Lakeview: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is opening its 5th Chicago outpost at the Park at Wrigley Field. Opening in April 2018, the shop will occupy 2100 square feet. Other Jeni’s locations include Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and Wicker Park. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer is creating a baseball themed ice cream with honey-roasted peanuts, caramel, and popcorn.
Lincoln Park: Looking for a spooky fall activity? How about the Grave Robbing 101 Tour? Adam Selzer leads the tour through Lincoln Park, which used to be the city cemetery before the Great Chicago Fire. In the mid 1800s, the park was a haven for grave robbers. The $20 walking tour begins at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St.). The tour starts at 7 pm and is 2 miles long. Adam runs the tour rain or shine and walkers are advised to wear good shoes and bring their own cameras. Check out Selzer’s other tours on his website.
Bucktown and Wicker Park: A new restaurant is coming to West Town. From the owners of Bordel and Black Bull comes Beatnik. This new restaurant bar is set to open at 1604 W Chicago Ave. as soon as next week. The inside can seat 100 people and the outdoor patio will seat about 60. Beatnik has kept specifics about their menu and cuisine under wraps, but details are to be released within the next few days. Hours are Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 11 am to 3 am, and Sunday from 11 am to 2 am. For more info, check out their website here.
Lincoln Square: Lincoln Square’s summer concert season ends tonight. Held in Giddings Plaza, the North 41 will perform rock, pop, and funk tunes from 6:30 to 9 pm. The concert is free and food and drink are available for purchase. If you want to bring your own picnic, stop by the farmers market at Lincoln and Leland before the concert. The market is open from 4 to 8 pm.
Andersonville: A new cafe is opening on Argyle street. Cam Hoang and her sister noticed the lack of coffee shops on Argyle and decided to take matters into their own hands. Their parents own the Vietnamese and Thai restaurant Cafe Hoang, located at 1020 W. Argyle. The pair plans to open First Sip Cafe at 1057 W. Argyle in October. First Sip will offer tea, coffee, assorted juices, muffins, and light sandwiches.
Portage Park: Atlas Comics is coming to Norwood Park! Opening at 5251 N Harlem Ave., owner John Strangeland is thrilled to bring new and vintage comics to the area. The space is 1200 square feet, nearly twice the size of his original store in Norridge. Strangeland plans to expand his inventory to include more obscure graphic novels from a larger pool of artists and authors. Atlas Comics’ grand opening will be held on September 30 from 12 to 6 pm.
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