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2016 Sidewalk Cafe Permitting Available13-Jan-2016

The 2016 Sidewalk Cafe program & permits are now available. Contact the WPB Chamber to receive one-on-one assistance & problem solving.

Minimum Wage To Increase Beginning July 1st, 201529-Jun-2015

As of July 1st, 2015, the minimum wage in the City of Chicago will be raised to $10 an hour (for non-tip positions) for employees who work at least two hours over a two-week period in the city.

32nd & 43rd Ward Forum12-Feb-2015

This is a youth led forum, not aldermanic debate, for the younger citizens of the wards to have a chance to engage with the aldermanic candidates.

Plan for 2015 with the WPB Chamber14-Jan-2015

The 2015 WPB Chamber Calendar is online to help you plan your year with the Chamber. Make your plans today!

Sidewalk Cafe Permitting Available12-Jan-2015

The 2015 Sidewalk Cafe program & permits are now available. Contact the WPB Chamber to receive one-on-one assistance & problem solving.

Sponsor a Movie in the Park!22-Dec-2014

The WPB Chamber is partnering with the Wicker Park Advisory Council & you to help bring an additional movie to the 2015 series.

Rowe Winter Accessories Drive05-Dec-2014

The WPBCC just got a box to support Rowe Elementary & AmeriCorps Winter Accessories Drive! Come drop off your new & gently used hats, gloves, scarves boots & other winter accessories.

Join the 2nd Ward's Adopt-A-Family this Holiday Season05-Dec-2014

Happy Holidays! Please join the 2nd Ward again this holiday season and sponsor a family
through our Adopt-A-Family program. Adopt-A-Family provides less fortunate families with
holiday gifts that they would not otherwise be able to afford

Holiday Safety & Security Seminar Recap05-Nov-2014

We hosted a very informative seminar on holiday retail safety & security on Oct. 28. If you missed it, we have recapitulated the wealth of information in a set of notes & documents ready for download.

"Empire" Filming to Include Simulated Gunfire06-Oct-2014

Filming for "Empire" will have simulated gunfire, possible traffic control & parking restrictions.

Question & Answer Session: Modern Medicine Dispensary in the 1st Ward08-Sep-2014

The first marijuana dispensary application in Chicago is located in the First Ward. The applicants, Barry Golin of Barry Drugs at 1370 N. Milwaukee (Est. 1946), and Daniel & Douglas Marks of Emporium Arcade Bar (Est. 2011) have applied for a license at 1368 N. Milwaukee Ave.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding their application, you are invited to attend a public meeting on this topic. Inquiries can also be made through their website.

826CHI & the Boring Store are Moving!07-Jul-2014

826CHI & The Boring Store are moving, but not far. Check them out in their new digs.

Do Dimo's Pizza Right in Your Own Home05-Jun-2014

Dimo's Pizza is releasing a cook book July 1st.

Farmer's Market Postponed09-May-2014

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Wicker Park Farmers Market will not be occuring this Sunday, May 11th.

New City of Chicago Parking App: Don't worry about the Box!22-Apr-2014

The City of Chicago has released an app that will allow one to pay for parking anywhere in the city that a meter box & printed reciepts are used. It's currently available in the West Loop, but coming soon to many more areas.

Blue Line Construction Updates01-Apr-2014

The work to rennovate the Blue Line to O'hare continues this weekend, starting 10pm on Friday, April 4th. There will be a closure of the Blue Line between Damen & Western, with street closures under the tracks, & parking restrictions.

Safety Alert! Vehicle Break-Ins at Cheetah Gym14-Feb-2014

Cheetah Gym has had 4 vehicle break-ins in the last 2 weeks, the most recent of which occured around 7 & 8 am this morning.

Safety Alert! Break-In at 1735 North Paulina St17-Jan-2014

A break-in was reported at 1735 North Paulina St on January 16th, 2014.

Community Meeting: Forbidden Root Brewery & Tap Room17-Jan-2014

Forbidden Root would like to open at 1746 W Chicago Ave. Please attend a community meeting on Thursday, Jan 26 at the proposed site.

2014 Sidewalk Cafe Permits Available07-Jan-2014

The City of Chicago has released the 2014 Application for Sidewalk Cafes along with updated public way use forms on the CoC Small Business Center's site.

Happy Holidays from the WPB Chamber18-Dec-2013

Happy Holidays

One Inspired Evening: Call for Art Auction Submissions02-Dec-2013

The Inspiration Corporation's Annual One Inspired Evening fundraising event is looking for artworks to be submitted for judging and then to be auctioned off, with the proceeds supporting the work of Inspiration Corporation.

Artists entering works may win cash prizes up to $500, with a grand prize of a month long exhibition at Firecat Projects.

Please read the full letter:

Neighborhood Alert! Theft on Division & Wood11-Oct-2013

Theft of a Catalytic Converter occured last night. It was sawed off a car parked on Wood St near Divison. Please be Aware.

Free Flu Vaccinations with the 32nd Ward26-Sep-2013

Alderman Waguespack & the 32nd Ward have partnered with the CPHD to deliver free Flu vaccinations.

Bucktown Arts Fest 2013 Street Closures20-Aug-2013

The Bucktown Arts Fest is this upcoming weekend (Aug. 14&25): here's the need to know information on Street Closures & other important Fest notices.

Flavors of Chicago: Call for Chefs & Restaurants12-Aug-2013

Flavors of Chicago is a charity event benefitting the American Liver Foundation. Flavors has been the signiture gala for the ALF for the last 15 years and is looking for Chefs/restaurants to donate their time and skills to make this years event a sucess.

The City is Spraying for Mosquitos Tonight08-Aug-2013

The City of Chicago is Spraying for mosquitoes in the Avondale, Lincoln Park, Logan Square and North Center areas tonight, Thursday, Aug., 8th.

Invitiation to Open Streets 201307-Aug-2013

This year Open Streets will be occuring on September 15th. Open Streets is a restriciton of motor traffic on Milwaukee Avenue from Ashland Ave. to Kedie Ave.Businesses are invited to create activites and promote themselves on the sidewalk this day.

Wicker Park Fest Notices24-Jul-2013

Residents and Busiensses, we have a few last minute updates to street closures, access, and more regarding Wicker Park Fest this weekend.

The News is Changing23-Jul-2013

The News at the Chamber is becoming more streamlined. We are condensing our news feeds from four to two.

SBA Physical Damage Applicaiton Deadline - July 2419-Jul-2013

The U. S. Small Business Administration has approved over $40 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and businesses in Illinois affected by the severe storms, winds and flooding between April 16 and May 5, 2013. The deadline to file an SBA disaster loan application for physical damage is Wednesday, July 24.

Local Power Outages18-Jul-2013

It's hot out there and we know we all have our A/C blasting. This means the Chicago electric grid is under a heavy load. Some local power outages have occured, and we're keeping you up-to-date.

Free Sunday Parking Survey17-Jul-2013

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce wants to know what businesses have to say about the change to the metered parking schedule.

Free BACP Workshop: Talk to City Inspectors08-Jul-2013

The BACP is putting on a special workshop on July 16th that bring you into contact with city inspectors. A number of inspectors will be on hand to answer any of your questions about sucessful business operation.

The Bloomingdale Trail is now the 60619-Jun-2013

The Bloomingdale Trail along with the larger part of Chicago's Northwest side parks and trail system is becoming the 606. The final project will include this three mile trail as well as 5 parks and an observatory, skate park, various art installations, and other amenities.

2012 Market Study Release19-Jun-2013

The WPB Chamber & the WPB SSA#33 have completed & compiled the 2012 market study detailing the multiple layers of market demographic information present in the WPB Neighborhood. This study is now available on the WPB website.

WIcker Park May Advisory Council Meeting Reminder06-May-2013

The May Wicker Park Advisory Council is meeting tomorrow evening from 7-8:30pm

Club Lucky Wins the 2013 Mixologist Mash-Up!03-Apr-2013

From the Chicago Tribune: Club Lucky wins Wicker Park/Bucktown mixologist contest -- again
Also a big thanks goes out to Dolphin for hosting the Mixologist Mash-Up and to all of the sponsors and participating bars!

Recycle your Christmas Tree!04-Jan-2013

There are various options for disposing your Christmas tree this post-holiday season. Please don't throw it away in an alley!

2nd Annual Mixologist Mash-Up Coming March 201304-Dec-2012

Preparations are being made now for the 2nd Annual Drink of Wicker Park Bucktown Mixologist Mash-Up.

Congratulations to the New & Reelected WPB Chamber Board Members!15-Nov-2012

On Wednesday, November 14th at Cafe Absinthe, 4 current Board Members were reelected and 4 additions were made.

Wed Local Wicker Park Bucktown31-Oct-2012

Wed Local will be a campaign that highlights the many options our area offers to couples planning a wedding.

How Can We Improve Business Education Seminars?30-Oct-2012

The WPB Chamber hosts monthly Biz 101s for our local business owners. Due to recent fluctuation in attendance, we want to make sure this program is still relevant to community.

Give your Feedback on the WPB SSA #33 with the Five Year Update Survey30-Oct-2012

The Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33, after five years, is reviewing its programs and updating its Master Plan and needs your help!

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, October 24th, 201225-Oct-2012

Trick-or-Treating & Boo-Palooza in WPB + Chamber Board Elections & Tons of Fun Local Events!

Chamber Board Elections Ballot23-Oct-2012

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber Members in good standing are encouraged to cast their votes for the 2013-2014 Chamber Board.

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, October 17th, 201218-Oct-2012

Holidays on their way to Wicker Park Bucktown + News on the Bloomingdale & Local Events!

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, October 10th, 201216-Oct-2012

October Mixer at Fatpour & Other Events in WPB

Advertising Opportunities with the WPB Chamber09-Oct-2012

The WPB Chamber offers two on-going advertising platforms to connect with an engaged, local audience: Advertising on WickerParkBucktown.com and in the weekly Local Events E-Newsletter.

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, October 3rd, 201204-Oct-2012

We Got It in WPB: Fatpour Tap Works to host October Mixer + Trick-or-Treat, Honeybuns & Other Exciting Local Events

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, September 26th, 201227-Sep-2012

Last Week for Wicker Park Fest Raffle Entries + We're SOLD OUT for Fall Dinner Crawl Tickets! & Community Events

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, September 19th, 201220-Sep-2012

We Got It In WPB: Fall Dinner Crawl Tickets Selling Quickly + Exciting Local Events & Opportunities

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber E-Newsletter, September 12th, 201213-Sep-2012

We Got It in WPB: Dinner Crawl Tickets Now on Sale, September Mixer at Benchwarmers, Open Streets This Sunday & More!

Now Accepting Nominations for the WPB Chamber Board of Directors!28-Aug-2012

Impact the future of Wicker Park Bucktown by joining the WPB Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

We Got It in WPB E-Newsletter, August 15th, 201216-Aug-2012

Winning Wicker Park Fest Raffle Numbers + Upcoming Mixer at Benchwarmers

We Got It in WPB E-Newsletter, August 8th, 201209-Aug-2012

Emporium Mixer Tonight + Upcoming Local Events + Business Resources

Wicker Park Bucktown Dinner Crawl - Restaurants Sign up Now!02-Aug-2012

On the evening of Oct. 2, ticket-holders will stroll the streets to taste samples from local Wicker Park Bucktown restaurants.

We Got It in WPB E-Newsletter, August 1st, 201202-Aug-2012

Graffiti Abatement + Summer Events + Local News + Business Resources E-Newsletter

Open Streets Coming to Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday, September 16th27-Jul-2012

In a partnership with the Active Transportation Alliance, the WPB SSA is very excited to bring Open Streets to Milwaukee Avenue on Sunday, September 16th!

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Informational Session27-Jul-2012

The CTA is studying ways to install Bus Rapid Transit (BRT*) service through our neighborhood, and, quite possibly, down the street where your business is located. Come learn about its implications

Save the Date! Wicker Park Bucktown Dinner Crawl Coming Oct. 2nd, 201225-Jul-2012

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber has begun planning an event that allows you to travel from restaurant to restaurant getting tastings from some of your favorite local eateries.

Business Owners' Opinions Needed for Market Study Survey25-Jul-2012

The next stage in compiling information to describe our local market is through a survey aimed at getting the opinions of Business Owners.

Notice to Milwaukee Ave. Businesses Regarding Wicker Park Fest 201224-Jul-2012

Important information regarding street closures, access during the fest, two new performing arts areas and a reminder of liquor laws.

Notice to Milwaukee Ave. Residents Regarding Wicker Park Fest 201224-Jul-2012

Milwaukee Ave, between North and Paulina, and some intersecting streets, will be closed to all vehicular traffic and street parking starting at 1:00am on Saturday, July 28th

Deadline to Register for Summer Sidewalk Sales15-Jun-2012

Register your business to participate in the neighborhood-wide Summer Sidewalk Sales to be held Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd and August 25th & 26th.

Now Accepting Applications for Scavenger Hunt & Fashion Show during Do-Division30-Apr-2012

Businesses along Division Street can sign up to participate in a Fashion Show and/or Kids Scavenger Hunt designed to drive foot traffic east of Damen during the Do-Division Street Fest weekend.

Now Accepting Applications for Participation in Summer Sidewalk Sales23-Apr-2012

Wicker Park Bucktown's two signature summer sidewalk sales are back, starting with the Summer Sizzle Sale on July 21st & 22nd! The second, the Last-Call Sidewalk Sale, will take place August 25th & 26th.

Now Accepting Vendor Applications for Wicker Park Fest 201223-Apr-2012

Vending at Wicker Park Fest offers your business face to face exposure to a streaming crowd of festomers in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Free Chamber Membership Contest03-Apr-2012

Complete a couple tasks (like updating your Directory Listing, "Liking" the Chamber page, and a couple others, and get entered to win a Free Chamber Membership*!

First Ever Mixologist Mash-Up a Smashing Success!21-Mar-2012

Thank you to all who attended, our sponsors and the bars that participated in the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber's first ever competition to create the official Drink of WPB.

Request for Proposals: Interactive Installation and Performance Art Works for Wicker Park Fest 201201-Mar-2012

Proposals from artists, collectives, curators and producers are now being accepted for programming at Wicker Park Fest 2012. Two proposals will be accepted and awarded $7500 each.

Unwrap WPB Passport Wrap-Up09-Jan-2012

From December 3rd to the 24th, over 50 businesses around the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood offered discounts, promotions and deals to holiday shoppers.

Unwrap WPB Holiday Passport Kicks Off with a Bang06-Dec-2011

The weekend of December 3rd & 4th marked the kickoff of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce's Unwrap WPB Holiday Passport and hosted the increasingly popular Renegade Holiday Market and Do-Division Holiday events...

New Website Launches 1/6/201206-Dec-2011

WPB Chamber is proud to announce the unveiling of our new website, rich with features to promote your business and the community. Happy New Year and happy web surfing to all!

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