Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown
What made Wicker Park/Bucktown unique from the beginning was that there was a varied mix of inhabitants living next to one another; alongside the wealthier families was a working class population, and everyone hailed from a different part of the world. There were Germans and Scandinavians, Poles and Jews, African Americans and Eastern Europeans. In the 1930’s, however, the wealthier residents left the area for more gentrified neighborhoods and their mansions became divided into apartments and boarding homes.
As recently as 1980, young professionals moved back into the neighborhood and began restoring these old mansions to their previous single-family status. While this displaced much of the working class, the 90’s brought some balance to the area. Chicago artists and students moved into the area, lured by its affordability and proximity to the Loop. Today, as more and more Chicago restaurants and shops open in the neighborhood, as well as health care centers, day care centers, schools and churches, the area caters to an increasingly diverse and balanced mix of people who proudly call Wicker Park-Bucktown home.
The neighborhood was designated a Chicago Landmark District in 1991. The boundaries of Wicker Park/Bucktown are as follows: Armitage Avenue to the north, Chicago Avenue to the south, I-90/94 to the east and Western Avenue to the west.