Welcome to Wicker Park
Hip neighborhood with trendy businesses and music venues.
Wicker Park is a hip neighborhood within the West Town community area. Wicker Park is packed with many of Chicago’s hottest nightlife spots, trendiest restaurants, and coolest boutiques and record stores. When the sun goes down, there’s always something going on at Wicker Park’s numerous live music venues.
This energetic and bohemian neighborhood is a beacon for visitors and locals alike. Wicker Park’s housing options are as wide-ranging as the neighborhood’s businesses. Classic Victorian homes share the neighborhood with stylish loft conversions, upscale penthouses, and gated condominium developments.
What to Love
- Eclectic housing options
- The vibrant live music scene
- Many hip businesses
- Wicker Park recreation
People & Lifestyle
Wicker Park is one of Chicago’s most energetic neighborhoods. Residents are an eclectic mix of hipsters, artists, urban professionals, and young families. Wicker Park’s music venues and numerous annual events mean there’s always something going on here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Wicker Park is one of Chicago’s most happening neighborhoods when it comes to living music. Local venues such as Davenport’s Piano Bar, The Hideout, and Subterranean offer an eclectic mix of live entertainment ranging from top touring indie acts and DJs to burlesque dancing and karaoke. Wicker Park has an equally dynamic dining scene. Local favorites include Mexican street food and margaritas at funky Big Star and Tex-Mex and tequila at Dove’s Luncheonette.
James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal’s Mindy’s Bakery serves artisanal bagels and other scrumptious baked goods. The Violet Hour is a chic cocktail bar which has also been recognized with a James Beard Award. This creative cocktail spot is widely credited with kicking off Chicago’s craft cocktail craze. The 13th floor rooftop terrace at The Robey Hotel’s Up Room is another fine spot for cocktails, combining great drinks with stunning skyline views. Wicker Park is also home to many boutiques and unique independent stores. Visit Asrai Garden for fine jewelry and handmade gifts, Neighborly for mid-century modern home décor, Kokorokoko for the ‘80s and ‘90s-style vintage apparel, Una Mae’s for both vintage and contemporary clothing, and Fig and Fern for beautiful houseplants.
Things to Do
Covering just over four acres, Wicker Park is a triangular green space located in the center of the Wicker Park neighborhood. The park features beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens developed and maintained by local residents. Anyone interested in contributing can join weekly garden tending sessions at Wicker Park. Sports facilities at Wicker Park include an indoor gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts and fields for baseball, football, and soccer.
A variety of after-school programs are held at Wicker Park throughout the year along with a popular six-week summer camp. Wicker Park also has a children’s playground with a water spray feature. The park is used for a variety of family-friendly events including outdoor concerts and movie screenings. Wicker Park Farmers Market takes place at Wicker Park every Sunday morning between summer and autumn. In late July, Wicker Park Fest is one of the most popular street festivals in Chicago. Wicker Park Fest features around fifty bands on three stages over three days. There are also after parties at Wicker Park venues such as Subterranean.
Wicker Park is served by the City of Chicago School District.
- Pritzker Elementary School, Public, PK-8
- Burr Elementary School, Public, K-8
- LaSalle II Language Academy Elementary School, Public, Magnet, PK-8
- Chicago High School for the Arts, Public, Magnet, 9-12