Wicker Park / Bucktown
Why we love it
These artsy neighborhoods always have something cool going on. Wicker Park and Bucktown are hives of activity that draw shoppers hunting for unique finds, foodies looking for the trendiest eats, and bar hoppers searching for late-night buzz.
Start your day at the vibrant Six Corners area where North, Milwaukee, and Damen Avenues intersect. This is the always-bustling heart of the neighborhood, where you’ll find vintage stores, record shops, noodle joints, award-winning eateries, cool coffee houses, bookstores, art galleries, and more.
And the lively vibe keeps going till late into the night. These adjoining neighborhoods are home to some of the city’s favorite indie music venues, late-night clubs, pubs, speakeasies, and neighborhood dive bars.
A good way to see the area is on the 606, a repurposed rail line that gives you an elevated view of four distinctive Chicago neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square. You’ll find walkers, joggers, bikers, public parks, art installations, overlooks, and more all along the 2.7-mile stretch.
Explore like a local
Try an artisanal drink at the Violet Hour, the semi-hidden bar that started the craft cocktail craze in Chicago. Get trapped on an ‘L’ train at Escape Artistry escape rooms. Head to the rooftop bar in The Robey hotel to sip piña coladas and take in 180-degree views of the city skyline.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter