7.7 out of 10

Bucktown

Ranked 8th best neighborhood in Chicago
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Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Gym & Fitness
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 23, 2011

"Very liveable and great access to things to do"

Technically, Bucktown is considered to be part of the Logan Square area. Yet, most people who live in Bucktown will tell you that they live in Bucktown and not Logan Square. In fact, for most residents of Bucktown, such a thought probably doesn't enter their minds.

The Bucktown area is located near Wicker Park and is fairly close to the Loop. In general, you might not feel as though you have a tremendous amount to do in Bucktown specifically, as it is mostly residential in nature. However, its location is really quite excellent, and you can reach many of the cities hottest spots from Bucktown easily. Stating that Bucktown is geographically well situated in Chicago is definitely an understatement. This is one of the big reasons that Bucktown has become a hot spot for development. That stated, there are still plenty of good bars and restaurants in the area that are worth a look.

The diverse cultural and ethnic history of the neighborhood is still evident today in its architecture. There are plenty of churches and the areas Ukrainian and Polish influence are evident also.

Chicagoans will frequently rent or buy in Bucktown, so that they can have easy access to both downtown and Wicker Park. The long term real estate value prospects for this area look good.
Pros
  • Good restaurants
  • Great nightlife - bars, clubs, they've got it!
  • Young, welcoming community
Cons
  • A little expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
Jul 20, 2011

"Bucktown - Upscale & Trendy"

First of all the map here is incorrect – most of what’s highlighted is Logan Square. I’d consider Bucktown to be between Western & Ashland, Armitage & North. I’d also like to dispel the rumor that Bucktown is an ‘artsy’ area. It is not, nor is it filled with hipsters. It’s filled with condos, yuppies and their puppies.

It's a really trendy neighborhood right now - it seems like EVERYBODY thinks its the greatest thing since sliced bread. But it's definitely getting to be more like Lincoln Park than Wicker Park.

The area blew up very recently and very quickly. It’s mostly known for the shopping along Damen Avenue. About 10 years ago there were a few scattered boutiques, but now the street is literally lined with very high-end local shops and designer stores like Marc Jacobs. There are also now a ton of chain stores like Bebe, Arden B…you get the picture.

There are a lot of good restaurants there, many a little bit more expensive, but many are affordable too. There are a couple o
Pros
  • Good restaurants
Cons
  • A little expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Jul 20, 2011

"Hipster Heaven"

If you’re a hipster or a wannabe hipster, you’ve at least been to Bucktown. Considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the entire city, Bucktown is located in Chicago’s northwest side within the confines of Logan Square. The boundaries of Bucktown are Western Avenue to the west, the Chicago River to the east, Fullerton Avenue to the north, and Bloomingdale Avenue to the south.

Originally a Polish settlement, Bucktown has evolved through the years to become an area filled with creative-minded people, families, and the hipster crowd. The area is known for its trendy boutiques, eclectic cafés, fun pubs, and summer festivals. For me, a trip to Bucktown means the opportunity to visit some of the city’s best thrift stores and one-of-a-kind local clothing boutiques.

For residents, convenience is an important aspect of Bucktown. Easily accessible from the Kennedy Expressway, which is a major roadway for commuters, Bucktown is also convenient to public transportation via bus
Pros
  • Good restaurants
  • Great nightlife - bars, clubs, they've got it!
  • Young, welcoming community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Oct 30, 2010

"goddess and the grocer"

there are two other locations of this gourmet deli and bakery but for some reason I always associate The Goddess and The Grocer with Bucktown.

So so much more than Jewel or Dominicks the selection here is fresh and unique a great stop for any foodie.

The cupcakes, of courses are fantastic but one unique offering that I love is the prepacked picnic that is perfect for a night at Ravinia or an evening at the beach.

I actually have dreams about the California Dreamin' sandwich.

Another wonderful thing is they offer delivery. Which when you live in an area where parking is scarce is FANTASTIC. But, I like to go and just browse.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Aug 17, 2010

"Hip and Hopping"

Chicago's trendies have made Bucktown the place to be. The neighborhood is lively, bright and clean. It personifies everything a young, creative hipster would be looking for in a neighborhood. It is close to the big, busy and well-established areas, but has a recluse feel that makes it cool beyond words. Art Galleries and great establishments are not hard to come by in Bucktown and those who live in the area have taken a serious vested interest in their neighborhood and it shows. Everywhere you turn the neighborhood feels safe, secure and friendly, but it still possess a bit of edge that takes a neighborhood from cute and quiet to hip and trendy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 08, 2010

"One of the best areas of the city"

Bucktown, much like nearby Wicker Park and the Ukrainian Village, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. Not to repeat what I said in those reviews, but the atmosphere in Bucktown is the main reason it is so amazing. Like Wicker Park, Bucktown is a fun, very young part of town. It shares a good portion of the artistic community in the city, and that excited energy permeates just about every corner of the neighborhood.

Because of the youth in the area, as well as the generally well off status of many of the residents, crime is low, and the neighborhood is friendly. There’s plenty of the modern amenities such as good cell reception and access to internet and cable TV. I’m 25, and I would never live in an area without good cell reception. My cell is my only phone. I couldn’t abide having dropped calls constantly. This makes Bucktown especially attractive to me.

Also much like Wicker Park, with which it shares a border, Bucktown is full of good bars and restaurants. There is certainly a great nightlife here. I think it could get a bit noisy during the summer if you want to sleep with your window open, but I don’t think it would be terrible.

You don’t have to worry about being far from downtown, the people are friendly, and there are a lot of places to eat, shop, or have a drink. Definitely highly recommended. I hope to someday soon be living either in Bucktown or Wicker Park, so you might even see me.
Pros
  • Really great people
  • Awesome atmosphere - Really fun
  • Good restaurants
Cons
  • It can get loud
  • I've struggled at times to find good parking
  • A little expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 08, 2010

"Pack Up The U-Haul, I'm Moving to Bucktown"

This Chicago Community has everything and I mean everything. The people who guide and direct this neighborhood are on the ball, A person can be close to the Loop, accessible to real restaurants like Rio's D'Sudamerica, home of the $12 all you can eat Peruvian feast buffet on Sundays, legitimate, raise a little hell nightlife as well as enjoy cultural events and organizations, parks and attractions.

This green appreciating community has an annual Garden Walk complete with free trolley ride and guidebook with introduction to 100 gardens and 50 trees in a one-mile square neighborhood. It begins at Club Lucky, which you sort of have to love.

What's not to like about Bucktown? Not only does Rory Lake's Karakoke Dreams serve up hot rocking Karoke bar action, but this nearly fully gentrified Community has something more highbrow called Cafe Society, Cafe Society is a project designed by the Illinois Humanities Council "to foster a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly coffee shop conversations about contemporary social issues". Wow! You have to hand it to them for ignoring that Bucktown wasn't long ago a blue collar place set smack dab in the middle of the red faces, cold brewskis and "deeses" and "doses." Current media reports and jolting caffeine fixes serve as stimulants for the conversations. There's a published list of weekly topics you can check prior to a meetings at Cafe Luca.

Don't be bewitched by the sparkling doodads, the ritzy playthings, the arts, entertainment and culture for miles. Bucktown is not just some cherry on top. It also has high-buttercream content homemade ice cream underneath. It transportation alternatives would be sorely envied by many a Chicago suburbanite. Bucktown has two Blue Line el stops: 1588 N Damen and 1900 N Western. It is also served by several bus routes. Contact CTA with questions at: Chicago Transit Authority http://www.transitchicago.com/. Bucktown's Metra Train stop is located at 2001 N Ashland. This location is served by the Union Pacific North and the Union Pacific Northwest lines. Contact:
Metra http://www.metrarail.com/.

From what I looked up, crime there almost in the heart of the heart of the City is about as low as in my little "safe" suburban town. Police Clear Map report mostly low-violence type crimes. No recent homicides or rapes reported, just mostly marijuana busts, vandalism and petty theft except for one stolen car I saw listed. I admit i didn't exactly study the list. It looked good enough to me considering where it's located.

Organizations that are very active in this urban wonder tell a tale. They include: Community Relations, The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), which is a partnership between police and community; Bucktown Public Square--a message board updated by Bucktown residents and Bucktown Community Org. members, ChicagoBucktownPublicSquare, The Week Behind, a weekly E-zine published in Bucktown; Bucktown Arts Fest; Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the West Bucktown Neighborhood Association among others.

I know I can't afford my other Chicago Community paradise, Beverly. I better get literally moving if I am going to get into Bucktown before home prices are astronomical, and prices for home have been steadily going up for a while now.

A search of Google Maps under Bucktown for pay TV, Satellite and high-speed Internet revealed 23 free Satellite channels and a total of 2,026 results for the three searched items.

Now here's a big reason why I'm moving to Bucktown. It's not just the five-star Peruvian Restaurant that everyone raves about and Cafe Society and the active organizations that keep the place running. It the fact that gentrification has not taken away its downhome charm. I can tell because they have free "Movie In the Park" nights for the whole family. It must be free because there's no mention of money or tickets in the invitation which simply says, "Get a blanket and bring the family..." Last week's movie was Harrison Ford in The Fugutive. Hey, what do you want for free under the stars?
5/5
Jul 06, 2010

"You'll wonder if Chicago really is the Second City"

Bucktown is one of THE places to be for the young, hip and creative set. This neighborhood, in my opinion, helps Chicago undermine its reputation as the “second city” with its diverse art galleries, bars, cafes and its far-out-there range of shops (okay, it used to be a neighborhood where you would be lucky to find any corporate shops but there are some in Bucktown these days – but that doesn’t mean the place is anywhere close to becoming a strip mall).

In the modern era creative types are sharing Bucktown with college kids and young families (and of course the immigrant community that was there even before they were), as well as Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. If you’re into people watching, be aware that this is one of the best places to do it in Chi-Town. It’s probably best to find a spot for this in the evenings, when people really begin to mill around the neighborhood bars. Bucktown is also a draw for brunch-goers, as there are plenty of locations to get such a meal.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 02, 2010

"Vibrant yet Petite"

30 years ago Bucktown was a working class neighborhood; now it is home to classy boutiques and trendy fusion restaurants with a population of artists and young professionals.

Drawn to the area by ease of access to the loop by the CTA and the Kennedy many young professionals choose this area to make their homes.

George's Hot Dogs is not at all high brow but it is a fixture of the neighborhood. It has been in business for 60 years. It is one of the best places to try a true Chicago Dog.

Cafe LaGuardia is another area restaurant that makes me hungry just thinking about it. It is my favorite place to go in the city for Cuban food.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 04, 2009

"Bucktown - a little quieter but everything you want"

Bucktown is a perfect Chicago neighborhood for those who want to be close enough to downtown to be able to get there quickly and easily, but far enough away to save some money on rent and have an actual neighborhood to enjoy in peace when they don't want to deal with the traffic and noise!

Residentially it runs the gamut from older multi-unit buildings where you can rent a studio for $600 to gorgeous brand new single family city mansions. The bread and butter are the duplex condos and three-unit rentals, but there is something for pretty much every price point. Regardless of where you live, when you walk your dog at night, pretty much everyone has a smile and nice greeting from their stoop as you go by, whether it's the young couple with two toddlers, the three dudes who moved in together after college, or the two 70-year old sisters who have lived in the same house their whole lives!

Restaurants also range pretty wide. You can get a great slice at My Pie or walk across the street for the best sushi in Chicago at Coast. Brunch at Toast, tapas at Bluebird, late night at Hot Chocolate - it's all there for you. A quiet beer with awesome live music at The Charleston or a more lively cocktail with the hipsters and their DJ's at Danny's - there are options for nightlife which may not be as raucous as River North or as fratty as Lincoln Park, but it's a real quick cab ride to either. And if you're into shopping, there are boutiques for all tastes all up Damen.

Ultimately, Bucktown is a great neighborhood for those who want to live in Chicago, but prefer a little backyard to a doorman building with a 5 by 8 foot balcony. We don't have the lake or Lincoln Park, but we have Holsein Park and its vastly underrated pool, we have Churchill Park and its kickball field and dog park, we have easy access to the (future) Bloomingdale trail, and we have any number of quiet streets with no traffic to enjoy year round.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in Bucktown

"the second expressway."
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"Best place on Earth"
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Unranked Streets in Bucktown

"Fifty Fifty Deal"
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"A fairly average residential street"
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"Great new skatepark!"
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