Wicker Park Overview
Within the past 25 years, Wicker Park has emerged from an historic, but depressed, working class neighborhood, into an area of exceptional artistry and character. Many consider this community one of the hippest places in Chicago to live and to have fun. Wicker Park is bounded by North and Division, and Ashland and Western avenues, with it’s cultural heart at the intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen Avenues.
Wicker Park maintains an emphasis on performance art, music and theater. As such, the neighborhood attracts an offbeat crowd, day or night. The Double Door tavern is a popular stop for internationally-famous rockers passing through Chicago on tour. Mick Jagger generally stops and briefly performs here whenever the Rolling Stones come to town! It also features several independent art galleries, particularly in the Flat Iron Building, a virtual hive of sculptors, painters and mixed-media artists.
Wicker Park Homes for Sale
Throughout Wicker Park, gorgeous, renovated mansions and historic Victorians structures share the tree-lined blocks along with newer buildings built in the classic style, renovated condos, and rehabbed loft homes. Wicker Park itself features historic row houses, vintage brick and frame homes, and small apartment buildings alongside a small, triangular neighborhood park.
Downtown Chicago commuters scarcely need a car while living in Wicker Park. The Blue Line L is accessible at the Damen Avenue Station and will whisk you downtown in about 12 minutes, even during busy rush hour periods. Commuters can also ride the Blue Line in the opposite direction and you’ll be at O’Hare International Airport in about 35 minutes. The Kennedy Expressway, a good substitute to a more-congested trip to The Loop or to the suburbs, is only a five minute drive away.
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