One of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods, Bucktown is an ideal location for those wanting to enjoy an urban environment without being surrounded by high-rises. Less than two miles from the heart of downtown Chicago, the real estate market in Bucktown varies from new condos to refurbished walk-ups to renovated warehouses offering loft-style living. The popularity of the neighborhood means that Bucktown real estate has increased in value over the last few years, but there are still plenty of values to be had.
The Bucktown neighborhood shares a hazy border with Wicker Park to the south. Most consider the area between the Chicago River to the east, Western Avenue to the west, West Fullerton Avenue to the north, and Bloomingdale Avenue to the south to be the boundaries of this popular barrio. The neighborhood began in the 1890’s as home to primarily blue-collar Polish immigrants. Bucktown got its name from the goats kept in the backyard of its early residents.
Now, Bucktown is known for its hip bars, swank music venues, trendy restaurants, and designer bohemian boutiques. Home to the largest artist community in the Midwest, called Gallery Point, it is no wonder that over 30,000 visitors crowd the streets of Bucktown each year to get a taste of local craftsmanship in the annual Bucktown Art Festival. The mix of high art and vintage architecture, gives Bucktown an edgy vibe that has attracted young professionals in droves.
The nearly 160 restaurants and over 100 bars and clubs that line Damen and North Avenues make Bucktown a happening spot most nights of the week. The seven live music venues in the neighborhood attract international stars that enjoy the intimate setting of places like the Double Door as much as their fans enjoy the proximity to the bands.
Bucktown has several schooling options that include public, magnet, charter, and private schools. Casimir Pulaski Academy, Pedro Albizu Campos High, St. Mary of the Angels, the Thomas Drummond School, and William H. Prescott are just some of the options parents will have.
A myriad of transportation options make Bucktown a great choice for just about anyone. The CTA Blue line has several stops throughout the neighborhood; CTA buses serve east to west travelers; and the Kennedy Expressway has exits at North, Armitage, and Fullerton Avenues.