Wicker Park

Overview:

  • Vibe: Yuppie/Strollers and Brunch/Hipster
  • Nightlife: Great
  • Dining: Excellent
  • Convenience: Great

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The Wicker Park area of Chicago has undergone an extreme period of change since the 90s. Considered the “new Lincoln Park,” it’s known now for its art community, booming nightlife, and expansive food scene. It is also considered a hub for hipster culture, centered on the Wicker Park hipster.

Wicker Park is home to a wide range of residents, from young singles to families new and old. It is a relatively small neighborhood, though its borders are often debated, and sometimes spill over into the neighboring neighborhoods of Bucktown and Ukrainian Village. The Damen Blue Line stop will drop you right at the center of the action, the corner of Damen, North and Milwaukee.

This neighborhood is especially runner- and biker-friendly; although it’s bustling, there’s never a lack of either, even in the cold winter months. So, what are some Wicker Park attractions?

Wicker Park residents adore their nightlife. From tried-and-true club-venues like The Double Door and The Subterranean, to unique spots like The Violet Hour, modeled after a speakeasy, and Emporium, an arcade bar, there’s an option in this neighborhood for everyone. They even have a dog-friendly bar, and yes, you read that right! You can grab a drink with your pooch any evening of the week at The Flat Iron.

Wicker Park is a day-tripper’s dream: start off your day with brunch at Feast or The Bongo Room, and follow it up with a tasty treat from Stan’s Donuts. Head over to Reckless Records to comb through their extensive vinyl and CD collection, or, if reading's more your thing, try Myopic Books, then stop by Asrai Garden for a fresh floral arrangement and to check out some cool collectibles. A peek into any alley will allow you to enter the world of Wicker Park street art, or take a walk down the side streets to see some seriously impressive architecture: some mansions date back to the Chicago Fire!

When it comes to Wicker Park restaurants, the dining scene in is hard to beat. For traditional Italian, head to Club Lucky. In the mood for Middle Eastern? Try Sultan’s Market. Maybe the highly rated Enso Sushi and Bar, the mouthwatering Piece Pizza, or the always-bustling Big Star Tacos are more up your alley. Or, if you’re a real foodie, try Irazu, a Costa Rican restaurant that’s been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Where do Wicker Park residents live?

From tiny artist studios above popular restaurants and lounges to split-level and single family homes to towering mansions, the living spaces of Wicker Park vary just as much as their resident demographics.