Get to Know Wicker Park
An area of exceptional artistry and character, Wicker Park has emerged from an artist’s haven into one of the hippest places to live and play in Chicago. With its heart at Damen and Milwaukee avenues, Wicker Park is bound by North and Division, and Ashland and Western avenues.
What to do in Wicker Park
It offers a remarkable mix of small businesses, chic boutiques, galleries and trendy restaurants. The result is a vibrant, dynamic destination for visitors and residents alike. Thanks to its bohemian and European heritage, Wicker Park is one of the city’s most desirable destinations for culture and entertainment.
Wicker Park maintains an emphasis on performance art, music and theater, and attracts an offbeat crowd on any given day or night. It also has many independent art galleries, particularly in the Flat Iron Building, a beehive of sculptors, painters and mixed-media artists.
For commuters (many of whom do not need a car), the CTA’s Blue Line and the train are only a few blocks away giving them 10-minute access to the Loop, as well as easy access to O’Hare International Airport and the suburbs.
Each September, the Around the Coyote Art Festival gives hundreds of artists a chance to open their doors to display and sell their work. Beyond private galleries, the festival has art displayed in storefronts, loft spaces, public buildings and private spaces.
Wicker Park’s Distinctive Housing
The community is comprised of a lovely blend of tree-lined streets, apartments and rejuvenated houses and flats. Wicker Park has some of the most magnificent mansions in the city. There are a large variety of homes here, from stately Victorians to modern low-rise buildings.