Chicago Neighborhood News: Virtual Edition

It’s been quite a while since we could provide you with neighborhood news due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago has done a great job of following social distancing guidelines. Still, most events are either canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future to ensure everyone’s safety. Of course, that doesn’t mean Chicago has closed its doors to learning and entertainment. As you probably know, many events have moved from physical to virtual. Let’s take a look at some cool happenings going on remotely that you can check out while staying safe.

Fans of the macabre and architecture can kill two birds with one stone at the Architecture of Mysterious Chicago Virtual Tour taking place July 12 from 10 am to 11:30 am. Author Adam Selzer will guide you virtually through the dark history of many of Chicago’s iconic structures with an in-depth focus that is second to none when it comes to entertainment and research. The streaming event is free with suggested donations and takes place live on the Mysterious Chicago Facebook page. Find out more here. 

If you require a bit more mystery, stick around on the 12th for a Virtual History Tour of Lincoln Park starting at 5 pm. For $15, participants will join author Adam Selzer from Mysterious Chicago Tours for an exciting virtual tour of the many secrets and history of the area surrounding the Lincoln Park Zoo. Find out more here

The Flossmoor Public Library and award-winning author David Clark will present Digging Deep: Foundations of Chicago Architecture on July 15 from 7 pm – 8 pm via Zoom. This virtual session will cover the roots of many of the city’s amazing buildings and how the” Chicago School” of builders figured out innovative measures to create them. Architecture buffs will enjoy the many stories that describe the developers and their works highlighting Chicago’s skyline. Find out more here.

Laughter often is the best medicine, and during times like these, we can use all the humor we can get. Instead of relying on Netflix to tickle your funny bone, why not try your hand at creating your material? Check out Multilog! – Live Joke Writing Workshop presented by The Scene Shop on July 15 from 2 pm – 3 pm. Whether you’re an aspiring stand up or behind closed doors comedian, pitch your jokes and pick up some tips at this fun and free event. Find out more here

Beer aficionados rejoice! On July 25, from 9 pm to 11 pm, take part in Chicago’s first virtual beer fest. The Chicago Beer Fest will be a steaming event this year. Tickets are $30 and provide you with a case of ten special beers supplied by local and regional breweries, which can be picked up at select locations. Then enjoy the tastings in the comfort of your home while sharing the experience with others, including the actual brew masters, via streaming on the 25th. Interactive games and band performances round out the entertainment. Find out more here