Said to have gotten its name from the male goat, called a “buck,” Bucktown is rich in history. In earlier times Bucktown was home to many Polish immigrants who raised goats. The historic beauty of Bucktown is demonstrated in the gorgeous old buildings and the cobblestone pathways. The neighborhood itself radiates beauty through the great architecture, old churches, grassy parks, and its tree lined streets. Since those earlier times, Bucktown has completely transformed. What used to be an area where livestock was commonplace, Bucktown is now known for its art. Since its gentrification, the area has been a playground for artistic talent. The area harbors more artists in that area than anywhere else in the Midwest. In fact, so much that there is an artist colony called Gallery Point located in the neighborhood. Because the area is such an artist community, two large festivals occur annually to promote the local talent. The Bucktown Arts Fest is a festival that occurs in August of every year, and the Around the Coyote Festival is the other that occurs in September.
Bucktown is located right next to the hipster haven known as Wicker Park. West of the Kennedy Expressway, the neighborhood reaches Western Avenue to the West and North Avenue to the South, but the exact differentiations between Bucktown and Wicker Park depends on who you talk to. Bucktown is now a cozy, quaint place to live that is definitely on the rise. Like all other parts of Chicago, Bucktown is full of restaurants, shops, art galleries, bars and clubs. Restaurants in the area range from fast food to upscale. Some of the popular choices fare D’vine, Club Lucky, and Lincoln Tavern. Shopping is undoubtedly an experience in Bucktown, with shops ranging from clothing to books. Favorites of the locals are, Akira, Intermix, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. With the artistic vibe that runs throughout the neighborhood, clubs and bars in this area are trendy and tend to be slightly more upscale. However not all bars in the area are of the upscale nature. The area is home to many bars that create a cozy, comfortable feel for those who seek a more casual atmosphere. One of the well known clubs in the area is Double Door Nightclub. Another sight to see in Bucktown is the Ukranian Institute of Modern Art.
Bucktown tends to be the slightly cheaper alternative of housing in comparison to other neighborhoods of the city, although prices are on the rise. Housing ranges from restored cottages to loft apartments and condominiums to gorgeous brownstones. Modern walk ups and two and three flats are commonplace throughout the neighborhood as well. Transportation in this area is nothing to worry about. With the Blue line at both North Damen Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue, you’ll be to the Loop in no time. Yet like many other places in the city, buses also run through the neighborhood, making transportation easily accessible to all.