CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Andersonville, River North, Evanston


Bucktown and Wicker Park: After more than 70 years of business, Sam’s Red Hots is leaving Bucktown. Don’t cry yet; it’s being replaced by Jr’s Red Hots! If all his ducks are in a row, owner Arturo Torres Jr. predicts the new eatery will open next weekend. Hours will be 10 am to midnight on weekdays and from 10 am to 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Jr’s menu includes Chicago dogs, polish sausages, and hamburgers. Hot dogs and sausages start at $3.89 and hamburgers at $5.49 (all orders include French fries). The stand is located at 2345 W. Armitage Ave.

Lincoln Park: Chopo Chicken is coming to Lincoln Park this Sunday! Located at 2460 N. Clark St., the restaurant will bring Peruvian cuisine to the neighborhood. On Sunday, the new spot will be serving up free chicken and yucca fries from 12 pm to 3 pm. The menu includes quarter-chicken bowls, cilantro beef stew, and ceviche bowls. Some of their mouthwatering sides are the aforementioned yucca fries, sweet potato fries, and polleria coleslaw. The outside of the restaurant is stunning as well, featuring a colorful mural designed by one of the owners and inspired by Peruvian fabrics.

Lakeview: Byron’s Hot Dogs is temporarily closed due to an unexpected fire. Located at 1017 W. Irving Park Road, the shop has not announced a re-opening date. The fire was small and there was minimal damage, so the owners hope to open back up within the next few weeks. Their second location (1701 W. Lawrence Ave.) is up and running.

Andersonville: Back for its 11th year, the Andersonville Wine Walk is on May 21, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Event-goers can choose from either the North or South route. Each route  has 13 locations, each pouring 3 wines. The event features 39 wines curated by In Fine Spirits (5418 N. Clark St.). Participating businesses include: Jerry’s, Andersonville Antiques, Mercantile M, TrueNorth Cafe, Milk Handmade, Candyality, and the Wooden Spoon. Check is at 1 pm at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N. Clark St.). Tickets cost $35 in advance. Get yours today, here!

River North: The music lineup has been released for this year’s Taste of Chicago! The two main headliners are Alessia Cara and Grammy-winning Ben Harper. Other bands include Twin Peaks, a Chicago-based band, Passion Pit, and The O’Jays. Tickets are on sale now and you can buy yours here! Taste of Chicago runs from 11 am to 9 pm July 5-7 and 10 am- 9 pm July 8-9 in Grant Park.

Evanston: Ice skating isn’t just a winter sport! The spring show Cirque Spectaculaire is at the Robert Crown Center (1701 Main Street) in Evanston this Saturday. The show is from 6 to 8:30 pm. All skaters enrolled in spring classes are eligible to participate. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $9 for general admission. For more information, please call 847-448-8258.