CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, River North, Edgewater, Oak Park

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Meet People Chicago brings you the “Division Street Bar Crawl”. Hop on board as they hit the best bars Division Street has to offer! The crawl includes Fifty/50, FatPour, InnJoy, Easy Bar, and Bourbon on Division. Bar schedule and check in information will be emailed out the day of the crawl: August 4. The crawl starts at 4 pm and ends at 9 pm. Tickets range from $5 to $20, depending on when you purchase, so get yours now here!

Lincoln Park: It’s finally time! Taste of Lincoln Avenue, one of Chicago’s most iconic street fests, returns for it’s 35th year to the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Stretching over several city blocks on Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood, this amazing festival includes over 20 music acts on two stages, a stand-alone “Kids Carnival”, food, libations, and arts & crafts. Adults can also sign up for ticketed afternoon wine/whiskey tastings in tented areas. With the purchase of a tasting pass you can sample up to 15 varieties of wine or 10 expertly curated whiskies. There is a suggested $10 donation. Find more information here.

Lakeview: It’s time again for Women in Comedy’s annual “Inside Jokes” conference! This hilarious and informative evening is for women seeking advice on building their career in comedy. This evening includes a speed networking session followed by a panel of professional comedians, producers, and writers from Chicago. This year’s theme is “Shameless Self Promotion”. The event is Sunday, July 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Find more information about the featured panelists here. Admission is free!

River North: Tickets are available now for the “3 Floyds 90s Summer Lot Party” on Sunday, July 29 from 12 to 4 pm. Held in the back parking lot of Headquarters Beercade, there will be great beer, tasty food, a 90s Nick costume contest, 90s Nick trivia, and the opportunity to play a dozen physical challenges inspired by the classic 90s show Double Dare! General admission includes five rare 3 Floyds Beers of your choice, 90s Nick inspired food stations and buffets, entry to the $200 costume contest, and access to play in the Double Dare challenges. The 90s inspired Nick menu includes Krabby Patties, Goodburgers, Wild Thornberry Salad, and more. There will be themed cocktails inspired by 90s favorites like Yoo Hoo, Capri Sun, Kool Aid Jammers, and more. Find more information and get your tickets here!

Edgewater: Mark your calendars for EdgeFest! The festival will be on Saturday, August 4 from 11 to 10 pm and Sunday, August 5 from 12 to 9 pm on Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore. EdgeFest is both a community party and a fundraiser for the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Gate donations and beer sales go toward paying for the production costs of the festival and any other profit is invested back into this non-profit organization. This festival features flavorful cuisine, award-winning entertainment, and family fun. There will also be a Pet Parade on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Find more information here.

Oak Park: It’s time again for the 12th Annual Wright Ride! Sponsored by Visit Oak Park, this is the summer’s finest celebration of recreation and architecture! Grab your bike and gear up for a leisurely ride through the charming and architecturally rich neighborhoods in the Oak Park area.  This event caters to riders of all skill levels with 10, 20, 30, 50, and 72 mile routes that showcase some of the area’s finest architectural landmarks- including more than a dozen designed by Wright himself. There are multiple rest stops every 12-15 miles that offer fruit, snacks, Gatorade, and iced tea. Registration fees are $30 for adults on the 30, 50, or 72 mile route; $20 for adults on the 10 mile route; and $5 for children under 12 on all routes. The ride is on August 19 and you can register here.