Looking for a different kind of high-end Chicago flavor? Venture up on the Blue Line and find yourself in Bucktown, one of the Windy City’s coolest new spots for young renters.
Called one of Chicago’s “creative epicenters” (Choose Chicago), Bucktown has arrived as a hotbed for residents looking for the perfect mix of great nightlife, thriving arts scenes, local faire, and off-beat entertainment.
Situated just northwest of the Loop, Bucktown and Wicker Park run along the Blue Line, going North/South from Division up to Diversey, and East West from Western to the Chicago River.
Bucktown is just a short drive from the Kennedy Expressway, and is located centrally around the “six points” Damen Blue Line stop and extends up to Western.
Bucktown and Wicker Park are popular areas for younger people, with a median age in the low 30s. Most residents are renters, and have an above average income, leaving plenty of extra cash to enjoy the many amenities throughout Bucktown and Wicker Park.
Always buzzing with activity all over the neighborhood, Bucktown is one of the most electric areas in Chicago.
Whether you’re looking for amazing shopping at Saint Alfred or Penelope’s, a meal at the lavish Bedford or the relaxed Big Star, or just catching a concert at Double Door or The Empty Bottle, the bigger question is, what you won’t find in Bucktown?
Bucktown is home to the Bloomingdale Trail, also known as The 606, two green space areas opened last summer. There are multiple access points throughout the neighborhood, and besides being wheelchair accessible, the trail is also dog-friendly, with a Divvy bike station located at 1805 N Albany.
Construction will be continuing on the trail, with two more parks opening down the road to continue providing Bucktown residents with more outdoor walking space.
Summer festivals, music festivals, and community events such a Halloween flashlight tour always provide residents with something exciting to do.
With so much to do, Bucktown stands at the heart of the west side commercial and residential boom over the last decade. Still, even as it grows, it continues to hold onto its neighborhood appeal.