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Ruthie Kott

Wicker Park reporter

Snapshots from Renegade's final weeks

Snapshots from Renegade’s final weeks

Renegade Handmade was packed on Sunday, just a few days after they announced that they were closing the storefront January 31. Not all of the customers knew about the closing (even with the giant “We’re Closing” painted on the front window), but most were taking advantage of the huge sales. Prints and T-shirts have definitely…

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Renegade Handmade storefront closing

Renegade Handmade storefront closing

The beloved Division Street shop, which features DIY goods from more than 400 artists, is closing its doors after more than half a decade in Wicker Park: A spokesperson for the company told The A.V. Club that an economic smackdown wasn’t the driving force for this decision. On the contrary, the Renegade Craft Fair spin-off was…

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Where to get your locally grown Christmas tree

Where to get your locally grown Christmas tree

It’s not hard to find Christmas tree lots in the city, from Home Depot to small, independent lots on street corners. If you want to support Midwestern farmers this season, here are some spots to check out this year to pick out your own locally farmed and freshly picked fir: Christopher Hohenstein, founder of City…

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Vintage Smith pops up on Damen

Vintage Smith pops up on Damen

Dudes, get your wallets ready: for three months, Vintage Smith (2041 N. Damen Ave.), a pop-up shop that carries vintage men’s clothes, makes its home in Bucktown, through February. [Vintage Smith] carries American-made vintage brands like, Levi’s, LL Bean, Woolrich, amongst others, from the ’40s to today. Though, you would never guess some of the items…

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Taxi crashes into Prasino storefront

Taxi crashes into Prasino storefront

Around 10 a.m., a taxi crashed into the front window of Prasino (1846 W. Division). “The taxi just lost control,” chef Scott Halverson said—the road was too slippery. No one was badly injured, he told RedEye, although one of the six customers in the restaurant at the time was taken away in an ambulance as…

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Mustache discrimination: not in your imagination

There is a movement happening. And Thursday night, it’s descending on Wicker Park. Soon after the St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute dubbed Chicago the top Mustache-Friendly City in America — in part, due to its “heritage of retired Chicago Bears players who have continued to embrace a Mustached American lifestyle” — the organization has planned…

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