Top 4 Reasons to Live in Wicker Park
In 2017, Wicker Park was named one of the 25 hottest neighborhoods in America by Hot Spot Rentals. Since then, it’s only continued to impress as one of the most vibrant communities in Chicago. While it received this accolade based on things like walkability, transit, budget, entertainment, and lifestyle, the soul of this dynamic area comes from its diversity and not just ethnic diversity, but its ability to blend all of its unique characteristics in harmony. While the area has been called a hipster spot thanks to an established arts community, as well as eclectic restaurants, bars, and nightlife, it’s also known for its family-friendly atmosphere. Located just west of the Kennedy Expressway, its boundaries are the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, Division St., Western Ave., and Ashland Ave. Wicker Park’s proximity to downtown makes it a great option for anyone working in the Loop. But there’s more! Check out these top four reasons to live in Wicker Park!
1. Variety of Real Estate in Wicker Park
From warehouse lofts and high-end condos to landmark designated mansions, historic cottages, brick walk-ups, townhomes and single-family homes, Wicker Park has an ample variety of housing for just about anyone. Whether you’re young and single, just married, starting a family, or an empty nester, you can find a place in the middle of all the excitement or a quiet, tree-lined street adorned with quaint gardens and remarkable architecture. There are many options to consider.
2. Wicker Parks and Recreation
Think living in the city means less green space? Think again. Wicker Park is home to some lovely outdoor public areas, beginning with its namesake, Wicker Park. Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave., this Chicago Park District facility covers almost five acres and features a field house with a gymnasium, an outdoor children’s playground with water extras, community gardens, a historic fountain, and a dog-friendly area, as well as a baseball field, basketball courts, and an athletic field for soccer or football.
Wicker Park is also home to part of the 606 Trail, (the Bloomingdale Trail) an exceptional elevated trail for walkers, cyclists, and joggers. This trail truly exemplifies the spirit and diversity of the community. You’ll find families going for a bike ride, friends strolling while enjoying a cup of coffee, or serious athletes getting their workout done surrounded by the sights and sounds of Wicker Park.
3. Entertainment & Dining
You’re never at a loss for something to do in Wicker Park. The intersection of N. Damen Ave., Milwaukee Ave., and North Ave. is a hotbed for nightlife, dining, and shopping. Cozy sidewalk cafes, sophisticated eateries, and trendy bars coexist with neighborhood pubs, music clubs, art galleries, vintage shops, and independently owned boutiques. Whether you want to listen to live music, dance the night away, laugh till it hurts, or add a little culture to your life, Wicker Park offers a variety of concert halls, dance clubs, comedy clubs, art galleries, and theaters. If you’re a foodie, then there’s plenty to explore here. There’s something for every palate – from comfort food like pizza, burgers, barbecue, and hot dogs, to a range of ethnic choices including Italian, Mediterranean, Latin, Asian, and Indian – just to name a few! You can also find exceptional vegan cafes, as well as warm and friendly spots for breakfast and brunch.
4. Transportation and Walkability
One of the perks of living in the city is being able to walk everywhere or take public transportation. Not having to rely on a car to get everywhere is liberating! Wicker Park scores high in this category. It’s easy to navigate whether it’s for recreation or purpose. When walking isn’t the quickest option, public transportation and cycling are great alternatives. With a number of Blue Line stops, and approximately eight CTA bus routes, getting to and from Wicker Park, neighboring communities, and into downtown couldn’t be any easier. And, between the 606 Trail, Milwaukee Ave. and a number of designated bike paths, cyclists can get to their destination with ease.
Find Your Dream Home in Wicker Park
If you’re ready to learn more about this exciting Chicago community, contact me or visit my Wicker Park Neighborhood page for more details including school information, market reports, and real estate listings. I’m passionate about finding the right home and community that best fits your lifestyle. Let me help you find your dream home in Chicago!