Wicker Park / Bucktown, Chicago.
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Dotted with independent vintage boutiques, trendy restaurants, and small fair-trade coffee shops, Wicker Park/Bucktown is a mecca for young artsy types and alternative post-grads, evident in the fact that more artists call the area home than anywhere else in Chicago.

The area’s Flat Iron Arts Building houses more than fifty galleries that keep the city’s burgeoning artistic spirit alive and well, but creativity can be found even outside the galleries in the form of everyone from tattoo artists to glass blowers.

Though just a few short train stops northwest of the downtown Loop, the bohemian neighborhood can seem miles from the big city, especially at the myriad cafés and brunch spots, small galleries, crowded pizza joints, and independent shops that pepper the sidewalk on Milwaukee Avenue, and that are usually bustling with youthful young professionals and relaxed hipsters.

Somewhat surprisingly, the area isn’t all about vegan bakeries and hemp clothing, however – in fact, its namesake park is dotted with enough restored mansions, refined cocktail lounges, and classy fusion restaurants to keep the trendy types happy too.

Although Wicker Park/Bucktown tends to be laid back during the day, the district comes to life at night when partygoers both casual and dressed to impress flock to the clubs and upbeat bars on Division Street and further north along the Damen/Milwaukee/North Avenue intersection.

Music lovers should be sure to check out the annual Wicker Park Fest – usually held in late July or early August – which draws tens of thousands of revelers into the streets for two days of cutting-edge bands.

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