Celebrate "Taste of Clark Street" on September 22, from 2–6 pm, when local restaurants will be featuring samples of their signature dishes as you stroll Clark St. and get to know the community.
Picnic Wine and Provisions invites you to enjoy a new experience, an evening meal and wine pairing at Picnic in Rogers Park. Celebrating the bounty of the Midwest, featuring produce from local farms and food purveyors, this evening is a unique event. This dinner will be four courses served with wine pairings.
This will be a seasonal menu bridging the Summer and Fall to nourish your soul and feed your body. Price is $85 per person for the prix fixe menu (includes food and wine), tax and gratuity are not included.
Reservations required due to limited table space, and no refunds with less than a 72 hour cancellation due to the extensive preparations for the meal.
With Chef Christopher Sullivan, a local Rogers Park resident who got his training at Blackbird and Avec and later garnered much acclaim at Ikram Café. To learn more about Chris or see examples of his prior meals please visit his website here.
Menu is subject to change, based on seasonality and market availability.
Price is $85.00 + 10.25% tax for a total of $93.72
Our mission is to inspire adventure through wine, food and art.
The 20 year vision of local business entrepreneur, Liz Ahearn, opens to the public on July 19, with the Honorable Maria Hadden, newly elected Alderwoman of the 49th Ward officiating, along with long time Alderman Joe Moore.
Picnic Wine & Provisions is a "go to" destination to connect over wine, food and more. Filled with color and light, located in an historic Beaux Arts building, I offer a singular destination for "all things Picnic"--wonderful wines, a variety of platters and small plates, coffee and conversation, indoors and outdoors.
"I am excited to honor all of the time and experience Joe Moore gave to making Picnic a reality, along with celebrating the future
of Rogers Park with Maria Hadden at this important event. Picnic is really all about community-- offering an all inclusive space for
conversation, along with my passion for wine, personally selected for value and more than reasonable pricing; a menu that changes
weekly, and of course, art. We have so much wonderful wall space." – Liz Ahearn, Owner
The art continues the legacy of the building's architect and designer, Benjamin Marshall, known for such famous Chicago icons as the Drake Hotel. Along with Curator Laura Mae Noble, Faculty, Art Institute of Chicago, Liz plans for monthly new exhibits showcasing local artists' work. Beyond business hours every Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 9pm and Sunday, 11am to 7pm, Picnic will engage the community through wine tastings, classes, music and movies, and the space will also be available for public and private events.
6 to 9pm: $5 wine by the glass; apps for sale; live music
Saturday, 2 to 9pm and Sunday, 2 to 7pm: $5 wine by the glass, apps for sale,15% discount on 6 bottles of wine, plus free wine bag and corkscrew; live music from 6pm
Picnic Wine & Provisions offers a Rogers Park destination for fine wines, gourmet food and gift baskets: All things picnic. Owned and operated by local entrepreneur, Liz Ahearn, Picnic brings people together to share ideas and get to know their neighbors over wine, food and art. Picnic embraces the changing seasons with a sustainably sourced rotating menu, and aligns with community needs for an inclusive, safe place for all. Public and private events highlight art openings, musical gatherings and wine tastings and classes.
Be sure to stop by the Guest Services Table and say hi to
Glenwood Sunday Market Staff and Volunteers.
A special welcome to our guest this week,
RPBA is home to Glenwood Sunday Market and has the mission to cultivate and sustain a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, serving businesses and residents.
Welcome 2019 Farmers and Food Artisans!
Avrom Farm's mission is to regenerate the land by imitating natural systems. They manage the farm as an ecosystem through integrating livestock, grain, pasture, vegetables, and forest plants to create a farm-ecosystem that is both resilient and productive. By farming in this way they produce exceptionally flavorful and nutritionally dense food. Stop by their stall and check out their amazing produce and meats!
A Chicago eatery that opened in 1965 made big plans to become “America’s most beautiful restaurant and pizzeria.”
The neighborhood joint remains open after 54 years but some of its beauty is up for sale.
We get a look as the restaurant prepares for a most unusual estate sale.
Brandis Friedman: On Howard Street in Rogers Park, Gullivers has served many travelers and countless locals over the years.
They make all kinds of food, and it all comes with an enormous side dish of antiques.
But the restaurant is for sale and – separate from the restaurant sale – the famous furnishings at Gullivers are about to go on the market.
Business in the big restaurant and bar goes on while items are removed – and appraisers evaluate thousands of pieces for an uncommon estate sale.
Sophia du Brul, appraiser, Sophia’s Room: This is very atypical. This is atypical for anyone in my business. This really is kind of one of those once-in-a-career sales, to get a big collection like this and to get a pretty complete collection. Most of the time what we’re doing is, you know, people’s houses.
This is a sale that a lot of people would kill for.
There’s a lot of architectural salvage, and from what I understand there was an old dealer named Larry Levine who used to scavenge a lot of buildings and he sold a lot of this stuff to (Jerry Freeman, the original owner). But Jerry would often go on his own scavenging hunts and expeditions. And in the ‘70s so many beautiful buildings were torn down in Chicago, there was a lot of scavenging to do.
Friedman: So if you’re looking for architectural ornaments, or you have a pressing need for a 100-gallon chemical vase from a 19th century English pottery, or an abundance of lamps and chandeliers, all of them can be found in the collection amassed by the late co-founder of Gullivers, Jerry Freeman.
du Brul: There is some arts and crafts, there is some art deco, there are a couple pieces that go to the Columbian Exhibition. There are some pieces that are earlier, there are definitely some early 19th century pieces too, but the majority of it is kind of the Edwardian, late Victorian art nouveau. That seemed to be Jerry’s sweet spot.
Friedman: The collections spill out onto the patio, where many of the architectural pieces reside – including what might be a Louis Sullivan ornament.
du Brul: I did a rough estimate when I took on this job but we’re not through pricing everything. I’d say that we’re not quite, we’re between like half and two-thirds of the way through, I mean we’re over $300,000 in inventory already.
Friedman: Prices range from $10 to $9,000.
Customers have bittersweet feelings about owning a slice of Gullivers.
Charlotte Rusnak, longtime customer: We just bought two of the fixtures today, because I wanted to have a part of this place because it means so much to me.
Anthony Rusnak, longtime customer: It’s a friendly confines, and it’s an eclectic crowd and you can get every person you can think of walking through the door. Even though they were strangers you still felt like you were part of a community.
Friedman: A key member of the team has been a part of that community since 1985.
Amy Juhlin, Gullivers Pizza & Pub: I was 21 years old and it was one of my first waitress jobs and … it’s my home away from home, because I’ve been here on and off for so many years.
Friedman: She worked for decades with the original owner.
Juhlin: Jerry was very passionate when he would get a new piece. He would walk around for days thinking he wanted to put it in just the right spot.
du Brul: It’s so creative what he did with a lot of this stuff. Like a lot of these decorations that you find on the booths, these are furniture mounts, so these are taken off of antique pieces of furniture, and – like these are elevator grills that came off the doors off of the elevators at Chicago City Hall.
Juhlin: I have purchased an item or two. It holds a special place in my heart. I met my ex-husband here and I wouldn’t have my two beautiful daughters had that not happened.
I think the customers do want a little piece of Gullivers because there’s just that great memory.
It’s been a pleasure to be surrounded by this beauty.
Gullivers is still open although the restaurant is for sale. The estate sale of furnishings at Gullivers starts Friday, May 24 and runs through Monday, May 27. Find more information about the estate sale here.
This article was reposted from WTTW Chicago Public Media Website
You are cordially invited to attend the Secret Garden Gala, a formal event to benefit the Glenwood Sunday Market's food access program. In 2018 the program provided $20,000 in fresh food for individuals in need in the Rogers Park community. You too can be part of such a contribution.
Rooftop Terrace at Hampton Inn Chicago North at Loyola Station
1209 W. Albion Ave.
6-7 p.m. VIP Cocktail Hour ($125 VIP & Gala)
7-10 p.m. Garden Gala ($75)
Glenwood Sunday Market (GSM) is a farmers market celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It is a program of RPBA. GSM's mission is to make sustainable, regionally produced foods accessible to the whole community. It is committed to economic, environmental and social sustainability in Rogers Park, the city and region.
For more information, visit www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org.
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT