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

Lakeview: Get ready for a 1920s themed Halloween party! TopAct Events presents an evening full of secrets, surprise, and murder! Come to Room 13, Old Chicago Inn’s very own Prohibition era-inspired speakeasy, for a classic 1920s interactive murder mystery party. This event is improv-inspired, where you get to play the role of a suspect, detective, or witness while mixing and mingling with others. Your ticket includes 1920s themed cocktail appetizers, raffle prize giveaways for mystery winners, professional photography capturing your experience, all murder mystery materials, and your very own character sketch. Cocktails are available for purchase as well! The event is Friday November 1 at 8 pm and tickets are $45. Click here to purchase yours! 

Lincoln Park: It’s officially fall! The perfect time for the Fall in Spain Wine Tasting at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! On Tuesday October 22 from 6 to 8 pm, you’ll taste a lineup of 30 Spanish wines while enjoying signature pintxos and tapas from Executive Chef Eric Jorgensen. Connoisseurs from local distributors will be available to answer your wine questions while pouring you a taste of these beautiful vintages. Guests who find a new favorite can even put in a bottle order to purchase and enjoy at home. Tickets are $35 per guest (plus tax, gratuity not included). Purchase yours here; advance tickets are required. 

Bucktown and Wicker Park: It’s time for a pumpkin party! This Sunday October 6 at 10:30 am, Big City Readers and Antique Tacos are hosting a fabulous fall event. There will be a pumpkin-themed story time with Big City Readers and a delicious blood orange margarita from Antique Tacos. There will also be a special kids meal deal after the party! Tickets are just $10 for adults and kids are free. Click here

Chicago Loop: Want to enjoy some free live music this fall? Join the Barristers Big Band for their Academy Award Winning Songs concert on Friday October 18 from 6 to 8 pm at the Harold Washington Library. You’ll hear amazing music and learn fun facts- like which song won the first year the Academy awarded “Best Song” or what movie “Call Me Irresponsible” comes from. Most importantly, you’ll enjoy FREE and fabulous live music! Find more information here.

River North: Ready to get your Halloween on?? You’ll love the Halloween Day Crawl! On Saturday October 26 from 11 am to 6 pm, you’ll crawl River North’s best bars including El Hefe, Hubbard Inn, Joy District, Moe’s Cantina, Old Crow, Tunnel, Point & Feather, Bar Louie, Ironside, and more. Your tickets include admission, a free brunch buffet, gift cards to use on the crawl, a costume contest, giveaways, and more. Enjoy $4 Bud Light and $5 Goose Island 312 at most bars! There’s a pre-party too! Head to Old Crow River North on Friday, October 25th. Mention that you are there for “Halloween Day Crawl” at the host stand between 10pm and 11pm to receive a drink for free! Early bird tickets start at $10- but prices will increase as the event gets closer. Get yours here now! 

Oak Park: Join Wonder Works in Oak Park for a spook-tabular Halloween event! On Saturday October 19 at 6 pm, there will be a costume parade, face painting, fabulous Halloween activities, ghoulish refreshments, and more. Admission is $15 per person or $40 for the whole family. Click here for more information.