On the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois, is Wicker Park, a neighborhood within West Town community, one of the 77 designated areas of the city. Located just west of the Kennedy Expressway, the borders that define Wicker Park include W Churchill St and W Bloomingdale Ave to the north, N Western Ave to the west, W Division St to the south, and N Ashland Ave to the east. The intersection of Milwaukee Ave and North Ave in Wicker Park is a major thoroughfare and serves as a scenic foreground to the downtown Chicago skyline.
Wicker Park has gained plenty of notoriety through history, and it most recently ranks as one of Chicago’s hippest hipster neighborhoods. The Historic District of Wicker Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a large portion of the neighborhood has been dubbed a Chicago Landmark District.
The first wave of residential development in Wicker Park was spurred on by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that left many Chicagoans homeless. Not long after, before the turn of the century, many Wicker Park homes for sale were designed for wealthy immigrants from Northern Europe attracted to the community. The neighborhood was a particular favorite with many merchants who had mansions constructed on Hoyne and Pierce, two of the “choicest streets.” Hoyne was also known as “Beer Baron Row” back then because many of the wealthiest brewers in Chicago built manors there.
Fast forward to present day Wicker Park, which is trendy to the extreme. The neighborhood routinely hosts cutting-edge gourmet European-style cafes, bakeries, restaurants, emerging bands, artsy businesses, all of which come and go and contribute to the increasing cost of Wicker Park real estate for rent, both commercial and residential.
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