Given they’re in what has been one of the city’s hottest areas for more than three decades, apartments for rent in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL, display all the facets — from funky artist’s flats to luxe lofts — you’d expect in a world-class city.
Rescued from decline by the artists who flocked to the area in the 1980s, Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood retains a bit of bohemian outside edge. Those who rent Wicker Park apartments avail themselves of a life lived to a world beat, from venerable dive bars to daring and globally inspired restaurants to fiercely independent galleries and boutiques.
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Though you can get into Wicker Park Chicago apartments for $1,500 and up, nicer units quickly climb past $2,000 and rents near $4,000 aren’t unheard of.
Both a historic neighborhood and developer’s hotspot, you can find Wicker Park apartments for rent in vintage flats and chic loft buildings alike.
Luxury Wicker Park apartments tend to be inhabited by those who like their galleries, cafes, boutiques all on or ahead of trend, while not caring about the trend at all.
The North Avenue entrance to Interstate 90 is at Wicker Park’s eastern edge. In the time it takes to eat a leisurely lunch, you can be in Wisconsin or Indiana.
Apart from the endless discoveries awaiting to be made in the neighborhood, Wicker Park’s central location puts you within five miles of Millennium Park, North Avenue Beach, Wrigley Field and United Center — to name just a few.
You don’t really need a car in Wicker Park because most everything you need is within walking distance, and everything you want can be accessed via one of the eight bus routes through or three CTA Blue Line stops in the area. There’s also a Metra stop, which can get you to the suburbs, at the Clybourn Station just north of Wicker Park in Bucktown. And there’s always a cab.
For all the nightlife and intimate dining and shopping options available to Wicker Park residents, there’s a communal spirit to some of its most-established and popular activities and locations. From four-acre Wicker Park itself to singalongs at Chicago’s No. 1 cabaret destination, Davenport’s Piano Bar, the idea in this neighborhood is to share it with your neighbors.
Once an abandoned stretch of el tracks, now a nearly three-mile path flowing through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown. It percolates with joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and strollers whenever the sun shines.
Wicker Park Fest
One of the most popular summer festivals in a city rich with them, featuring 40-plus bands curated by the folks at Subterranean.
Flat Iron Chicago
The Flat Iron Arts Building captures the artsy essence of Wicker Park, and its Artists’ Association promotes it in many ways — not the least of which are the monthly First Friday art shows.
Wicker Park Farmers Market
Every Sunday, June through October, with dozens of vendors and attractions such as free yoga and book exchanges.
Indian, Italian, Cajun, vegan, elevated burgers, seasonal slices — all of these and more are steps away for residents of Wicker Park Chicago apartments.
More traditional restaurant than café, a fact borne out by the inventive brunch, lunch and dinner menus — still, many customers skip the mains and go straight to the desserts and specialty hot chocolates.
An ever-changing mix of coffee and tea varietals, ethically sourced, and breakfast and lunch options that emphasize the seasonal.
The Wormhole Coffee
An ’80s theme proves it doesn’t take itself too seriously, except for delicious coffees from Halfwit Coffee Roasters.
Co-owned by Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, and featuring New Haven-style (red sauce, garlic, parmesan and olive oil) pizza.
“Made-from-scratch vegetarian and vegan comfort food,” open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
A great weekend brunch and Cajun classics — jambalaya, etouffee, po’boys — throughout the week.
A Michelin star restaurant since 2011, this first-wave molecular gastronomy restaurant is bucket-list dining.
Old-school Italian with all its charms.
A vast menu of Nepalese and Indian specialties can please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, all with a quiet, date-night vibe.
Slices — topped with everything from mac ’n’ cheese to chicken and waffles — offered into the wee hours.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and fries. And chocolate shakes. And cocktails.
Continuous hip-hop is the soundtrack for this original location in chef Shin Thompson’s string of eight Tokyo-style ramen shops.
For more than 20 years, this funky dive housed in a former brothel and bathhouse has been delivering everything from punk and metal to a weekly hip-hop open mic.
Once dubbed a “perfect bar” by Anthony Bourdain, this music purist’s club has hosted the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples.
Bangers & Lace
Craft beer, artisanal sausage and a midwestern lodge feel. What more could you want?
The Violet Hour
No phones, no hats, no Jägerbomb — just artisanal cocktails and high-end spirits. Haughty, but wonderfully so.
Billing itself as a “third” place — that place where people go outside of home and work for social nourishment — Map Room has a beer selection cultivated by Chicago Beer Society.
Vintage clothing, records stores, designer boutiques, alternative bookstores — these are the stores that invite the window shopper inside, to make discoveries a Michigan Avenue tourist will never find amid the major retailers on the Mag Mile.