Friday, June 10, 2011

Wicker Park

Ah, Wicker Park - what's not to love?  This neighborhood has seen many changes in the last few years.  I love that you can run into just about any type of person while visiting.  From yuppies to hipsters I have found that parents are parents and kids will be kids.  

The park itself is a 4 acre triangle.  The landscaping is beautiful and the community residents maintain the stunning gardens.  As you walk through the park you actually feel like you are not in the middle of one of Chicago's busiest neighborhoods.  F was running around without a care in the world, chasing the birds and jibber jabbing with the homeless while K was very excited to see such large amounts of ... grass (we obviously need to get out of the city more).  

The park includes a dog friendly area, basketball court (4 hoops), baseball diamond, field house, huge fountain that kids are known to splash in and the playground itself.  The playground is fantastic.  Nice and clean with a really great climbing/playing area for the older kids and a smaller one for the toddlers.  On top of all this, there are cute statues of bears that spray water.  While I do not think I would consider this a "spray pool" (Chicago Park District does) it is still a great addition.  

Love:  close to the Blue Line, clean field house with bathrooms, tons of grass and shade, picnic tables (in playground and park area), fencing around entire park, pretty fountain, tons of benches, drinking fountains (best in the playground area), rubber surface, beautiful scenery.

Hate:  two big kid swings is not enough, parking is tough (cannot park on Damen in front of the school when in session), a few questionable characters hanging around smoking/drinking.  

Special Feature:  water spouting bears, huge fountain to play in.  

*Wicker Park has a farmers market every Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
*Participates in Movies in the Park
*Super close to Big Star, which I am BIG on their tacos! 


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