Wicker Park Neighbourhood
The Wicker Park District has officially existed since 1837. But it didn’t really take off until one of the city’s most famous events. The land occupied by the Wicker Park of today was more prairie than bustling community before the Chicago Fire of 1871.
The devastation of the fire led to a great deal of rebuilding and a search for space for new construction. More homes and buildings began to pop up along Milwaukee Avenue, and Wicker Park grew into a major neighborhood.
The neighborhood takes its name from Charles Gustavus Wicker (1820-1889). Wicker, a city alderman, state legislator, and real estate businessman, had a significant hand in developing the neighborhood. A bronze statue made in his honor is located in the neighborhood’s park.
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