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

Lakeview: There is no shortage of bar crawls for St. Patrick’s Day! Get pumped for the Chicago Shamrock Crawl. This crawl is from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 17 in Wrigleyville. Pre-sale general admission tickets include a free t-shirt and are $40. The tickets also include a breakfast buffet, a gift card to use on the crawl, giveaways, and more! Early packet/t-shirt pickup is available on March 14 from 4-8 pm, March 15 from 4-8 pm, and March 16 from 12-8 pm at Bar Louie (333 N. Dearborn St.) You will select your t-shirt size at packet pick-up and can pick up friends packets as long as you have their printed ticket. You can also pick up your packet the day of the crawl; this location will be announced on Friday March 16. The crawl schedule will also be announced on Friday, March 16! Learn more and buy your tickets here!

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own noodles? Well, you’re in luck! Join Furious Spoon for the ultimate, hands-on ramen noodle making class. Furious Spoon has been named one of Chicago’s favorite ramen restaurants. Classes are available for various dates, one being this Saturday March 10 at 11 am. Tickets are $95 per person and include one bowl of ramen, one cocktail, and a take-home kit. You must reserve your spot and pay in advance. Noodle making classes hold a maximum of 8 people per class. Guests must be 12 years of age or older and be able to stand comfortably for 2 hours. Find more information and make your reservation here!

Lincoln Park: Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day was initially billed as a feast day in honor of St. Patrick himself? It was a chance for those abstaining during Lent to let loose- minus the alcohol. It wasn’t until the late 20th century that Ireland lifted the ordinance that had kept all businesses (including pubs) closed on that day! Join Read It & Eat and Chef Madelaine Bullwinkel for a St. Patty’s Day cooking class that will recreate a contemporary Irish feast. The class is on Saturday, March 17 from 11 am to 2 pm at 2142 N Halsted St. The menu is as follows: Mussels with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Lager; Brown Soda Bread with Smoked Salmon Pate; Beef and Guinness Pie; and Apple Cake with Custard Sauce. Skills covered include purchasing/cleaning/cooking mussels, baking powder bread technique, appetizer spreads, browning and braising meat, savory pastry dough, and more. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased here in advance.

Lincoln Square: Join Dank Haus for a Stammtisch, or Open House, on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 pm. Dank Haus hosts this event on the 3rd Friday of every month on the 6th floor in their beautiful Skyline Lounge. Each night has a theme to get conversations started, from trivia to game nights to Elvis and German bands. This month is Trivia Night! Show off your smarts when it comes to all things German. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Admission is free and there is free parking at the MB Financial Bank Lot after 6 pm. Find more information about this awesome free event here!

Edgewater: Don’t forget about the kiddos this weekend! Join Edge of Sweetness Bakery for their “Kids Basics Baking Series” on Sunday March 11 from 2 to 4 pm. This is a class for children 8 years of age or older and teaches the basics of baking and frosting cupcakes. The class will discuss ingredients that go into the recipes and how they work together, teach the basics of mixing ingredients and portioning batters, and have a fun day of hands-on baking! Participants will take home all of the recipes and instructions, as well as all the goodies they produce in class. You will also become eligible for a 20% discount on a future class! Tickets are $40 and available for purchase in advance here.

Portage Park: Join The Patio Theater for a documentary film premiere of “Shred America”. This film premieres in Chicago after 10 years in the making. The film follows four 20-year olds traveling from Chicago to New York on skateboards. Fueled by youthful ignorance, the four navigate America’s landscape through a maze of wrong turns and unfortunate circumstances. The showing is on Saturday, March 24 at The Patio Theater. Doors open at 5 pm and the showing begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here. You can find more information about the film here.