You love being where the action is, and enjoy a little gritty with your city. It pays off: As a Bucktown/Wicker Park parent, you’re always within steps of a cool new restaurant, shop or cafe — and you can take your kiddo along for the ride. Here are 10 signs you’re raising a family there.
1. Your Sunday morning dilemma: Stan’s Donuts or Glazed & Infused? Or both?
photo: Stan’s Donuts via @stevisavage
2. You know summer has officially begun when you can’t get a seat at the picnic tables outside Big Star’s pick-up window, but you can get Italian ice at Miko’s.
photo: Big Star via Ericka A. on Yelp
3. Your hipsters-in-training take art classes at One Strange Bird and Colorwheel, drink hot chocolate made by a barista, and never turn down a vegan treat.
photo: One Strange Bird
4. You remember your summers based on the pool you frequented, starting early at Holstein and graduating to Pulaski.
photo: Holstein Park Pool
6. You walk your kids to school through the one of the city’s busiest intersections at Damen/North/Milwaukee, side-stepping the street’s remnants of last night’s revelers and avoiding questions about that mystery food someone left in the crosswalk.
7. You daydream about future stroller walks and bike rides along The 606 (will it ever be done?!).
photo: The 606
7. You’ve had several conversations about the wait lists at Drummond, Burr, Pritzker, Pulaski and LaSalle II.
photo: Brad Flickenger via flickr
8. Your kids point at strangers with pink hair, body art and unusual piercings and say, “I want that when I grow up.”
photo: Joseph Novak via flickr
9. Your neighbor’s pub crawl is your ice-cream crawl … Letizia’s, Jannick’s Cafe, Starfruit, Forever Yogurt, Red Mango, I-cream … the list goes on.
photo: Forever Yogurt via @maui_k
10. Your kids like to chase pigeons at the Polish Triangle and get wet with spitting bears at Wicker Park.
photo: Wicker Park via discosour on flickr
What do you think is a sign of being a Bucktown/Wicker Park parent? Let us know in the Comments!
— Story by the fun folks at NPN (Neighborhood Parent Network)
Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) has been connecting a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city for 35 years! NPN is essential for all expecting, new and seasoned parents.