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Wicker Park, Chicago

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4.6/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
Wicker Park is a neighborhood of 26,154 within the West Town community area in Chicago, Illinois. Situated just west of the Kennedy Expressway, Wicker Park is known for its local hipster culture, art community, nightlife, and food scene.GeographyThe neighborhood is west of Pulaski Park, northwest of The Loop, north of East Village and Ukrainian Village, east of Humboldt Park, and south of Bucktown.The borders of the Wicker Park neighborhood are generally accepted to be the Bloomingdale Trail to the north (~coordinate 1800 North), although historically it has ranged as far north as Armitage (~coordinate 2000 N) at times, Ashland Avenue to the east (~coordinate 1600 W), Division to the south (~coordinate 1200 N), and Western Avenue to the west (~coordinate 2400 W).The Wicker Park Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Chicago. Much of Wicker Park was also designated as a Chicago Landmark District.History19th centuryIn late 1868, the Chicago Board of Public Works announced the desire to build a park "lying west of Milwaukee avenue and south of North avenue. The grounds are of considerable capacity and are laid out in a tasteful and attractive manner as a park." Present at the meeting was alderman Charles Wicker, who, with his brother Joel, purchased 80acre of land along Milwaukee Avenue in 1870 and laid out a subdivision with a mix of lot sizes surrounding a 4acre park. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 spurred the first wave of development, as homeless Chicagoans looked to build new houses.
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  • Ourson had moved to Wicker Park this summer to live, so off we went! . Three story walk up direct on Milwalkee. Wasn't sure what to expect from a hipster neighborhood, but was pleseantly surprised. Th...  read more »
  • I had the opportunity of staying at an Airbnb in this neighborhood and I loved the experience! The Park is beautiful. I recommend visiting the Farmer's Market that takes place on Sunday. In the surroundings there are plenty of bars and restaurants, including "barcades" with long wave.
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  • This neighborhood concentrates various alternatives of clothes and furniture stores. Remember a little Brooklyn. Has several bars and restaurants.
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