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Wicker Park: Decidedly Bohemian and Family-Friendly with Condos for Sale in Chicago to Boot!
Bordered by the Bloomingdale Trail to the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, Division to the south, and Western Avenue to the west, Wicker Park is a small, 4-acre park district of Chicago. Flush with galleries, restaurants, bars, quirky art shops, as well as upscale boutiques, Wicker Park’s Division street now rivals the creative hustle and bustle of Milwaukee Avenue Arts District, making this a fantastic neighborhood to shop for condos for sale in Chicago.
Wicker Park Historic District
Wicker Park is brimming with history, no wonder why the district is on the National Register of Historic Places, with much of the neighborhood also designated as a Chicago Landmark District. Stunning brick Victorian mansions predominate; however, the neighborhood is peppered with new condo constructions as well. Even with the new development and unique condos for sale in Chicago, history is under your nose everywhere you turn!
Receiving the first wave of homeless Chicagoans due to the Great Chicago Fire, Wicker Park also attracted many well-to-do European immigrants. Merchants were especially drawn to the area, building large mansions along Hoyne and Pierce streets – arguably the neighborhoods prettiest avenues. At the time, Hoyne was a magnet for brewery owners, giving the name “Beer Baron Row.”
Around the Coyote
With the influx of working artists moving into Wicker Park in the 1980s, a local non-profit was launched with the goal to “bring to the art community a professional organization that will help artists network and exhibit their art.” In 1989, the "Around the Coyote" festival was born with the mission to help the many working artists and independent galleries in the neighborhood branch out, providing a platform to exhibit their art to both the domestic and international audience.
Held each October, the festival became synonymous for the Flatiron Arts Building for which housed the event. However, since 2008 the festival moved downtown and was renamed “Looptopia.” With the departure of the festival, the population of local artists also dispersed.
The Wicker Park Summer Fest keeps Chicagoans as well as visitors coming, however. Held over a weekend each summer, the festival closes several blocks of Damen Avenue to traffic, satisfying visitors with live music, crafts, and beer.
On the Cutting Edge
The neighborhood is known for being on the cutting edge of trends, often hosting cult-underground bands, ultra-fashion boutiques, and other hallmarks of a neighborhood with culture bursting at its seams.
Located just west of the Kennedy Expressway, Wicker Park is hipster-central (so named the 4th hippest neighborhood in the country by Forbes in 2012). The neighborhood is a hotspot of renegade art as well as established galleries, a buzzing nightlife, and blistering food scene.
Gentrification has infiltrated since the late 1980s, despite this, the neighborhood’s quirky charm continues even to this day. Known for thrift stores, record shops, live music, intermixed with the chain block stores, as well as upscale shopping – Wicker Park offers something for everyone. Especially night owls!
Night Comes Alive in Wicker Park
Okay – it’s a given that the neighborhood has shifted its culture from a distinctive underground bohemian edge to something verging on upper-middle and family-oriented – fortunately the neighborhood can’t shake its edgy party atmosphere, particularly on weekends. And why would it want to?
Live music is at the heart of Wicker Park, hosting both local and touring underground bands at clubs such as Subterranean and Double Door. Locals can also dance to the techno beats at The Note.
The edgy-vibe certainly lives on, plus you have the convenience of more chain stores interspersed among the quirky shops, making Wicker Park an idyllic residential neighborhood offering some of the best condos in Chicago.