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

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Get down to the Dean Theatre for the Reddy Freddy Films Sci-fi Showcase! This Friday May 25, for just $7, the evening will include synthy beeps and boops from musical guests, space-themed short films, and the complete premiere of Dustin Puehler’s The Depression Trilogy. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Find more information here.

Lakeview: The International Ocean Film Tour is on its way to Chicago for a one night only special! You’ll see the most amazing ocean adventures and environmental documentaries. You can see them at Landmark Century Centre Cinema on Wednesday June 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are just $18 and can be bought in advance at 970-275-1234 or online.

Lincoln Park: It’s finally festival season! It’s time for the Old Town Art Fair. On Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, there will be over 250 nationally acclaimed artists, a Garden Walk, live music, a food court, and a children’s corner. Art mediums include 2D and 3D media, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, stone, and wood. The festival is from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Food vendors include Anthony’s Italian Ice, DaLobsta, Ranalli’s, and more. Find more information here

Chicago Loop: Don’t miss this fantastic one night only event! The Chicago Philharmonic joins with clowns, acrobats, strongmen, jugglers, and aerialists for “Cirque de la Symphonie”. This extraordinary spectacle for the ears and eyes is performed to classic movie music from Superman, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Gladiator, Chicago, and more. The event is Sunday May 26 at 7:30 pm. Purchase your tickets here.

Andersonville: Mark your calendars for a BYOB Sip and Paint event at Andersonville Galleria! On Friday May 31 from 6-8:30 pm, bring yourself and a friend for an evening of socializing, painting, and fun. You’ll be visually guided through each step of painting! Tickets are just $39.  Price includes all painting supplies, a take-home canvas, fun and interactive instructions, and light snacks. Find more information here.

Evanston: Believe it or not, biking used to be a radical activity for women! Frances Willard helped lead the way to equality on her bicycle Gladys. Join the Frances Willard House in Evanston in celebrating her spirit with a day centered on the historical importance and joy of riding bicycles! Willard House Bike Day is this Sunday May 26 from 1-4 pm. You’ll enjoy a new spin on Evanston’s history with activities for the whole family including crafts for kids, bicycle decorating, bike-themed tours of the house, and photos with Gladys, Willard’s beloved bicycle. This Bike Day event is $10 per person and $5 for students. Find more information here.