Nick Velicka

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Wicker Park

🧐How did the Wicker Park neighborhood come about? Incorporated into the city limits in 1837, Wicker Park mostly sat idle, until brothers Charles G. and Joel H. Wicker bought and developed it in 1870. These two donated the four-acre triangular park and divided up the surrounding land into building lots. After seeing the devastation of …

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Goose Island

🤓Where does the name Goose Island come from?  If the beer was your first guess…it definitely predates the Goose Island Beer Company, which didn’t get its start until 1988.  This neighborhood naming is a bit of a mystery, but it has been said it was borrowed from the Irish settlers who raised geese as livestock. …

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Bucktown

Why is Bucktown called Bucktown? Now a very upscale neighborhood with tons of restaurants, bars, shops, the 606 trail, and million dollar single family homes. It once wasn’t so high end. Over 100 years ago, it was basically a bunch of farms. The neighborhood mostly consisted of European settlers raising goats, cows, and even chickens …

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Lincoln Park

How did the neighborhood of Lincoln Park get its name? The obvious would be after the 1,200-acre park by the same name. However, before 1860 this open land was actually a massive cemetery. Due to sanitation concerns, the city removed most of the bodies to create a green space. This space was to be called …

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