One of the more charming neighborhoods I had the pleasure of visiting while in Chicago was Wicker Park, vaguely familiar to me from scenes of a movie that goes by that name. Luckily for me, a lovely & enthusiastic Couch-Surfing host was kind enough to tolerate my company and lead me through the streets and parks and so I guess I had a bit of a local feel to the place as well.

 

The first thing you’ll probably notice about this area is that it has style, with some colorful graffiti, great little shops and boutiques, and generally a pleasant laid back atmosphere. I must say this is something I was surprised Chicago had quite a lot of, but in Wicker Park it was even more apparent.

 

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

 

Take this "The Boring Store", for example, which I understand is now a chain…

Wicker Park : Chicago

 

If you walk inside… 

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

… you’ll see it has a nice design to it with some very odd offerings. Vintage and peculiarities are in fashion, is seems, atleast as far as my CS host was concerned.

 

Not convinced? Take a look at this random coffee shop we walked into, with a "Back to the Future" DeLorean hanging up at the back…

Wicker Park : Chicago

 

But ofcourse, we can’t let you leave without seeing the actual Wicker Park…

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

Wicker Park : Chicago

 

Or some of the surrounding houses…

Wicker Park : Chicago 

Wicker Park : Chicago

 

Yep, a nice little tour of a charming little neighborhood. Go wonder the streets yourself…



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