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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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