Wicker Park: A renowned Chicago artist community, situated just west of the loop. Coffee shops, record stores, boutiques, unique restaurants, and a farmers market as well as dozens of festivals all make their home in this lively neighborhood. High school graduate, Beckie was photographed this June in WP. Never short on cool locations, photographing in WP is a treat with so many texture-rich locations and venues. Yes... even in Chicago winters!  

Check out my "On Location" board on Pinterest for all my suggestions on how to make this a great experience. 

Dining advice ...

So many choices, but Trencherman is my all-time favorite for weekend brunch or an after dinner cocktail in WP.  Big Star is a local favorite at any time of day or night... If the wait is over 2 hours, I use the taco walk-up counter!

Cocktails ... 

The Violet Hour Speakeasy is a must for an after dinner drink with charming vintage flair. Be prepared to wait. This local gem is our (almost) best kept secret. Attire is dressy/casual.

Wicker Park Events ... 

Wicker Park Fest - Late July / multiple music stages / food / family activities 

Movies in the Park                                                WP hosts movies once a week Jun - Aug

YOGA – Lulu Lemon Athletica                     Monday's 6:30pm – 7:30pm – In the Park at Damen & Schiller / June 2 – August 25

Wicker Park Bucktown Farmers Market    Sundays 8am - 2pm / Wicker Park 1425 N. Damen

Chicago Fashion Fest                                     August 23rd &24th 12pm - 10pm. Division St.

Renegade Craft Fair Chicago                  September 6th & 7th / Division St. Between Damen Ave. and Paulina 

Shopping ...

Milwaukee Ave has been a shopping destination for years now. Grab a donut at Stan's at the "Five Corners" before heading down to Free People to try on a pair of shoes at John Fluevong. My personal favorite street to shop in WP is Damen Ave. between North Ave. and Armitage. I always grab coffee at Buzz Kill and lunch at The Goddess + Grocer then pop in at Marc Jacobs and Scotch and Soda. This ave is dotted with boutiques and bites you'll love.

Parking advice...

You will find many free streets to park on Damen south of Division, Cortez and Ashland. There are plenty of pay-to-park streets just download the city app to make this easier -  search, Park Chicago. Please note, be careful of monitored lots, and residential parking... Chicago bike police hand out many tickets! My go-to for cheap parking in any major city is found at www.bestparking.com.

Click on this map to see where I recommend visiting and photographing in Wicker Park! Also take advantage of the Pinterest board I created to help plan your next trip or photo shoot - all this is yours by clicking the map!.

Click on this map to see where I recommend visiting and photographing in Wicker Park! Also take advantage of the Pinterest board I created to help plan your next trip or photo shoot - all this is yours by clicking the map!.

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