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Edgebrook Wine Walk Returns Saturday After Pandemic Hiatus

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Attendees have a chance to win Cubs suite tickets if they visit every stop on the walk.

The Edgebrook Wine Walk could help local businesses get back on their feet.
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EDGEBROOK — Neighborhood residents can enjoy wine and live music with the return of Edgebrook’s annual wine walk.

The Saturday walk, organized by neighborhood group Everyday Edgebrook, is the first in-person event for the group in more than a year. It begins 2 p.m with a three-hour stroll and wine tasting at businesses along Devon and Central avenues.

Wine tasters can check in at Baird & Warner Edgebrook, 5430 W. Devon Ave., until 4 p.m. and will receive rainbow wristbands to celebrate Pride Month. Tickets for the event are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be bought online, but only 100 will be sold.

To help out parents who need babysitters, Edgebrook Lutheran Church will offer child care and activities for children ages 5-11 for a donation.

“The event is awesome because it’s at the beginning of everything opening up,” said Kayla Lardakis, one of the walk’s organizers and owner of Dakota 94 restaurant. “People are itching to get out of their houses, so this is falling at the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy the neighborhood.”

Dakota 94 is one of 17 spots along the walk’s route. Other stops include Edgebrook Cycle, Edgebrook Parlor, The French Manicure, Happy Foods and Inspired Boutique.

Credit: Everyday Edgebrook
The 2021 Edgebrook Wine Walk has 17 stops around the neighborhood.

Lardakis said there will be live music at three spots along the walk, a new twist for the event that she said “will go into the night.”

Also new: At each stop, people can collect a card that has information about the wine offered and the business, she said. Participants who collect all the cards will be eligible to enter a raffle for gift cards from local businesses, as well as entry to the grand prize: two Cubs tickets with suite seating at Wrigley Field.

The hope is the walk, along with prizes and coupons from participating businesses, will coax customers into returning and “help the businesses that have struggled in the past year,” Lardakis said.

Lardakis said she is looking forward to seeing her neighbors and new faces after a tough 2020. The event was canceled last year because of the pandemic.

“It’s been so long since people have been normal,” she said. “These festivals — what Chicago is known for — have been gone for so long … . Everybody seems pretty happy they’re back.”

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