Urban treasure of the Chicago area is Chicago’s West Town. Located just a few miles west of the downtown area. It is a diverse community with many businesses art galleries, theatres, coffee shops, parks, night clubs, boutiques and wonderful historic buildings.
An area with many street festivals, events, and art shows throughout the year.
Long time Chicagoans know that Wicker Park was not always the beacon to commerce that it is today. In the 1960s and ’70s, this 80-acre neighborhood located just northwest of the Loop became riddled with gang activity and crime. What followed was a mass exodus of both the original Polish American population and investment funds by financial institutions.
Over the next few decades, though, community groups and the city government attempted to revitalize the neighborhood through new construction and a stronger police presence. What resulted was a gentrification of the region into a thriving beacon of new homes, restaurants, bars, and shopping establishments as property values increased and venture funds poured into the vicinity.
Location in the northwest of the Loop. The area was historically part of the city’s Polish Downtown. Like with many areas in the Chicago region this part of town has also seen gentrification set in. Bringing in hip new bars and restaurants and new business opportunities.
Made up of several different communities: Pulaski Park, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, East Village, River West, Noble Square, Smith Park or “The Patch”, East Humboldt Park.
The Mexican Airline Aliacsa had offices in Wicker Park.