Chicago Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

An area of exceptional artistry and character, Wicker Park neighborhood has emerged from an artist’s haven into one of the hippest places to live and play in Chicago. With its heart at Damen and Milwaukee avenues, Wicker Park is bound by North and Division, and Ashland and Western avenues.

Wicker Park Sports & Recreation


Nature and public parks are abundant within the Wicker Park neighborhood, and many residents enjoy the break from the big city. Wicker Park is a four-acre park with an ornate cast-iron fountain and tall shade trees. With room for organized sports including softball, access to nearby Clemente High School’s pool, and a fenced dog area, Wicker Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

Wicker Park Art & Theater

Well known for its artistic roots, Wicker Park continues to emphasize art, music, and theater. With a variety of independent art galleries, residents and visitors enjoy the entertainment that can be found in Wicker Park every day of the week.

One of Chicago’s most famous art festivals, Around the Coyote Arts Festival, takes place each September throughout the Wicker Park neighborhood. Art of all kinds, including film, dance, live performances, and kids programs can be found throughout Wicker Park, including within galleries, storefronts, lofts, public buildings, and private spaces.


Wicker Park is full of architecturally interesting walkups and brownstones that have been renovated or restored to their original beauty. There are plenty of newly constructed walkups as well. With the combination of quiet residential streets and a dynamic commercial scene, the neighborhood attracts young professionals, yet is still affordable enough for families and students.

There is much to do in Wicker Park for visitors as well as locals. Art lovers, music aficionados, film buffs, theatergoers, children: this neighborhood has something for everyone.

There are two annual festivals held in the area. One of these, the Wicker Park Fest, is a music festival with an average of 28 bands performing on two stages. This festival lasts two days and is held in July. Food and drinks are available, provided by local restaurants and bars. The second annual festival centers on art; it is called Around the Coyote and was first held in 1989. Its mission is to give local artists and galleries a way of exposing their art to a wider audience and achieving more prominence. Usually held in autumn, it is one of Chicago’s most well-known art festivals.


Wicker Park has a very large number of art galleries. A few of these include the AllRise Gallery, which features contemporary art, and the David Leonardis Gallery, which has had several genres of art adorning its walls. 4Art Inc creates a bond between the artist and the audience by letting each artist actually create art at his/her opening. Gallery 203 and the Heaven Gallery both encourage new artists by providing a place where their work can be exhibited. Art can also be viewed at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; this display works by Chicago artists and artists of Ukrainian descent.


If you are in the mood for a live performance, several theaters vie for your attention. There is the Chicago Children’s Theater, which features music lessons for kids and adults. The Comedy Sportz Theater is the place to go for improvisational comedy sketches. The Chicago Dramatists Theatre is dedicated to developing new plays and encouraging playwrights, while the Chopin Theater hosts a variety of live performances, including dance and drama. For edgier performances, check out the Gorilla Tango Theater.

The Adventure Stage Theater, formerly known as the Vittum Theater, focuses on young audiences and strives to celebrate diversity and promote honest dialogue. Redmoon Central brings theater to non-traditional venues, such as the streets of Chicago. In doing so, they are able to bring their art to a much wider audience and make each performance much more integrated and interactive. Other theaters featuring live performances are the Keyhole Theater Company and the Wing & Groove Theater Company, both committed to bringing a fresh approach to classic dramas as well as introducing new and original works.

The music scene in Wicker Park is alive and well. The Double Door and the Empty Bottle, music venues that also serve bar food and drinks, are excellent places to discover new bands and enjoy tried-and-true favorites. Small and intimate, these venues allow the music lover to get up close and personal to the bands on stage. If you want to make a little music of your own, check out the Chicago Center School of Music, which offers lessons for adults and children in a variety of instruments.

If, after attending a festival, viewing some art, catching a show or catching some tunes, you are still looking for something to do, try a game of bowling at the Diversey-River Bowl. Or learn to point your toes and pirouette at the ARCC Ballet. For a different type of class, visit the Nature Yoga Sanctuary. Learn about the Polish population of Chicago at the Polish Museum of America. If you have children, check out the Fantasy Kingdom, a large indoor playground. The Wicker Park District has endless activities for children and adults as well.

It is clear that Wicker Park/Bucktown is much more than simply a neighborhood; it is a dynamic, culturally-rich community that welcomes its inhabitants and its visitors to take hold of all that life has to offer.


Chicago Center for the Performing Arts

  • Theater & Dance

The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts has four venues – The Green Street Theater, West Town Studio, and dual cabarets at Sevens. Catch theatrical entertainment, stand up comedy and sketch comedy at any of the locations.

777 N. Green St. | 312.733.6000

Chicago Dramatists

  • Theater & Dance

Chicago Dramatists is a professional theater dedicated to playwrights and new plays. Their primary goal is to promote and cultivate new playwriting that will contribute to the established theater repertoire.

1105 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.633.0630

Chopin Theatre

  • Theater & Dance

Established in 1990, Chopin Theatre has had approximately 1,400 events with over 7,000 presentations of theater, film, literature, music, dance, and more, including over 110 of its own productions. Chosen as one of the “Chicago Venues that Matter the Most,” Chopin Theatre has hosted performers from every state in the U.S. and from over 40 countries, including many from Eastern Europe in particular.

1543 W. Division St. | 773.278.1500‎

Double Door

  • Music

Double Door is one of the top live music venues in Chicago, IL, hosting shows 5 to 7 nights a week for the 21 and older crowd.

1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.489.3160

East Wicker Park Art Galleries

  • Art & Architecture

Art lovers should explore the several galleries near the eastern edge of Wicker Park, including Corbett vs. Dempsey (1120 N. Ashland Ave.), Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center (1034 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Shane Campbell Art Gallery (1431 W. Chicago Ave.), and Betty Dare Art Gallery [] (1319 W. Chicago Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1431 W. Chicago Ave.

Former Home of Nelson Algren

  • Historical Landmarks

The author of 20th century fiction noted for its realism and street-smart lyricism, Nelson Algren wrote such books as Chicago: City on the Make and The Man With the Golden Arm. Algren lived on the third floor of 1958 West Evergreen Street for almost two decades. Selected as a Chicago Tribute Marker of Distinction.

1958 W. Evergreen St.

Free Street Theater

  • Theater & Dance

Founded in 1969 by the late Patrick Henry, a one time director of the Goodman Theatre, Free Street Theater teaches acting and writing skills to youth so they can open their potential to be creative, active participants in their own lives. Free Street puts on several innovative, powerful youth-driven productions each year.

1419 W. Blackhawk Ave. | 773.772.7248

Intuit: The Center For Intuitive and Outsider Art

  • Art & Architecture,
  • Libraries,
  • Museums & Zoos

Intuit presents exhibitions of intuitive and outsider arts, and is the permanent home of the Henry Darger Collection. Educational programs are open to the public. The Study Center provides a resource to students and scholars who are interested in researching intuitive, self-taught and outsider art and artists.

756 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 312.243.9088

Northwest Tower Building/Coyote Building

  • Historical Landmarks

Towering over the low-rise buildings of the Six Corners stands this art deco skyscraper designed by C. Herrick Hammond. When it was built in 1928-29, the Northwest Tower was one of the only high-rise buildings in an outlying Chicago neighborhood. Today it is popularly known as the Coyote Building. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

Free Admission | 1608 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Pulaski Park

  • Parks & Gardens

This Jens Jensen-designed park is named for Casimir Pulaski, a Polish war hero who fought for the American cause in the Revolutionary War. In 1914 architect William Carbys Zimmerman designed the park’s fieldhouse to emulate Eastern European architecture familiar to the largely immigrant community. Amenities in the park include a swimming pool, a water playground, a basketball court, a baseball field, and a gym.

Free Admission | 1419 W. Blackhawk St. | 312.742.7559

Redmoon Theater

  • Theater & Dance

Founded in 1990, Redmoon uses masks, puppets, ingenious mechanical devices, robust physical movement, and live music to create a unique form of spectacle theater.

1463 W. Hubbard St. | 312.850.8440

Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park

  • Parks & Gardens

Named for Joseph Higgins Smith, alderman of the 32nd ward from 1914-1933, this site was once a city dump before it was filled in and transferred from the Bureau of Sanitation to the Bureau of Parks in 1929. A WWII Tank and artillery piece was placed in the park in the late 1950s. In 1979, a large modern fieldhouse was built. The park also includes a spraypool, a swimming pool, a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and baseball fields.

Free Admission | 2526 W. Grand Ave. | 312.742.7534

St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish

  • Religious locations

This stunning Polish sanctuary was designed by the same architect who designed Holy Name Cathedral, Patrick C. Keely. Elements of the Italian Renaissance, ancient Judaism, and Eastern Christianity are brought together to create a truly unique structure. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

Free Admission | 1327 N. Noble St. | 773.278.2470

The Architrouve

  • Art & Architecture

Located in a three-storied walk-up erected in the 1880s, the Architrouve was designed and executed in 2006 as a unique mixed-use space. Founders Bob and Darci O’Connell have actively collected fine art for the past 35 years. Their collective vision is to encourage and support the pursuit of the creative spirit in all mediums as reflected in their eclectic connoisseurship.

Free Admission | 1433 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.563.0977

The Polish Museum of America

  • Museums & Zoos

The Polish Museum preserves and presents the history and culture of the Poles here in America.

984 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.384.3352

Trap Door Theatre

  • Theater & Dance

Trap Door seeks out challenging yet obscure works to bring to life. Whether it is a rarely seen European classic, an untarnished piece of American literature, or the playwright next door, Trap Door will find these voices and present them to the public through innovative expression.

1655 W. Cortland Ave. | 773.384.0494

West Hubbard Street Murals

  • Art & Architecture

Originally begun in 1971 by School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate Ricardo Alonzo, this 11 block stretch of murals decorates the railroad embankment along Hubbard Street. Subjects of the murals are mostly, but not restricted to, animals and Mexican culture.

Free Admission | N. Ogden Ave. & W. Hubbard St. | 773.250.7771

Wicker Park Art Center

  • Cultural Centers

Located in a former Lutheran church built by Norwegian immigrants, this cultural center hosts Cimmfest film festival, art exhibitions, workshops and lectures. The building also houses the Near Northwest Arts Council and Acme Art Works. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

2215 W. North Ave. | 773.278.7677

Woman Made Gallery

  • Art & Architecture

Woman Made Gallery supports, cultivates and promotes contributions of women in the arts. All of the artwork in the gallery is made exclusively by women, and since it opened in 1992, the gallery has exhibited the work of more than 6,500 different women. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

Free Admission | 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 312.738.0400


With nearly 150 restaurants studding the streets of Wicker Park, even the most discerning palate is easy to please. There are several Thai and Asian choices, such as Rodan, Spring, Pot Pan, Su-Ra and Thai Lagoon. For noodles try Zen or Penny’s Noodle Shop. The increasing fascination with sushi can be witnessed by the number of sushi bars opening up all over the area; some good ones are Papajin, Aki Sushi, Mirai Sushi, Blu Coral and Bob San.

If you are in the mood for something less exotic, try Piece or Crust; both serve up excellent pizza. Mexican food is also abundant in the area: 2 Amigos and Adobo Grill are good options. For Middle Eastern food, the informal Sultan’s Market has delicious food at low prices, while La Brochette offers Moroccan fare with a French twist.

Le Bouchon is a fine French bistro and Club Lucky is a friendly place with traditional Italian fare. For vegetarians there is the Earwax Café; for meat-eaters, there is the Boundary Grill. Other restaurants with simple yet satisfying American food include Feast, Chaise Lounge and Café Absinthe.

Since no meal is complete without dessert, Wicker Park has several places that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Try Margie’s Candies for a soda shop experience or Sweet Thang for French pastries. Visit Café Wicked or Hot Chocolate for some of the best cakes and tarts around!

After your sugar fix, you will have plenty of energy to stay out all night, and this is the place to do it. The nightlife in Wicker Park rivals that of other neighborhoods. With dozens of bars scattered throughout the neighborhood, you can find precisely the ambiance you desire. Marie’s Rip-Tide Lounge is a throwback to the 60’s complete with a jukebox in the corner. Pint is an Irish sports bar, while Subterranean, Phyllis’ Musical Inn and Handlebar are good finds for those who want to hear live music as they enjoy their drinks. The Wicker Well has dance parties on weekends, as well as open mic and karaoke during the week. Other popular nightspots include D’Vine, Swig, Small Bar and Plan B.


  • Vegan

This vegan-friendly café’s minimalist space is decorated with futuristic artwork and comfortable seating. Menu items include mushroom burgers, focaccia sandwiches, and pumpkin chocolate muffins. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1957 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.666.2649

Bakeries on North & Milwaukee Avenues

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

While strolling through the neighborhood, stop in one of these great bakeries near the Damen Blue Line station for a treat: Red Hen Bakery (1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Oak Mill Bakery (2204 W. North Ave.) and Bake (2246 W. North Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

2204 W. North Ave.

Bella Notte

  • Italian

Bella Notte is a family owned restaurant that has served fine Italian cuisine since August of 1995. Head Chef Ramon Aguiree, rated “Best Chef” by Chicago Magazine in 1995, oversees the preparation of every dish.

1374 W. Grand Ave. | 312.733.5136

Big Star

  • Mexican

Created by a handful of Chicago’s powerhouse restaurateurs and chefs, Big Star is a Mexican tacqueria/bar that keeps it simple. The food menu consists primarily of different types of tacos, and the adult beverage menu focuses on a large selection of whiskeys, tequilas, and beers, including many less known and craft brews. Their dog-friendly patio is one of the best outdoor dining and drinking spots in the neighborhood, but get their early because it fills up quickly.

1531 N. Damen Ave. | 773.235.4039

Birchwood Kitchen

  • American (New)

Birchwood Kitchen utilizes local, seasonal, and sustainably produced ingredients to produce fresh, flavorful foods. Their menu focuses on sandwiches, pastries, soups and salads. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

2211 W. North Ave. | 773.276.2100

Blue Fin Sushi Bar

  • Sushi Bars

Blue Fin features high-quality sushi at good prices, European house music with a live DJ every Thursday, and specialties like the “Heart Attack,” deep fried jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and spicy salmon.

1952 W. North Ave. | 773.394.7373

Branch 27

  • American (New)

A casual neighborhood spot in a terra-cotta and brick building, Branch 27 features a simple, hearty menu paired with craft beers and an extensive wine list. The gastropub’s name comes from the building’s past use as the former 27th ward library.

1371 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.850.2700

Brunch on Damen & Milwaukee Avenues

  • Breakfast & Brunch

Enjoy pancakes, coffee, bagels and eggs at one of many restaurants in one of the city’s hottest spots for brunch. Try the Bongo Room (1470 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Caffé De Luca (1721 N. Damen Ave.), Bagel on Damen (1252 N. Damen Ave.), or Feast (1616 N. Damen Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1721 N. Damen Ave.

Buzz: Killer Espresso

  • Food Retail: Coffee & Tea

Buzz: Killer Espresso showcases the finest, most exotic and “inside” micro-roasters from all over the United States and serves them with exquisite care, knowledge and precision. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1644 N. Damen Ave. | 773.366.8377

Café Absinthe

  • American (New)

Featured on WTTW’s Check, Please!, this Zagat-rated contemporary American restaurant offers unusual items such as grilled ostrich and sautéed skate wing. The menu changes regularly according to the season, but you can count on at least a few exotic options. The entrance is located in the alleyway off Damen Avenue.

1954 W. North Ave. | 773.278.4488

Café Fresco

  • Italian

Café Fresco, with its daily specials and picturesque outdoor patio, combines the feel of a neighborhood bar and the cuisine of a modern Italian restaurant. Try the artichoke fritters with spicy mayo and unique drinks. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1202 W. Grand Ave. | 312.733.6378

Cheap Eats on Damen & North Avenues

  • Various

Delicious food for reasonable prices is easy to find in Wicker Park. Try Cipollina (1543 N. Damen Ave.), and Italian-style deli and espresso bar; Skewerz (1560 N. Damen Ave.) for island fusion cuisine made with fresh ingredients; Sultan’s Market (2057 W. North Ave.) for falafel, hummus, shawarma and more; or Santullo’s Eatery (1943 W. North Ave.) for New York-style pizza by the slice.

1560 N. Damen Ave.

Coalfire Pizza

  • Pizza

The only coal oven pizzeria in Chicago, Coalfire Pizza layers each pizza with cheese first, then tomato sauce, to ensure that the thin crust stays juicy when cooked in the 800˚ F oven.

1321 W. Grand Ave. | 312.226.COAL (2625)

Coffee and Sweets on Division Street

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

rab a pastry to go or sit and enjoy a cup of coffee at Alliance Bakery (1736 W. Division St.), known for their specialty cakes and cupcakes or stop in Letizia’s Natural Bakery (2144 W. Division St.), which prides itself in using 100% sweet butter in all its homemade, all-natural muffins, cookies and pastries. Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

2144 W. Division St.

Cooking Fools

  • American (New)

Cooking Fools offers “urban-casual” take-out, catering and cooking classes. They are known for their sensible menu , which is flavor-rich, low in saturated fats and travels well.

1916 W. North Ave. | 773.276.5565

Division Street Nightlife

  • Bar

Division Street is a hot spot for nightlife and many places to enjoy an adult beverage including Phyllis’ Musical Inn (1800 W. Division St.), Inn Joy (2051 W. Division St.), and Small Bar (2059 W. Division St.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1942 W. Division St.

Filter Cafe

  • Dining

After Bank of America took over its old spot in 2007, Filter Café took a 2.5 year hiatus and reopened in a larger, LEED Gold certified location. Popular with the local hipsters, Filter is known for its eclectic collection of vintage furniture and a large food menu. They now roast their coffee beans in house, fueling the machine with oil from the beans.

1373 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.904.7819

Five Star

  • Bar

Five Star Bar aims for a five-star rating from the crowd, and offers a large selection of booze, including more than 45 bourbons, 16 scotches, nearly 40 bottled beers and 15 drafts, to help satisfy all tastes. The nightspot exudes a rock ‘n’ roll vibe, with red and black décor, leather accents, and a pool table in back.

1424 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.850.2555


  • American (New)

Combining the flavors of New Mexico with a folk art décor, Flo serves Santa Fe–style food for all meals of the day, with red chili peppers from Hatch, New Mexico playing a central role in many dishes.

1434 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.243.0477

Geisha Sushi & Lounge

  • Sushi Bars

Geisha Lounge combines contemporary Japanese cuisine with a sleek and upbeat lounge setting. Mixing the concepts of great sushi and a high energy night lounge, Geisha Lounge offers unique signature maki dishes as well as one-of-a-kind cocktails, and a live DJ Friday and Saturday nights after 10 pm.

1265 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.252.2020

Global Dining on Division Street

  • Dining

Discover cuisines from all over the world on this stretch of Division Street including Mexican at Adobo Grill (2005 W. Division St.) and Angels and Mariachis (1721 W. Division St.); Argentinean at Folklore (2100 W. Division St.); Japanese at Bob San Sushi (1805 W. Division St.); and Thai at Thai Village (2053 W. Division St.).

1024 N. Ashland Ave.

Global Dining on Milwaukee Avenue

  • Various

Choose from a world of dining options on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. For Italian, try Francesca’s Forno (1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.); for Spanish tapas, try People (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.); for Greek specialties stop in Taxim (1558 N. Milwaukee Ave.); and Mexican is what you’re in the mood for, check out La Fonda del Gusto (1408 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Green Grocer Chicago

  • Food Retail: Grocery

Green Grocer Chicago is an intimate, neighborhood market that features organically grown, locally produced food products and specialty items. Find essential grocery items here as well as lunch on the go, ingredients for a fresh meal or a gift for a foodie friend.

1402 W. Grand Ave. | 312.624.9508

Green Zebra

  • American (New)

Green Zebra, a contemporary vegetarian restaurant, focuses on seasonality, freshness and flavor. Recognized across the board as vegetarian food good enough to tempt an avid meat-eater, Chef-owner Shawn McClain was even recognized with a prestigious James Beard Award in 2006.

1460 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.243.7100

Handlebar Bar & Grill

  • Vegetarian

Some of the best vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Chicago may be found in Wicker Park. Handlebar Bar & Grill’s daily brunch and dinner menus specialize in vegetarian/vegan/pescetarian (seafood-friendly) fare. Plus, they’re ardent supporters of bike advocacy!

2311 W. North Ave. | 773.384.9546

Hoosier Mama Pie Company

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

Stop in an try a slice of pie at the Hoosier Mama Pie Company, a new artisanal bakery striving to be a great “old” pie company. They make their pies by hand with the best ingredients they can find.

1418 1/2 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.243.4846

Hot Chocolate

  • American (Traditional)

Made with enticing ingredients such as white chocolate, espresso, dark chocolate, and chai, this restaurant features 8 different kinds of hot chocolate. In addition to drinks, Hot Chocolate serves lunch, dinner and brunch made with produce and livestock from local farms.

1747 N. Damen Ave. | 773.489.1747


  • American (Traditional)

Jerry’s offers in excess of 100 sandwiches, a large collection of daily specials, and more than 70 ingredients for assembling custom sandwiches. They also boast a collection of over 180 American craft beers, both in bottle and on draft.

1938 W. Division St. | 773.235.1006

LUSH Wines and Spirit

  • Food Retail: Beer, Wine & Spirits

LUSH Wine and Spirits is a local, neighborhood wine shop specializing in boutique wines, beers, and spirits. Their friendly staff offer an interactive experience, ranging from complimentary sampling to wine education to geeky minutia about brewing or distilling.

1412 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.666.6900

La Farine Bakery

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

Featuring artisan bread at a good price from master baker Rida Shahin, La Farine Bakery supplies fresh bread to some of Chicago’s top restaurants. To sample breads and other baked goods directly from the source, go to La Farine’s convenient retail location.

1461 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.850.4019

La Pasadita

  • Mexican

La Pasadita Restaurant and Taqueria has three restaurants on the same street block. Family owned and operated since 1976, La Pasadita is best known for its mouth watering tacos and burritos. Over 3,500 tacos are served daily to customers waiting in lines which most of the time extend outside. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1108 N. Ashland Ave. | 773.278.4886

Las Palmas

  • Mexican

Las Palmas serves spirited Mexican cuisine in a decidedly upscale, but refreshingly unpretentious environment. Chef Alberto Bailón provides an exquisite selection of courses made from the freshest ingredients with solid roots in Mexican culinary heritage and a penchant for inventive whimsy.

1835 W. North Ave. | 773.289.4991

Late Night Eats & Drinks near the Six Corners

  • American (Traditional)

Wicker Park is host to a range of restaurants and bars that are great for eating and drinking with friends. Northside Bar & Grill (1635 N. Damen Ave.), Plan B Bar & Kitchen (1635 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and Blue Line Club Car (1548 N. Damen Ave.) serve delicious food and drinks late into the night

1635 N. Damen Ave.

Late Night Eats & Drinks on Division Street

  • Bar

Enjoy great late night burgers and drinks at the Boundary (1932 W. Division St.), Division Ale House (1942 W. Division St.), Moonshine (1824 W. Division St.), and the Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division St.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1932 W. Division St.

Lovely Bake Shop

  • Food Retail: Bakeries

Owned by a pair of graduates from the French Pastry School in Chicago, Lovely Bake Shop combines the techniques of French cooking with the flavors the chefs grew up with in Georgia. Known for their 4-inch mini-pies, Lovely also serves a range of pastries, jams, and savories like soups and sandwiches.

1130 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.572.4766

MANA food bar

  • American (New)

This small vegetarian restaurant has received praise in numerous Chicago media outlets, including Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times, for its globally-inspired meatless menu. Try their small plates for a great sharing experience.

1742 W. Division St. | 773.342.1742


  • Mediterranean

Featured in Chicago Magazine, Time Out Chicago and given a glowing review in the New York Times, this Zagat-rated restaurant’s motto is “Midwestern Farmers, Mediterranean Flavors.” Most of the ingredients that go into their dishes come from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan or Wisconsin.

1647 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.342.2340

Manee Thai Restaurant

  • Thai

A popular Thai restaurant, Manee Thai offers favorites like Pad Thai and Lard Nar, as well as less common specialties like the “7 Buddies Meang Khum” (crispy coconut, peanuts, dried shrimp, ginger, shallots, lime, and Thai hot pepper wrapped in green leaves and topped with sauce).

1546 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.733.3339

Mart Anthony’s Italian Restaurant

  • Italian

For nearly 30 years, family owned and operated Mart Anthony’s has served traditional Italian cuisine and steaks. They moved to their present location, tucked away from the main streets, in 2007 and have developed a loyal local following.

1200 W. Hubbard St. | 312.421.3477

Mexican Seafood on Ashland Avenue

  • Seafood

Find delicious Mexican seafood on Ashland Avenue in the East Village. Enjoy specialties like shrimp tacos and red snapper at Mariscos El Veneno (1024 N. Ashland Ave.) or sample crab and octopus at El Barco (1035 N. Ashland Ave.).

1024 N. Ashland Ave.


  • Mexican

Mexique serves French-influenced Mexican cuisine under the guidance of chef Carlos Gaytan, introducing Chicago to the blend of cooking that evolved from the French occupation of Mexico during the 1860s.

1529 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.850.0288

Milk & Honey Café

  • American (Traditional)

Milk & Honey Cafe first opened its doors for lunch in June of 2002 serving gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, soups and house baked pastries made from scratch. The café now serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Make sure to try out their homemade granola, sold in specialty food stores around the city.

1920 W. Division St. | 773.395.9434

More Dining

  • Various

For more dining options, visit the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (1414 N. Ashland Ave.).

1414 N. Ashland Ave.

Natalino’s Italian Ristorante

  • Italian

From the homemade Italian cuisine to the cozy-chic ambiance, Natalino’s has it all. This hot spot opened in March 2008 and has served up both classic Italian fare and mouthwatering reinterpretations to eager patrons ever since.

1523 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.997.3700

Nightlife on North & Milwaukee Avenues

  • Bar

Wicker Park is a lively scene for hip nightlife. Neighborhood favorites include Subterranean [] (2011 W. North Ave.), Estelle’s [] (2013 W. North Ave.), The Flat Iron [] (1565 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Davenport’s Piano Bar [] (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and Nick’s Beer Garden [] (1516 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

2011 W. North Ave.


  • Pizza

Piece unites classic New Haven-style thin crust pizza with award-winning microbrews in a spacious loft setting. Revelers pack the house for sports games, Karaoke (Thursdays and Sundays), and other special events.

1927 W. North Ave. | 773.772.4422

Podhalanka Restaurant

  • Polish

One of many Polish-American institutions in the area, this cozy, no-frills restaurant is all about authentic food from the old country. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1549 W. Division St. | 773.486.6655

Salerno’s Pizza

  • Italian

Established in 1966, this is real deep-dish Chicago pizza, served in a dining room painted with scenes of the Italian countryside. Salerno’s has been a favorite of celebrities over the years, whose autographed portraits line the hallway.

1201 W. Grand Ave. | 312.666.3444

Silver Cloud

  • American (Traditional)

Boasting the latest brunch in Chicago, on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm; this Zagat-rated restaurant offers comfort food including cheese baked eggs, smoked salmon Benedict, meatloaf, pot roast and lasagna.

1700 N. Damen Ave. | 773.489.6212

Sip Coffee House

  • Food Retail: Coffee & Tea

Known for its two lovely outdoor patio and a large cozy interior, Sip Coffee House sells Intelligentsia coffee and an assortment of delicious baked goods and sandwiches.

1223 W. Grand Ave. | 312.563.1123

Smoke Daddy

  • American (Traditional)

Open since the summer of 1994, Smoke Daddy offers barbeque and free live music seven days a week. Over the years, Smoke Daddy has appeared on the Food Network several times, and has been called “Chicago’s best barbecue” by numerous local and national periodicals.

1804 W. Division St. | 773.772.MOJO (6656)

Specialty Drinks on Damen & Milwaukee Avenues

  • Bar

For the adventurous, these lounges in Wicker Park offer creative, hard-to-find, or just plain delicious drinks. The Violet Hour [] (1520 N. Damen Ave.) serves imaginative cocktails made with ingredients like rose water, mint and fruit-infused liquors, while Salud Tequila Lounge [] (1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.) stocks an impressive assortment of 100% agave tequilas. For wine flights paired with delicious food, try Bin Wine Café [] (1559 N. Milwaukee Ave.).

1520 N. Damen Ave.

Swim Cafe

  • Sandwiches

Swim Café offers the perfect place to surf the Internet, meet friends, or play a game of Scrabble while enjoying a richly roasted and freshly prepared fair trade coffee. Their menu of salads and paninis rotate around seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1357 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.492.8600

Terry’s Toffee

  • Food Retail: Desserts

Featured in Not For Tourists 2008 and Chicago Social Magazine, Terry’s Toffee has 15 kinds of toffee with enticing ingredients, such as ginger, wasabi, matzo and chai spice. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1117 W. Grand Ave. | 312.733.2700

The Bluebird

  • American (New)

This stylish bar features a selection of more than 75 beers and an industrial interior with accents of reclaimed lighting and bathroom doors from a closed Catholic school.

1749 N. Damen Ave. | 773.486.2473

The Breakfast Club

  • American (Traditional)

Featured in Fortune and Gourmet, the Breakfast Club has served home-style American food since 1987. Favorite dishes at this charming cottage-themed restaurant include the French Toast (rated #1 in the city), gooey cinnamon rolls, and meatloaf. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1381 W. Hubbard St. | 312.666.2372

The Goddess and Grocer

  • Food Retail: Grocery

The Goddess and Grocer offers house made soups, prepared foods, sandwiches made to order, salads, cupcakes and desserts, coffee, espresso and tea. The grocery section offers a variety of fine cheeses, beer & wine, chocolate, pasta and snacks. Many of the delicious, gourmet items are even made locally.

1646 N. Damen Ave. | 773.342.3200

The Noble Grape

  • Food Retail: Beer, Wine & Spirits

The Noble Grape is a hip, boutique wine shop in a casual, comfortable setting with moderate prices and a unique wine selection that appeals to the smart, eclectic consumers in the neighborhood.

802 N. Bishop St. | 312.846.1204

The Red Canary

  • American (Traditional)

A grand chandelier, soft lighting, red walls, and a 2,000 square foot garden patio make The Red Canary an appealing place to enjoy a menu of upscale American comfort food and intricate cocktails.

695 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 312.846.1475

The Silver Palm and The Matchbox

  • American (Traditional)

The dining room of the Silver Palm, named after the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, is actually a 1947 Budd dining car, serving in the same capacity as it did on the original train. Next door (and by the same owner) is the Matchbox, an intimate bar dedicated to cocktails and conversation that has been there for over 75 years. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

768 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 312.666.9322

The Southern

  • Southern

Taking its cue from the laid back way of Southern life, this low-down Wicker Park bar offers delicious comfort food under the guidance of chef Cary Taylor. Pair your eats with something from their extensive selection of small batch bourbons, micro-brews, hearty whiskeys and specialty drinks.

1840 W. North Ave. | 773.342.1840


  • Italian

Tocco, meaning “touch” in Italian, is a contemporary trattoria featuring chic décor and wood-fired pizzas and calzones, as well as well crafted appetizers, pastas and meat entrees.

1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.687.8895

Twisted Spoke

  • American (Traditional)

Established in 1995 as a “family biker bar,” Twisted Spoke’s menu features classic American food like the meatloaf sandwich and the “Gigantic Pork Chop.” They also host the not-so-family-friendly “Smut & Eggs” every Saturday from 12:30 am to 2:30 am.

501 N. Ogden Ave. | 312.666.1500

Usagi Ya Sushi Restaurant

  • Sushi Bars

Featured on WTTW’s Check Please!, Usagi Ya (meaning “rabbit house” in Japanese) has an extensive menu abundant with sushi, sashimi and maki choices prepared traditionally with a contemporary twist.

1178 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.292.5885

West Town Tavern

  • American (New)

Housed in an 1880s building with an original tin ceiling, exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, West Town Tavern serves contemporary comfort food in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Their unique spin on traditional dishes has earned West Town Tavern praise on Check, Please! and from many other media outlets.

1329 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.666.6175


  • Food Retail: Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

At iCream, customers create their own ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt from scratch, choosing from six different bases, over two dozen flavors, more than 20 add-ins and toppings, and a handful of fun colors. Commercial mixers use liquid nitrogen to rapidly freeze the ice cream, allowing customers to walk out with their personal creations within minutes.

1537 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.342.2834


The Wicker Park shopping scene is, simply stated, bustling. With boutiques and shops specializing in everything from apparel and jewelry to crafts and home furnishings, you can find paper goods handmade in Chicago or wooden masks hand-carved in Africa. Stroll the sidewalks of this neighborhood and shop till you drop!

For women’s clothing, try Nanette Lepore, Tangerine, Jade or Clothes Minded for one-of-a-kind apparel. Untitled and Scoop NYC, both popular chain stores, can also be found in the area. For the fashionable future-mommy, try Belly Dance Maternity. Saffron is a good choice for clothing with a more exotic influence.

Of course, men will find stores that cater to them, as well. Try Him, Detail by Akira and Apartment Number 9, all boutiques with fashionable, upscale men’s clothing.

If you are looking for other wares, Wicker Park certainly delivers. Silver Room carries jewelry while Stitch is the perfect destination for leather goods. Try Renegade Handmade and Virtu for handmade crafts or Paper Doll for paper goods and trinkets. Furnish your home in exotic finds from faraway lands at Fenway Gallery, or hunt for one-of-a-kind antiques at Embelezar. Discover the latest underground music at Reckless Records and end your shopping experience by customizing your own t-shirt at T-Shirt Deli.

Accessories & Shoes Shopping in Wicker Park

  • Shopping

Wicker Park is a great place to find the perfect accessory for your new outfit. Try City Soles & Niche (2001 W. North Ave.) for all your footwear needs, from funky to high-end; Shebang (1616 N. Damen Ave.) for reasonably-priced handbags, jewelry, hats and hair accessories from independent and emerging designers; Stitch (1723 N. Damen Ave.) for an eclectic but well-selected collection of sunglasses, scarves, wallets and home furnishings; or Gem (1710 N. Damen Ave.), a jewelry boutique specializing in unique, hand made jewelry from both local and international designers. Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1616 N. Damen Ave.

Akira Shops on North Avenue

  • Fashion

Whether you’re shopping for him, for her or for shoes, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of three Akira shops in Wicker Park: Akira Men (1922 W. North Ave.), Akira Women (1837 W. North Ave.), and Akira Footwear (1849 W. North Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1849 W. North Ave.

Alcala’s Western Wear

  • Fashion

Founded by Luis Alcala in 1972, Alcala’s Western Wear lassos more boot sales than anyone else in Chicago and has become one of the largest retailers of Western wear in the Midwest. Step inside and be wowed by 5,000 hats and 10,000 pairs of boots in your sights.

1733 W. Chicago Ave. | 312.226.0152


  • Arts & Crafts

Beadniks, an activity-based jewelry boutique, is where you’ll find unique gift ideas and jewelry trends, as well as a special location for parties and events. Become inspired by their wide selection of beads and semi-precious stones, hand-selected from the far corners of the globe. Designers are always on hand to assist you with your personal look.

1937 W. Division St. | 773.276.BEAD (2323)

Belly Dance Maternity

  • Maternity Wear

Belly Dance Maternity believes pregnant women need not sacrifice their fashion sense. They carry hip, stylish maternity clothes that will get women through their pregnancy looking good.

1647 N. Damen Ave. | 773.862.1133

Bike Shops on North and Milwaukee Avenues

  • Bikes

Wicker Park residents love their bikes, and whether you ride a fixed-gear, cruiser, recumbent or mountain bike, you can find what you’re looking for at Copenhagen Cyclery (1375 N. Milwaukee Ave.) or Rapid Transit Cycle Shop (1900 W. North Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1900 W. North Ave.


  • Fashion

One of Chicago’s premier luxury lifestyle boutiques, Bonnie&Clyde;’s serves as a conduit for new art, fashion, music and culture from Chicago and beyond. Project Runway fans will be excited to find designs by winners Christian Siriano and Jeffrey Sebelia, as well as fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Rick Owens.

1751 W. Division St. | 773.235.2680

Cards and Gifts on Division Street

  • Shopping

You’ll find the perfect, distinctive gift and a unique card to go with it and one of several independently-owned shops on Division Street. Try Paper Doll (2048 W. Division St.) for a playful cavalcade of hand-picked gifts, indie design greeting cards, and one-of-a-kind treasures; Elevenzees (1901 W. Division St.) for an incredible inventory ranging from gifts for home to baby and soul-soothing essentials; Greenheart (1911 W. Division St.) for recycled accessories and handbags, home goods, jewelry, toys, organic cotton t-shirts and more; or Anjenu (1747 W. Division St.) for beautiful stationary, greeting cards and wrapping paper.

1901 W. Division St.

Children’s Shopping on Division Street

  • Children’s Clothing

Shop Division Street for children’s clothing and toys. Visit Threadless (1905 W. Division St.) for artist-made tees; Grow (1943 W. Division St.) for pint-size clothing, gear and furniture with a modern twist; Bullfrogs and Butterflies (2124 W. Division St.), a “children’s lifestyle store” specializing in toys, books, clothing, shoes and accessories; and Building Blocks (2130 W. Division St.), which features products which promote mental, physical and social childhood development. Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1905 W. Division St.

Dusty Groove America

  • Books, Mags, Music & Video

Specializing in jazz, funk and soul, this record store is known worldwide for being one of the best places to buy vinyl.

1120 N. Ashland Ave. | 773.342.5800

Fashion Boutiques for Men & Women on Division Street

  • Fashion

Division Street in the Ukrainian and East Village is a shopping destination for both men and women. Find clothing, accessories and more at Casa De Soul (1919 W. Division St.); up-and-coming designer wares and gifts at Penelope’s (1913 W. Division Ave.); and new and used clothing and accessories at NEW’D (1917 W. Division St.).

1913 W. Division St.

Galleria 1712

  • Arts & Crafts

More like a permanent art fair than a traditional gallery, this cooperatively run space features 45 different artists, craftspeople and designers at a time, and allows the artists to keep 100% of their sales.

1712 W. North Ave. | 773.235.1712

Helen Yi

  • Fashion

This chic boutique features designs by Barbara Bui, Derek Lam, Alexander Mcqueen, Mathew Ames, Vatit Itthi, Behnaz Sarafpour, Jen Kao, Koi, Underligne and more.

1645 N. Damen Ave. | 773.252.3838

Home Décor Shopping on Chicago & Grand Avenues

  • Shopping

This area of Wicker Park is a great place to find unique furniture and decorative objects for your home. On Grand Avenue, Post 27 (1819 W. Grand Ave.) is an ever-changing and creatively displayed space filled with products that range from mid-century furniture pieces to accessories made locally from reclaimed or re-purposed materials. For one-of-a-kind wallpapers and contemporary upholstery fabrics, visit Urban Source (1439 W. Chicago Ave.) on Chicago Avenue; or, stop in The Realm (1430 W. Chicago Ave.) to browse an extensive collection of African, Asian art, wood cravings and paintings. Sprout Home (745 N. Damen Ave.), at the corner of Chicago and Damen Avenues, offers a unique selection of plants, vases and garden basics for both indoors and outdoors. Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact site for more information.

1439 W. Chicago Ave.

John Fluevog Shoes

  • Fashion

John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970 he has been steadfast in creating unique soles for unique souls that are seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and the Scissor Sisters to the runways of high fashion.

1539 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.772.1983

More Shopping

  • Shopping

For more shopping options, visit the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (1414 N. Ashland Ave.).

1414 N. Ashland Ave.

Myopic Books

  • Books, Mags, Music & Video

With 3 floors of books, about 80,000 editions, this is one of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookstores carrying fiction, art, music, history, and much more. They also have a small selection of new books and unique, rare, and collectible books online. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.862.4882

National, Notable Shopping on Damen Avenue

  • Shopping

Damen Avenue is home to the only Chicago locations of these of-the-moment, national brands: Le Sportsac (1727 N. Damen Ave.), Joe’s Jeans (1715 N. Damen Ave.), Marc by Marc Jacobs (1714 N. Damen Ave.), and Nanette Lepore (1623 N. Damen Ave.).

1714 N. Damen Ave.

Nina: a well-knit shop

  • Arts & Crafts

Nina is a contemporary knitting shop known for offering a carefully selected line of beautifully displayed specialty products. You can even take a class in this sleek, calm space described as a Zen temple to fiber.

1655 W. Division St. | 773.486.8996

Pagoda Red

  • Home & Garden

Featured in Chicago Home and Garden magazine, Lucky, Chicago Magazine and Architectural Digest this antiques and furniture store specializes in 19th century Chinese home furnishings. Additionally, you will be able to find some objects from the 17th and 18th centuries and even a few pieces from Neolithic China.

1714 N. Damen Ave. | 773.235.1188

Permanent Records

  • Books, Mags, Music & Video

Permanent Records carries popular and hard-to-find music and provides an important service for the community by exposing people to music they would not hear otherwise.

1914 W. Chicago Ave. | 773.278.1744

Post 27

  • Antiques,
  • Art,
  • Furniture Stores,
  • Home Decor

Post 27 boasts an ever-changing selection of mid-century modern, new and locally made goods that encompasses distinctive furniture, artwork and accessories for the house, as well as eye-catching fashions, jewelry and other finds.

1819 W. Grand Ave. | 312.829.6122

Psycho Baby

  • Baby Gear & Furniture

Owned by two moms, Psycho Baby carries cool clothes, funky shoes, modern toys, classic books and rockin’ accessories for babies, toddlers, big kids and the parents who love them.

1630 N. Damen Ave. | 773.772.2815

Pump Shoes & Accessories

  • Shoe Stores

Pump is an independently owned and operated women’s shoe and accessory boutique specializing in trendy styles and brands like Charles Davis, Sam Edelman, Jeffery Campbell and Kelsi Dagger. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1659 W. Division St. | 773.384.6750

Quimby’s Bookstore

  • Comic Books

Features unusual and underground material such as self-published, small and independent press books, magazines, zines, body art, underground comics.

1854 W. North Ave. | 773.342.0910

Renegade Handmade

  • Gifts and Souvenirs

Renegade Handmade is a unique one-stop shop for DIY goods, featuring the work of over 300 artists! Created as an extension of the Renegade Craft Fair, the store serves as a permanent location for people to buy and sell unique handmade items year-round. Accessibility limitations. Please contact site for more information.

1924 W. Division St. | 773.227.2707

Resale Shopping on Chicago Avenue

  • Retail, Vintage & Consignment

Score one-of-a-kind finds at vintage and used clothing stores with a great selection of clothing and accessories including Dovetail (1452 W. Chicago Ave.), Pistol Bazaar (1717 W. Chicago Ave.), and Very Best Vintage (1919 W. Chicago Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1717 W. Chicago Ave.

Resale Shopping on North & Milwaukee Avenues

  • Retail, Vintage & Consignment

Find the perfect vintage treasure for your wardrobe at one of the many resale shops in Wicker Park. Among the favorites on North Avenue are Vintage Underground (1834 W. North Ave.), and Silver Moon (1721 W. North Ave.). On Milwaukee Avenue, try US #1 (1460 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Accessibility limitations at some sites. Please contact sites for more information.

1834 W. North Ave.

Ruby Room

  • Beauty and Spas

Featured on E!, CNN, and in The New York Times, W Magazine and Chicago Magazine, this salon and health spa also has eight overnight rooms with goose down pillow-top mattresses and access to a secluded “healing garden” with waterfall.

1743 W. Division St. | 773.235.2323

SG Grand

  • Antiques,
  • Home & Garden,
  • Home Decor,
  • Kitchen & Bath

One of several vintage furniture and housewares shops that have taken root in West Town’s vibrant new design district, SG Grand is sells a wide selection of reworked, repurposed pieces, with a strong leaning toward garden and landscape design.

1822 W Grand Ave. | 312.226.6654


  • Accessories,
  • Antiques,
  • Furniture Stores,
  • Home & Garden,
  • Home Decor,
  • Local Flavor

Voted one of Chicago Magazine’s “Best of Chicago” picks, Stitch offers a discerning selection of contemporary furnishings and more, from sleek, modern pieces for your house to stylish watches, bags, jewelry and other unique accessories to wear.

1723 N. Damen Ave. | 773.782.1570


  • Fashion

This bright and cozy boutique features apparel by designers from Chicago and across the country including Mint, Coqui, Blake Standard T-Shirts, Modern Vintage and Nora Marcella.

1719 N. Damen Ave. | 773.772.0505

The Boring Store

  • Hobby Shops

As Chicago’s only undercover, secret agent supply store, the Boring Store outfits their spy-center with the latest and greatest in espionagical wares for the most clandestine mission or covert operation. And rest assured, the money trail won’t blow anyone’s cover – all proceeds go to 826 CHI, a non-profit writing and tutoring center.

1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.772.8108

The Silver Room

  • Fashion

In addition to the silver jewelry for which they are named, this huge store has watches and body jewelry, and exhibits paintings and photography from local artists.

1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773.278.7130

Trendy Clothing Shops on Milwaukee Avenue

  • Fashion

Buy an outfit from one of these trendy shops on Milwaukee Avenue and you’ll fit right in with the hip urbanites that hang out in Wicker Park. Visit Eskell (1509 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for vintage-inspired women’s clothing; Brooklyn Industries (1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.), the only Chicago location for this national retailer of innovative clothing and accessories; or Futurgarb (1359 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for fashionable pieces for both men and women.

1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Urban Remains

  • Antiques,
  • Home & Garden,
  • Home Decor

Find reclaimed and recycled antique architectural artifacts and vintage industrial furniture salvaged from commercial and industrial sites at this West Town home store, with most artifacts dating from between the mid-19th century and late 1960s.

1850 W. Grand Ave. | 312.492.6254

le Dress

  • Fashion

Chicago’s premier dress-only boutique was featured in the September 2009 issue of Marie Claire magazine and has won awards at the Chicago Battle of the Boutiques.

1741 W. Division St. | 773.697.9899

p. 45

  • Fashion

Echoing a firm belief in promoting individual style, p.45 stocks a variety of selections from a carefully edited collection of national and local designers. Their diverse blend of products allows their clients to build a wardrobe that is both fashionable and functional.

1643 N. Damen Ave. | 773.862.4523


Chicago Poetry Tour

  • Audio & Self-Guided

The Chicago Poetry Tour, produced by the Poetry Foundation, is a chance to experience the history of the city through poetry. Featuring a range of Chicago poets past and present—Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Li-Young Lee, Haki Madhubuti, Lisel Mueller, Stuart Dybek, and many more—and addressing a variety of neighborhoods and landmarks—the Loop, Bronzeville, Bucktown, Maxwell Street, Haymarket, Pilsen, and New Chinatown among them—the tour includes archival and contemporary recordings of poets and scholars, local music, and historic photographs. The tour can be experienced virtually online at, or downloaded into an mp3 player. FREE.

Free Admission | 78 E. Washington St. | 312-787-7070

POLSKA! Chicago’s Polish Downtown

  • Bus,
  • Walking

Chicago’s sizeable Polish population has made a huge impact on the city’s history and architecture. Explore the ornate churches, historic theaters and other landmarks that have sustained Chicago’s Polish community on this Chicago Neighborhood Tour.

77 E. Randolph St. | 312.742.1190 (TTY: 312.744.2947)

Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village

  • Bus,
  • Walking

Take this Chicago Neighborhood Tour to see how diverse groups shaped the character of these vibrant West Side communities into two of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods to live and play in.

77 E. Randolph St. | 312.742.1190 (TTY: 312.744.2947)

Current Trends and Facts of Wicker Park Chicago

It offers a remarkable mix of small businesses, chic boutiques, galleries, and trendy restaurants. The result is a vibrant, dynamic destination for visitors and residents alike. Thanks to its bohemian and European heritage, the Wicker Park neighborhood is one of the city’s most desirable destinations for culture and entertainment.

The neighborhood of Wicker Park maintains an emphasis on performance art, music, and theater, and attracts an offbeat crowd on any given day or night. It also has many independent art galleries, particularly in the Flat Iron Building, a beehive of sculptors, painters, and mixed-media artists.

For commuters (many of whom do not need a car), the CTA’s Blue Line and the train are only a few blocks away giving them 10-minute access to the Loop, as well as easy access to O’Hare International Airport and the suburbs.

Each September, the Around the Coyote Art Festival gives hundreds of artists a chance to open their doors to display and sell their work. Beyond private galleries, the festival has art displayed in storefronts, loft spaces, public buildings, and private spaces.

Location & Area

  • North Boundary: 1600 N North
  • South Boundary: 1200 N Division
  • East Boundary: 1600 W Ashland
  • West Boundary: 2400 W Western
  • Primary Zip Code: 60622