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Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhood guide

Explore the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods with our guide to the best restaurants, bars and things to do in Chicago's original hub of hip

Written by
Time Out Chicago editors

Ah, Wicker Park. That's where they shot High Fidelity. And there was that Wicker Park movie with Josh Hartnett. Wait, who's Josh Hartnett again? Point is, that was years ago. Over the last decade and a half, the enclave of Wicker Park and Bucktown, centered around the six corners of Milwaukee, North and Damen Avenues, has gone from being the first "Brooklyn" of Chicago to being the new Lincoln Park. Gentrification has transformed Wicker Park. Now there might be more pet stores and gyms than dive bars. While the cool has migrated a bit northwest to Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown remain a vibrant hub of culture and commerce in Chicago, riddled with boutiques, restaurants, cocktail bars, concerts venues and condos. Here's the best of the neighborhood.

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