Once a neighborhood of predominately Polish immigrants, Chicago's Bucktown’s name is derived from the goats (called bucks) kept in the backyards of its early, less fortunate residents. The area's rejuvenation was spearheaded by local artists who were once attracted by cheap Chicago real estate and accessibility to the Loop and expressways. Today, artists are reluctantly giving way to a trendier crowd, but their creativity will ultimately leave a lasting impression both on the neighborhood and the city of Chicago.
Bucktown's small neighborhood bars can be found on just about every corner of the area. North and Damen avenues boast smoky late-night music clubs (such as the famous DoubleDoor) and cosmopolitan clubs, boutiques, and restaurants. Bucktown also contains several remarkable churches which give way to the legacy of early Polish immigrants. Long known as an up-and-coming neighborhood, Bucktown has finally arrived and is home to some of Chicago’s most modern residential properties. Read more about Bucktown Chicago real estate.
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Bucktown is widely known for its hip art scene and trendy urban atmosphere. Home to dozens of art galleries and several art festivals held annually, Bucktown houses more artists than any other region in the Midwest. Bucktown was once home to the working class industrial workers of nearby factories; but since then, these living quarters have carefully been converted into stylish, urban studios, upscale loft residences and modern condominiums for young professionals and local artists alike. The boundaries of Bucktown and Wicker Park are actually so fuzzy that the two neighborhoods are often combined and referred to as the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. However, the official dimensions almost form a triangle-like shape with the Chicago River, Western Avenue and Bloomingdale Avenue acting as the main borderlines.
Originally, founded in 1848, Bucktown was considered a separate town referred to as "Holstein" by German immigrant farmers and annexed by Chicago in 1863. Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is now known as a hip, chic, and ultra-trendy neighborhood located northwest of downtown Chicago. Bucktown caters to all ages and has one of the most diverse populations in Chicago.
With respect to housing, Bucktown real estate for sale has undergone a significant makeover during the last 10 years. A changed area to say the least, the predominant architecture found in this area consists of cottages decked with skylights, converted lofts, newer and brand new condos, brownstones, two- and three- flat buildings, and the occasional, upscale mansion.
Bucktown Chicago real estate was once a slightly less expensive alternative to the higher priced Chicago neighborhoods like neighboring Lincoln Park and the West Loop. Bucktown has, however, increased in both price and property tax bills as of late. Bucktown properties are bounded by Fullerton Avenue to the north, the Kennedy Expressway to the east, Western Avenue to the west, and Bloomingdale Avenue to the south. Residential developments mainly consist of 2-4 story buildings from the $200,000 to the million dollar range.
Bucktown Chicago real estate now offers a variety of residential housing options: a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, two-flats, timber and concrete lofts, townhomes, and post-modern city mansions. The variety of architectural styles mixes many periods and styles: in Bucktown, you may have a new construction all glass mansion next to an original two-flat. The architectural styles are numerous in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood and inventory is slightly higher than usual, making it a promising area to find affordable homes and foreclosures.
In Bucktown, like no other neighborhood in the city, its residents say they are part of a tight-knit, changing, eclectic living experience. With downtown only 2 miles away and the El tracks near the center of the neighborhood at Damen and Milwaukee, Bucktown feels out of the hustle and bustle but still easily connected.
The high concentration of trendy boutique shops, vibrant bars and restaurant and loads of art galleries and music venues has transformed Bucktown to a top Chicago destination for both residents and visitors alike. Every August, over 30,000 people attend the Bucktown Arts Fest creating an awesome atmosphere around the neighborhood. In addition, every block seems to have its own neighborhood corner tavern--making this area especially attractive to the younger generation. A perfect example being the Map Room Tavern; opening as a coffee house at 6:30AM and doubling as a tavern by early evening, this unique and stylish watering hole, located at 1949 N. Hoyne Avenue, is filled with bookshelves of traveler’s guides and atlas’s, making this traveler’s themed drinking establishment among favorites of Bucktown residents for years.
Margie’s Candies has been serving Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood some of the finest treats in the world, all within the same location for 80 years. The quality homemade candies and ice cream recipes which have been passed down from generation to generation are delightful and delicious. Visitors may choose from a wide assortments of candies – they have everything from Truffle's to Marzipan's. The geniuses behind this gem hand-make everything right in the store, making sure that every little piece of candy is made just right. All of Margie’s candies and ice creams are made of all natural flavors with no artificial preservatives.
In addition to delectable treats served up by Margie, residents and visitors will enjoy a wide array of cuisines and bar styles when strolling through Bucktown. Whether you are entertaining out-of-town family or ensuring that your friend enjoys his big birthday event, Bucktown will not disappoint.
Damen Avenue acts as Bucktown’s main roadway. The CTA Damen Blue Line “L” Stop is located at Damen and Milwaukee while Bucktown’s other Blue Line stop is located at Western and Milwaukee—just a few blocks northwest. The CTA #73 bus travels east/west along Armitage Avenue while the CTA #50 bus takes passengers north or south down Damen. To travel to the Loop, most commuters take the CTA #50 bus, which can be caught on nearly every other block down Milwaukee Avenue.
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Listing information last updated on November 21st, 2017 at 2:52pm CST.