Chicago Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Wicker Park is my personal favorite neighborhood in all of Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, both Lincoln Park and the Loop are amazing spots in Chicago and I love having DePaul’s campuses there. However, I think Wicker Park is such an awesome area and there are so many reasons why.

First off, the shopping there is awesome. I really enjoy shopping at vintage stores and looking for secondhand clothing that I can get for a good price, and there are so many great shops there. My favorites are Buffalo Exchange and Round Two. On top of that, there are some really cool retail stores there as well like Adidas and Dr. Martens. Lastly, there are a ton of niche, very Chicago-esque stores that make the area so fun. These stores sell all kinds of things and you never know what you are going to end up leaving with. There’s also a good concentration of great bookstores that sell a ton of different books and other things, and I always make sure I check them out.  A couple of the pictures on this post are from Quimby’s Bookstore which is a super cool one and I highly recommend you stop by if you go to Wicker Park.


A photo of the inside of Quimby’s Bookstore in Wicker Park, Chicago.
Jeff posing with a shoe in a vintage store in Wicker Park, Chicago. The shoe is designed to look like a burger.

Wicker Park is also a very cool area to be in for things to do. There are a ton of awesome restaurants and places you can hangout with friends. The bottom picture in this blog is from a hot pot restaurant and it was some of my favorite food I have had in Chicago yet. There are also a ton of advertisements for music shows and other exhibitions in Chicago so if you are trying to find something to do you will not have to look far. There are also a lot of public areas with different types of art, and those are fun for pictures or just hanging out. Overall, this neighborhood is a must-see for people in Chicago and I think that most if not all DePaul students will find something that interests them there.

A photo of various foods at a hot pot restaurant in Wicker Park, Chicago.