CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lakeview, Chicago Loop, Lincoln Square, Oak Park


Lincoln Park: Still looking for Thursday evening plans? You’re in luck! The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting the inaugural “Lincoln Park Uncorked“, a wine crawl along Armitage Avenue and Halsted Street. Wine and appetizers will be served at more than a dozen locations from 6 to 9 pm this evening. All participants must be 21 and over and tickets are $50 at the door. Locations include: All She Wrote, Barry’s Boot Camp, Chez Moi, Dream Dry, and Via Strozzi. Check-in is in the Bridgeview Bank parking lot at the corner of Armitage and Halsted.

Bucktown and Wicker Park: The Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale is back this weekend! The annual sale is presented by the garden club and the Chicago Park District. Vegetables, herbs, flowering annuals, hanging baskets, and more will be available for purchase. Weather permitting, the sale will be from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday at 1425 N. Damen Ave. If it’s rainy, the sale will be moved inside the field house gym. Proceeds from the sale go towards maintaining Wicker Park’s gardens, including new plants and decorative urns for the center fountain.

Lakeview: Long-time sushi joint Nineface Thai and Sushi will be relocating this Sunday. Now at 3911 N. Sheridan (near the Sheridan L Stop), it is moving to 2965 N. Lincoln Ave. All the tenants of the small strip will be relocating (temporarily or permanently) for the arrival of a seven-story apartment building. The new building will include ground floor retail, so the developer hopes to retain some of his current tenants.

Chicago Loop: A new museum is coming to the Loop! The first of its kind in the nation, the American Writers Museum will open May 16 at 180 N. Michigan Ave. The museum will have five permanent galleries, two rotating ones, and more exhibits that showcase American authors. The museum will also include a “Reading Hall” that will host films, workshops, and live readings. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for kids. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tuesdays through Sundays and 10 am to 8 pm on Thursdays. Find more information on their website!

Lincoln Square: If you’re a wine fanatic, you’ve gotta get yourself to Lincoln Square tonight! Bianca Bosker, author of “Cork Dork”, will discuss her book this evening at the Book Cellar (4736 N. Lincoln Ave.) She has written about food and wine for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 7 pm and wine will  be served. The book costs $17 and Bianca will stick around after the reading to sign books.

Oak Park: The Uncork Illinois Wine Festival is just around the corner! This is the fourth year of Downtown Oak Park’s event and it promises to be a spectacular day. From 1 to 9 pm on June 3, Chicago wine fans can sample over 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries. Locally produced artisan foods will also be available for tasting. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $15 until May 24th. Tickets are $20, cash-only at the door. Admission includes a free souvenir glass and seven tastings tickets. Find more information about this fantastic event here!