Hip Chicago: A weekend in Wicker Park



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Wicker Park is chock full of edgy boutiques and galleries. It's the perfect spot for strolling with the locals while having great eats and tasty brews. An abundance of venues offer live music and theater galore, and the Russian baths and yoga studios will keep you in top form during your visit. This trip will give you a taste of the hipster Chicago scene without overwhelming you with attitude.

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Author: Meghann


Day 1 - Chicago


Enjoy breakfast at the quiet Wicker Park Inn before heading out for a day of browsing and fun. North and Milwaukee Avenues, east of the Milwaukee and Damen intersection, each offer lots of hip boutiques and galleries for casual perusal and impulse-purchasing. Be especially sure to visit Myopic Books (http://www.myopicbookstore.com/), a haven for used book store lovers. When hunger strikes, head into the hip Earwax Cafe, where you can order sprouty salads and scrumptious tuna melts off the flimsy paper menu. Head up Damen Street (again, shopping and browsing is abundant- be sure to check out Eclectic Junction), cutting over to Leavitt Street to Dix Art Mix, a cool gallery space with ever-changing displays. When you're browsed-out, walk over to the Map Room for happy hour. The large list of awesome beers on tap will perk you up in no time. For dinner, walk back down Damen to Silver Cloud; the pot pie is outrageous, and tater tots are always a great addition to a meal. When you're thoroughly stuffed, grab a Chicago Reader (they're free and can be found in most businesses) to check the music listings. Depending on your preference for the evening, you can hit the tunes at the Double Door, the Empty Bottle, or the Hideout. They can all be reached on foot or a quick taxi or bus, but Hideout with its twinkling lights on the ceiling and cozy feel definitely provides the best ambiance.


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The Wicker Park Inn

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Location:

1329 N. Wicker Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

fax: 773-486-2743


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Earwax Café

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Location:

1561 North Milwaukee
Between Damen & North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: 773 772 4019


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Eclectic Junction

Location:

1630 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Contact:

tel: +1 773 342 7865


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Dix Art Mix

Location:

2068 North Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60647

Contact:

tel: +1 773 384 5142
fax: +1 773 384 5142


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The Map Room

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Location:

1949 N Hoyne
At Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Contact:

tel: 773 2527636


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Silver Cloud Bar & Grill

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Location:

1700 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Contact:

tel: (773) 489-6212
fax: +1 773 489 2834


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The Hideout

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Location:

1354 West Wabansia Avenue
Between Elston Ave. and Throop St
Chicago, IL 60622-1519

Contact:

tel: 773 227 4433
fax: +1 773 227 3650


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The Empty Bottle

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Location:

1035 North Western Avenue
Between Division St. and Augusta Blvd
Chicago, IL 60622

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tel: 773 2763600


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Double Door

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Location:

1572 North Milwaukee Avenue
At North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: 773 4893160
fax: 773 4893297


Day 2 - Chicago


Start day two by walking down to Division Street for a morning yoga class at Nature Yoga Sanctuary (http://www.natureyoga.com/index.html); you'll leave this warm and welcoming place feeling balanced, positive and ready for a snack from Letizia's Natural Bakery, a cool spot that uses no artificial junk in their sweets. To continue your morning of self-care, spend some time steaming and whirlpool-ing at the Division Street Russian Baths. 30 and 60-minute massages are also available and highly recommended. When you're thoroughly pampered, have lunch at Milk and Honey Cafe. With delicious soups and hearty daily specials, your body will be glad for more goodness. If you're in the mood to shop, browse up and down Division before heading back up toward North Avenue. Happy hour at Piece will easily turn into dinner, with the solid selection of brews and completely decadent pizzas (it's not Chicago-style, but dang it's good). If you're in the mood for theater, check out the Chicago Reader for what's playing at Gorilla Tango (http://www.gorillatango.com/). With a wide range of drama, comedy, and improv to offer, there's always something worth seeing at this small space. If you'd rather go low-key, head up to the Violet Hour (http://www.theviolethour.com/) for a swanky night of sipping 40's-style cocktails like the Tom Collins and Sidecar.


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Letizia's Natural Bakery

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Location:

2144 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: (773) 342-1011


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Division Street Russian Baths

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Location:

1916 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: +1 773 384 9671


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Milk and Honey Café

Location:

1920 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: 773 395 9434
fax: 773 395 8909


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Piece

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Location:

1927 W. North Ave
At Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Contact:

tel: 773/772-4422


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