Although off the beaten path, a walking tour of Wicker Park and Bucktown is a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds. Neon signage, eclectic storefronts, historic homes, colorful boutiques and locally-famed cafes all contribute to the culture of this uniquely urban area. Parking can be a challenge, as most is permit-only, but the CTA Blue Line has a stop at Damen, in the center of Wicker Park, making access easy.
Long-known for its artistic heritage, Wicker Park delights with many studios and galleries. The Wicker Park Bucktown Gallery Association meets at Around the Corner Gallery and has evening tours on the second Saturday of each month, and the Flatiron Arts Building, which houses many small studios, is open to the public on the first Friday of each month.
Locals enjoy hot spots like the Double Door, which has housed artists from the Rolling Stones to The Killers, and Empty Bottle which caters to local and experimental bands. Top-notch eateries, ranging from iCream, a local sweet spot to Sultan’s Market, rumored to have the best falafel in town, are sure to hit the spot. Don’t miss George’s Hot Dogs, though, which captures the spirit of Chicago. George’s family owned and operated stand, complete with a bright yellow sign, has been around since the 1940’s and serves up Wicker Park/Bucktown friendliness along with good, fresh food. Wicker Park and Bucktown aim to please.