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“Gem in the heart of a great urban neighborhood”
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Wicker Park Inn
Ranked #7 of 22 Chicago B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 October 2012

We had an excellent stay at the Wicker Park Inn. We arrived at noon and were able to check into our room, the Wicker Park room, immediately. Manager Robin was very warm and personable upon check-in. She showed us into our room and gave us the run-down about parking and other inn-specific details. She was happy to answer any questions about the neighborhood and the city of Chicago, including El train information. The room itself was cozy with a sort of shabby-chic decor -- we're modern decor enthusiasts, but the room didn't put us off despite its lack of sleek surfaces and ultra-modern conveniences. (There is a fireplace in the room but we didn't inquire as to whether we could light it.) The television is small and gets Direct TV service. The bathroom was very clean and had new fixtures. There is no bathtub, only a shower, but that was ok with us. There is a small shelf to use for toiletries, but if you have many cosmetics and hair implements, you may have to keep some in the guest room rather than the bathroom. A hairdryer was provided.

Parking is on-street and requires use of the inn's temporary parking passes. You put a new one in your car window each morning; all you need will be provided to you at check-in. We had no trouble parking right in front of the inn, but we arrived mid-afternoon and didn't move our car until we checked out. If you're arriving at night, we noticed that parking was much tighter in the neighborhood after 6pm, so you may have to circle the block a few times to get a spot. The neighborhood itself is delightful. The residential streets were quiet and seemed to be populated by young families and professionals. The residential areas were very clean and kept-up. The main streets of the business district had every shopping and dining option you could imagine. We were thrilled to find so many vegetarian and vegan dining options in Wicker Park and nearby Bucktown. There were a lot of cool dive bars and nicer cocktail bars nearby. (Check out Violet Hour -- wow.) We didn't eat in the Wicker Park Inn because we're not really breakfast people, but Robin told us that we were welcome to stop in the kitchen anytime for a snack or to use the fridge.

Quiet hours are from 9:30pm until 7:30am, I believe, and indeed, the building was quiet during those hours. Our room was under the dining room or kitchen (I never went upstairs to find out exactly the layout) so when it was breakfast time at 7:30, sleeping became impossible. It's an old, creaky house. Fortunately, we didn't want to sleep much later than that anyway, but if you're someone who likes to sleep in, you might want to consult the innkeepers about which room would be most likely to allow for that. The only other noise was the El train, which came by at regular intervals during the day and evening. I never heard it in the middle of the night, and I am a light sleeper, so it must not be running during those hours. The inn is close to the Damon blue-line stop, so if you're going to the Loop and other downtown attractions, it's very convenient.

All in all, we highly recommend Wicker Park Inn to young (age 20s-40s) couples like us who are vacationing in Chicago. We think you will love it, too.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

This B&B is in a fantastic location between two cool 'nabes in Chicago. A friend and I shared a room and thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around easily to some cool cafes, bars, and restaurants. Not a traditional B&B in the fact you rarely see the host, but certainly it is a 'well oiled machine' with a generous help-yourself breakfast, clean facilities, and access to tourist information (I love the 'Time Out' magazine and it was great having our own copy). The blue line is really close by but it was noise from other rooms I noticed more than the train. The walls are a little thin I think and I'd probably stay here again, but recommend earplugs.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

I stayed 2 nights at the WPI in the Garden Apartment room. I travel to Chicago frequently and usually stay in Michigan Ave./Streeterville area. I booked into the WPI because my daughter lives in the neighborhood and I wanted to be nearby. As such, the WPI was the only game in town. It is located just a few blocks from Milwaukee Ave. about equidistant between Division and North streets - right in the middle of Wicker Park.

The Garden Apartment room has a a lot going for it. The beds are big and the mattresses are firm and comfortable. In addition the bedding was very nice. The kitchenette is large enough to cook a meal for 2-4 people. The bathroom is decent-sized. But there are some quirks, too. First, it's in the basement of a building across the street from the main Inn building. That didn't bother me, but I can see where some might be surprised to be in a basement. This should really be disclosed in the room description on the website. Next, to get into the bathroom one must go up a 1/4 step to get in and then up another 2 steps to get to the toilet and sink. Several stubbed toes later I got used to it. Finally, there is a large load-bearing post in the middle of the bedroom which cuts into the otherwise spacious room.

One plus of being in the basement is that the room is very quiet. The El, which is only a block away, can be quite loud outside when it rumbles by, but I hardly noticed it inside.

This room would be particularly good for a small family or four close friends visiting the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

The room the Blue line was clean and tidy the staff was very attentive. The room is next to an alley above which is the Blue line train. We were forewarned that it was not for light sleepers.
The only time I woke up at night was not because of the train but from the jet engine noise from the Air conditioning plant for the whole building. This machinery is in a louvered door closet right next to the bed. We had to open some windows to keep the room warm at night.The room had a full kitchen so we were not entitled to the breakfast. We were told this at the beginning of our stay but I was not diligent enough in reading their literature.
All in all it was a good location but a little pricey for what we got.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

What a lovely place to stay! The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room (Wicker Park) was gorgeous although it didn't have a bath tub (not a problem for us as we prefer showers anyway!) Our room was on the first floor (ground floor) and was accessed immediately as you enter the Inn. I was a little hesitant but noise was never a problem and being at the front of the building we barely heard the 'L' running along behind. The Inn is on a lovely treelined street within easy reach of buses and trains. Breakfast was more than adequate with help-yourself pastries, bagels, breads, cereal, yoghurts and fruits. There was also coffee and a myriad of teas to choose from. What was fantastic is that you could go and help yourself to most of this whenever you wished! The neighborhood is really interesting with great restaurants and eateries for all palettes. I would highly recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

As a prior native of Chicago, it's important to me to feel like I'm "coming home" when I stay there. And Wicker Park Inn did not disappoint! We stayed at their Bucktown Apartment with our 10 month son and my mother. It was perfect. They were so accommodating for our son. Any request we had, they met. We will definitely be back there soon!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We stayed 2 weekend nights at the Wicker Park Inn and found it to be an excellent option when visiting Chicago. The rooms were very well maintained, clean, comfortable and attractively decorated. Breakfast was continental but with a great variety of fruits, pastries, breads and yogurt-- and good coffee. Street parking by permit was free and easy to find a place to park. With easy access to the train/subway system, it is an easy trip to downtown.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wicker Park Inn

Address: 1329 N Wicker Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-3107
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > West Town , Wicker Park / Bucktown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Chicago
Price Range: £117 - £206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wicker Park Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wicker Park Inn is a Chicago Bed and Breakfast offering high quality yet affordable Chicago accommodations in a "trendy" neighborhood full of great restaurants, vintage and boutique shops, art galleries, cafes and nightlife. Each morning guests are greeted with pastries, rich coffee, fresh fruit and other breakfast goodies.Enjoy a Chicago hotel experience in this modern Chicago B&B. Each guestroom has a private bathroom, 300+ thread count sheets, satellite TV, wireless internet access and free parking. We're just minutes away from downtown Chicago, where you can enjoy Chicago attractions such as the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute, Chicago Theaters, and Chicago Museums. With the privacy of a hotel and the warmth of home, the Wicker Park Inn Bed and Breakfast is a rewarding lodging alternative to a downtown Chicago hotel. Take advantage of 1-night minimum stay requirements Sunday- Thursday until September 30th, 2015! ... more   less 
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