Three Architecturally Stunning Buildings in Wicker Park

June 09, 2014

Wicker Park Six Corners

Wicker Park is one of the most visited Chicago neighborhoods outside of downtown and the Mag Mile. People visit this hip neighborhood for its boutiques, great restaurants, and to some, its “funky” vibe. When I wander through Wicker Park, I love to check out its architecture.

The “Six Corners” Buildings (Current Day: Walgreens)

When you visit Wicker Park, you have to step into the Walgreens that’s right at the six corners. For any visitors reading this blog post, the “six corners,” refers to the intersection of Damen, North and Milwaukee avenues. The tall two-story neo-classical building has a spectacular façade with a cornice that wraps right around its curved, triangular shape. This structure has gone through a host of bank changes over the decades since it was originally built in 1921, and now it is a Walgreens Pharmacy. The original cast iron safe is still intact with visible locking gears, and is now used as Walgreens’ “vitamin vault.” When you go inside, look up to see the ornate plaster coffered ceiling and its griffin creatures. Apparently the six-pointed star shapes in the ceiling and the stained glass window may hint at a connection to a Jewish past. In fact, if you wander around Wicker Park you will indeed encounter synagogues converted into condos.

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