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Wicker Park Neighborhood Info
Like Bucktown, its neighbor to the north, Wicker Park real estate is in the middle of a boom. The bohemian feel of the neighborhood that traditionally attracted artists and musicians is now drawing young professionals who value the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and the ease with which one can travel throughout the area. Still a great deal in terms of Chicago real estate, Wicker Park homes and condos range in price but average in the high $200’s.
Wicker Park was named after Charles and Joel Wicker, who purchased the area in 1870. Loosely defined at the neighborhood within Division Avenue to the south, North Avenue to the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, and Western Avenue to the west, Wicker Park was originally a popular area for Polish immigrants and often referred to the “Polish Gold Coast” until after World War II, when the neighborhood welcomed a variety of other ethnicities until becoming an artist community in the 1980’s.
Wicker Park real estate is made up primarily of single family homes, walk-up condos, and three and four story multi-unit buildings. While prices are still reasonable by some Chicago real estate standards, the cost of living in this popular neighborhood continues to rise.
For those who choose to call Wicker Park home, they will certainly find the dining, shopping and nightlife a good reason to stay put on the weekends. With more than 160 restaurants and nearly the same number of bars, clubs, and lounges, Wicker Park joins Bucktown as one of the places to go in town. Edgy boutiques and coffee shops dot the streets between fantastic eateries and live music venues.
In spite of, or maybe because of, the influx of young professionals, many families also enjoy living in Wicker Park. The park by the same name and the variety of primary and secondary schools makes Wicker Park a friendly and convenient spot for families. Schools in the area include the A. N. Pritzker, the Wicker Park, the Richard Milburn High, the Jonathan Burr, the Thomas Drummond, and the Hans Christian Andersen schools.
Getting around Wicker Park is fairly easy thanks to the CTA Blue line that runs through the center of the neighborhood. Several bus routes offer east to west transit, and taxis abound, especially during nights and weekends, when the neighborhoods bars, restaurants, and clubs come alive.