CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Old Town, Edgewater, Oak Park

Lincoln Park: From owning your own business to climbing the corporate ladder, you’ll find inspiration and practical professional advice at Sharing Success: Women in Business! This panel and networking event will be held on Wednesday April 24 from 8-10 am at the Greenhouse Theater Center  and is open to anyone interested in boosting their career. The interactive panel will be moderated by Melissa Lagowski, CEO & Founder of Big Buzz Idea Group. Panelists include Edda Coscioni, lead stylist and salon owner of Salon Edda and Susan Nicholl, General Manager of Theatre on the Lake. A portion of every ticket sold benefits GirlForward, a not-for-profit organization that helps create and enhance opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. Bring non-perishable snacks and/or school supplies for their summer camp this year and you’ll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to Lincoln Park Uncorked: An Armitage-Halsted Wine Stroll. Tickets include complimentary breakfast bites and refreshments. Purchase yours here now.

Lakeview: The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Front Porch Concerts proudly present “PorchFest Lakeview”! On Sunday June 2 from 1-5 pm, this community-building festival features local musicians performing on front porches within a few blocks of South Lakeview. Lakeview residents volunteer their porches to host the concerts and local musicians will perform throughout the afternoon. Along with lots of great music, there will be activities, food, craft beer (cash only), and great times with the community! Find more information on the event’s Facebook page. If you RSVP with Do312, you’ll receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. 

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Mark your calendars for Free Morning Yoga at FjallRaven on Friday, April 26 at 8 am. This yoga class is always free and happens every Friday from 8 am to 9 am. Professional instructor Cassi Stuckman will lead the class. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Bring your own yoga mat. Fjallraven is located at 1708 N Damen Ave. For more information, contact Lucas Torres at

Old Town: Join Orso’s in Old Town for their Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 4 at 3 pm. Sip on $5 Mint Juleps, $6 mixed well drinks, and $6 glasses of house wine. Put on your best derby hat— the winner receives a bottle of wine! For more information, click here.

Edgewater: With the weather getting steadily warmer, we can finally start to get excited about outdoor activities! The Edgewater Yard and Sidewalk Sale will take place Saturday June 1 from 9 am to 4 pm. Shop over 200 household and business yard and sidewalk sales; who knows what treasures you’ll find! Participating households and businesses will be found from Foster to Devon and Clark to Sheridan. Don’t miss out on this long-running Edgewater tradition! If you are a resident and wish to participate, connect with a coordinator by emailing

Oak Park: It’s time again for What’s Blooming on Harrison! This family-oriented event will be held on Saturday, May 18. The Oak Park Arts District will be highlighted with artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances, and an art fair featuring guest artists and local crafts people. This fantastic festival takes over Harrison Street from Cuyler Avenue to Humphrey from 11 am to 7 pm. Music will continue at the Taylor Avenue Beer Garden and Main Stage until 9 pm. Family Fun Activities include a children’s carnival, live music, dance, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. The Family Stage will feature young Oak Park performers as well! Find more information here.