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Review of Wicker Park

Wicker Park
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$52.00*
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Old Polonia and Wicker Park History and Food Tour
Ranked #84 of 684 things to do in Chicago
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 20, 2012

I have been too a bunch of great neighborhoods outside of Chicago- in Montreal, London and such. And Wicker park would range in one of my favorite ones! We usually do a day hangout jn the neighborhood- eat at Bongo Room, walk around the neighborhood, check out the architecture, stop at a local coffee shop and sip on coffee, shop in local boutiques!

Thank beachlover25
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

When we travel, we always pick the neighborhood we'd live in. Usually, it's close to the neighborhood I live in in Chicago. Wicker Park has certainly changed over the years. No more 24 hr coffee shops and thrift stores. Now, there's sushi restaurants and vintage boutiques. I knda prefer the former, but I'm glad there's a sushi restuarant in the hood (though maybe 5 or 10 too many). I can skip the nail salons and shoe stores, but there's still good cafes and Reckless records and a lively atmosphere, even with some chain stores moving in. Easy to arrive from downtown via the blue line of the subway. Just get off at north and damen. Or get off at Division/Milwaukee and then walk down Milwaukee to North/Damen. Then walk up Damen to Division and back up to Division/Milwaukee. Whatever way you walk that triangle, you'll pass restaurants and stores (pricier every day, but still interesting). Hang out with a coffee or head into the actual Wicker Park on a sunny day and just lie down.

5  Thank mosthecat
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

This is a neat area. Somewhere else to go beside Michigan Ave. get a coffee at The Wormhole Coffee Shop. You will feel like you stepped back into childhood. With the old brown tv and old school video games ou can play. There is a Dolorean in there like in Back To The Future and all kinds of 80's memorabilIa. Shop in Mojo Spa. The owner will go out of his way to talk to you. Great genuine guy. Great selection of neat soaps that look and smell like a big slice of cake or cupcakes. There are lots of neat boutiques. The Bongo Room is excellent for breakfast or Brunch. Get the red velvet cupcakes with vanilla bean sauce.

5  Thank lissigrace
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

My wife and I went on the three-hour food tour run by "Chicago Food Planet". They also run a tour of Chinatown foods, which we may do some day.

Overall, the food tour was very good. We would recommend it for anyone visiting Chicago or locals like ourselves exploring a new part of this great big city. Our tour guide, Gina, was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained.

The food tour covered (in chronological order) a Chicago-style hot dog, yummy hot chocolate, vegi salad, pizza and beer, felafel, and nitrogen-infused ice cream. Gina told us these establishments on the tour were primarily women-owned places, which was an interesting twist to the trip.

We did a lot of walking which was nice to see the areas and other stores, but no time for browsing until after the tour.

About the only critique was the sequencing of the "meal" (hot chocolate AFTER a hot dog?) and the pace (wolfed-down the felafel)....But, all in all, a fun time and worth it.

1  Thank DrHitch
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

This was a super crowded neighborhood but we had such a great time exploring and finding amazing clothes and vintage jewelry. I will definitely be back in the future and spend more time at the restaurants and bars and shops!! Loved it!

Thank linkfamily6
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