Monday, December 26, 2011

RIP, Spin Cycle

Let's hope the owners of Spin Cycle, Wicker Park's largest Laundromat, work out a deal with the management company of the strip mall where they rent space because this place is essential. And now it appears closed.

This morning, we awoke early post-holiday, seized by a desire to 'get our act together,' and be productive. Among exciting tasks, laundry was at the very top of our list.

RIP, Spin Cycle. :(

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Janik's cafe would love your vote

Happy holidays! Since we started the website at we've been strangely absent on blogspot, and I know we all need another voting thing like another pound of fat on our bodies post-latkes and sugar cookies and whatnot, but Janik’s Cafe is awesome, along with its owners whom I’ve been popping in on since ’07 and once helped them to make a Myspace page, so here we are five years later on Facebook or WordPress or whatever-the-heck-virtual land this is, and Wayne of Janik’s sent an email to us earlier today indicating that they would be so grateful it we could help to spread the word on the fact they could use a few more votes in the Best Holiday Display on Division St. contest sponsored by Do Division, the annual shopping extravaganza which takes place on, where else, but Division Street.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Images from the Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market

In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Indoor Logan Square Farmers Market this Sunday (Nov. 27). The indoor winter market, sponsored by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, occurs most Sundays from 10AM-2PM through March 12, 2012 in the lobby of the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milw.

Following are a few photos snapped this past Sunday. Happy Thanksgiving to all farmers and vendors! For more market images from previous years, click here. . Visit the Farmers Market web page for more info.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bucktown Bazaar

This weekend the Holstein Park field house will be home to the Bucktown Bazaar. Click on postcard to enlarge.

Free Portraits with Santa at Bullfrogs & Butterflies Dec. 3, Dec. 10

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

News from Easel Art Studio

note- all content, below, by Easel Art Studio

Hello Parents and Friends,
Our holiday events are around the corner!
Spots are limited so if you are interested in any of them just send us a quick email or give us a call! or 773-360-1720

Thanksgiving party
Friday November 18th from 4 to 6pm
Come in and make a memorable Turkey centerpiece and an awesome bread basket to pass around the table.
Dinner is included
$30/kid 10% off for siblings

Black Friday art Camp
Friday November 25th from 9am to 3pm
Come in and drop kids off for the day, so you can clean up the mess from dinner the night before, go shopping or just relax!
Pack a lunch (no nut products)
$60/kid 10% off for siblings

Ginger Bread Bop!
Friday December 9th from 4pm to 6pm
Sunday December 11th 10am to 12pm.
Come in and decorate your very own Ginger bread house. All the candy and tools you need will be provided.
Dinner or Lunch included
$30/kid 10% off for siblings

Hanukkah art party!
Sunday December 18th from 10am to 12pm
Come in and join us as we create amazing 2011 menorahs and as we decorate cards and cookies!
Lunch is included
$30/kid 10% off for siblings

Winter Camp!
Our Winter camp sign ups have begun. Easel art studio's winter camp begins December 16th till January 6th.
We offer a 9 am to 1pm camp or a 9am to 3pm camp.

Each day we have a different activity planned. Easel teamed up with Penguin Foot Pottery and Dance Spa South, kids can create pottery pieces and dance the snowflakes away!
So pack a lunch, (no nut products please), throw on your snow pants and join the fun!
Space is limited and reservations are a MUST!
Call us for more details or send us a quick email.

Give us a call or send us an email if you have any questions or allergy concerns.

If you are interested in trying any art classes just remember the first class is free and we prorate!
Give us a call for more information.

Thank you and hope to see you soon.

If you wish to be removed from this email list please reply with "remove" in the subject line.

Jess, Jeremy, Kim, Tucker and Kerry

1911 N. Milwaukee
Chicago IL 60647
773-360-1720 Office

Project Celebrate! images

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tozi Korean BBQ Menu

We are hosting the menu for the newly opened Tozi Korean BBQ (1265 N. Milw, in the former Geisha Sushi space) here so that we can link to it in the next pipeline.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nov. 1st Edition of Holstein Happenings

(note: All content, below, by Friends of Holstein Park. Click here to sign up for the FOHP e-newsletter)

Holstein Happenings
November 1, 2011


Let's have a round of applause for the 2500 neighbors and friends who turned out this year for our 7th annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, the 142 amateur and 16 professional bakers who entered, the dozens of volunteers who made the day a success, our sponsors and park staff.

The winner, in case you are wondering, was Alison Summy, a third and fifth place winner in past contests. In the professional division, the blue ribbon went to Dinah Grossman from Cheap Tart Bakery. The four runner-ups were Adrienne Smith, Kathy Rice, Laura Kaminski and Joan Elias. Congratulations to all.
Dance at Holstein - Wed, Thurs, Fri - November 2,3,4 7:30 PM

The first of two dance performances this month in the Holstein auditorium is "Factor Ricochet", an ensemble performance of "improvography" featuring Rachel Damon, Adriana Durant, Marc Macaranas and Ni'Ja Whitson. Tickets are $10 - $20 and can be purchased online here.

Drop-In Yoga - Wednesdays, Nov-Dec 6:30 - 7:30
Stop in any Wednesday at 6:30 PM for an hour of "Drop In Yoga" led by Zephyr Dance artistic director Michelle Kranicke. Sessions are $12.
Friends of Holstein Park Meeting - Tues, Nov. 15 6:30 PM

Come to the monthly meeting of the Friends of Holstein Park for a report on our successful Circus in the Park and Apple Pie Contest fundraisers. Now that the money has been raised, let's figure out how to get the field house renovation back on track!

Zephyr Dance Concert - Thurs, Fri, Sat, Nov 17-19 7:30 PM and 2 PM
"Smeared Surfaces" is the title of the fall performance series by our resident Zephyr Dance company. Performances are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) at 7:30 PM on Thursday and Friday, 2 PM Saturday. To purchase tickets in advance, CLICK HERE. For more information, go to

The Holiday Show - Sat-Sun, Nov. 26 and 27 11 AM to 5 PM

Skip the doorbuster sales this Thanksgiving weekend and stop by the Holstein Park field house over the weekend to buy original arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry and other holiday gifts from over 50 local artists and artisans. Think global, shop local.

We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of the Apple Pie Contest, including Tipsy Cake for delicious baked goods, Ipsento Coffee, Reza's for the wonderful rugs that decorated the stage, and Marvelous Masks for the kids face painting. Also the Bucktown Community Organization, Alderman Scott Waguespack, and Printwell, our program sponsors.

Holstein Happenings is a monthly newsletter from Friends of Holstein Park to keep you informed of what's happening in our park. If you would like to add more names to the Holstein Happenings mailing list, send new addresses to

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Week Past, The Week Ahead

Click here for the Oct. 25 pipeline, loaded with Halloween fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Get Your Whale On: Dec. 9th Holiday Show at Tom Robinson Gallery

Whales = art/toy

My SAIC apprentice Soo Kim and I are making Flying Whales for a Christmas show December 9th at the Gallery.

If you would like to have info about reserving a Whale please call 773 477 7913

$600 - $900

tom robinson
2416 W. North Avenue


Jim MacRoberts, Scott Wills & Tom Robinson: Sculpture and Drawings

Opening: Friday, December 9, 2011, 5:00 to 9:00pm.

CHICAGO, Illinois – October XX, 2011 – Three Chicago artists ring in the holiday season on a surrealistic note with a show of mixed-media sculptures and figurative drawings. The sculptural works range in theme from mythical archetypes to wry commentary on the human condition to…flying whales. Recent life drawings, many of which were created at the Studio/Gallery’s Sunday workshop, pay homage to each artist’s grounding in the human form.

The artists will be on hand at the reception to share lively dialog on their inspiration and process.


Opening Reception (public invited) - Friday, December 9, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Exhibition: Through Thursday, January 5, 2012.

Hours: Saturdays: 1:00-4:00pm or by appointment.


Tom Robinson Studio/Gallery

2416 W North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Phone 773-227-3144

Three blocks south from the “Western” Blue Line El stop; # 49 Western Ave bus to North Ave.


Tom Robinson -- artist, curator, arts administrator, competition founder and judge, teacher, innovator -- has been a driving force in the Chicago art scene for over 30 years. “I never tire of the ways different artists see and capture the same scene”, says Robinson. “The real difference comes from how the artists direct their attention.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

What, what's that you say for a kid's manicure? $5?

How young is too young to get a manicure? The answer is up to you. Bring your young princesses into Asia Nails, 2051 W. North Ave. and the friendly family focused team will see what they can do about making her hands look super cute. Fun fact: Boo-Palooza is coming, and Shayla just painted a ghost onto a young lady's thumbnail. Check out the ghost, and if you stop by, be sure to check out Asia Nail's newly remodeled digs, too. Having recently painted three rooms myself and having done a horrendous job, I can certainly admire those who get out the paintbrushes and cans to take a break painting walls, especially when they'd otherwise be painting fingernails.

"We did it during the night," Tina said of the remodeling job.

Now until Oct. 31st, get a manicure for your pint-sized little one for just $5, with the mention of "ghost." Then you can explain to your little one what ghosts are, via Wikipedia. Photos courtesy of Shayla, who is quite the shutterbug.