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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...more
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1425 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1997
Wicker Park
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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