Things To Do in Wicker Park, Chicago

For many good reasons that will be listed in the following itinerary with ideas of things to do in Wicker Park, this neighborhood got the title of the #4 hippest hipster neighborhood in the country by Forbes article in September 2012. It is filled with many coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores, and unique fashion and vintage boutiques, especially along N Milwaukee and N Damen Ave., which are considered the center of this cool vibes and artsy area in Chicago.

Stay

  • The Robey
    * $$$ * 4-star hotel @ 2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647.
    A boutique hotel located in an art deco historic building, which was recently renovated. The rooms are modernly designed with all the possible comfort. There is a great restaurant on the entrance level as well as a rooftop terrace with a bar, an outdoor pool, and fantastic city views.
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  • Ruby Room Inn
    * $$ * 2-star hotel @ 1745 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622.
    A homey guesthouse with wide chic rooms, each designed differently. There is an in-house spa, a beautiful garden with a sitting area, and a shared kitchen. Located near bars, restaurants, and a subway station.
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Eat @ Women-Owned Restaurants

  • No Bones Beach Club
    Founder and CEO, MacKenzie DeVito.
    The world’s first plant-based beach bar with locations in Seattle, Oregon, and Chicago. The menu is 100% vegan, made from fresh and local ingredients (whenever possible). Closed on Tuesdays.
    1943 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 – Located at the Flatiron Arts Building (see in the list of Things To Do).
    More info on the website
  • Milk & Honey Café
    Owner Carol Watson.
    Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Serving gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and made-from-scratch soups. The outdoor patio is available during the spring and summer times, while the cozy fireplace is set in cold days. Do not miss the famous homemade granola!
    1920 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
    More info on the website



Things To Do

Visit the Flatiron Arts Building
1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.

 

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This historic triangle building is a hub of more than 40 artist studios and a theater. Almost 50% of the artists are women. The exhibitions are presented in the hallways, and the murals on the walls are of Chicago artists.

Open to the public daily from 10 AM to 8 PM. There is a community event every first Friday of the month when artists open their studios and share their work with the community.
Click here for more information.

See Some Street Art

 

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Unorganized graffiti can be seen in the west down, in the side streets, and under the blue line tracks, as well as when riding the blue L train. Beautiful murals are decorating the buildings all over Milwaukee Avenue to Logan Square and on the streets nearby. Just wander around, and you will be surprised by the color and beauty you will see.
Among the few female muralists whose works can be seen in the neighborhood are:
Noelle Roth @ 1542 North Damen Ave.
Sarah Carolan @ 1531 North Damen Ave.
Zeye One @ 1478 North Milwaukee Ave.
Irina Kruglova, whose mural is located at the exterior wall of Antique Taco @ 1360 North Milwaukee Ave.
Jas Petersen’s mural is high on the building @ 1172 North Milwaukee Ave.
One of the most famous murals was done by Kobra, as a tribute to the photographer Vivian Maier. It can be seen at 1651 W. North Ave.



Shopping Break

Wicker Park has it all – vintage clothing stores, all-known brands as Lululemon, as well as famous designers’ stores like Cynthia Rowley. Walk along North Milwaukee Ave., and North Damen Ave., and you will find some unique stores.
Clothing stores you do not want to miss along North Damen are Moon Voyage by Susie Lee, Silver Moon by Liz Meyer, Una Mae’s by Nancy Becker.
Recommended books and record stores are Volumes Bookcafe of the co-owner Rebecca George, the iconic and one of the oldest shops Myopic Bookstore, and the legendary Reckless Records.

Enjoy the Nightlife

As a 24/7 vibrant neighborhood, nightlife options can be found in plenty in Wicker Park. Choose from cocktail bars, bars with live music or karaoke, restaurants, comedy venues, and a theater.

 

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