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

Lincoln Park: Celebrate local flavors at Chicago’s indoor neighborhood food festival: Savor Lincoln Park! On Wednesday, February 20 from 6-9 pm, you’ll enjoy great food and great views at Theatre on the Lake. Participating restaurants include Blue Door Farm Stand, Broken English Taco Pub, Oyster Bah, Geja’s Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and more. You can also treat yourself to one-of-a-kind silent auction packages from some of Chicago’s best destinations and take a snapshot at Fotio’s vintage photo booth. General admission tickets are $40 and with a group of 5 or more, you can score 15% off on tickets ($34 per person). Purchase your tickets here!

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Milktooth hosts an all-day, Midwestern-inspired food and drink takeover at Wicker Park’s classic Tex-Mex diner Dove’s Luncheonette. On Monday, February 18th, there will be two chefs and one fantastic brunch! In the morning, you can expect breakfast miso soup with pickled kombu and beech mushrooms, yucca latkes with acorn squash jam and pickled melon rind, and much more. In the evening, Milktooth’s chef Jonathan Brooks and Dove’s Luncheonette chef Tom Carlin will craft a joint selection of dishes including  a seared tuna sandwich on Texas toast, bacon-wrapped rabbit hot dogs with Southern-inspired Mexican toppings, and more. Find more information on Dove’s website.

Lakeview: Enjoy a charming, vintage Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at the Music Box Theatre! Celebrate with a “Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along”. The afternoon begins with a selection of love songs played on the Music Box’s organ. Song lyrics will be projected on the screen so you can sing along! Tunes include “You Are My Sunshine”, “Bicycle Built for Two”, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”, and more. This is followed by a showing of the classic film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This event is on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm. Buy your tickets here.

River North: Still looking for your perfect Valentine’s Day date? Try a round of Speed Dating! On Wednesday, February 13 from 7-9 pm at the Pink Taco, you’ll meet other single professionals in their 30s and 40s from the Chicago metro area. There will be up to 12 men and 12 women at the event and each date will last for 5 minutes. The event is $35 and you can register here!

Andersonville: Mark your calendars now for the 3rd Annual Andersonville Restaurant Week! From February 22 to March 3, participating restaurants will offer $10, $20, and $30 menu specials and prix fixe dinner offers. Here’s some of the specials you can look forward to! Big Jones is offering a $30 three-course Mardi Gras prix fixe; Kopi Cafe is serving up a $10 panini and a cup of soup; Octavio Cantina will have a $20 prix fixe; and Anteprima will serve a $30 three-course prix fixe menu with $20 wine specials. See the full list of restaurants and specials here!

Oak Park: Looking for something a little different for your Sunday night? Check out Jazz Jammin’ at the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park! This is the only professional weekly jam session in the Western burbs. Led by Doug Lalli, the fantastic three-piece house band (piano, drums, bass) plays from 4-7 pm. The jam is always open to fellow musicians and singers! Bring your friends, family, and anyone who loves great music. There is no cover and there’s free street parking. You can also enjoy a delicious dinner, full bar, and yummy desserts. Check out the website for more info.