CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Bucktown and Wicker Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Evanston

Bucktown and Wicker Park: If you’re a foodie, you’ve got to check this event out! Sidewalk of Chicago presents a three hour Food and History walking tour of Wicker Park! The tour is featured every Sunday starting August 11 at 11 am. You’ll visit specialty food stores, ethnic eateries, and discover both well-known and well-kept secrets. Between tastings, an expert local guide provides an entertaining insider’s view into the Windy City’s culture, history, and architecture, tying the sights and sounds to the tastes. President Obama’s favorite fried chicken place, a bakery featuring homemade French macaroons, and a taco place with the décor of an antique kitchen are just a few of the stops that await you. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased here.

Lakeview: Mark your calendars for the annual Experimental Sound Studio Gala! On Friday August 16 starting at 7 pm, this gala celebrates this Chicago-based non profit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. This year honors luminary composer and scholar George E. Lewis. Funds raised at this year’s Benefit will support significant upgrades to ESS’s recording studios. The night will feature music from George Lewis, Sam Pluta, Rob Mazurek, Kim Alpert, Ken Vandermark, and many more. General admission tickets are $50. Find more information about the event and purchase your tickets here.

Lincoln Park: Want to take the kiddos to do something a little different? Check out the Amplified Chicago Blues exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit runs until August 10. This immersive exhibit showcases the history of Chicago blues of the 1960s through pictures as well as opportunities for guests to play guitar, design an album cover, write lyrics, and sing karaoke. Admission to the museum is $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and students, and free for children under 18 if they are Illinois residents. The exhibit is included in the cost of admission. Find more information here.

Lincoln Square: Join the DANK Haus for their monthly Open House, Stammtisch! This month’s open house is Friday August 16 from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. This month features acclaimed Elvis impersonator Michael St. Angel! Slick your hair back and get ready to dance the night away with good friends and great music. You can also enjoy a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline from the Skyline Lounge! There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Find more information here!

Logan Square: Arts of Life is a nonprofit arts program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And it’s celebrating it’s 20th anniversary! Help celebrate and support this incredible program at “Party Like It’s 1999” on Tuesday August 27 from 6-9 pm at Revolution Brewing, Guests will enjoy an open bar, photo booth, compete to win exciting raffle prizes, and get down to the hottest music of the 90s. There will also be a silent auction where you could win luxury items, a fanny pack full of surprises, or even an original piece by an Arts of Life artist. A percentage of the nights earnings will go to support Arts of Life. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of. Purchase your tickets here now! 

Evanston: Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition with the Evanston History Center at “A Night at the Blind Pig Speakeasy”! On Saturday August 24 from 7 to 10 pm, you’ll start by relaxing at the Temperance Tea Room with light refreshments overlooking the lake as the sunsets. Once you’re ready, grab your password and head to the speakeasy! The Fat Babies Jazz Band will be swinging, you’ll enjoy food and drinks, and learn to dance the Charleston and other early 20th century dances. You can also check out the Dry Evanston: The Untold Story exhibit and learn a little more about the Prohibition Era. Tickets are $100 for adults and $50 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. This event is for those 21 years of age and older.