WATCH: Wicker Park pizza place thrives with back-to-basics approach

Paulie Gee's Pizza

By Adam Babetski Medill Reports Many of Chicago’s small businesses have been forced to close in recent years due to the lasting economic effects of the pandemic. The Wicker Park location of Paulie Gee’s, a local pizza chain, has survived the changes by simplifying its menu and hiring process. TRANSCRIPT: Adam Babetski: Paulie Gee’s in […]

Chicagoans indulge in Fat Tuesday tradition with pączki

Oak Mill Bakery in Wicker Park ordered thousands of pączki for Fat Tuesday

By Raquel Zaldivar Chicagoans in Wicker Park made sure to stop through Oak Mill Bakery for Fat Tuesday to pick up pączki, or a doughnut-like Polish treat traditionally made for the pre-Lenten celebration. While the Wicker Park location has only been open for six years, Oak Mill Bakery has been making the polish dessert for […]

Green restaurants: Serving up sustainability and savings

By Jasmine Sanborn Businesses like Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and its sister restaurant, Brobagel, serve up mainstay menus in Wicker Park as they have for 13 years. Environmental sustainability is another cornerstone built into the business model. “The main thing, we already had built in [is] we brew our own beer. There is less distribution and we […]