CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Portage Park

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Still committed to your 2018 resolutions? Mark your calendars for February 6! Located at the HealthSource of Wicker Park (1448 N Milwaukee), come here Dr. Kari’s famous “Half Hour to Health” presentation. In this short talk, Dr. Kari talks about simple ways to improve your well being. The event is from 6:30 to 7 pm. Find more information here.

Lincoln Park: Join HopCat for a beer dinner with Forbidden Root! This Tuesday, January 30 from 7 to 10 pm, the evening will feature a 5 beer, 4 course beer dinner. Randy Mosher, Forbidden Root’s alchemist, will be speaking about the brewery and its beers throughout the dinner. The first course is bacon seared scallops with a creamy truffle sauce, paired with Sparkling Rose, a Belgian Style Ale. The second course is mixed greens and arugula with red pepper vinegar, paired with Dragon Zest, a Belgian style tripel. The third course is flank steak topped with blue cheese and roasted red pepper, paired with WPA, an American Pale Ale. The fourth course is chocolate mousse with a cookie crumble, paired with ME DRINK COOKIE!, an American Brown Ale. Admission is $33.08 per person. RSVP here!

Lakeview: Looking for a little comedy? Check out Shark Tank: The Musical at Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont). In case you’re unfamiliar, Shark Tank is a reality show where entrepreneurs and small business owners pitch their concepts to a panel of potential investors. Greg Ott and Jennifer Estlin (owner of the Annoyance) have transformed this series into an improvised musical where panelists give contestants the third degree about their products, services, or business; all made up on the spot! General admission tickets are $20, $15 for students. The show is every Friday at 8 pm on the main stage and runs until March 30. 

Lincoln Square: The bar is open at The Chopping Block! Join them for Happy Hour every Thursday evening from 5 to 7 pm. Select wines will be featured each week for $7 per glass. You can go as early as today, January 25! Find more information on their website.

Logan Square: This Sunday, January 28, join Harmony House for Cats for their “Kitty Cocktails at Easy Street Fundraiser”. From 5 to 8 pm, admission is $30- including call drinks, 20 varieties of import/craft beers, sangria, and house wine. Food will be available for purchase, including appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and pizza. The event is located at 3750 N Central. Find more information on their website!

Portage Park: Summer is the time of farmer’s markets, but that doesn’t mean winter has to kill our fun! Check out the Jefferson Park Sunday Winter Park. This fabulous winter market is at the Copernicus Center Annex (5214 W. Lawrence) this Sunday, January 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be live music, provided by singer/songwriter David Smith. There will be shopping bags for sale, but select booths will have them for free for the first shoppers! Vendors include Barefoot Books, Buckaroo Pepper Jam, Covered in Chocolate, Little Bison, Pappardelle’s Pasta, and WineNot Candles. Find more information on their website!