Remembering the panic in Wicker Park

Nearly twenty years ago the Reader published a lengthy look at Wicker Park’s gentrification battles.

Wicker Park has undergone great change in the past twenty years, and whatever anti-gentrification sentiment remains isn’t acted out as dramatically as it often was in the 90s.

Is there any Chicago neighborhood today where the possibility of gentrification provokes as intense a reaction as it did in Wicker Park in 1994?


  • Mike 4 years

    Some of the local gangbangers and welfare queens are doing anything and everything to prevent gentrification in Uptown. I guess they see teenagers shooting each other outside of the local McDonalds as acceptable behavior. Thankfully the local alderman was replaced with someone competent at the last election.

  • the urban politician 4 years


  • iagreewithurbanpolitician 4 years

    Pilsen is actually happening.

  • writeraddict 3 years

    Logan Square