Over the last decade, the enclave of Wicker Park and Bucktown has gone from being the first "Brooklyn" of Chicago to being the new Lincoln Park. While the cool has migrated a bit northwest to Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown remain a vibrant hub of culture, commerce and real estate in Chicago.
Wicker Park is now home to trendy bars and nightclubs with emerging bands by local and regional talent, and upscale retailers and artsy boutiques. The neighborhood is teeming with fashionable restaurants bolstering a culinary scene that stretches far and wide, offering options for all palates and budgets. According to a 2012 article in Forbes’ magazine, Wicker Park has developed a reputation as the ‘fourth hippest hipster neighborhood’ in the country.
Many of Wicker Park’s fine older homes date from the late 19th century when it was known as the “Polish Gold Coast.” The Wicker Park real estate market has become an emerging hub, with homes and condos selling quickly. Modern design can be found in every corner of the neighborhood, blending harmoniously with the traditional vintage houses that are the mainstay of Wicker Park’s housing stock. Wicker Park real estate also includes many new construction condo buildings and loft conversions.