Welcome to Bucktown
North of Wicker Park and bordered by the Kennedy expressway, Fullerton, Western, and North Avenues, Bucktown gets its name from the Polish immigrants that settled there in the 1830s and called the area “Kozie Prery” - or “Goat Prairie” as this group of settlers raised large numbers of these animals in the area. A male goat is called a “buck” and thus Bucktown earned its moniker. The influence of Polish culture is reflected in three beautiful churches, St. Hedwig's, the former Cathedral of All Saints, and St. Mary of the Angels which are all built in the Polish cathedral style.
The revolutions of 1848 in Europe brought a large wave of German immigrants to the neighborhood. Latino migration to the area began in the 1960s with the arrival of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and later Mexican immigrants and continued into the 80s as they fled the gentrification in Lincoln Park.
Today, Bucktown is primarily residential, with a mix of older single family homes, new builds with edgy architecture, and converted industrial loft spaces. There is also a well-developed shopping district on Damen avenue.
Worth Seeing / Things to Do
With a young, well-educated population - 65% are under the age of 45 and over 35% have a Master’s degree (that is three times the national average), this is a dynamic, exciting, neighborhood with a lot to offer.
Cyclists can get their fill at the 606 Elevated trail which “... brings together elevated trails for bikers and runners, art installations, and landscape design to create an urban oasis and a new way to explore.” Those wishing to engage in a bit of culture can enjoy a visit to the Ukrainian National Museum or the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. A trip to the Polish Museum of America is also worth a visit. Maybe a trip to an 80s themed coffee shop, The Wormhole, complete with DeLorean is in order. Perhaps a snack at Lazos Tacos might be more in order - there’s no rush as it is open until midnight. If shopping is the priority of the day, then a visit to one of the many eclectic neighborhood shops might be just what you need. Mypoic Books, one of the largest used bookstores in the city, is a must-see. Perhaps a visit to Dusty Records for some rare LPs might be more to your liking. If some handmade jewelry and artisanal ceramics are more your taste, then a visit to Virtu is a must. No matter what you wish to do, Bucktown has something to tickle your fancy.
- There are numerous Chicago Public Schools in the area including Burr, Mayer, Drummond, and Pulaski International School of Chicago.
- The Archdiocese of Chicago runs Our Lady of Grace School in Logan Square, St. John Berchmans School on Logan Boulevard, and St. Sylvester School on Palmer Square.
Bucktown is served by three stops on the CTA's Blue Line: Western, California, and Logan Square.
- Walk Score® 93 / 100 : Walker's Paradise
- Transit Score® 73 / 100: Excellent Transit
- Bike Score® 94 / 100: Biker's Paradise
Prices in Bucktown can range from $300,000 for a 1 bedroom condo to $4.5 million for a six bedroom single family home. With prices constantly changing, it is best to call an SGR agent for pricing guidance.