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

Lakeview: When’s the last time you cleaned out your closet? If you’re anything like me, it’s been a while! Now you have an opportunity to clear out your closet clutter and donate to a great cause at the same time. CD One Price Cleaners has partnered with The Cara Foundation, an organization that prepares and inspires individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and forge paths to long-term success. Cara teaches specific skills, like computer classes and how to interview, all while helping individuals find full time jobs. CD Cleaners is asking its customers to donate their gently used men’s and women’s clothing, including suits, skirts, blouses, and dress pants. You can drop off your items at any of their 36 locations. Donation begins on February 23 and runs until March 31. Find a list of locations on their website!

Bucktown and Wicker Park: It’s not too early to make plans for St. Patrick’s Day! Get ready for the 2018 Chicago St. Pat’s Bar Crawl in Wicker Park! The crawl begins at 11 am on Saturday, March 17. Check-in is at The Flat Iron (1565 N Milwaukee). Your package includes two $5 gift cards for food or drink, drink specials ($3, $4, and $5 specials), a St. Pat’s Shot Glass medallion, no cover fee at participating venues, and a photo hunt/ online contest for Best Green Group photos! Tickets start at $12, but admission will increase, so get yours soon. Buy your tickets and find more information here!

Lincoln Park: Are you craving summer weather and activities? Well, we can’t do much about the weather, but we can help with the activities! Join Summer House Rum Club for “An Island Luau” this Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 pm. Escape the cold weather and go on a journey to paradise on the back patio, complete with tiki-inspired drinks and passed Hawaiian classics. Food includes: Coconut Shrimp with orange sweet chili dip, house-made Crispy King Crab Dumplings with sweet and sour sauce, Ahi Tuna Poke with plantain chips, Chicken Kabobs with lime and rum, Prime Beef Satay, and Banana Leaf Roasted Kalua-style Berkshire Pork with sweet Hawaiian rolls, corn and flour tortillas, pineapple chutney salsa, and pickled red onions. Tickets are $65 per guest, plus tax. Please call 773-634-4100 or email Michelle at for tickets. Find more information about this summery event here!

River North: Mark your calendars! It’s time for the 2018 Chicago Wine Fest- a River North wine tasting! The event is on Saturday, March 10 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Located at Moe’s Cantina River North, the event will feature wine tastings of over 35 wines from all over the world and a cheese plate. Tickets are $60 and are available for purchase now!

Lincoln Square: Looking for something new? On the fourth Friday of every month, DANK Haus screens modern German films with English subtitles. They have a brand new screen and projector to further enhance your viewing experience! DANK Haus encourages participants to engage in discussions about the film and to suggest films they’d like to see in the future. Admission is free and there are drinks and snacks available for purchase. DANK Haus is located in the German American Cultural Center at 4740 North Western Avenue. The next film is called Honig Im Kompf and will be screened on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 pm. Find more information here!

Portage Park: Need a little relaxation? Breathe and Brunch is the event for you! This yoga and superfood feast will feature a gentle and rejuvenating yoga class followed by fresh and healthy eats. The event is Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 12 pm at Anne’s Haven (5629 W. Irving Park). Tickets are $25 and space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Find more information and reserve your spot here.