Taking its name from the tanneries and their workers that once were the primary feature of the neighborhood, Bucktown has become one of the most popular neighborhoods on the North side, and is a combination of historic architecture and new high-end construction. Its restaurant scene along Damen Avenue meets Wicker Park at its six-legged intersection, with North and Milwaukee Avenues giving residents of both easy access to what all have to offer.
Bucktown today has a mix of historic single family homes interspersed with more modern architecture as high-end developers have looked to capitalize on the proximity of the neighborhood to transit, downtown and amenities like the new 606 trail which terminates at Ashland.
Residents of the area have access to one of the city’s best dining and bar scenes along both Damen and Armitage Avenues. Establishments like neighborhood favorite The Map Room offers a quiet watering spot for locals while Damen Ave. includes fine French restaurant Le Bouchon, sushi at Coast, and great brunch spots like Toast.
At its southern border with Wicker Park, the Northwest Tower, once the tallest building outside of the Loop, is today a boutique hotel known as the Robey. From there, locals have easy access to Milwaukee Avenue’s nightlife and entertainment.