Date: April 15, 2010
No. of Landmarks Visited: 1
Landmarks To-Date: 13
Landmarks Remaining: 340
On Thursday I used my lunch break to walk to the Milwaukee Avenue District, which I think most Chicagoans consider to be the heart of the Wicker Park neighborhood. The historic district includes the intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen. Milwaukee runs diagonally to Chicago's street grid and is primarily commercial in most places. Because of the night clubs, shops and restaurants in the area, Wicker Park is probably the most popular neighborhood for people from other parts of Chicago to visit. I've been to the area many times myself, and have taken a number of out-of-town guests there as well.
Milwaukee is primarily lined with 3 to 4 story brick buildings from the 1800's. Some of the buildings still have the original iron facades for the first floor storefront. But most of the street level facades have been renovated over the years for different business uses. But I would say a majority of the buildings still have their original facades on the upper floors.