Wicker Park

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Wicker Park
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Wicker Park is the former meca of the Chicago art community and location of the bi-annual "Around the Coyote" art festival. The area has experienced massive economic growth over the past few years and is now home to many boutiques, thrift stores, bars and restaurants and known for its “hipster” vibe.
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Elliott P
Skokie, IL464 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Wicker Park is fun!
Offering a new Hyatt Place hotel, myriad great restaurants such as Small Cheval, and several spots to pick up a sweet treat such as Jenni’s Ice Cream, this is one happenin’ place.
Written 9 January 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Dec 2021
Wicker Park is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago. Bounded by the Bloomingdale Trail or the 606 on the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, Division Street to the south and Western Avenue to the west, it is known for its local hipster culture, art community, nightlife and food scene. It also is home to some of Chicago's most expensive real estate with median home prices over $550,000. In fact, in recent years, Wicker Park has experienced record real estate and commercial development. It is home to many luxury boutique shops, several flagship stores and popular entertainment venues. Very trendy, the neighborhood is known for hosting emerging bands, high fashion boutiques, cutting-edge gourmet restaurants and bakeries, European-style cafes, upscale independent grocers and fashionable art galleries. In 2012, Wicker Park was named the No. 4 hippest hipster neighborhood in the United States by Forbes magazine. Wicker Park, once known as Kostkaville because of its Polish population that accelerated during and after World War II, can trace its heritage to local author Nelson Algren, who lived on the third floor of 1958 West Evergreen Avenue from 1959 to 1975. Algren's literary output lionized the Division Street strip with his books such as "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "Never Come Morning" focusing on the stories of junkies, gamblers, hookers and drunks who lived in the neighborhood. Historically, the area was especially popular with wealthy merchants, who built large mansions along the neighborhood's leading thoroughfares, particularly Hoyne and Pierce Streets, just southwest of today's North and Damen. At the time, Hoyne was known as "Beer Baron Row" because many of the city's wealthiest brewers built mansions there. At the same time, the near Northwest Side became home to many of the most opulent churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago. So where do you go? Start with brunch at Cafe Robey in the Robey Hotel. Browse for books in Volumes Bookcafe. Lunch at Dove's Luncheonette. From December to April, visit the winter indoor Wicker Park Farmers Market. Record lovers spend hours at Reckless Records. Enjoy Happy Hour at Pub Royale. For a BBQ dinner, Smoke Daddy is a must. See an after-dinner show at Broken Nose Theatre or The Den Theatre. Top off the day with a nightcap at The Violet Hour. There's never a dull moment in Wicker Park.
Written 21 December 2021
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Momala
Joliet, IL11 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
This interesting area is subject to frequent carjackings, even in broad daylight. Better not drive a high-end car here.
Written 6 November 2021
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Debbie N
Clearwater, FL33 contributions
Dec 2019
A nice walk and history lesson. Highly recommend this walk to see one of the oldest buildings to survive the famous Chicago fire.
Written 6 November 2020
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ3,668 contributions
Nov 2019
Was in Chicago for business (On the Miracle Mile of course) and this is where some locals sent us to get out of the touristy areas. We ended up at a so-so speakeasy (reviewed separately) but we really enjoyed the area while wandering around. When we can start travelling again, Chicago is a common destination, and this area will definitely be a place that want to dedicate more time to checking out.
Written 16 October 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Oct 2020
Wicker Park is all things to all people. One of the fastest rising and trendy neighborhoods in Chicago, it has been recognized as one of the hippest hipster neighborhoods in the country and widely known for its local culture, art community, nightlife, high fashion boutiques, cutting-edge gourmet restaurants and bakeries, European-style cafes, upscale independent grocers and artsy businesses. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Chicago Landmark District, Wicker Park is a convenient place to live for downtown workers due to its proximity to public transportation and the Loop. The area stretches from Ashland Avenue on the east to Western Avenue on the west, from Division Street on the south to the Bloomingdale Trail (or the 606) on the north. Historically, Wicker Park was founded in 1868 by Chicago alderman Charles Wicker. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 spurred the first wave of development and homeless Chicagoans looked to build new homes. At the end of the 19th century, it became a destination for German and Norwegian immigrants. Many of Chicago's wealthiest brewers built mansions on Hoyne Street, which became known as Beer Baron Row. Today, Wicker Park is home to such trendy restaurants as Dove's Luncheonette, Small Cheval, Big Star, Schwa, Handlebar and Cafe Istanbul, from fine dining to tacos to Ramen to sushi to Cajun. Stay at the Robey Hotel or Wicker Park Inn or Ruby Room. Visit the 606, Farmers Market or Flat Iron Arts Building.
Written 7 October 2020
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,561 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We made a quick stop here to check out the fresh produce at the farmer’s market but there was a long queue to enter. I guess they were trying to limit the number of customers entering at the same time.

Besides the Sunday farmer’s market, we found a large fountain, not working, framed with trees and large potted plants. It was a nice place to sit down, relax and do a little people watching. Besides the shoppers the rest of the park was not as busy.

To the left was a large grassy area where a number of groups were kicking back on blankets. A sign advertised Covid-19 Softball but not exactly sure what that actually meant.

Behind the fountain was a statue of Charles Gustavus Wicker for which the park was named after. He was posing with a broom 🧹 and the plaque mentioned that he was always willing to do things that needed attention. one of which was sweeping the dirt floors in the local police station. Quite unusual but quirky.

We did not get to explore the surrounding neighborhood but will try if in the area again. Street parking was free in front of the homes fronting the park along N. Wicker Park Ave.

Written 17 August 2020
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL2,847 contributions
Dec 2019
The history of Wicker Park is fascinating! I recommend reading-up on the history a bit before visiting: it housed northern European immigrants, then it was the center of the city's Polish communities, then had a large concentration of Puerto Ricans, then fell into a period of blight, then was a community of artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it's got a hipster vibe (though it's gentrifying) and has a mix of upscale and funky retail, great restaurants, and cool bars. It's definitely worth a trip for any visitor who likes to get out into a city's neighborhoods.

At the center of the neighborhood is an actual park, Wicker Park. It's not huge, but it's really pleasant, with a beautiful water feature open in the summer and decorated in the winter.

The main retail strips are definitely worth exploring; there's a cool mix of stores. These are Milwaukee Avenue, North Avenue, and Damen Ave. Each has its own vibe.

Great mix of restaurants. A lot of taco joints!, some fancier places, and some good dive bars.

Easy public transit access--Damen and Division stops on the CTA blue line. Lots of buses, too.

For recreation, check out the 606, a cool elevated walking/bike path with great landscaping.

Worth your time while in Chicago!
Written 1 December 2019
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MTorre
Mexico City, Mexico2,830 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This neighborhood has a great combination of historic houses and new trendy shops. Get lost in the streets around the main avenue to find historic gems.
Written 19 November 2019
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,416 contributions
Apr 2019
We spent an enjoyable half-day exploring the Wicker Park neighborhood during our week in Chicago, and had a great time exploring the bookstores, shops, restaurants, and other points of interest in the neighborhood. We walked up and down Milwaukee and part of W. North Ave. and explored the 606 for a short walk.

The neighborhood had a hip vibe, but not overly so, and the people we met were all friendly. There are a couple of great bookstores here and any number of great restaurants, both on the primary retail streets and off of them. Definitely worth an afternoon of your time vacation in Chicago to get a feel for one of the city's better-known neighborhoods.
Written 1 October 2019
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