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Wicker Park Chicago Real Estate

Bounded by Western, Ashland, Division, and the Bloomingdale Trail, the Wicker Park neighborhood is home to an eclectic community of artists, yuppies, and hipsters. As you might expect from that combination, the neighborhood is packed with art galleries, dining, and dive bars. It's also home to a popular urban park by the same name that offers a farmers market and a mix of sports fields. Wicker Park homes for sale are classic Chicago-style single- and multi-family homes with brick exteriors that are suitable for most types of buyers. Wicker Park is in the 60622 ZIP code, just west of the Kennedy Expressway. Browse through the most recently listed Wicker Park homes for sale below or continue reading about Wicker Park real estate further down the page.

Homes for Sale in Wicker Park, Chicago

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Wicker Park Real Estate Info

Wicker Park homes for sale are often subdivided vintage construction – old homes converted to two or three-flats. Recently condo developments and apartment buildings have begun popping up, offering more affordable living options. Wicker Park as a very strong rental market, which is saying something in Chicago, which has a strong market overall. Homes in the Wicker Park neighborhood start at just under $200,000, although most condos for sale in Wicker Park are between $400,000 and $500,00. Single-family homes and townhomes are usually between $700,000 and $1 million, although there are some luxury homes that are occasionally listed at over $2 million.

Wicker Park Neighborhood History

Named for the triangular park near the neighborhood's center, Wicker Park was established in the late 1860s. In the following years, the neighborhood became home to German and Norwegian immigrants, followed by Polish immigrants. The residents tended to be upper class, with many brewery owners building homes here. Construction of the Kennedy Expressway changed the demographics radically, triggering an influx of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos displaced by urban renewal elsewhere in the city. Despite a lack of investment, and city promotion as a ‘suburb in a city’, the neighborhood suffered a decade of downturn, followed by a speculator boom that changed the demographics again, and led to the current Wicker Park – attractive to young, hip artist types and urban office workers looking to live close (but not too close) to the Loop.

Events, Activities, Lifestyle, and Dining Options In Wicker Park

Dining and nightlife in Wicker Park clusters around Milwaukee and North Avenues, with additional options being found down the diagonal length of Milwaukee, and on Division to the south. One of the most popular restaurants is Big Star, a bar and taco joint housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, with a soundtrack of classic country and rock spun by the staff. At the other end of Milwaukee is The Bedford, an upscale American restaurant residing in a 1920s bank. Not all of Wicker Park’s restaurants are in vintage structures, Smoke Daddy BBQ, for example doesn’t brag on their building. And their customers handle the bragging about the ‘que. A more upscale BBQ option is Lillie’s Q, inspired by the South Carolina BBQ traditions.

After dinner, the stylish and trendy stop by The Violet Hour for creative cocktails. A bit further down Milwaukee is the Standard Bar & Grill, offering drinks and food on two levels with an industrial interior. Over on Division is Bangers & Lace, a hip gastropub with eclectic food, craft beers, stylish lodge decor & outdoor seating (weather permitting, of course).

For entertainment, there is the iconic Double Door, a smaller music venue showcasing both new acts and established groups.

Wicker Park Neighborhood Culture, Shopping, and Lifestyle

The same streets housing the food and drink also house the Wicker Park shopping district. Keeping with the neighborhood history and vibe is Vintage Underground, offering vintage and used clothing, costume jewelry, and gifts. Nearby is Myopic Books, a three-level used bookstore housing some 80,000 titles. Wicker Park is also home to Eskell, a clothing and accessory designer that also carries outside brands. One of the more unique shops along the Milwaukee corridor is The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.. Not kidding. This spy-gear-themed shop doubles as a creative writing space for students between 6 and 18. Very cool.

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