A Bucktown is thought to have been named for the large number of goats that were raised there during the 19th century. First settled by Polish immigrants and later Germans, Bucktown today is a trendy neighborhood that is primarily residential with a mix of single family homes, new high-rises and industrial loft spaces. The neighborhood’s rough boundaries are the Kennedy Expressway on the east, Bloomingdale Avenue on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Fullerton Avenue on the north. Commuters can either drive on the Kennedy Expressway (I-94), or take the CTA Blue Line from the Western-O’Hare stop. There are also many buses that will take you close to the city center.
Located within minutes of Wicker Park and Damen Street, Bucktown has a variety of shopping boutiques from which to choose. Restaurants, art galleries and nightlife options are plentiful in Bucktown and the surrounding area.
- The median household income in Bucktown is about 77% higher than the city’s as a whole (as per 2013 data).
- Family households make up 37.5% of the population (as per 2013 data).
- Bucktown is serviced by the CTA Blue Line (Western station).
- The neighborhood’s Polish heritage is visible in its many splendid churches, St. Hedwig and St. Mary of the Angels are absolutely astounding cathedrals well worth a visit.
Dining, Nightlife, and Shopping
Fine dining and shopping are always the order of the day in Bucktown. Superb vintage and locally owned boutiques can be found along North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues, as well as high-end designers and retail giants. Bucktown also has its share of fine restaurants and bars, here’s a few popular favorites:
Real Estate Options
Architecturally, Bucktown has something for everyone. Converted lofts, brownstones, and new condos are testament to the area’s changing demographics, which have increased property values significantly over the past decade or so.
Luxury single-family homes in Bucktown sit on lots sized from 2,400 square feet and up, and usually come in two or more stories. Many were built only in the 1990s or the 2000s and boast modern amenities and features with exteriors in keeping with the neighborhood’s traditional architectural styles.
Luxury condos are no less opulent. Measuring around 1,500 square feet and up, they come with the latest appliances, fixtures and amenities, and commonly feature two to three bedrooms.
Its original buildings and Victorian homes built in the late 1800s, plus the modern luxury homes and condos built in the last 20 years give Bucktown an eclectic feel.