Before the Belmont and Clark intersection transformed into a prime location for condo development, it was an area where all sorts of “interesting” characters hung out, smoking heaters and comparing nose rings in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot (affectionately referred to as Punkin’ Donuts). We’ll miss the hardest-rocking Dunkin' in town, and make sure to visit The Alley when it moves to Avondale.
Perhaps no recent news has signified the changing of Wicker Park like the closing of Rodan, which shuttered in September after 12 years in the neighborhood. Offering reasonable drink specials, sleek décor, solid pan-Asian bar food, and non-mainstream music, Rodan was a neighborhood stalwart that somehow had managed to stay cool all these years. Oh well, even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.