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Chicago is a vibrant and bustling city full of history, culture, amazing culinary treats, and nightlife. Being as large as it is, it can be challenging to determine which neighborhood best fits your lifestyle, so this week we’re going to highlight another amazing neighborhood, Wicker Park.
Wicker Park, a neighborhood originally established back in 1837, is one of Chicago’s hippest and most eclectic areas. This artsy neighborhood is a bustling hub of coffee houses, vintage stores, record shops, bookstores, art galleries, delectable eateries, and a hopping bar scene. With so much to see and do, you’ll surely never be bored as a resident.
Looking for some green space?
If you are someone who loves to have a little outside time, be sure to check out The 606. Originally The 606 was a part of The Bloomingdale railway line but as the use of the line slowed, it was decided to convert the elevated space into a recreational trail. Spanning 2.7 miles, the 606 is perfect for a jog, a walk, or a bike ride, providing views, parks, and art installations along the way.
Who needs a cup of coffee?
There are quite a few places to grab a cup of coffee in Wicker Park and in the neighborhood’s true form, they are all fun, eclectic, and unique. In the mood for a latte and some vinyl? No problem – check out Purple Llama where you can browse through records while curbing your caffeine cravings. Would you rather chill out with your coffee and do some reading? Check out Volumes Bookcafe where you can browse for books, kick back and read, or stay for story time while enjoying your java. Lastly, a staple of the Wicker Park area, The Wormhole is a hip cafe with an 80’s vibe whose baristas take their coffee seriously.
Calling all foodies
If you are looking for a neighborhood with an array of great restaurants, Wicker Park will not disappoint. Here are a few to tempt your appetite.
Cafe Cancale specializes in French inspired seafood with menu items such as charred leeks with mussels, fresh oysters and clams, and butter and vermouth poached halibut, to name a few. In addition, they also have a traditional escargot in butter and garlic, or Steak Frites escargot bordelaise. The menu has something for everyone in this charming bistro.
Cebu offers an upscale Filipino cuisine with dishes like chicken adobo, lumpia, beef tapa, and BBQ pork skewers. All of their baked goods are homemade and delicious from the pandesal bread to their keso cake. The large bar offers signature cocktails and the back patio is a delight in the warmer months.
Schwa is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Their focus is on molecular gastronomy and their fine-dining tasting menu will surprise and excite you. Schwa is a BYOB establishment and they are in high demand, so purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure you have a table.
These are just a few of the restaurants available in the area. Other options include Italian, Cajun, Japanese, Southern, and Latin. Wicker Park is definitely a foodie’s dream come true.
Aside from the great eateries, Wicker Park also offers live entertainment with community theaters, comedy shows, and lots of live music. If you’re a fan of the arts, there are art galleries, art classes, and art installations throughout the neighborhood. If you love shopping for vintage items, you can shop to your heart's content. Wicker Park is an ideal spot for those who are interested in many different experiences. What is your favorite spot in Wicker park?