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Reason why I love Wicker Park

Reason why I love Wicker Park

You can get a haircut on the street. If that doesn’t sum up the ‘hood, I don’t know what does. (Photo taken at Renegade Craft Fair) I am still a relative newbie to Wicker Park. After a fantastic summer spent, and as fall approaches, I continue to be in love with the ‘hood. I met some…

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Not hip enough for some Wicker Park bars

Not hip enough for some Wicker Park bars

I’ve done my far share of bar hopping around Wicker Park. I regularly drink sangria at Salud. I’ve played pool at Swig. I’ve had some amazing truffle fries (and beer, obviously) at Bar Bar Black Sheep. I’ve drunkenly eaten free pizza at Crocodile. I’ve had some questionable mojitos at Blue Line. I’ve been at Estelle’s…

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My first time… at Violet Hour

After years of hanging out on Clark Street in Wrigleyville and going to types of places where the slogan is “Easy to Spell Drinks” and TVs are playing sports center on repeat, this week I took it up a notch and decided to visit one of the staples of the Wicker Park scene. I have…

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Street style: Lady in blue (with a red necklace)

Street style: Lady in blue (with a red necklace)

              Karyn Dethrow is truly the most beautiful lady I’ve ever seen in real life. I first spotted her at Sonotheque – which is now known as Beauty Bar – during a Halloween party. She was channeling Edie Sedgwick. Since then we became close friends, but I never cease…

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New graffiti on Violet Hour's wall

New graffiti on Violet Hour’s wall

“There’s no way of avoiding it,” says Violet Hour partner Terry Alexander, of graffiti on the bar’s facade. “All of the artists” who paint murals on the wood wall “know this and assume it will happen to their work.” The Violet Hour murals—the only way the bar marks its entrance—stay up for about a month…

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