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A Hotel to Call Home: Wicker Park Inn, Chicago

The Wicker Park Inn sets the standard for the modern Bed & Breakfast experience. The classic 1890s row house with twin navy doors sits on a charming treelined street in the heart of its namesake neighbourhood; the historic brick exterior setting a lovely contrast for the elegant, modern décor within. You really get a sense that the Inn is both delighted by and devoted to the city it calls home, with each of the luxurious guestrooms named after a local Chicago street.

The Inn has been lovingly renovated, uniquely furnishing each room with its own details; statement wallpaper, velvet headboards, exposed brick walls and fireplaces. Every room has a private en suite, high-speed Wi-Fi and 300+ thread count sheets that make it very difficult to consider getting out of bed. Across the street, the three luxury apartments continue the theme, outfitted with their own kitchens to you can truly experience the city like a local.

The Wicker Park Inn makes a feature of its gourmet communal kitchen, a light and airy interior design gem situated in the heart of the house. The Tiffany blue cabinets and the large farm table complete the cheerful décor, making for a Pinterest-worthy breakfast spot as the El Train runs past the window. This truly makes for the perfect city backdrop to the fresh croissants, eggs, cereal and yogurt served each morning.

The chef’s kitchen even doubles as an event space for bridal and baby showers, dinner parties and cooking classes, echoing a chameleon quality that runs throughout the Inn; it’s easy to envisage family city breaks, romantic getaways and girl’s trips would feel right at home being hosted here. The Inn is also available to rent in its entirety for bridal parties, reunions or corporate trips.

No matter your agenda, the Wicker Park Inn offers all it’s guests a chance to authentically experience Chicago with an air that’s inviting but never overbearing and there’s just something about having your own key to the Inn that makes it feel more than your average visit. The Inn’s friendly staff are warm and attentive; should guests require suggestions for restaurants or evening entertainment, major city landmarks are a short train ride away from the nearby Blue Line stop.

Though downtown Chicago is not to be missed, we recommend exploring the Wicker Park area and nearby Bucktown neighbourhood to experience some favourite local haunts. Many would agree that the areas surrounding the Inn boast some of the best bars, restaurants and stores Chicago has to offer. Restaurants catering to every cuisine line Milwaukee Avenue, so your appetite is covered, whatever you’re craving. Head to the nearby patio of Antique Taco for margaritas, or head down to Damen to find the secret door of The Violet Hour, Chicago’s renowned Speak-easy style bar; for midnight snack runs, there’s also a grocery store a stone’s throw away from the Inn.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Windy City, or a Chicago native locking in a staycation, the Wicker Park Inn ticks all the boxes for Far Out’s formula for a hotel to call home.