The next installment of Orange Dot First Fridays, the growing SSA program that celebrates small businesses that maintain the character of Wicker Park & Bucktown (WPB), is set for Friday, June 6th (participant & event info follows below). On the first Friday of every month from 5:00 pm until 10:00pm, the best in local design, dining & culture craft and collaborate to create unique presentations not found anywhere but Orange Dot in WPB. June’s edition of Orange Dot consists of 28 total participants in the neighborhood.
Local artists and art is the centerpiece of Orange Dot First Fridays. Galleries, studios, & arts venues feature installations, performances, & exhibitions from emerging artists to recall the neighborhood’s eclectic roots. WPB is defined and sustained by creative minds and eclectic small businesses. Orange Dot First Fridays showcases the artists and enterprises that give WPB its reputation.
Some of WPB’s most popular shops & designers will also host the retail experiences of the month, every month. At Orange Dot, people can find the latest styles, trunk shows from select fashion houses, recently unearthed vinyl, & curiosities from all ends of the earth. And because participating businesses are open late, attendees won’t even need to rush dinner and drinks.
Bars and restaurants are taking part, as well. WPB’s renowned culinary destinations will delight the senses with food & drink exclusive to Orange Dot. Fine cheeses, wines, & delicacies are presented alongside live music, guest chefs, and unparalleled neighborhood collaborations each month.
The WPB neighborhood is presenting a truly unique evening to Chicago on the first Friday of each month, every month, as only WPB can. Forget painting the town red – paint it Orange!
Below are a few examples of what’s going on at the June Orange Dot First Friday. For a complete listing of all 28 participants, including event details, visit http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/neighborhood-events/orange-dot-first-fridays-in-wicker-park-bucktown
2156 N. Damen
ARC Artist of the Month Exhibition
ARC Gallery hosts an opening reception for a wide range of artists and artist groups, exhibiting their newest work in its space. ARC is one of the oldest co-ops of its kind in the country and is an internationally recognized exhibition space that has been an integral part of the Chicago art scene since its inception in 1973. This month, ARC will be showing the work of Monica Brown, Jessica Gondek, and Rachel Zollinger. Please visit our website for additional information about each artist’s show.
1467 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Every half-hour from 6:15-9:15pm, bar staff will demonstrate and discuss cocktail creation!
bar bar black sheep
1415 N. Milwaukee
Orange Dot Oxtail Burger
Come in for the Orange Dot Oxtail Burger Special.
This handcrafted burger is a signature coarse ground blend of oxtail, flank, and New York Strip steak. It’s served on a fresh baked Challah bun with a side of oxtail au jus. Bar bar black sheep believes adding cheese to this guy would be a crime, so lettuce, tomato, onion and our bread & butter pickles are all that accompany this masterpiece.
1824 W. Wabansia
Award Winning WPB Cocktail: The Bohemian Tease
Start the Orange Dot night off right with award-winning WPB cocktail, the Bohemian Tease. Infused with blood orange, peach, and tea sourced from the local community, this refreshing drink will spark everyone’s inner creativity.
Lisa Carter Artist
1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 223
Lisa Carter Paints Naked Men
Live painting demonstrations using models to show how my figurative work is created and as a promotion for my figure drawing classes.
About the Wicker park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce:
The Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce serves as a cornerstone of the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial districts, advancing the financial goals of neighborhood businesses through the creation of a dynamic economic climate, increasing the neighborhood’s visibility and viability, and encouraging profitable relationships within the community. Read more at wickerparkbucktown.com.
About the WPB SSA #33:
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce administers the WPB Special Service Area (SSA #33). SSAs, often known as Business Improvement Districts in other cities, provide a fair and transparent way to finance and manage programs to create, maintain and manage clean, attractive and competitive commercial districts. The SSA is overseen by a Commission of 12 stakeholders in the SSA. They are guided by a Master Plan adopted in 2009 after extensive public input, and they accomplish their work through active committees.