Bucktown is known as one of Chicago’s creative epicenters just outside downtown Chicago. Chef-driven restaurants, countless art galleries and nightlife options are plentiful in Bucktown and the surrounding area. The area has even become a prevailing influence on Chicago’s Michelin-rated and James Beard Award-winning dining scene.
Bucktown gets its name from the large number of goats raised in the neighborhood during the 19th century when it was an integral part of the city’s famed Polish downtown. First settled by Polish immigrants and later Germans, Bucktown today is a trendy neighborhood that is primarily residential with a mix of single-family homes, new high-rises and industrial loft spaces. The neighborhood’s rough boundaries are the Kennedy Expressway on the east, Bloomingdale Avenue on the south, Western Avenue on the west and Fullerton Avenue on the north. Along North, Division, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues, you can find an unbelievable blend of vintage shops amid independently-owned boutiques, as well as luxury home goods and beauty products.