As one of Chicago’s trendiest and most creative epicenters, Wicker Park is a hotspot for one-of-a-kind boutique shops, esoteric book and record stores, countless art galleries, and performance venues, as well as a highly-regarded, palate-pleasing dining and craft cocktail scene.
The ultra-popular, multifaceted neighborhood of Wicker Park appeals to people from all walks of life. A blend of chic restaurants, dive bars, vintage boutiques, high-end retailers, art galleries, and recession-proof book and record stores reflect its rich eccentric spirit.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
East to West Ashland Avenue to Western Avenue
North to South Bloomingdale Avenue to Division Street
Nearby Neighborhoods Bucktown, Logan Square, Ukrainian Village, and Humboldt Park
$230,000 to $1,995,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$0 to $721/mo, $0 to $245
600 to 4635 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$249,900 to $2,500,000
1 to 6 Bedrooms
1 to 6 Bathrooms
1855 to 2022
Young professionals living in Wicker Park work hard but know how to have fun, contributing to the neighborhood’s youthful vibe. Trendy hipsters and artists have infused culture and style into the area in recent years, and local schools attract families who also want to live in unique and spacious homes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A jack-of-all-trades neighborhood with trendy hipsters, working artists, business professionals, and families.
An illustrious shopping and food landscape.
Small boutiques next door to well-known designers and retailers welcome shoppers. Others come for the food: Tokyo-style ramen; rooftop views and meat-oriented American fare; thin crust pies and house brews with live-band karaoke; Mexican street food at lively, cash-only hangouts; burgers and cocktails in rustic, takeout-friendly digs; and modern dining in a former bathhouse.
Trendsetting dining and entertainment experiences.
Given its prevailing creative influence within the city, the neighborhood regularly seduces top-notch, innovative restaurateurs and mixologists to come and shake things up, which makes for a thriving nightlife scene. Small venues like Subterranean accommodate music fans, the Flat Iron Arts Building hosts shows for art lovers, and The Violet Hour is a tour de force for nightcaps.
An irreverent eclecticism to this charming landmark community.
Wicker Park’s reputation comes from its more populated streets. Trendy coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries along Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, North Avenue, and Division Street keep the energy fresh with endless possibilities for the day or night.
Spacious apartments, lofts, and condos with modern amenities.
Wicker Park appeals to just about every kind of renter or buyer with its surprisingly affordable and roomy apartments in Victorian duplexes, sun-drenched condos in gated complexes, perfect live-work loft spaces, and refined penthouses. New, contemporary-style homes don’t last long once they hit the market, but there are plenty of old, beautifully-restored ones.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The bohemian energy and a bikeable elevated park.
Hip cafes, eateries, bars, and vintage shops line the area’s walkable streets and bike paths, instilling a vibrant, welcoming spirit to the neighborhood. To the north, avid runners and bikers and even those who prefer leisure strolls can hop on the Bloomingdale Trail (or “The 606”), an elevated rail trail stretching through several Chicago communities. The urban oasis brings residents, art installations, and landscape design together.
Wicker Park, which is home to the famous Six Corners (where Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, and North Avenue intersect), is easy to get to and navigate. The Blue Line runs through the heart of the neighborhood, connecting you to the Loop to the southeast or Logan Square and Avondale to the northwest. Bus lines run around the neighborhood's perimeter, running east/west along North Avenue and Division Street and north/south along Western Avenue. You can also take the bus down Damen Avenue or down Milwaukee Avenue, which is lined with bars and restaurants. The "Hipster Highway," named after the cyclist caravan that clogs Milwaukee Avenue during rush hour, also runs through the neighborhood, adding to the area's bike-friendly reputation.
Wicker Park Fest
The three-day festival will include over 50 acclaimed live music acts, art installations, dance performances, and a Kids Fest. The festival will feature dozens of vendors serving food and drinks from local restaurants, as well as over 100 retail vendors, and will highlight Wicker Park's iconic restaurant and bar scene. A $10 donation at the gate benefits the nonprofit Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and includes festival pin perks such as more than 20 discounts from festival vendors and businesses in the area.