CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Edgewater, Chicago Loop, Evanston

Bucktown and Wicker Park: It’s time to make your New Year’s Eve plans! Join TUKO Cantina for a rockin’ NYE party! There will be a hosted bar from 8 to 9 pm, DJs spinning tunes, complimentary party favors, and delicious tacos by Executive Chef Chris de la Cueva! Early bird tickets are just $20 and general admission tickets are $25. Get yours here before they sell out!

Lakeview: Celebrate the holiday season at Gallagher Way, just steps away from Wrigley Field! There are so many holiday activities to enjoy. Try ice skating on the outdoor rink! This family-friendly rink is the perfect way to celebrate the season and is free for anyone under 12 years old. Skate with Santa on Thursdays through December 20 from 4:30 to 6:40 pm. Have you always wanted to learn how to curl? Learn to Curl classes are available from January 8-10 and 22-24. Each date has three evening sessions with room for 16 curlers per session. Classes cost $50 and include a beverage of your choice from Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville. To learn about all the holiday programming available at Gallagher Way, click here.

Lincoln Park: Tapster wants to celebrate their first Christmas in the neighborhood while spreading some holiday cheer! On Sunday, December 16 from 1-4 pm, Tapster will be getting a visit from the big guy himself… Santa! Santa will be around for free pictures with your kiddos, while you kick back and relax with a holiday beverage. Find out more here.

Edgewater: Want to get a little crafty this holiday season? Check out the Mandalas on Vinyl Records Class at Steep Theatre on Sunday, December 30. Learn easy techniques to mandala drawing or create your own style as you design your own vintage vinyl record. All record making supplies will be provided and there is no need for prior drawing experience. Find more information here.

Chicago Loop: Celebrate NYE in style at the trendy W Chicago- City Center! Hop from room to room with multiple party areas, enjoy an all-inclusive package featuring top shelf drinks, buffets, champagne, party favors, midnight celebrations, and more! If you’re feeling really fancy, take an elevator home with discounted rooms starting at just $169 per night. General admission tickets are $125 for a 4.5 hour all inclusive premium package. VIP tickets are $145 for a 5.5 hour all inclusive top shelf package. Tickets are selling fast! Don’t miss out, buy yours here now.

Evanston: Join The Celtic Knot Public House for a very special holiday storytelling event. On Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm, join Greg Weiss for a one man reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Moira’s Afternoon Tea will be served during intermission! Tickets are $25 per person and advance reservations are strongly recommended. One half of the ticket price will be donated to the Forrest E. Powell Foundation, an Evanston based organization with a mission to help people work to achieve their dreams. Click here for more information.