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All The Best Things To Do In Wicker Park

Wicker Park is a great neighborhood to spend an entire day. We’re talking from the moment you wake up and grab a donut to capping things off with some live music and drinks. Of course, you still have to fill the time in-between. Should you go home and shower at some point? Of course not. You have to maximize outdoor recreation during spring and summer. That sh*t is more valuable than nap time and recess in kindergarten.

Here is how we would spend the best day in Wicker Park, plus some other ideas so you can more easily decide what works for you. Think of it like a Wicker Park Choose Your Own Adventure, and indulge yourself in a full-day #EEEEEATS parade.

Donuts & Pastries

Our Pick For The Ultimate Donut:

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

We never met a donut we didn't like, but if we are in Wicker, we best be hitting up Stan's.

1560 N. Damen Ave.
773-360-7386

Other Options

Glazed & Infused
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.
312-226-5556

Alliance Bakery
1736 W. Division St.
773-278-0366

Coffee & Hanging

Our Pick For Max Relaxation:

Filter Cafe

Filter is a great spot to post up for a coffee or even food - if you can get a seat. With a number of tables and a random array of couches, we love the poetry slam vibes it gives off, minus it's not annoying because nobody is actually shouting out the poems they are probably writing.

1373 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-904-7819

Other Options

Bru Coffee House
1562 N. Milwaukee Ave.
872-802-0800

Caffe Streets
1750 W. Division St.
773-278-2739

Brunch

Our Pick For Candy Land Brunch:

The Bongo Room

The Bongo Room is ridiculous - chocolate tower french toast and caramel pretzel pancakes kind of ridiculous. The same principals of our review on the South Loop location apply to the one in Wicker Park.

Read the full review.

1470 N Milwaukee Ave
773-489-0690

Other Options

Dove’s Luncheonette
1545 N. Damen Ave.
773-645-4060

Read the full review.

Birchwood Kitchen
2211 W. North Ave.
773-276-2100

Lunch

Our Pick Because This Is Supposed To Be The Best Day After All:

Big Star

As soon as the sun comes out, Big Star is the Beatles and it's 1964 all over again. You can't have the best day possible in Wicker Park if it doesn't involve a little Big Star action, particularly on a nice day. Get out their and seize the day, and by seize the day we mean eat tacos and drink margaritas for a while.

531 N. Damen Ave.
773-235-4039


Our Pick For Second Lunch:

Furious Spoon

Listen, we said this was going to be a great day, so it's going to need two lunches. We are into the ramen Furious Spoon brings to the scene.

1571 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-687-8445

Other Options

Oiistar
1385 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-360-8791

Piece Brewery & Pizza
1927 W. North Ave.
773-772-4422

Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave.
773-537-4440

Shopping

Our Pick For Spending All Of Our Money:

Shinola

We are big Shinola fans. Watches, bicycles, leather goods - you name it, we want it. Pop into their Wicker Park store to see what all the fuss is about.

1619 N. Damen Ave.
773-904-2417

Other Options

Interior Define
2027 W. North Ave.
773-234-3107

Gather Home & Lifestyle
2321 W. North Ave.
312-810 3183

Moon Voyage
2010 W. Pierce Ave.
(773) 423-8853

T-Shirt Deli
1739 N. Damen Ave.
773-276-6266

Afternoon Taco Snack

Our Pick For A Quick Snack:

The Tamale Spaceship

It's a spaceship made out of tamales. Or maybe it's not, but they serve tamales and tacos for a quick bite.

1341 N. Damen Ave.
312-909-7009

Other Options

La Pasadita
1140 N. Ashland Ave.
773-278-2130

Takito Kitchen
2013 W. Division St.
773-687-9620

Antique Taco
1360 N Milwaukee Ave
773-687-8697

Happy Hour

Our Pick For Drinks & Maybe More:

Bangers & Lace

We love the vibes at Bangers & Lace. Pop in just for drinks, but feel free to consider some snacks or a full meal while you're there. It's a good place to hang.

1670 W. Division St.
773-252-6499

Other Options

Emporium Arcade Bar
1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-697-7922

Handlebar
2311 W. North Ave.
773-384-9546

The Bedford
1612 W. Division St.
773-235-8800

The Anthem
1725 W. Division St.
773-697-4804

Fatpour
2005 W. Division St.
773-698-8940

Dinner With Friends

Our Pick For The Best Prawns Ever:

Veneno De Nayarit

The more we think about, the more we are convinced that Veneno is one of our favorite meals ever. If you like shellfish, the prawns Nayarit style and stuffed lobster here are can't miss - Big Foot and unicorns sort of magical delicious. It's also BYOB.

Read the full review.

1024 N. Ashland Ave.
773-252-7200

Other Options

Taxim
1558 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-252-1558

Read the full review.

Trenchermen
2039 W. North Ave.
773-661-1540

Lillie's Q
1856 W. North Ave.
773-772-5500

Mott St.
1401 N. Ashland Ave.
773-687-9977

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
1747 N. Damen Ave.
773-489-1747

Date Night Dinner

Our Pick For Impressing Someone Without Trying Too Hard:

Le Bouchon

Le Bouchon is technically in Bucktown, but we like it so much we're going to ignore that fact. It's the kind of low-key French bistro that says you know what's up without overcompensating for the fact you probably have no clue what's going on.

Read the full review.

1958 N. Damen Ave.
773-862-6600


Our Pick For A Backup Plan:

Ada Street

Ada St. is kind of located in nomad's land between the river and the highway, but for convenience sake it's close enough to Wicker Park. It's also a solid spot to get a little frisky with a date.

1664 N. Ada St.
773-697-7069

Other Options

Violet Hour
1520 N. Damen Ave.
773-252-1500

Mana Food Bar
1742 W. Division St.
773-342-1742

Schwa
1466 N. Ashland Ave.
773-252-1466

Read the full review.

BYOB Dinner

Our Pick For A Low Key But Perfect BYOB:

Sultan's Market

Here's what to do if it's nice out. Get a lot of beer, or whatever else you like to drink. Walk over to Sultan's Market on the corner of North Ave. and Hoyne Ave. With a group of friends, take over the couple of tables they have outside off of Hoyne. Eat cheap, tasty Middle Eastern food, and indulge in all your booze.

2057 W. North Ave.
773-235-3072

Other Options

Lucia
1825 W. North Ave.
773-292-9700

Irazu
1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-252-5687

Live Music

Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
773-489-3160

Subterranean
2011 W. North Ave.
773-278-6600

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