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Bucktown Chicago Neighborhood

The history behind Bucktown starts like many Chicago neighborhoods—with a settlement of immigrants who planted roots and made the land their own. This group of settlers was predominantly Polish, which led to the area’s early recognition as “Little Poland” or “Polish Downtown”. Many of the families raised goats on their properties and overtime the region’s name evolved from reflecting the residents’ heritage to reflecting the gender of their backyard animals, many of which were male goats (or bucks). So “Bucktown” emerged and continued to grow as people from Germany, Mexico and Puerto Rico moved into the region.

Today the neighborhood has busy thoroughfares lined with boutiques, bars, businesses and second-story Bucktown condos for sale. Within the residential side streets are cozy little haunts, tucked between single-family homes, three-flats, loft buildings and other Bucktown condos for sale. In the summer, restaurant owners set up patio seating on the sidewalks and plug in tiny party lights wound around trees and railings. When the weather takes a turn for the worse, the warm glow from windows and weekly specials invite clientele inside. If one thing’s for certain, a tasty menu is never far from home when you live in Bucktown!

Damen and Armitage bisect the neighborhood and are two of the community’s main commercial arteries. The strips are known for fantastic dining options and fun bar scenes. Breakfast is the order of the day at Toast while Silver Cloud Supper Club serves up great dinner dishes. Le Buchon has a steady following of French cuisine fanatics and the sushi at Coast gets such good reviews customers have to book reservations weeks in advance for a Saturday night visit. The indoor/outdoor seating at Northside Café is perfect for grabbing a bite or getting a drink and there’s no better stop on a bar hop than Cans (as in beer “cans”).

Also considered a prime retail and entertainment district is the intersection of Damen, North Avenue and Milwaukee on the southern edge of Bucktown. This six-corner hotspot is booming for both business and real estate. Bucktown condos for sale in the prominent pocket are highlighted by artist lofts above the storefronts, some of which are live/work spaces that host occasional gallery events.

Bucktown residents’ creative side is also apparent in the hip clothiers, specialty book dealers and eclectic gift sellers that line the major roads. Local designer Akira has three separate Bucktown locations that cater to men, women and fashionable footwear—all found along North Avenue in the neighborhood’s popular shopping corridor. The Akira showrooms display chic young styles that mirror the edgy vibe of the surrounding area. There are also a number of hair salons, spas, yoga studios and fitness clubs in the vicinity making it easy to pamper the mind, body and soul.

A healthy economic sector in Bucktown has helped improved residential values over the years. Bucktown condos for sale started to take off in the 1990s and today the neighborhood is home to a diverse mix of young professionals, artists, families and empty-nesters.

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