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Chicago Tour: Bucktown and Wicker Park

The past is revitalized in these trendy North Side neighborhoods.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Bucktown meets Wicker Park just north of the bustling intersection of Milwaukee, Damen, and North Avenues, yielding a hodgepodge of... more »

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Points of Interest

1. George’s Hot Dogs

For over 60 years, this mom-and-pop shop has served American and Greek eats. Order a George’s hot dog, made Chicago-style with the traditional city garnish: pickle spear, neon-green sweet relish, chopped onion, yellow mustard, sport peppers, tomato, and celery salt. Save room for homemade baklava for dessert.

1876 N. Damen Ave.
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2. Greenheart

This delightful nonprofit boutique sells fair-trade and eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, housewares, and foodstuffs from artisans in more than 60 countries. Pick up a recycled messenger rice bag made by artisans in Cambodia or a Tornillo wood platter made by Peruvian carvers. Check its website for in-store events.

1911 W. Division St.
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3. Cumin

The smells of Cumin waft into the streets and beckon in passersby to taste Indian mainstays like tikka masala and vindaloo as well as less common Nepalese dishes like goat curry and chewra (flattened rice). Cumin has earned its popularity with the locals, as well as a Bib Gourmand designation from Michelin for its good value in 2012.

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4. Myopic Books

One of Chicago’s oldest used bookstores and a Wicker Park institution, Myopic Books offers bibliophiles more than 80,000 editions, including some collectibles. Check its website for their Poetry Series, and on Monday nights, stop in for the Myopic Improvised/Experimental Music Series, a curated music event.

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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5. Big Star

A taqueria that spins vinyl and offers more than 80 varieties of whiskey, Big Star is the brainchild of chef and restauranteur Paul Kahan. Order tacos de panza (crispy, braised pork belly tacos) and tacos de hongos con quelites (portobello mushroom, kale, and chiptole tacos) at the bar, a table, or the take-out window outside.

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A contemporary American restaurant and dessert bar in Bucktown, Hot Chocolate is the brainchild of Mindy Segal, a former pastry chef at Spago and a three-time James Beard Foundation nominee for Outstanding Pastry Chef in the Country. In an open dining room adorned with simple round mirrors, disk-shaped light fixtures, and chocolate brown hues,... More

7. Stitch

Men’s and women’s accessories and bags, furniture, and ceramics sit side-by-side in this design-driven boutique. Inspired by Colette in Paris and New York City’s Takashimaya, Pamela Hewett opened Stitch in 1998 to share some of her favorite lifestyle trappings. Stocking everything from $16 bangles to $3,500 ottomans, the store promises eclecticism... More

Opened in 2005, this small, 26-seat restaurant sits on the edge of the Wicker Park neighborhood. Redesigned in 2010, the interior now features chrome-tipped light sculptures, ebonized black wood floors, and a mylar mirrored floating ceiling. Known for his artful presentation, chef/proprietor and Chicagoland native Michael Carlson creates a... More