The residential streets of Chicago's Wicker Park are lined with a variety of architectural designs ranging from historic mansions to two and three story flats where you typically will find most Wicker Park apartments for rent. The land was purchased by Charles and Joel Wicker in 1870 and many of the older buildings in the area were built following the great Chicago Fire of 1871. Today many Wicker Park apartment rentals are mixed in with some of Chicago's trendiest bars, art galleries, independently owned restaurants and boutique shops.
The strip of Division street from Leavitt to Ashland and the intersection of North Avenue, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues are bustling Wicker Park hot spots where all of these come together. Wicker Park is well known in Chicago for its thriving art and music community. Many of the bars and restaurants double as art galleries, featuring works from Chicago artists. Local and up-and-coming independent bands play at music venues such as Double Door, Empty Bottle, the Hideout and Subterranean. Many of these artist and musicians also rent apartments in Wicker Park. This artsy neighborhood offers a variety of cuisine ranging from high-end sushi to budget friendly burritos and burgers and everything in between. Notable pizza options in the area include Piece Brewery and Pizzeria (thin-crust pizza, live music venue Crust (organic pizza made with locally grown ingredients) The Smoke Daddy serves some of Chicago's best barbecue (along with live bluegrass, jazz or blues music). Wicker Park and bordering Bucktown are also home to hundreds of (mostly affordable) bars. Dive bars draw quite a crowd in the area, each with its own unique trademark. Examples include ping pong at the Happy Village, boardgames at the Beechwood Inn and the photo booth at Rainbo Club. Many bars with interesting themes have also popped up in the area. The Violet Hour has a speak-easy theme while the Bedford was converted from and old bank and has a one-of-a-kind lounge that was formerly a vault. Shopping in the area ranges from upscale boutiques to hip vintage and thrift stores.
There are many convenient transportation options from most apartment rentals in Wicker Park to surrounding areas including Downtown. Residents and visitors have easy access to the Kennedy expressway as well as Blue Line train stops at Western, Damen and Division. CTA buses also run along Western, Damen, Ashland, North Avenue and Division.
If you are considering a Wicker Park apartment rental check out it's twin neighbor and see apartments in Bucktown. Many people who like Wicker Park also enjoy the areas of Lincoln Park and Lakeview.