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Bleeding Heart Bakery to Shutter August 5

By Patty Wetli

Having just opened its new location at 1351 W. Belmont Ave. in June, Bleeding Heart Bakery owners Vinny and Michelle Garcia announced this afternoon via Facebook that they are closing up shop: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce, today, that Chicago’s Bleeding Heart Bakery is closing on August 5th, 2012. We have Read the Rest…

Black Dog Opens on Belmont

By Geoff Dankert

The first round in what hungry historians will one day describe as the Roscoe Village Gelato Wars has gone to Jessica Oloroso’s Black Dog Gelato. Her new store at 1955 W. Belmont Ave., an address most recently inhabited by Bleeding Heart Bakery, opened to little fanfare but many customers on May 22. Since confirming her Read the Rest…

You’re Invited to Chicago’s Birthday Bash; Please, No Gifts

By Patty Wetli

To celebrate the city’s 175th birthday, the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., is throwing a party for all Chicagoans. Instead of feeling compelled to bring a present (um, wouldn’t that be our taxes), guests are on the receiving end of the gift exchange: the museum is offering free admission on March 4. It’s Read the Rest…

Bleeding Heart So Close to Reopening, You Can Almost Taste It

By Patty Wetli

Michelle Garcia sure knows how to tease her fans. The pastry chef and co-owner of Bleeding Heart Bakery announced the new, Original Bleeding Heart Bakery would open this week at 1351 W. Belmont, just blocks from its old location. The catch: the kitchen isn’t up and running yet, though Garcia and husband Vinny are taking Read the Rest…

Bleeding Heart Moving To Lakeview, Edging Out Hookah Bar

By Patty Wetli

Now we know why Bleeding Heart put its neon sign up for sale last month: The bakery is moving from its home at 1955 W. Belmont Ave. to comfier digs a few blocks away at 1351 W. Belmont Ave. the space that formerly housed Paper Boy and was a proposed spot for a controversial hookah bar. Though Read the Rest…

National Vanilla Cupcake Day: This Calls for a Cupcake Crawl

By Patty Wetli

Not that you need an excuse for a cupcake crawl, but this Thursday, November 10, is National Vanilla Cupcake Day. To get your sugar buzz on, follow our handy guide to neighborhood sweet spots. Dinkel’s Bakery, 3329 N. Lincoln Ave., offers a buy one, get one free cupcake special on Tuesdays. (Plan a belated celebration Read the Rest…

Bleeding Heart’s Neon Sign for Sale

By Patty Wetli

If you’ve always wanted to own your own bakery, here’s your chance: Bleeding Heart’s “bakery” is for sale. No, not the shop, with its wildly popular punk rock pastries, but its vintage neon “bakery” sign. For years the sign has served as an iconic pointer to BHB’s Roscoe Village location at 1955 W. Belmont, no Read the Rest…

Moving Sale Today at Bleeding Heart Bakery

By Patty Wetli

I haven’t shopped a moving sale since the time I paid $15 for a used canning jar. (Got an overpriced condo you’d like to unload? Call me.) But Bleeding Heart’s rummage sale has me intrigued. I’ve always wanted my own bakery display case, preferably fully stocked with cookies and cupcakes. If you’re similarly inclined, here’s Read the Rest…

Roscoe View Gathers A Few “Best Of” From Chicago Reader

By Mike Fourcher

The Chicago Reader released the results of its “Best Of” reader poll, and this year Roscoe View didn’t do too shabby. Even if you didn’t live in the neighborhood, some of the winners would are clear favorites (um, Paulina? Lake View Y?). This year there were also a couple blockbuster winners who maybe had more Read the Rest…

Bleeding Heart Bakery Collecting Donations for Storm Victims

By Patty Wetli

Looks like Bleeding Heart takes its name seriously. The punk rock bakery is collecting donations today for victims of the recent devastating storms that have struck the Midwest. Stop by the Roscoe Village location, 1955 W. Belmont, with any canned food and clothing you can spare. Baby clothes are especially needed.

Get Your Pastries for Purim

By Patty Wetli

Paczkis are so last week. This week it’s all about the hamantaschen. For the uninitiated, hamantaschen are three-cornered cookies traditionally filled with prune or poppyseed (though other fruits, nuts or even chocolate are acceptable) and eaten during the Jewish celebration of Purim. Purim falls on March 20 this year (technically starting at sundown on March Read the Rest…

Get Your Pastries for Purim

By Patty Wetli

Paczkis are so last week. This week it’s all about the hamantaschen. For the uninitiated, hamantaschen are three-cornered cookies traditionally filled with prune or poppyseed (though other fruits, nuts or even chocolate are acceptable) and eaten during the Jewish celebration of Purim. Purim falls on March 20 this year (technically starting at sundown on March Read the Rest…

Where to Get Your Paczkis on Fat Tuesday

By Patty Wetli

What dyeing the Chicago River green is to St. Patrick’s Day, the paczki is to Fat Tuesday. What’s not to love about these crème- and fruit-filled puffs of fried dough? Just that they only come around once a year. Originally created by the Poles as a way to use up lard, sugar, eggs and fruit Read the Rest…

Where to Get Your Paczkis on Fat Tuesday

By Patty Wetli

What dyeing the Chicago River green is to St. Patrick’s Day, the paczki is to Fat Tuesday. What’s not to love about these crème- and fruit-filled puffs of fried dough? Just that they only come around once a year. Originally created by the Poles as a way to use up lard, sugar, eggs and fruit Read the Rest…

Vote for Bleeding Heart as ‘Cadillac of Cakes’

By Patty Wetli

When I think Bleeding Heart Bakery, Harley-Davidson springs to mind more than Cadillac. But BHB proved it can do classy as well as rock ‘n’ roll, taking first prize in the Cadillac of Cakes Competition held during the First Look for Charity Night at the Chicago Auto Show. Competing against Roeser’s Bakery and TipsyCake, the Read the Rest…

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