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- 69%Local Culture
- 66%Budget Travelers
- 63%Nightlife Lovers
- 55%Art & Design Lovers
- 55%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (22)
- Wicker ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 02, 2014
Probably the most popular neighborhood along the Blue Line, Wicker Park is home to some of the best book stores, thrift shops, and live music venues in the city. Within steps of the Damen Blue Line station are hundreds of things to do: the park, Big Star (tacos!), the Flat Iron building, the Double Door, Quimby's...I could go on. Come here when you don't have to be anywhere for a while; you can lose hours just wandering the intersection of Milwaukee, Damen, and North Ave.
- Wicker ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 04, 2013
This relatively artsy community is removed from the lake and downtown but is a nice place to discover mom and pop boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Relatively compact and easy to explore on foot.
- Wicker ParkOct 20, 2013
Wicker Park is where you will find a lot of young hipsters sitting in coffee shops or shopping at Farmers' Markets. It has a fun vibe, though, with plenty of bars and nightlife within reach. It's also an easy 10 minute cab ride to the main touristy areas downtown.
- Wicker ParkAug 02, 2013
Shopping! Vintage! Cool pubs! Mustached men in skinny jeans.. Hipsters galore... This neighborhood is too cool for words, even their advertising and promotional signs are cooler than most hoods... Except its soo not hipster to say that :)
- Wicker ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesJun 26, 2013
Wicker Park is everything you've heard, a hipster paradise, with everything you might need. From a "Back to the Future" delorian car in the window of your local coffee jaunt to a Family of traveling Gypsy-esque Kids on the corner, playing big band music along side their gypsy dogs.
- Wicker ParkDec 27, 2012
My hood! A cross between Brooklyn and Soho, trendy WP has so many fab restaurants and shops it's hard to keep track of all the new things opening. Standouts: Mana (vegetarian tapas, even though I'm as carnivore as they come), Bongo Room (white choc carmel pretzel pancakes...to die for), and Bangers and Lace (best grilled cheese / craft beers)
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- Wicker ParkSep 27, 2012
Two (of many) great things about Chicago: the public transit is awesome and each neighborhood has its own vibe. That being said, it is a very drinking and sports driven city. Thus, one of the best ways to really get a feel for this unique city is to grab a drink or a bite at a bar; just choose your fit from one of the hundreds!
As mentioned by others, there is much to be done downtown. If you're looking to see some classic Chicago sights, definitely check out Grant Park, which encompasses Millennium Park and Buckingham Palace. You could also walk along the canal, or even take a boat tour as some suggested. The remarkable history of the city very palpable in the Loop and River North neighborhoods, especially if you want to take the time to learn about how the city emerged as a trading center thanks to the canal.
If you want a slightly different experience, I recommend spending an afternoon in somewhere outside of downtown. One I specifically highlight is Wicker Park, which blends with Bucktown. It's a proud little neighborhood with an eclectic culture. The artistic soul can be satisfied by theatres, art galleries and hot music venues. The retailist will be delighted by the shops and boutiques. The bookworm can find a cozy cafe to sit and turn some pages or a bookstore to pick up a new enticing read. The adventurer can find a market to pick up some picnic materials and head to the park. The foodie can find The social butterfly can grab a drink
A personal list that might be helpful:
-Violet Hour, Empty Bottle or Double Door for music and drinks
-Ipsento for awesome coffee
-Piece or Bangers & Lace for extensive beer options
-Trenchermen or the Bedford for pricier food
-Antique Taco or Big Star for cheaper food
-Six Corners (the intersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues) for shopping