Wicker Park & Bucktown

Wicker Park and Bucktown are neighborhoods within the West Town Community and West Side district of Chicago. Their boundaries stretch as far north as Fullerton, east to Ashland Avenue, south to Division Street and west to Western Avenue.

The first major influx of residential and commercial structures occurred in this part of the city as a result of The Great Chicago Fire in 1871. A vibrant community, the Wicker Park District became home to many families that would become vital to Chicago’s growth and prosperity. Included in the list of well known people are the Pritzkers, Uihleins, Crowns, Carl Laemmle (Universal Studios), Michael Todd, Saul Bellows, and Nelson Algren.

In recent years, the neighborhood has seen significant growth and development from restaurants and nightlife to the construction of new condominiums, townhomes, apartments and single-family homes.

Schools: Pritzker, Burr, Sabin, Drummond, CICS, Lasalle II, Diego, Clemete HS, Wells HS

Events: Wicker Park & Bucktown Farmer’s Market, Wicker Park Fest, Chicago Craft Beer Week, Do Division Street Fest, Bucktown Arts Fest, Green Music Fest, The 606 Trail

Information provided in part by Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler.