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

Lincoln Park: It’s almost time for Taste of Lincoln Avenue! This is the 36th year and the event is bigger and better than ever. On Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28 from 12 to 10 pm, Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood will be taken over by this fantastic fest. Over 100 food, arts/crafts, and other vendors will be featured. There are also two stages of live music featuring both national and regional acts; a Kids Carnival with entertainment, arts activities, pony rides, kiddie rides, and more; Wine, Whiskey, and Tequila tastings for the adults; and a Chocolate Fest with tasting and sales. There is a suggested $10 donation for entry. Find more information here

Lakeview: Do you love the X-Files? You’ve got to check out “I Wanna Believe: An X-Files Musical Parody” playing at Annoyance Theatre! A deadly dancing epidemic is spreading among suburbanites and Mulder and Scully are finally forced to confront their feelings for each other, all while singing and dancing. Hurry, you only have a couple of weeks to catch this show! It runs on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm until July 25. Purchase your tickets here now.

Bucktown and Wicker Park: 826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Support this amazing cause by attending 826FORK 2019! On Thursday, July 18 from 7 to 9:30 pm, you’ll experience live acoustic music adapted from poems and stories by 826CHI students. 11 local bands will present 11 pieces written by students aged 6-18. Temperance Beer Co. and Revolution Brewing are generously providing free drinks. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will will support 826CHI’s tuition-free literary arts programs, which serve over 3,500 Chicago students annually. Find more information here.

River North: Celebrate summer with the Wet Hot American Cider Fest! On Sunday July 21 from 12-5 pm, Headquarters Beercade in River North is hosting a fantastic summer festival. This fest features over 30 of the country’s most desirable hard ciders, camp games, summer food favorites, and more. You can bob for boozy apples, smash apples with a sledge hammer, nosh on corn dogs and funnel cakes, and play free arcade games! Your ticket purchase includes admission to the event, as well as 6 tickets to be used at your discretion. You can also purchase extra ticket packages on site in quantities of 6, 12, and 24. Each cider and summer camp game is worth 1 ticket. General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Logan Square: Bring the kiddos to a Free Family Summer Lawn Party! Hosted by Smart Love Preschool, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family. On Saturday July 20 from 10 am to 1 pm, you’ll enjoy a summer outdoor extravaganza. They’ll be serving up Miko’s Italian Ice, hosting arts and crafts activities, gardening activities, bubbles, balloon animals, games, and a special performance by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies at 11 am. Check out their website for more info.

Oak Park: Mark your calendars for the 45th Annual Oak Park Ave. Lake Arts & Crafts Show!  The show is Saturday, August 24 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, August 25 from 9 am to 5 pm. Artists from far and near will exhibit their work, ranging from paintings, glass works, jewelry, wood arts, art wear, and much more. You can also experience Art in Action, as some artists will be working and demonstrating at their booths during the show. Free programs are available, that list exhibitors, their mediums, and their locations in the show. Admission is free. Find more information here!