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

Lakeview: Do you love Turner Classic Movies? So does the Annoyance Theatre! Join them for Improvised Turner Classic Movies on Thursday evenings at 9:30 pm. The show opens on June 20 and runs every Thursday until July 18. Tickets are just $8. Add dinner on to your show ticket for just $29. Head over to Drew’s on Halsted, just down Belmont, for their special pre fixe menu before or after this show. Offer only valid until 10:30 pm. Purchase your tickets here.

Lincoln Park: Join West Ridge Nature Preserve Park in celebrating the re-opening of their Nature Play Area! On Thursday June 20 from 3 to 9 pm, there will be crafts, live music, food trucks, nature activities, face painting, a campfire, and a marshmallow roast. Stay until 8 pm for star gazing and a bat walk. This is a family friendly event! The event is free, but you can pre-register here

Bucktown and Wicker Park: Join the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce for an evening of mingling and mixing at the June Mixer. The evening is hosted by Caspian Kabab, home of fine Persian cuisine, on June 12 from 6 to 8 pm. You’ll have a change to mingle with the businesses of Wicker Park, all while enjoying delicious food and drink. Member RSVP is free; non-member tickets are just $10 and include two drink tickets. Purchase your tickets or RSVP here.

River North: Mark your calendars for the 2019 Chicago Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival! On Saturday June 29, you can choose from three sessions: a premium session from 12 to 2:30 pm, a VIP session from 3:30 to 6 pm, and a general admission session from 4 to 6 pm. Each session includes a 2 hour whiskey tasting (2 1/2 for VIP and premium), 15 tasting tickets, featured food and drink specials, entries to giveaways, and more. Plus part of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. Tickets start at $35. Find more information and buy yours in advance here

Lincoln Square: It’s farmer’s market season! Join Lincoln Square for a Tuesday Morning Farmer’s Market. This market is at the Western brown line ‘L’ stop from 7 am to 1 pm every Tuesday morning. Tuesday vendors include Black Cat Kitchen, C & D Family Farms, Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies, John Bailey Honey, River Valley Ranch, and more. The market opens this Tuesday June 4 and runs until October 29th. Each week there will be a mix of activities, including kids activities, yoga, and chef demos. Find more information here.

Oak Park: Start your weekends early with Thursday Night Out! This is Downtown Oak Park’s popular dine-around series. Thursday Night Out runs every Thursday (excluding July 4) from May 30th to August 29th from 5 to 9 pm. Over 20 downtown Oak Park restaurants offer a variety of drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. You can either dine at the restaurant or carry out. Tables are also set up outside for patrons to enjoy live music while dining al fresco. Ticket booklets are $20 and contain 4 dine-around tickets and one voucher for $2.50 off two adult priced movie tickets. For every two ticket booklets purchased, customers receive one complimentary $5 DTOP gift certificate good at participating shops on Thursday evenings during the TNO season. Find more information here!