Chamber & SSA News
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.
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.
Presence Health Presents: Navigating the ACA30-Dec-2014
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.
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.
Filming for "Empire" will have simulated gunfire, possible traffic control & parking restrictions.
Bucktown 5K Parking Restrictions09-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.
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.
Reader's BEST OF CHICAGO Voting Starts!17-Apr-2014
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.
WPB Neighborhood Guide Submission EXTENDED27-Mar-2014
Blue Line Renovation Community Meeting03-Mar-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.
A break-in was reported at 1735 North Paulina St on January 16th, 2014.
New Chicago E-Cigarette Ordinance17-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.
Stay Warm & Safe Today06-Jan-2014
Happy Holidays from the WPB Chamber18-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:
National Hispanic Week of Action04-Nov-2013
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 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.
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.
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!
Preparations are being made now for the 2nd Annual Drink of Wicker Park Bucktown Mixologist Mash-Up.
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.
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.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33, after five years, is reviewing its programs and updating its Master Plan and needs your help!
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.
Holidays on their way to Wicker Park Bucktown + News on the Bloomingdale & Local Events!
October Mixer at Fatpour & Other Events in WPB
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.
We Got It in WPB: Fatpour Tap Works to host October Mixer + Trick-or-Treat, Honeybuns & Other Exciting Local Events
Last Week for Wicker Park Fest Raffle Entries + We're SOLD OUT for Fall Dinner Crawl Tickets! & Community Events
We Got It In WPB: Fall Dinner Crawl Tickets Selling Quickly + Exciting Local Events & Opportunities
We Got It in WPB: Dinner Crawl Tickets Now on Sale, September Mixer at Benchwarmers, Open Streets This Sunday & More!
Impact the future of Wicker Park Bucktown by joining the WPB Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Winning Wicker Park Fest Raffle Numbers + Upcoming Mixer at Benchwarmers
Emporium Mixer Tonight + Upcoming Local Events + Business Resources
On the evening of Oct. 2, ticket-holders will stroll the streets to taste samples from local Wicker Park Bucktown restaurants.
Graffiti Abatement + Summer Events + Local News + Business Resources E-Newsletter
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!
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
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.
The next stage in compiling information to describe our local market is through a survey aimed at getting the opinions of Business Owners.
Important information regarding street closures, access during the fest, two new performing arts areas and a reminder of liquor laws.
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
Register your business to participate in the neighborhood-wide Summer Sidewalk Sales to be held Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd and August 25th & 26th.
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.
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.
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*!
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.
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!