Lifestyle, Shops

How to Spend a Day on Damen Ave.

Bucktown is an increasingly popular neighborhood for Chicagoans to reside  — and to shop, dine, and explore.

Nestled between Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, Bucktown has its own established vibe with a variety of things to do and experience. The paramount street in Bucktown is Damen Avenue, where several shops and restaurants are centralized. Given the amount of attractions and businesses in the neighborhood, you could easily spend an entire day (and night) along Damen Avenue. Bookmark this list now for your next visit to Bucktown.

 

Here are 10+ things to do along Damen Avenue…

 

Stan’s Donuts

Start your morning with Stan’s. Whether you choose a standard glaze or specialty concoction, Stan’s donuts are beloved in Chicago — served best with La Colombe coffee. (Stan’s Donuts, 1560 N. Damen Avenue)

The Dailey Method

Work up a sweat at The Dailey Method, a barre studio located on Damen. The class focuses on building a strong, lean, sculpted body, and even works to improve and align posture. (The Dailey Method, 1714 N. Damen Avenue)

Pistil & Vine

Stop and smell the roses — literally. Pistil & Vine is a top Chicago florist, with a boutique storefront located on Damen. All arrangements are truly custom, sourcing flowers in a variety of colors and textures. (Pistil & Vine, 1924 N. Damen Avenue)

YellowKorner Gallery

Pop into an art gallery, YellowKorner, and browse a range of professional photography on display and for sale. The gallery focuses on architecture, nature, and fashion, with pieces starting around $100 into a few thousand dollars. (YellowKorner, 1721 N. Damen Avenue)

Diptyque

Diptyque is a luxury candle and fragrance brand, with a beautiful boutique located on Damen. Based in Paris, Diptyque is known for high quality and iconic scents, perfect for a housewarming gift or personal indulgence. (Diptyque, 1645 N. Damen Avenue)

Goddess & Grocer

Refuel at Goddess and Grocer, a local favorite for fresh and delicious eats, from breakfast to dessert. Stop in for salads, sandwiches, soups and more, available to grab-and-go or to enjoy on the 2nd story rooftop. (Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Avenue)

606 Trail

Hit the 606 Trail, a new 2.7-mile-long elevated path dedicated for biking, running and strolling. Set above city streets, the 606 offers green space and links four diverse city neighborhoods, with access points to six different parks. (The 606, access at Damen & Churchill) 

Mindy’s

Indulge your sweet tooth at Hot Chocolate, a restaurant and dessert bar serving American fare, cocktails, sweets, ice cream and, of course: hot chocolate. (Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Avenue)

Zazazoo Salon

Pamper yourself with a manicure or pedicure at Zazazoo, a top-rated nail salon in Chicago. The interior is bright and modern, offering BYOB and an impressive array of polish colors. (Zazazoo Nail Salon, 1842 N. Damen Avenue)

“Love” Street Art

Snap a photo in front of the “Love” street mural, located at 1873 N. Damen. Created by artist Matthew Hoffman, the backdrop has been a popular location for Instagram pictures among Chicago bloggers (like Jennifer Lake, seen above), plus locals and visitors. (Love Wall, 1873 N. Damen Avenue)

1952 1/2 Liquorette

Step inside 1952 1/2 Liquorette and you’ll find Southern-inspired bourbon drinks and cocktails in chic digs. Sip craft creations like a Negroni, Old Fashioned or Southern whiskey sour. (1952 1/2 Liquorette, 1952 N. Damen Avenue)

Coast

Coast offers a contemporary and lively setting to enjoy fresh, quality sushi and Japanese dishes. Both sushi connoisseurs and novices alike will find the menu appealing — plus, the spot is BYOB. (Coast, 2045 N. Damen Avenue)

 

Want even more? For late night fun, head around the corner to Lottie’s Pub (since 1934) and local favorite Piece Pizza.

 

 

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Bars, Places, Restaurants

Best Chicago Happy Hour Specials For Any Craving

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

HappyHour

And in Chicago, it’s all day every day.

Are you looking for the best happy hour spots and daily special deals on drinks/food? We’ve got you covered!

Chicago has tons of places that will fulfill your craving for saving money and having fun…regardless.

Check out the best Chicago happy hour specials in your neighborhood. Most of them are all day! Unless stated otherwise:

– River North

  • Thursday: Gilt Bar – 230 West Kinzie St. – $4 table wine
  • Saturdays and Sundays – Theory Chicago – 9 W. Hubbard St. – $5 mimosa and Bloody Mary bar and $5 fireball shots.

– The Loop

  • Friday: Monks Pub – 205 W. Lake St. – $4 draft beers
  • Saturday: Emerald Loop – 216 N. Wabash Ave.: $9.95 breakfast buffet (9am-1pm)

– Bucktown

  • Monday: 6 Degrees – 1935 N. Damen Ave: $4 Magic Hat #9 and $5 burgers
  • Saturday: Jack and Gingers – 2048 W Armitage Ave: $1 mini burgers

– Gold Coast

  • Tuesday: Bootleggers – 11 W. Division St.: $5 domestic beer pitchers
  • Thursday: Bull & Bear – 431 N. Wells St. – $7 tall draft beer

– Roscoe Village

  • Wednesday: Four Moon Tavern – 1847 W. Roscoe St.: $2.50 Hamm’s cans and Miller Light cans
  • Saturday: Fizz Bar and Grill – 3220 North Lincoln Ave: 1/2 off pizza before 7pm

– Lakeview

  • Wednesday: Redmonds – 3358 N. Sheffield Ave.: $1 well drinks
  • Saturday: Schubas Tavern – 3159 N. Southport Ave: $4 Screwdrivers

– Wicker Park

  • Sunday: People – 1560 N. Milkwaukee Ave.: $5 Tapas at the bar and $3 Jameson shots
  • Tuesday: Fatpour – 2005 W. Division St. – $2-$3 tacos

– Lincoln Park

  • Thursday: Hidden Shamrock – 2723 N. Halsted St.: $1 domestic draft beer
  • Friday: Kincades – 950 W. Armitage Ave.: $6 Red Bull drinks

– Old Town

  • Sunday: Declans Irish Pub – 1240 N. Wells St. – $5 bloodies and Mimosas
  • Monday: Old Towne Pizza Pub – 1339 N. Wells St.: $1 PBR

– Wrigleyville

  • Wednesday: Rockwood Place – 3466 N. Clark St. – $3 Bud Light and $5 tequila shots and margaritas
  • Saturday: Yak-Zies – 3710 N. Clark St. – $4 bloodies

What are some of your favorite daily specials? There’s something to look forward to every day!

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Events

5 Kid Free Activities in Chicago

 

No kids allowed!

Kid Free Events in Chicago this Summer

We love our little ones, but sometimes it’s nice to attend an event where little kiddies have to stay home. Call a babysitter because we’ve got a list of our top 5 kid free events this summer in Chicago. For tickets and more info, click here

 

Adults Night at the Lincoln Park Zoo

THU, JUL 21 AT 6:30 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2150 North Cannon Street, Chicago, IL 60614

From the zoo website: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore Lincoln Park Zoo after the gates close? Well, now’s your chance! Leave the kids at home and head over to Lincoln Park Zoo for Adults Night Out. Guests will enjoy unique animal chats, concessions, including cash bars throughout the zoo and entertainment at this after-hours event.

 

ART PARTY: So Live at the Lacuna Artists Lofts

FRI, JUN 10 AT 7:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Lacuna Artist Lofts – 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

This kid free, second Friday show will feature sculptor, Craig Campbell, renowned artist for The Hobbit trilogy, as well as other notable projects. This particular show is about live art demos and pop-ups from local artists. There will be a live DJ as well as five floors of curated public space.

 

Ladies’ Night Out at Moe’s Cantina

MON, JUN 20 AT 5:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Moe’s Cantina – 155 W Kinzie St, Chicago, Il 60654

This unique ladies night is catered toward bachelorette and, surprisingly, divorce parties! Tickets include entrance to the event, a raffle ticket to win free drinks/prizes, mini manicures and games.

 

2nd Annual Miami in Chicago at Oak Street Beach

FRI, JULY 15 AT 6:00 PM, CHICAGO, IL

Oak Street Beach – 1001 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Can’t afford a vacation to Miami? We’ll we’ve brought Miami to you! Tickets include event entry, two drink tickets, buffet, and entertainment for 4 hours (DJ, Dancers, Beach Contest).

 

Top Dogs of Summer Road Show at Pork & Mindy’s

THU, JUN 9 AT 5:00 PM

Pork & Mindy’s – 1623 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Hosted by Mikes Hard Lemonade, this event will feature Food Network Star Jeff Mauro and his take on the backyard favorite, the hot dog. Kicking off patio season, this Bucktown eatery will offer samples of the black cherry hard lemonade with Mauro’s hot dog creation. If you can’t make the event, the hot dog will be available at Pork & Mindy’s through the end of the week.

 

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