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

Lincoln Park: One of summer’s best festivals is just two short weeks away! Chicago Hot Dog Fest 2018 is here! The festival is from August 10-12 and this year marks its 6th year. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the World’s Colombian Exposition by indulging in bunches of hot dog offerings and cold beer. You can also let your kids run wild in an area specifically designed for them. There is a $5 suggested donation and a $20 suggested family donation at the gate. Find more information about this awesome festival here!

Lakeview: It’s never too early to mark your calendar for Oktoberfest! This year’s festival starts on Friday, September 28 from 5-10 pm and runs Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 from 11 am to 7 pm. Celebrate the traditions of Oktoberfest with brats, great music, and craft beer. The $50 ticket includes 20 samples, a souvenir tasting glass, a pretzel necklace, and admission to the festival grounds. There is also Kinderfest, featuring plenty of kid-centric activities, an opportunity to teach your kids how to polka, and authentic German food. Kinderfest is open from 11 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out the official website to see the full band lineup, purchase your tickets, and more.

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Need a fun end-of-summer activity for the kiddos? Well, spread your wings and fly during Mr. Dave’s Tom Petty Tribute Show for kids! Located at Chop Shop in the heart of Wicker Park, the show is at 11 am on August 18. Tickets are just $15! Book your brunch reservation early to guarantee seating after the show here. Find more information about this awesome family friendly event here.

Logan Square: The 2018 Logan Square Preservation House & Garden Walk will be on Saturday, September 8! This year marks the 33rd Biennial Walk from 10 am to 5 pm. The meticulously restored Ryan mansion is among the century-old, rarely seen historic homes and churches on this year’s walk. Experienced docents will guide participants through the homes, discuss the unique interior and exterior architecture, and provide insight on the property’s historical significance. As a bonus feature, this year’s walk will also include a collection of vintage cars parked along Logan Boulevard. The event begins at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (2614 N Kedzie). Tickets will be issued here and tour maps provided. Presale tickets are available until September 4 and cost $25; $35 presale tickets include a Logan’s Square Preservation Membership. Tickets can be purchased here.

Andersonville: For the 16th year, Andersonville is thrilled to celebrate Andersonville Arts Week. This year’s extended week-long programming will kick off on Wednesday, September 12 and will feature multiple art forms throughout the week including visual art, dance, theatre, music, kids/family, culinary, handmade, and literary. On Friday September 14, there will be a Stroll & Soiree, an evening of receptions all up and down Clark Street. Keep an eye on this website– it will be updated soon with more details about this year’s events!

Portage Park: Craving a fancy Saturday? Look no further! Every week, Fannie’s hosts Saturday Afternoon High Tea! Every Saturday afternoon at 3 pm, join Fannie’s for afternoon tea served with a delightful spread of pastries and sandwiches. Fannie’s is BYOB and afternoon tea is $24 per person. Call at 708-320-2294 or email to make your reservation. Find more information here.