by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on February 23, 2019
Wicker Park is nothing short of a hip enclave these days. It attracts people from all walks of life, including young professionals and artists, and not to mention, is home to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Flatiron Arts Building. Pop into countless boutiques for unique gifts (there’s a little something for everybody) before gorging on massive amounts of tacos and Prohibition-cocktails.
Snag a stool at the counter and score top-tier Tex-Mex fare, mezcal, and tequila amid wood-paneled walls lined with Chicago photography and a 1970s soundtrack at this Wicker Park venture from The Publican's Paul Kahan.
Checkout: Chicken fried chicken, smoked brisket with avocado buttermilk puree, pickled watermelon radish, red onion and habanero lime vinaigrette.
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Asrai Garden is anything but your average flower shop. This verdant store sells bold and unique floral arrangements along with handmade gifts, home goods, and jewelry and accessories from local artists in a vintage apothecary-esque setting.
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The Flatiron Arts Building is an old manufacturing plant-turned-gallery. This arts wonderland features artist studios, live performances and art events including First Fridays, where the entire building turns into a giant art party with workshops.
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This Wicker Park boutique sells fashion-forward women’s clothing and accessories as well as charming home and beauty products. The boho chic store caters a wide range of labels - including international ones – you may leave with one of everything.
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Shopping might not ever be a high-ranking date idea, but the quality men's, women's, and kids' clothing at this airy boutique makes it more than plausible. Expect to fall for the dreamy European labels, quirky accessories, and stylish home goods.
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Who says you have to be a coffee aficionado to enjoy pour over coffee? You don't. Forego the afternoon crash and visit this modern and eclectic cafe for a bold cup of Joe and an addictive pastry to accompany you while you get your work done.
Checkout: Pour Over, Cortado, Seasonal Lattes, Time Machine Cold Pressed Organic Juices, Sausage & Mozzarella Croissant, Strawberry & Basil Scone
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If you're a taco fiend or single barrel bourbon lover, hurry and nab a patio seat at this gas station-turned-taqueria. Order a few taco plates (don't forget the chips and guac), sip a margarita and enjoy the honky-tonk vibes.
Checkout: Taco al pastor, taco de panza, Elijah Craig single barrel old fashioned
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With lush curtains, high stools and bartenders in suspenders, The Violet Hour oozes speakeasy-era glamour. The cocktails, however, are modern with amaros, mezcal and housemade bitters. If you’re hungry, make a meal of focaccia and stuffed dates.
Checkout: Yellow Rose of Texas, Pajama boy, Goodnight Stan, Got Cha, Forlorn Road
This is no typical speakeasy—it's sexier. Fuel up on craft drinks and modern bites inside the bordello-inspired lounge, then turn your attention to the entertainment that comes in the form of racy vaudevillians, sultry cabarets, and live music.
Checkout: Bananas Foster old fashioned, Purple Fizz, Paella, Tapas
Photo courtesy: bordelchicago
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