Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What is Passover?
The Jewish 8 day spring festival. It commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. By following the rituals of Passover, Jews have the ability to experience and relive the freedom gained by their ancestors.
It is traditional to gather on the first two nights for a "Seder".This is a special dinner where the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold.

Nearby, the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Bucktown & Wicker Park is holding a public Seder on April 3 at 6:45pm.
Find out more --> Here
(1630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647)
Adult $45 
Student/Child $20

Tip: Right on Damen Ave, Goddess and the Grocer has Passover food catering available!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explore Chicago's Easter Egg Hunts(one for dogs too!) 
$2 -Flashlight Egg Hunt at Sheridan Park March 27 8-10pm

Free- Walk just a block away for an egg hunt at Senior Citizens Memorial Playlot Park March 28 10am-12pm

$7 -Have lunch with the Bunny at Mayfair Park. There will also be face painting, music and photos. 
March 28 12pm-2pm 

$10 -There will be a Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park. Dogs will receive a bandana, hunt for treat filled eggs, and join in a bonnet parade. Photos with the bunny will also be available. 
April 4 10am-12pm

FREE -Bring your children to Loyola Park to search for eggs, and meet Mr. Hippity Hop, a giant white rabbit. April 4 11am-12pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Here are some amazing venue options for an upcoming wedding. They are all closeby to Ray's!

*Humboldt Park Boat House --> Click Here

*The Den Theatre --> Click Here

*Logan Auditorium --> Click Here

*Wicker Memorial Park Banquet Halls --> Click Here

*Saint Hedwig Catholic Church --> Click Here

*Stan Mansion --> Click Here

*Greenhouse Loft --> Click Here

*Logan Square Auditorium --> Click Here

!Congratulations to Desiree and Heather on their upcoming weddings!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Near Ray's!

*Stan's Donuts & Coffee: 
Dulce de leche, captain crunch, peanut butter and fresh banana are some of the flavors you will be able to experience at Stan's. With the recent nice weather you can even walk right over there to satisfy your donut cravings! They also offer coffee, and $.25 of every donut sold will benefit Un86'd, a charity that aids restaurant professionals in need. 
1560 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL

*Glazed and Infused: 
This is a single take-out window outpost of a small local chain serving creative housemade donuts. Bacon and maple syrup, creme brûlée & blackberry cheesecake are only a few of the creations they have for sale. After a night at the Double Door next door, walk on by for a late night snack. They are open on Saturday and Sunday until 2am!
1576 N. Milwaukee

Fun Fact: Donuts have been around for so long that archaeologists keep turning up fossilized bits of what looks like donuts in prehistoric Native American settlements.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

10th Anniversary Bash!

~10th Year Anniversary Bash~

As we celebrate our 10th year in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood we would like to invite everyone to our anniversary celebration, Saturday March 7th from 2-8pm! Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of food from Tapenade to Baby Back Ribs, as well as a chance to enter a raffle to win a free night's stay.

Feel free to BYOB.

Exciting: We now have custom buttons :)

The story behind our Ray-morphing-into-goat poster:
Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, and during the early 20th century, what is now known as Bucktown was a prominent Polish neighborhood.  Residents would leave their goats in their yards, and since a male goat is called a "buck" the area became know as Bucktown.
Every year the Bucktown Art Fest Committee creates a poster to commemorate that year's fest, all of which have become collectibles.  Keeping in line with that tradition, Ray wanted to celebrate our tenth anniversary by crafting a poster of our own.

Posters will be available free of charge at the party.

 Art Galleries near Ray's 
 Wicker Park/Bucktown area

Barely Committed to Three Dimensions
Featuring abstract paintings by Rebecca Shore.
open till March 7
1120 N. Ashland, 3rd fl

A group show marking the fifth anniversary of the artist-run gallery. Featuring artists include Lauren Clay, Sabrina Ott, Evan Roberts, Josh Reames & Ben Sanders.
open till March 29
1542 N. Milwaukee, 3rd fl

Paintings and drawings by the artist himself.
open till March 14
2124 N. Damen

Expressionist Portraits

Lithographs by World War II-era printmaker Eleanor Coen.
open till March 7
1120 N. Ashland, 3rd fl