdale Trail Viaducts. Volunteers will clean the viaducts under the elevated trail, picking up trash below and at the trail entrances. Doughnuts, coffee and water will be provided — along with the necessary trash bags and disposable gloves. Starts at 8:30 and 9 a.m. Saturday. Sign up to pitch in.

Party At School of Rock. The city's second School of Rock just opened in Ukrainian Village, offering guitar, keys, vocals and drum lessons to children ages 5 and up. A grand opening party on Saturday includes free food, swag and the opportunity to win a guitar. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1913 W. Chicago Ave.

School of Rock at 1913 W. Chicago Ave. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser (right); School of Rock (left)]

Support Teen Power. Created and performed by youths 13 to 18, "Checkmate" explores the impact of youth-led movements on social change and emphasizes the power of imagination. How can a person make a stand in everyday situations like the school cafeteria all the way up to the nation's capital? Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, Free Street Theater, 1419 W. Blackhawk St.

Make Someone's Old Stuff Your New Treasure. A big Bucktown estate sale showcasing Asian antiques, furniture, housewares and more is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 1714 N. Hermitage Ave.

Go To A Great Lakes Fundraiser. Bucktown's eco-conscious Karen Marie Salon hosts its annual Earth Day Party. In addition to complimentary wine and food, local shops like Odd Obsession Movies, Zen Yoga Garage, Permanent Records and LUSH have donated prizes to be raffled off. Proceeds from raffle tickets benefit Alliance for the Great Lakes. From 6-10 p.m. Saturday, 1859 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Relive Prom. Remedy's prom party for adults boasts a "Forever Young" theme with spiked punch, live music, a raffle and free photo booth. Prom attire encouraged but not required. Free, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, 1910 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Admire Calorie Free Starbucks Chalk Art. The much hyped $5.47 unicorn frappuchino is getting a lot of buzz for its loads of sugar and difficulty to make, but if you want to bypass the drink, you can at least enjoy the magically drawn unicorn at Starbucks Reserve Bar, Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues.


Incase you haven't heard about the delicious #unicornfrappuccino Our shift Amanda created this magical work of art! #magical #tobeapartner

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Check Out Sushi Taku. Division Street welcomed a new sushi spot this week, with the opening of Sushi Taku. The 80-seat eatery offers an expansive menu and a $24 all-you-can-eat deal. Hours are 11:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, 1904 W. Division St.


Sushi Taku #wickerpark

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