Famous for the 2004 film named and set in Chicago’s Wicker Park, the neighborhood is very clearly the hipster area of the city. North Avenue is located to the north, while the Kennedy Expressway is to the East. Division is the area’s southern border and Western Avenue is the Western board. Wicker Park is also rich in history. Brothers Charles G. Wicker and Joel H Wicker bought 80 acres of land and began building a new neighborhood. The four acre park that the neighborhood encompassed became the name of the area as well. In addition to the new neighborhood, many different ethnicities of people began to move into the area. The area became a home to many German and Scandinavian immigrants. At the turn of the twentieth century Wicker Park was home to the richest European immigrants in the city. As the years progressed, the neighborhood became even more ethnically diverse with the influx of other immigrants into the area. Nowadays gentrification has made the area much more appealing to white-collar workers. Therefore, with the change of people, a new lifestyle emerged with an influx of new bars, restaurants, and much more.
Due to the new atmosphere of Wicker Park, it is now a neighborhood well known as an area for entertainment and culture. There are many galleries, theaters, boutiques, bars and restaurants that line the streets of Wicker Park. Wicker Park is popular for its music scene. The neighborhood has numerous music clubs and venues including Club Blujazz, Shambles, and Subterranean, especially popular with the younger, hipster crowd. However, Wicker Park does not solely create a unique sense of night life, but it also sponsors many fairs and festivals that promote a sense of community in the neighborhood. Just a few of those events are the Renegade Craft Fair, Learnapalooza, and the Wicker Park Fest.
Housing in Wicker Park is ideal for those who need to commute to the Loop. With the Blue line running through the area, the ride to the Loop is merely ten minutes. Along with the Blue line there are many buses that run through the area as well. When choosing where to live in the cozy neighborhood, there is a wide range to choose from. From apartments, to renovated houses and flats, to mansions, there is something for everyone in this area. In addition, there are many low rise buildings with available housing.