Links of Interest
Distance to Downtown Chicago
Average Drive Times
11 minutes to Chicago Loop
25 minutes to O’Hare Airport
22 minutes to Midway Airport
Wicker Park, tucked into the eastern corner of the larger community of West Town, is bounded by Division Street, Bloomingdale Avenue, Ashland and Western avenues. Many older business owners are retiring, making room for new businesses, such as restaurants, nicer upscale retail shops and entrepreneurial stores that sell handmade arts and crafts items.
The intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North avenues is where the action is. Clubs and entertainment spots attract people from all over the city as well as those moving into and living in the neighborhood. Property owners in the commercial areas are rehabbing and constructing new buildings in turn-of-the-century style, much like the original architecture, to preserve the look and feel of that era.
As Wicker Park was previously a relatively cheap area to live in, it attracted artists, writers, craftsmen and artisans. Restaurants, small galleries and theaters followed. The arts are celebrated as the “Around the Coyote” art festival held each fall and at the annual theater festival.
Wicker Park is less than three miles northwest of the Loop. The CTA’s O’Hare-Congress-Douglas Line rapid transit trains stop at Damen and North and Division and Ashland. CTA buses run on several streets including Milwaukee and North Avenues. O’Hare International Airport is about a 30-minute ride on a CTA train. The Kennedy Expressway (I90/94) is a few blocks away from the neighborhood.