Entries Tagged as 'wicker park'

Blue Line Rehab is Getting Painful

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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I was on a walk yesterday looking at the CTA Blue Line construction that has closed our closest station, California, several times this summer, for several days each time. Not only has our access to the train been limited, but the construction has also closed our street and ally a few times. Yesterday I couldn’t even get our car out because one end was blocked by the CTA construction and the other end was blocked by some AT&T line work.

I shouldn’t have been complaining so much! This morning we woke up to news that the California station will be closing for 6 weeks, beginning just after Labor Day! I guess it could be worse. The Damen station is closing for 9 weeks, after California reopens, and in the colder months!

I know this is all for the greater good. The Blue Line can be slow and our station is really showing its age, but after going through the big Brown Line rehab a few years back when we lived in Roscoe Village, it’s all still fresh in our minds!

Time to Google and see if walking to the Logan Square stop or walking to Western is faster. I don’t think the #56 bus is an option because the traffic through Bucktown and Wicker Park is horrible during rush hours. AHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Grandma J’s Local Kitchen

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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A few weekends ago, Jess and Sara and I got together for brunch and to check out Grandma J’s Local Kitchen. They’d been hearing great things about it, but somehow it had flown under my radar, so I was excited to give it a try.

Inside was very small and cute and kitschy and mismatched. It really does feel like you’re eating at your grandma’s house!

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To start we tried the deviled eggs with bacon and the fried pickles with roasted red pepper aioli. This was our first peek at the food and it was surprisingly gourmet. And. Delicious. The eggs were really rich and decadent!

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I tried the braised pork belly bennie (two cage free poached eggs with nitrate free bacon on top of French Bread and hollandaise comes with potato hash), Sara had The Works (two cage free poached eggs on top of potato hash with swiss cheese marinated mushrooms, crispy kale, bacon and fried tomato in a bowl comes with toast,house made jam) and Jess had Duck Three Ways (duck confit with a free range poached duck egg in a maltaise with duck fat fried hash).

Everyone enjoyed their food, but I was especially jealous of The Works that Sara got because it looked SO GOOD.

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Grandma J’s is BYO, so I brought a bottle of prosecco. For $6 we got the mimosa tray and they gave us three seasonal fruit juices (grapefruit, cranberry and orange), to use as mixers. That was a fun way to do mimosas!

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As a side note, I noticed on the menu that they had mac salad and then I noticed some Hawaiian-ish things on the wall… one spot said “tutu wahine,” which means grandma in Hawaiian.. but then realized that as I looked around, grandma was written on the wall in various languages all over the place. Still… the owner’s name is Layla Malia, so I’m going to guess that there is some kind of Hawaiian connection.

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After brunch we went to The Chop Shop to check out The Wicker Collective, a warehouse sale of multiple boutiques in Wicker Park. I didn’t get anything from the sale, but I did get some super yummy prociutto from The Chop Shop! I want to go back there for a meal.

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Two More New Things

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

ALWAYS new things every time we walk outside lately!

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“Establish an amusement arcade accessory to a tavern.” Sweet! Emporium is opening a second location on Milwaukee Avenue, this one in Logan Square. I’ve always had fun at the one in Wicker Park, so I’m excited for this new addition around the corner from home!

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I noticed this sign at 2317 N. Milwaukee in the building where the new dentist is, kind of by Vas Foremost and Tula Yoga studio. I assume we’re getting a frozen yogurt shop.

Update Feb 12, 2014: Definitely a frozen yogurt shop!

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Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with a real sign.

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Update Mar 18, 2014: Now with awnings.

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Update May 23, 2014: OPEN!

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