Bucktown

Bucktown

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Bucktown

Trendy restaurants, boutique shops, and historic architecture fill Bucktown, making it one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods for the artsy type. With no shortage of music venues, craft coffee shops, and some of the city’s highest-rated restaurants, the neighborhood runs electric both day and night. Bucktown also strikes a balance between relaxing residential homes with a nearby nightlife with cultural locales. Even after a few decades now, Bucktown is still one of Chicago’s most inventive and exciting neighborhoods.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $215,000 to $2,950,000

Closed Prices: $183,000 to $3,725,000

Median Sale Price: $550,000

Average $ per sq ft: $394

Association Fee Ranges: $200, $0, $0 to $1229/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1875 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 1875 to 2022 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 8 Bathrooms

Getting Around Bucktown

Around Bucktown

Bucktown isn’t quite as outlandish as it wants you to think (at least compared to its neighbors, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park). While single-family homes certainly boast a very high price point, a reasonable amount of walk-up condo units offer (relatively) more affordable housing options. For a neighborhood that has a reputation for being pricey, you’re actually not looking at a much higher barrier to entry than, say, Logan Square.

This popular neighborhood features both historic vintage homes and sleek modern condos. With a vast network of side streets, single-family homes are especially popular in Bucktown. Condominium developments are also scattered throughout the area, especially around the intersection near Damen, North, and Milwaukee. Being close to these main thoroughfares also means being closer to the noise, whereas the tree-lined residential streets are calmer and quieter.

Bucktown specializes in the gourmet and offers cuisines from around the world. Popular Korean, Japanese, Italian, French, and Cuban spots dot the neighborhood, especially down Damen Avenue. While casual carry-out options and national chains can also be found here, boutique is king in Bucktown. Corner restaurants are scattered throughout the area and plenty of new restaurants have popped up along Milwaukee Avenue.

Given Bucktown’s balance between quiet residential space and an electric cultural scene, the neighborhood is popular among many Chicagoans. But it still belongs to the trendy with its bike-friendly streets, craft beer bars, and plenty of coffeeshops. Musicians, comedians, poets, and other artists all make the evenings and nights come to life.

A Friday night in Bucktown can start dozens of different ways. You might kick off the evening at a summer street festival, by sampling the menu from a food truck, by bar hopping between places along Damen and North Avenue, by visiting an art gallery for wine and viewing a new exhibit, or by walking over to a nearby venue to catch a show, seeing nationally touring acts from just blocks away from home.

Brunch spots litter the neighborhood, giving you plenty of options for skillets, mimosas, and patio seating. Cafes offer a quick pick-me-up, which you could take along with you on the 606, an elevated trail for walking, jogging, and biking. Peruse nearby shops for a new book or clothes before taking a stroll through Holstein Park, and end the day with a bike ride along the Chicago River.

Bucktown is a fairly far-reaching neighborhood, which means individual pockets are very walkable, but you will want to take a car or bus if you are planning to explore the whole area. The eastern border, established by the north branch of the Chicago River, is particularly spread out and best navigated by a vehicle of sorts. Bus routes run east/west along Diversey Avenue, Fullerton Avenue, Armitage Avenue, and North Avenue, while a north/south route runs along Damen Avenue and there is a northwest/southeast line along Milwaukee Avenue. The Blue Line also runs parallel to Milwaukee Avenue, taking you southeast to the Loop or northwest to the latest new restaurant in Logan Square. Meanwhile, the Metra runs parallel to the expressway, carrying you south to the Ogilvie Transportation Center or all the way to the northern suburbs. The Bloomingdale Trail--a former elevated railroad that's been rehabilitated into a greenway--which stretches for over two-and-a-half miles and connects parks across Logan Square and Bucktown, offers a distinct space for walking, running, and biking.

Locals Love

  • Variety of Restaurants
  • Unique Shops and Boutiques
  • Picturesque
  • Easy Access to Public Transportation
  • Active Nightlife for Locals

Locals Don't Love

  • Scarce Parking
  • Constant Noise
  • Constant Congestion

Neighborhood Reviews

4 Reviews
5.0

Cool neighborhood

Dan G
Bucktown has a really good feel - friendly people, great food and shops, and reasonable home prices. Also very convenient to transportation and the expressway.

I Love Bucktown!!

Samantha D
There are so many great places to eat, the homes/apartments/condos are all fabulous with a mix of new construction and vintage, and there's parks aplenty. While there's a good amount of kids and strollers, there's also a bunch of non-family folks with dogs too. The only thing it's missing is all my friends who live in Logan Square - but even then, they're just a Blue Line ride away.

My favorite Chicago neighborhood

Todd W
Bucktown has changed over the years and a number of businesses, shops and restaurants now are awesome. Great place to live and access to the L is easy.

Really cool part of Chicago

John B
Love the feel of Bucktown....enjoy the many dining options in this area. Good public transportation and easy to get into Downtown area.
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