Wicker Park

Wicker Park, Chicago: Address, Phone Number, Wicker Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wicker Park
4.5
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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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Debbie N
Clearwater, FL22 contributions
Very interesting part of Chicago history
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 November 6, 2020
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ3,167 contributions
Definitely a locals area
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 October 16, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,710 contributions
One of the hippest hipster neighborhoods in the country
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 October 7, 2020
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,247 contributions
Sunday Farmer’s Market
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 August 17, 2020
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brmusicman
Chicago, IL2,649 contributions
Revived! One of Chicago's Best Neighborhoods
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 December 1, 2019
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MTorre
Mexico City, Mexico2,824 contributions
Great historic neighborhood
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 November 19, 2019
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,409 contributions
Nice Neighborhood with Interesting Shops and Good Food
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 October 1, 2019
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Elliott R
Baltimore91 contributions
The Neighborhood
Aug 2019 • Solo
I took the Chicago for Chicagoans tour of Wicker Park with the energetic and well researched Patti Swanson. They readily gave this tourist, "Chicagoan" status and we saw a neighborhood mixed with stories of wealth and woes, renaissance and repurposing, architecture, sociological perspective, beauty and creativity, ethnic and economic crescendo and diminuendo. -- a neighborhood of many influences!

We kept a good walking pace with stops to take things in, and were energized by the background stories and general enthusiasm of our guide. Patti was good at community building, and affirming of questions, while keeping us on track. She included a homemade keepsake booklet of the educational highlights of the walk.

If you're a tourist and can get in on a Chicago for Chicagoans tour, you'll have enjoyed a part of Chicago beyond the touristy veneer.
Written September 4, 2019
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Steve Lewis
Washington DC, DC950 contributions
A vibrant area
Jun 2019 • Family
The park in itself does not bring much however the area is vibrant with many restaurants and nice shops.

You can feel the gentrification of the area with new refurbished houses. Unfortunately some promoteurs start building regular modern style condo that remove the charm of the area
Written June 28, 2019
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themogle
Blowing Rock, NC27 contributions
Good neighborhood park, but don’t go out of your way to see it
Oct 2018
I lived nearby and went here quite often to just enjoy the atmosphere, use the basketball court, and especially to go to the good Farmers Markets. Peaceful places to sit and relax, plus people watch. Not a large park, but a good one for the area.
Written June 24, 2019
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