Wicker Park

This fun, attractive area is located between Division and North avenues, from the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) to Western Avenue. Historic Wicker Park stands out as an area of attractive three-flats and old 1800 mansions, including those of Beer Baron Row (Hoyne Street between Pierce and Schiller). Here visitors can find the homes of several of the “Haymarket Martyrs.” The Haymarket Martyrs were a group of German anarchists sentenced to die in 1887. They were accused of planting a bomb (though the true culprit was never found) that killed a policeman at a Michigan Avenue rally for the eight-hour workday. In the confusion, the police opened fire into the darkness. Several more policemen were eventually killed, probably from their own fire. Though several of the anarchists weren’t at the rally of 80,000 marchers, seven were convicted and sentenced to hang. The Haymarket Martyrs were pardoned by Governor John Peter Altgeld, but not before four had already been hung and one had apparently committed suicide. This incident is celebrated around the world, as May Day in the United States, and Labor Day everywhere else.

This area is now inhabited by one of the largest populations of working artists in any major city in the country. Its offbeat restaurants, bars, galleries, street musicians, and boutiques contribute to the amiability and familiarity reminiscent of a real, familiar neighborhood. One day in Wicker Park could see you buy a sequined armchair, have a dinner of octopi and chocolate-covered asparagus, get a tattoo, see a thrash band, and watch the sun rise from one of its many late-night clubs. Cheap buildings and low rents, coupled with a convenient El stop, brought chic bohemia to Wicker Park, but those same cheap buildings and that same El stop now bring contractors, and with them the upwardly-mobile condo buyers. $15,000 Harleys and black SUV’s now appear on Wicker Park streets as often as the rusty Schwinn Speedy and burping 10th-owner Vespa. The offbeat quality of this great neighborhood still remains (for the moment), but the local restaurants, bars, and boutiques are beginning to sniff dollars on the breeze.

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
Columbus Elementary 1003 N. Leavitt St., Chicago, IL 60622 773-534-4350 Elementary Schools
Thomas Drummond Elementary 1845 W. Cortland Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 773-534-4120 Elementary Schools
Josephinum High School 1501 N. Oakley Blvd., Chicago, IL 60622 High Schools
City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email info@chicityclerk.com. We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.