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Category Archives: Wicker Park

Mini-review: bin wine cafe

bin wine cafe 1559 N. Milwaukee 773-486-2233 bin wine cafe is the casual neighborhood outpost of River North’s Bin 36. The fare is basic, though not generic, and pairs well with the extensive, affordable wine list. Vibe: Wicker Park hipsters and Bucktown yuppies in a loud, cozy space. Cost: $5-$18 for appetizers and entrees; $13-$15 [...]

The best things I ate in 2007

Two thousand seven, for me, was one of those years I wish was just a bad dream. But as I reflect on the past twelve months, I’m thankful for the precious stretches of good times spent with family and friends, always over a lovingly cooked meal or hours of conversation at a cozy neighborhood cafĂ©. [...]

Tatine Candles & Cellar Rat wine tasting event – Friday, Oct 12

Tatine Candles is holding an open studio sale in the Flat Iron Building as part of this year’s Around the Coyote arts festival. Candlemaker/owner Margo Bresnik’s husband Dean Schlabowske owns Cellar Rat Wine Shop just down the road, and the two of them will pair up for this event. Margo will open her production studio [...]

Gourmet free wi-fi in Chicago

If you fancy something more than a cup of joe and a stale pastry while surfing the web, you’re in luck. There are quite a few places in Chicago that offer free wi-fi along with real food from the basic to the downright decadent. Call to verify business hours and internet accessibility; we’re not responsible [...]

Last weekend, I visited a couple of newer businesses in Wicker Park — the clothing and home design shop Hejfina and South American/Asian fusion restaurant/lounge Rodan, both on Milwaukee right across the street from each other. Both interiors are warmly minimal, deeper-than-wide spaces with clean lines and lots of honey colored wood. But that’s where [...]