CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Northalsted, Grant Park, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park

Hot August nights are upon us! The ‘dog days’ of summer are back, and you can make the most of them at these events, featuring the best of Chicago’s diverse and eclectic communities!

Ranked as one of the top 10 Chicago festivals by Bizbash, the 39th Northalsted Market Days is a weekend-long live music street festival celebrating community in Chicago’s landmark Northalsted/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long festival, from Belmont to Addison on North Halsted St. in Chicago’s Northalsted neighborhood – features all-day lineups of live music on 6 stages, 250+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and much more! Headliners include Jody Warley, Lisa Lisa, Greyson Chance, and Cece Penniston. Market Days hours ours Friday, August 6th: 5pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday, August 7-8th: 11am – 10pm,  $15 suggested donation goes to charity.

For classical music fans, the Grant Park Music Festival series, featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus returns to Millennium Park with a thrilling lineup of Festival favorites. Wednesday, August 4 is ‘A Taste of Ireland.’ On Friday, August 6 and 7, from 6:30-8 pm., violinist Augustin Hadelich celebrates Finnish composer Jean Sibelius with his Violin Concerto, as well as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Bring a picnic and a blanket and make yourself at home in Millennium Park! The Great Lawn is free and open to all. Outside food and drink, including beer and wine, are welcome at the Pritzker Pavilion for all Festival concerts.

Chicago is the pizza capital of the world, but which style is best? The Wicker Park/Bucktown Pizza Crawl, lets you decide!  Created by Steve Dolinsky, the former ABC-7 ‘Hungry Hound’ restaurant critic, the pizza tours take place every Sunday in August. On August 8, you’ll meet your  ‘Doughcent’ outside of My Pi, 2010 N. Damen Ave., at 11am sharp (no latecomers or stragglers) and crawl til 2:00. Highlights include a traditional Chicago deep-dish, a Roman al taglio, a Detroit-style (with a Korean twist) and an East Coast artisan style. Included in your tour price of $49 is a custom souvenir lanyard and badge. Guests are required to arrive with masks – they can be removed once seated/eating.

On Thursday, August 5, NEWCITY’s Sounds of Summer Music Series is presenting former child actor and Chicago native Thomas Nicholas Band (TNB) from 7-9 pm. The Rookie of the Year and American Pie star describes his music as “an alternative rock hybrid of Dave Grohl meets Bruce Springsteen.” Sounds of Summer is NEWCITY’s free outdoor concert series in the plaza. Limited seating is on site so grab your friends, family, blankets and chairs, and enjoy a Chicago summer evening of live music! NEWCITY, located at 1457 N. Halsted, combines outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment in one convenient complex. NEWCITY, located at 1457 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60642

Art Uncorked, on Sat, August 7, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM offers a one of a kind experience in the Lincoln Common Plaza, 2345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. In trendy Lincoln Park, art and artists are professionally paired with wines to compliment their artwork will Live art demos throughout the event. FREE wine tasting included. Local food, live music and family fun!

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago