September 8, 2021

Sonic Walkabout: Live in Wicker Park this Sunday, 9/12!

We’re not just on the app anymore! All of the original music inspired by the cultural and historical spaces of Wicker Park will be brought to you live by Palomar, ACM’s resident ensemble, in a live concert right in Wicker Park this Sunday afternoon, September 12th.

Rounding out the concert will be performances of Hum by Tina Davidson, Sonata No. 3 by Liduino Pitombeira, and Jet Whistle by Heitor Villa-Lobos, as we look beyond Chicago to the bright world beyond us.


Alyson Berger, cello
Amos Gillespie, alto saxophone
David Keller, cello
Trevor Patricia Watkin, flute
Amy Wurtz, piano

Featured Sites

Chopin Theater – for over a hundred years the Chopin Theater has been a stalwart purveyor of culture on the Polish Triangle hosting more than ten thousand shows of all kinds from movie screenings, to plays to lectures, musical performances, comedy and more.

Music by Angelo Hart




Polish Triangle – also known as the Polonia Triangle, this plaza is known as the Gateway to Wicker Park and was the center of the old Polish Downtown.

Music by Amos Gillespie





Milwaukee Avenue (Between Division and North) – once known as Dinner Pail Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue is the former retail and working corridor of the Polish immigrants who made Wicker Park their home and a bustling street then and now.

Music by Trevor Patricia Watkin




Flatiron Arts Buildings – this Wicker Park landmark with its iconic flatiron shape and checkerboard facade has hosted artists, musicians and creative types of all kinds for decades and was the center of the old Around the Coyote Arts Festival.

Music by Jonathan Hannau




Quimby’s Bookstore – for thirty years Quimby’s has been where your coolest friends go to buy their unusual publications, aberrant periodicals, saucy comic booklets, assorted fancies and independent ‘zines.

Music by Seth Boustead




MTV’s Real World Chicago House – in 2001 MTV chose Wicker Park as the setting for their reality television series the Real World. Protestors gathered, at first half in jest but things quickly got out of hand.

Music by Seth Boustead




Wicker Park – since its founding in 1870 the park that gave its name to the neighborhood has also been its beating heart.  It’s where Wicker Park residents go to play, learn, see live performances and much more.

Music by Amy Wurtz




Nelson Algren House – it was in the second floor apartment of this nondescript building that Nelson Algren wrote some of his most powerful fiction, carried on a love affair with Simone de Bouvoir and immortalized the drunks, junkies and other hard luck cases who were his neighbors and drinking companions.

Music by Kyle Gregory Price




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