Wicker Park

Located just northwest of the historic downtown area, Wicker Park got its start as a refuge for residents displaced by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Welcome to Wicker Park


Located just northwest of the historic downtown area, Wicker Park got its start as a refuge for residents displaced by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The modern neighborhood is bounded by the Great Bloomingdale Trail (also known as the 606 Trail) to the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, Division Street to the south, and Western Avenue to the west.
Starting as early as the end of the nineteenth century, Wicker Park was established as a beacon to Northern European immigrants. First from Germany and Scandinavia, and later especially from Poland, hundreds of thousands of people immigrated and made this community their home.
In the late twentieth century, a new wave of wealthier residents began moving to the community, gradually displacing many of the community’s previous working class residents. By the early 2000’s Wicker Park had transformed into one of Chicago’s trendiest and most eclectic neighborhoods, becoming home to the cafes, boutiques, and flagship retail establishments the area is famous for today.

Worth Seeing / Things to Do

The Wicker Park community is still anchored by the city park for which it was named, which frequently hosts farmers' markets and other events that bring residents together. The neighborhood is also known for its wide variety of unique shops, offering anything from vintage furniture and vinyl records to luxury accessories and high-end electronics.
Another neighborhood attraction is the extensive linear park system that comprises the 606 Bloomingdale Trail.
The multi-use recreational path extends approximately 2.7 miles, making it the second largest in the world after the Promenade in Paris. Residents can be found enjoying the outdoors along the trail every day of the year, and many use it as an express cycling route to commute to, from, and through the neighborhood.


The Chicago Public Schools serves Wicker Park with a variety of neighborhood and option schools, including Jonathan Burr Elementary, The Lasalle, The A. N. Pritzker Performing Arts Magnet School, Sabin Dual Language School and Lasalle II magnet school. Wicker Park is also located nearby Walter Payton College Prep, a selective enrollment high school frequently ranked in the top ten statewide.


Wicker Park is served by the CTA Blue Line, which provides a frequent and direct rapid transit connection to O’Hare International Airport, The Loop, Oak Park, and a variety of other Chicago neighborhoods. The area is also served by the 50, 56, and 72 bus routes.

From Redfin:

  • Walk Score® 96 / 100 : Walker's Paradise
  • Transit Score® 75 / 100:  Excellent Transit
  • Bike Score® 96 / 100: Biker's Paradise

Real Estate Market

Studio condominium units in Wicker Park cost an average of $200,000, while a typical 2 bedroom unit is valued at around $500,000. With prices constantly changing, it is best to call an SGR agent for pricing guidance.

Demographics and Employment Data for Wicker Park, IL

Wicker Park has 10,884 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Wicker Park do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 24,482 people call Wicker Park home. The population density is 25,484.495 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

52.22 / 47.78%

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Around Wicker Park, IL

There's plenty to do around Wicker Park, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Biker's Paradise
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Excellent Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Lincoln Cafe and Market, Way Too Gouda, and Loud Mouth Food Bikes.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.81 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.04 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.45 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.95 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.13 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.44 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars


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