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Wicker Park Neighborhood Walk Presented by the Village Men’s Group
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
Members & guests–free. To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before the event, a confirmation email will be sent to registered attendees with additional details including a map of the meeting location.
Join the Village Men’s Group for a tour of the historic Wicker Park Neighborhood. Wicker Park, along with adjacent Bucktown, is mostly known today as a place to shop at edgy clothing boutiques or try out the latest hip restaurant. This tour takes you along the residential side streets that many tourists overlook but that testify to the rich history of this neighborhood. Middle-class artisans, mostly Germans and Scandinavians, began settling here around 1870. In the following decades, wealthy families whose foreign roots made them unwelcome along the Gold Coast built luxurious homes here as well. In the 20th century, the neighborhood’s respectability gradually declined, and many of the grandest homes were converted into rooming houses. It was not until the 1980s that the distinctive homes here began to be rediscovered and renovated, just as the gritty main streets of Milwaukee and Damen avenues began sprouting new shops and cafes. Optional self-hosted lunch to follow.
This event is presented by the Village Men’s Group but it is open to all men, women, and guests of the Village.
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