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

Lakeview: Join Lux Cantorum, Chicago’s premier sacred choral music ensemble, to celebrate the holiday season with songs of light from across the globe! Catch their performance of Light of the World on Thursday, December 13 at 8 pm at Saint Luke Church Chicago. This concert will feature holiday favorites, as well as music that may be new to you. Tickets are $15.75 in advance, $20 at the door, and free for children 10 and under. Buy your tickets here!

Lincoln Park: It’s time for the 2018 Jingle Bell Run! So put on your favorite holiday costume, tie jingle bells to your shoes, and be part of the longest-running holiday-themed 5K race series! This race raises funds and awareness for The Arthritis Foundation. Get together a team of friends, family, and co-workers to run or walk, all while spreading smiles and good cheer! 100% of your registration feee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause. The event is on Saturday, December 8 and begins at the Chicago History Museum at 9 am. Registration and packet pick-up begin at 7:30 am. Registration prices range from $30 to $75. It’s not too late! Register here, today!

Bucktown and Wicker Park: This is the 20th anniversary of the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow! This holiday show brings together artists who make one-of-a-kind works of art for sale for an audience of holiday shoppers. The show features media, photography, textiles, watercolors, oils, jewelry, ceramics, and more. It takes place at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 8 on Sunday, December 9 from 12 pm to 5 pm. Find more information here.

Lincoln Square: Shop local and handmade for the holidays! Waters Craft Market is on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 3 pm. The market is located at Waters Elementary School and admission is free! Invite your friends and family to shop local with fantastic hand crafted selections from local artists. There will be tons of fun activities for the kids, including a Giving Tree, Cake Walk, and food vendors for the whole family! Find more information here.

Edgewater: Are you looking for unique, thoughtful Christmas gifts? You’ve got to check out A Vintage Holiday Market! This amazing event is on December 1 and features vintage holiday merchandise, jewelry, antiques, decor, coats, clothing, toys, vinyl, and more. It’s one day only— so don’t miss your chance! The event is at St. Andrew’s Church (5649 N Sheridan Rd) in Edgewater from 11 am to 6 pm. Admission is $6. Bring your appetites too— this is best Greek food and spinach pie you can find! All food proceeds benefit the church. Find more information here.

Portage Park: The Portage-Cragin branch of the Chicago Public Library is hosting “An Adult Book Discussion: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”. Held on Monday, November 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, this adult book club will discuss this fascinating novel, set in the near future. The novel has also been turned into a popular TV series, now filming its third season. Find more information here.