Bucktown offers architectural jewels, wide open spaces, cultural exchanges, and unique shopping opportunities, leaving locals inundated with activities throughout the year. The trendy restaurants combined with the old-neighborhood charm combine to make Bucktown real estate an extremely hot commodity.

Things to Do in Bucktown

Just start by taking a walk down to Holstein Park, which dates back to 1854. You’ll find baseball fields, basketball courts, a swimming pool, and a gym to let you stay in shape and get a game going on the weekends. There’s also a spray pool and playground for entertaining the children. If you’d rather sample some of the area’s noted artistic output, head to the Flatiron Arts Building. Reminiscent of Manhattan’s own Flatiron, this is where you’ll find artists’ studios that are regularly open to the public.

You’ll also find a significant shopping district along Damen Avenue. Try Apartment Number 9, a trendsetting men’s boutique, where the salespeople can put together an outstanding outfit in minutes, or hit Eskell for designer labels sourced from the country’s hippest enclaves. Other options include the Cat and Mouse Game Store, which offers a wealth of games and even family game nights, and the Myopic Bookstore — one of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookstores, it offers three floors’ worth of volumes stacked from floor to ceiling.

Top Restaurants and Bars

Bucktown continues to impress when it comes to food and drink, with some of the most attractive bars and eateries of the city available right on your doorstep.

Restaurants include:

  • The Bristol: With signature dishes such as egg-and-ricotta–filled ravioli and a salad of heirloom apples, plus ever-changing daily specials, The Bristol is a local favorite.
  • The Bento Box: This intimate establishment offers delicious Asian cuisine, including Thai chili-scented broth and delicious curry, with a menu that changes daily.
  • Craft Pizza: Head to Craft Pizza for something a little more relaxed. Serving some of the best new thin crust pizza in the city, the team at Craft provides anything from a classic margarita to a farm-fresh slice.

After you’ve finished eating, check out one of Bucktown’s fantastic bars:

  • Danny’s Tavern: Danny’s always has a line on Friday and Saturday nights, but that just means it’s worth the wait. With rotating DJs and a comprehensive selection of drinks, it’s the perfect place to kick back.
  • Estelle’s: Offering a more debonair experience, Estelle’s provides a mouth-watering selection of cocktails and craft beers within its stunning art deco lounge.
  • Emporium Arcade Bar: For something a little different, how about combining a choice of 24 craft beers with 1980s and 90s arcade games?


Bucktown provides an excellent selection of schools, including:


Bucktown is bordered on the north by W. Fullerton, on the east by I-90, on the west by N. Western, and on the south by W. North. Bucktown is served by CTA’s Blue Line, with stops at Division, Damen, and Western. Residents can also use the North-South bus lines from Ashland Avenue, Damen Avenue, Western Avenue, and Milwaukee Avenue, or the East-West bus lines from Division Street, North Avenue, Armitage Avenue, and Fullerton Avenue.

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