Wicker Park - Chicago, IL - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    23,221
  • Population Density
    24,108 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    <1 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    37 3.5
Wicker Park is a neighborhood in Chicago with 23,221 residents. It has very high home values and very high rent costs. Its citizens generally have high education levels and very high income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.5 from 37 reviews
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    • 4
    Community: There are newish residents to the community who seem to want to be a part of the neighborhood. They patronize local businesses and are friendly towards the longtime residents of the community. This area is interesting because it is gentrifying and that's always a touchy subject for longtime residents. Many older residents have been in Humboldt Park for 40 years, others came here from Puerto Rico the Ukraine and Poland as well as Mexico. Others just moved to Chicago from different parts of the Midwest. There is also a strong artist community here. Everyone has their pocket of the neighborhood, yet all seem to come together when its time to go grocery shopping truth be told.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety: There have been incidents in the past few months, but in comparison to the general population of the neighborhood, they seem to be more random than prevalent and/or indicative of the neighborhood as a whole.
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Humboldt Park tends to get a rather bad rap in the press but it is a great place to live. There are reasonably priced restaurants everywhere, there are good community schools, health centers, hospitals, grocery stores and affordable rent. All factors that make a neighborhood a good one. What stands out the most are the social service programs within walking distance from any given street in the neighborhood that are willing to help you no matter your life situation . The people are friendly and open, which is badly needed in a world that seems to grow more distant everyday. I see it only getting better, it has already come such a long way. The people of Humboldt Park care about where they live and that will only cause it to grow.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety: Being on the edge of Humbolt Park which has a higher crime rate sometimes leads to crime spreading to our area. Police are spread too thin to respond to every incident.
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The west side of Chicago is one oft the most up and coming areas in the city. There is a ton of diversity among its people, its culture, and its community. Great for all ages, there's always something to do!

Nearby Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Ukrainian Village 11,403
East Village 7,186
Bucktown 12,728
West Town 30,744
Logan Square 60,435
Humboldt Park 70,233

Comparable Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
Sheffield & DePaul 12,132
North Center 34,815
Old Town 27,951
River North 31,760
Little Italy/UIC 28,576

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
2.66 Chicago Public Schools 682

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Walter Payton College Prep Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Young Magnet High School Public, Magnet 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 Northside College Preparatory High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Lane Tech College Prep High School Public, Magnet 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 Jones College Prep High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
Vaughn Occupational High School Public, Alternative 9-12 High
Northside Learning Center Public 9-12 High
4.33 Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School Public 7-12 Middle, High
PAEC Center Public PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
R. Graham Training Center High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 A. Jackson Elementary Language Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
Peace & Education Coalition High School Public 10-12 High
3.33 Noble Street College Prep Public, Charter 6-12 Middle, High
3.33 DeVry University Advantage Academy High School Public 11-12 High
3.00 Stone Scholastic Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 Von Steuben Metro Science High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Hawthorne Scholastic Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 O.A. Thorp Elementary Scholastic Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.33 LaSalle Language Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 Dr. Marktin Luther King jr. College Preparatory High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Mark Sheridan Math & Science Academy Public, Magnet K-8 Elementary, Middle
2.66 Chicago Academy Elementary School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Disney II Magnet School Public PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Ravenswood Baptist Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Latin School of Chicago Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 University of Chicago Lab School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Lydia Urban Academy Private, Alternative, Religious 9-11 High
Jewish Children's Bureau School Private, Religious, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Thresholds High School Private, Special Education 10-12 High
4.33 Francis W. Parker School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 St. Ignatius College Preparatory School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Esperanza School Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Lawrence Hall Youth Services Private, Special Education 9-12 High
4.00 The Chicago Academy for the Arts Private 9-12 High
4.00 Fenwick High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Bridge View Day School & Challenger Day School Private, Special Education 5-12 Middle, High
Ucan Academy Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Notre Dame High School for Girls Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
4.00 Ida Crown Jewish Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.66 Chicago Hope Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Chicago Waldorf School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Chicago International Academy Private, Religious 9-12 High
3.33 Logos Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 St. Gregory High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.66 Walther Lutheran High School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 De La Salle Institute - Institute Campus Private, Religious 9-12 High
2.33 Gordon Tech High School Private, Religious 9-12 High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
College of DuPage
Moraine Valley Community College
DeVry University - Illinois
American InterContinental University - Online
Harper College
City Colleges of Chicago - Harold Washington College
City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
Triton College
City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J. Daley College
City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King College
City Colleges of Chicago - Truman College
Oakton Community College
Robert Morris University - Illinois
City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College
City Colleges of Chicago - Olive-Harvey College
South Suburban College
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Addison
The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago
Computer Systems Institute
Universal Technical Institute - Chicago
Morton College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Chicago
St. Augustine College
University of Phoenix - Chicago
Kendall College

Around Wicker Park

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
White 64.96% 63.25% 62.85% 54.70% 34.00% 77.68% 70.91% 66.78% 81.43%
Hispanic 20.23% 16.62% 16.28% 20.94% 14.45% 13.84% 4.46% 7.15% 6.17%
African American 6.37% 12.23% 14.16% 16.87% 33.65% 1.71% 16.28% 10.89% 3.15%
Asian 5.31% 4.83% 4.84% 5.77% 15.51% 3.77% 5.55% 12.09% 6.20%
Multiracial 2.87% 2.05% 1.60% 1.45% 2.21% 2.79% 1.96% 2.51% 2.32%
Other 0.25% 0.19% 0.13% 0.15% 0.15% 0.10% 0.38% 0.40% 0.71%
Native American 0% 0.66% 0.11% 0.11% 0% 0.12% 0.46% 0.17% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.04% 0% 0% 0% 0.03%

Age

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
9 years and under 11% 13% 13% 13% 9% 14% 11% 5% 9%
10 to 17 years 5% 11% 11% 11% 8% 6% 5% 2% 2%
18 to 24 years 8% 10% 10% 9% 26% 6% 6% 11% 35%
25 to 34 years 38% 13% 14% 14% 24% 29% 33% 38% 25%
35 to 44 years 17% 13% 13% 14% 11% 19% 15% 15% 10%
45 to 54 years 9% 14% 14% 14% 8% 12% 11% 11% 7%
55 to 64 years 5% 12% 12% 11% 7% 7% 10% 9% 5%
65 and over 6% 13% 13% 12% 7% 8% 10% 10% 7%

Education Levels

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
Less than a high school diploma 10% 14% 12% 13% 11% 6% 3% 4% 5%
High school diploma or equivalent 8% 28% 27% 25% 14% 11% 7% 8% 6%
Some college or associate degree 13% 29% 29% 27% 18% 16% 13% 13% 5%
Bachelor's degree 44% 18% 20% 21% 28% 42% 43% 43% 47%
Master's degree or higher 25% 11% 12% 13% 28% 25% 34% 33% 37%

Gender

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
Female 48.4% 50.8% 50.9% 51.1% 51.4% 50.4% 54.1% 53.4% 47.6%
Male 51.6% 49.2% 49.1% 48.9% 48.6% 49.6% 45.9% 46.6% 52.4%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
Own 43.2% 64.9% 66.9% 66.0% 34.0% 50.6% 46.2% 35.2% 43.1%
Rent 56.8% 35.1% 33.1% 34.0% 66.0% 49.4% 53.8% 64.8% 56.9%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
Assault 364.8 264.1 245.1 68.1 552.4 156.4 261.1 526.1 106.8
Murder 0 5.2 6.2 7.1 21.5 0 7.3 9.4 0
Robbery 407.3 135.0 145.4 187.3 251.1 69.5 130.6 303.8 147.8

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Wicker Park United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area Little Italy/UIC North Center Old Town River North Sheffield & DePaul
Burglary 810.3 575.0 410.9 439.9 287.0 431.5 181.3 206.7 279.2
Larceny 4462.9 2114.0 1722.0 1806.4 2496.5 1549.2 2575.0 5351.7 2085.9
Motor vehicle theft 360.6 257.3 157.4 220.7 394.6 179.5 148.7 263.0 180.7

Resident Opinions

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 5 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 7 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 6 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 6 responses

  • 17% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 17% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 67% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 0% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 57% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 29% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 5 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments