Assemble’s newest coworking and shared office space will open in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in April. We’re excited to provide Wicker Park residents and those looking to work in the neighborhood with a beautiful, short-term office space. If you’ve recently moved to Wicker Park or live outside the neighborhood and are planning to work in it, below are some great resources to help you get to know the neighborhood.
The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce put together this extensive neighborhood guide. It includes information about neighborhood restaurants, entertainment options, shops and events. There are short descriptions and basic contact information included for each, so you can get a great overview of the neighborhood fairly quickly.
The Wicker Park Committee’s Twitter profile provides information on upcoming neighborhood meetings, maintenance, and other happenings nearby. It’s a great way to stay up to day on current neighborhood news.
The Wicker Park Advisory Council’s web site provides information on neighborhood happenings, politics, and cultural events. The site also includes a neighborhood event calendar and links to other resources.
TimeOut Chicago’s neighborhood guide includes extensive lists of the best restaurants, bars, restaurants, shopping and events in the neighborhood. Informative descriptions are provided for each listing, as well as links to web sites and other contact information.
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We’re getting close to opening our new Chicago shared office and coworking space in the Wicker Park neighborhood. We’re thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood and look forward to providing those in the area with an exceptional place to work.
Wicker Park has been a prominent neighborhood in Chicago since it was first developed in 1870 after the Great Chicago Fire. Below are some facts about the neighborhood that may come as a surprise to those living and working in Wicker Park today.
Wicker Park is the setting for the 2004 film of the same name. Filming was actually done in Montreal, Quebec, though. The 2000 film High Fidelity also uses Wicker Park as its base and was filmed in the neighborhood.
Most people consider the borders of Wicker Park to be the 606 trail to the north, Ashland Avenue to the east, Division to the south and Western to the west.
Division Street was once known as “Polish Broadway” during the period when the Polish Downtown area was popular in the 1800s. The intersection of Ashland, Division and Milwaukee was considered Polish Downtown during this period. It is now in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Assemble’s new Wicker Park location is just west of the intersection and its CTA Blue Line stop.
Wicker Park once had its own newspaper. In 1900, The Wicker Park Eagle began printing. Its masthead said it was “The North-West Sides Most Exquisite Newspaper. Spicy and Clean”.
Looking for a beautiful, private office to work out of in Wicker Park? Click here to learn more about our new Wicker Park shared office and coworking space.
We all need something to help us unwind after a long day of work. For some, it’s working out. Others relax with a good book or movie. Others want to enjoy an adult beverage at a good neighborhood spot. If you’re one of the latter, here are some of our favorite places to unwind in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.
Violet Hour has been one of Chicago’s most popular spots for artisanal cocktails since it opened in 2007. The stylist bar might be tricky to find, but it’s always a good choice for those looking for a speakeasy-type atmosphere combined with awesome drinks and small plate food options.
Violet Hour is at 1520 North Damen in Wicker Park. Check out their web site at theviolethour.com.
If you want to check out some live music, Subterranean is the place to be. They have live music nearly every night. Their downstairs venue hosts smaller shows by local and national artists. Larger shows are held in the second and third floor venue. There are bars on every floor as well.
Check out Subterranean’s upcoming concert calendar at Subt.net.
If you want a more laid back vibe, try Bordel. The Spanish speakeasy setting and creative cocktails are a great way to loosen up after a stressful day. Bordel also hosts live music four days a week.
Bordel is located at 1721 W Division Street, across the street from Assemble’s new Wicker Park location. Learn more about them at bordelchicago.com.
If you really want to let loose and hit the dance floor, Debonair Social Club is your spot. The club occupies two levels of the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park. Both floors include bar and food service, seated lounges and DJ booths. There are themed nights periodically as well, including cabaret nights and 80s dance parties.
Debonair Social Club is located at 1575 North Milwaukeee Avenue, Chicago. Check out their web site at www.debonairsocialclub.com.
Is a traditional English or Irish pub more your style? If so, try Bangers & Lace. Their food menu features a modern take on traditional English and German food. Their extensive drink menu features many whiskeys, ciders and craft beers. It’s a great place to stop at with coworkers to relax after a busy day.
Banges & Lace is located at 1670 West Division Street, just a block away from Assemble’s Wicker Park location. Check out their web site at www.bangersandlacechicago.com.
Don’t forget to check out Assemble’s newest location at 1720 West Division Street in Wicker Park. It opens in February!
Assemble’s new location at 1720 W Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood opens in February. We covered reasons to work in Wicker Park in our blog post in November. One of the reasons is the fantastic food options in the neighborhood. Assemble Wicker Park is within walking distance of many diverse restaurants. Below are some of our favorite spots for lunch in the neighborhood.
Foxtrot is anchoring our new Wicker Park location. Foxtrot is a curated convenience store. One of the great things about Foxtrot, especially for Assemble members, is that they deliver. Sure, you could run downstairs and pick up a sandwich or soup at their store. If you’re in the middle of a project or on a conference call, you may just want to hop on their web site (www.foxtrotco.com) and place a quick lunch order. It’ll show up in under an hour.
This popular breakfast and lunch spot recently opened about a block west of Assemble Wicker Park. Their menu features some great burger, sandwich, soup and salad options. They have an extensive breakfast menu as well.
Yolk is located at 1819 W Division Street. Check out their menu and more at www.eatyolk.com.
If you’re in the mood for barbecue, Smoke Daddy is your place. This longtime Wicker Park staple offers ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more. Smoke Daddy expanded a few years ago and is now more than twice as large as it used to be.
Smoke Daddy is located at 1804 W Division Street. Check out their web site at www.thesmokedaddy.com.
If you need your pizza fix, Pizza Metro is an excellent option. They offer authentic Roman square pizza. Their menu includes many specialty pizzas, including prosciutto and arugula pizza, capriccios (artichokes, ham and black olives) pizza and our favorite, potato and rosemary. Salads, paninis, pasta, soups and entrees are also available.
Pizza Metro is located at 1707 W Division Street, just steps away from Assemble Wicker Park. Check out their web site at www.pizzametro.com.
The Fifty 50 is a great choice for lunch if you’re hoping to catch a sports game during your lunch break. The large sports bar has an extensive menu. You’ll find a variety of salads, multiple wing options, a large burger list, other sandwiches and more.
The Fifty 50 is located at 2047 W Division Street in Wicker Park. Visit their web site at www.thefifty50.com.
These are just a few of the many excellent options for lunch near Assemble Wicker Park. Contact us today to learn more about Assemble’s newest coworking space.
We’re thrilled to be opening the newest Assemble coworking location in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood in February. The new location is on 1720 West Division Street, close to the Division Blue line stop. The first floor of the building is the home of a new Foxtrot location as well.
Here are some reasons why we think Wicker Park will be a great place for you to work.
For those who want to ditch their home office, commuting downtown may not be too enticing. Fighting for a spot on the train or sitting in traffic during rush hour can take away from your productivity. Assemble’s new Wicker Park location is just steps from the Division blue line stop. While others are taking the train towards the city, you could be taking it the opposite direction to Assemble. The close proximity to downtown and other popular neighborhood makes it a great option for those who want convenience, but don’t need to be in the Loop.
For those living in Wicker Park, Bucktown and nearby neighborhoods, there have been very few options when it comes to flexible office space. Assemble’s new location offers a number of offices that can accommodate 1-10 employees. If you’re an entrepreneur or a part of a small business and you live in the neighborhood, you’ll find the perfect work environment at Assemble.
Assemble members get complimentary access to all of our locations. Book a free conference room in the West Loop with a client located there or coworkers out of Minneapolis while you’re there on a business trip. Being an Assemble member gives you flexibility and convenience when you need it.
Wicker Park is home to many of Chicago’s favorite restaurants, bars and clubs. Grab lunch with coworkers at Smoke Daddy (across the street from Assemble) or catch a concert at Subterranean after work.
Interested in working at Assemble’s new Wicker Park location? Contact us today for more information.