as the years pass, it becomes more and more clear that things don't stay pure for very long. wicker park in chicago, specifically the six-corner intersection sometimes known as the crotch, is no different than said things.
back in the late eighties the neighborhood was the midwest's metropolitan epicenter for the arts and subculture. flash forward deux decades and it has still stayed somewhat true to it's roots, despite being infiltrated by the mainstream (including strip malls, starbucks and the like).
earwax has it's roots firmly planted within the same culture the neighborhood was born in to. the wicker park coffee shop and cafe is known for drawing quite a crowd in it's already cramped environment. the fare is both carnivore and vegetarian friendly, and it's highly recommended that when getting a caffeine boost, you refuel on some nosh as well. aside from your standard coffee bar and cafe choices, the espresso milkshake, sweet potato quesadilla, black bean burger and the turkey, spinach and feta burger are all well worth a trip to this windy city gem.
dig around for some earwax.
photo: time out chicago