What to Do in Wicker Park

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With decades of history and culture, Wicker park has transformed into the beloved neighborhood it is today–Chicago is one lucky city.  By simply walking down the street, you are met with countless restaurants and shops, and no two are the same. In simple words, Wicker Park is a wonder to explore. 

If you’re a coffee lover, you have dozens of local shops to choose from. No morning is complete without a good cup of joe, so don’t be scared to try new things. Visit the 80’s themed coffee shop, The Wormhole Coffee, for their homemade vanilla bean latte or their honey bear latte. They also offer traditional favorites such as cold brew coffee, americanos, cappuccinos, mocha and chai. Brü also offers unique drinks with their white chocolate lavender mocha and their matcha latte. Their drink menu also incorporates fresh smoothie, juices and teas. If you’re looking to pair your drink of choice with a bite, grab one of their delicious crepes to start off the morning. 

Channel all that coffee energy by taking a walk around Wicker park. This is no ordinary neighborhood. Feel free to admire the hidden artwork around city corners. For example, 

The Bear Champ Mural on Division Street or Ali Six & El Barto mural on Western Ave are a sight to see. Art is alive and colorful in Wicker Park. 

Perhaps the best part of Wicker Park is their diversity in food! Their restaurants range from Italian, Mexican, Asian, and more. After a nice stroll and some selfies with some awesome artwork, get a bite to eat from a local restaurant. The Pasta Bowl offers exactly what you expect–pasta. And who doesn’t love pasta? They serve up some delicious Italian dishes, including spaghetti with meatballs, fettuccine alfredo and paninis. If you’re in the mood for Mexican with a midwestern twist, you can try Antique Taco. They serve some delicious combinations on a tortilla, such as sweet and spicy chicken with cucumber, yogurt, pink onion, and jalapenos. Plus, they really bring in the sweet with their Horchata milkshake. With so many countless options, choosing where to eat may be the hardest part of your visit. 

After grabbing a bite to eat, there is no harm in having some drinks at sun-down. While many bars are currently closed for indoor service, some bars are offering outside patio service. Pint is proud to serve quality beer and drinks in their spacious outdoor seating. Bring out the sweater and winter coat and enjoy some drinks with friends. If you’re more of a wine drinker, visit Joe’s Wine Cellar to taste a variety of unique reds and whites. If you like one, take one home to enjoy. It’s like taking a slice of Wicker Park with you. 

However, before the day is done, make sure to visit the actual Wicker Park. As a Chicago Public Park, it has been a place for walking dogs, hanging out with friends, riding a bike and enjoying some fresh air for decades. It’s a beautiful sight to behold. This neighborhood is ready to get explored, so grab some friends and make a day of it.   

Written By: Jessica Narvaez

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