Bucktown is my favorite neighborhood in
the city and where I call home.
Bucktown sits just north of Wicker Park, and thanks to its charming housing stock, unique shops, and top-rated restaurants, it’s fast becoming one of Chicago’s most desirable residential areas. The intersection of North, Milwaukee, and Damen, commonly referred to as ‘the six corners’, is one of Bucktown’s busiest thoroughfares. It has also been the center of recent development including the remodel of an old tower converted into 2 boutique hotels, The Robey and The Hollander. Damen Avenue, serves as the main commercial strip. Here you’ll find numerous restaurants and cafes, plus some of Chicago’s coolest retailers selling everything from high fashion to comic books.
Designated a Chicago Landmark District in 1991, Bucktown has a long history. It was originally known as Kozie Prery (“Goat Prairie”) among the Polish immigrants who first settled the area, and later the English name “Bucktown” took hold—a “buck” is the term of a male goat. Bucktown has long been known for its mix of many different ethnic groups. In the 1980s, students, artists, and young professionals attracted by Bucktown’s housing options, relative affordability, and proximity to the Loop began renovating many of the historic homes and mansions here.
Bucktown has long been residential, and it continues to be popular with young families. The local culture reflects that Bucktown has excellent schools and daycare options, many green spaces and tree-lined streets, and an array of independent shops and great restaurants.