Wicker Park has quickly become one of Chicago's most eclectic cultural enclaves. Located on the city's northwest side, just north of the Loop, south of Bucktown, and west of Pulaski Park, Wicker Park offers some of Chicago's trendiest, award-winning dining, homespun cafes, tasty food trucks, and hottest nightlife. This walkable neighborhood also features a healthy number of vintage shops along North, Milwaukee, and Damen Avenues that keep residents in their favorite thrift garb. Meanwhile, independently owned boutiques and major designers share the streets. Throw in some art galleries, farmers' markets, music venues, cinemas, and theaters into the mix and you've got the perfect blend of culture, excitement, and art!
Wicker Park was first incorporated as a district of Chicago in 1837. Since then, the neighborhood has seen the rise and fall of many different industries, such as steel mills, breweries, and cigar manufacturers, while also appealing to some of Chicago's most prominent citizens. Carl Laemmle of Universal Studios, author Saul Bellow, and Nelson Algren were all proud to call Wicker Park home, and the opulent Victorian mansions of their era can still be seen along Beer Baron Row.
Irish, Jewish, German, Norwegian, and Polish communities have all called Wicker Park home throughout the years. While there is a Puerto Rican presence in the neighborhood today, the most striking demographic would have to simply be those looking for the heart of Chicago culture. Hip young artists and professionals make up most of Wicker Park's population. This means that you're just as likely to see a young professional making the most of the area's accessible public transit and proximity to the Loop during the day as you are to see a vintage clothes-laden hipster bar-hopping at night.
Gallery space and cheap studio space within Wicker Park's Flat Iron building are favorite haunts of the neighborhood's denizens. Likewise, the cafes and shops along Milwaukee, North, and Damen Avenues — like The Wormhole Coffee, Double Door, and Filter Café — keep the arts scene flourishing. Michelin-rated restaurants like Takashi and Big Star along with Piece brewery also keep Wicker Park on the map.
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