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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to Wicker Park

Wicker Park is a thriving residential and commercial community centered on the iconic intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen Avenues. Largely developed in the late 1800s by German and Scandinavian immigrants, the neighborhood is named after Charles Gustavus Wicker, a multi-faceted businessman who helped rebuild the area after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. At the heart of the neighborhood is Wicker Park itself, an active green oasis. The neighborhood features outstanding Victorian residences where many famous Chicagoans have lived and worked. Considerable wealth is reflected in the grand Gothic and Italianate brick and stone mansions that grace some of the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets, but rows of simple working-class cottages often stand just blocks away. By the 1930s, Wicker Park had become part of the working class Polish community expanding northwest from nearby West Town, and by the 1960s a significant Latinx population had moved in. The neighborhood’s cheap rents and proximity to downtown began to draw artists in the 1980s, kicking off heated early battles over gentrification. In the ensuing decades, the neighborhood’s vintage homes and eclectic commercial corridors have cemented its status as a desirable part of town.

Trails and Experiences in Wicker Park

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

Explore Like a Local

Make time to visit these businesses, green spaces, works of public art and more in Wicker Park.

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