During the 19th century, Bucktown was at the heart of an enormous Polish settlement, known as Polish Downtown, that served as the Polish social and cultural capital of North America. Bucktown itself earned its name from the goats raised there by Polish immigrants, the original name being Kozie Prery, or Goat Prairie. Polish immigrants continued to settle in Bucktown well into the 20th century including the decade following the Second World War. They were joined by other prominent groups of immigrants, including European Jews and Belarusians, followed by Cuban Americans and Puerto Rican Americans in the early 1960s.
By the 80s and 90s, artists looking for cheap rent settled in Wicker Park and Bucktown, and though the neighborhood has gentrified significantly, its art legacy is lasting. Like nearby Wicker Park and Logan Square, Bucktown is home to tons of Chicago artists whose work is on display in local galleries and shops. Besides Bucktown’s distinct artistic vibe, its accessibility and proximity to the Loop have also made it a highly desirable area to live.
- The median household income in Bucktown is about 77% higher than the city’s as a whole (as per 2013 data)
- Family households make up 37.5% of the population (as per 2013 data)
- Bucktown is serviced by the CTA Blue Line (Western station)
- The neighborhood’s Polish heritage is visible in its many splendid churches, St. Hedwig and St. Mary of the Angels are absolutely astounding cathedrals well worth a visit
Real Estate Options
Architecturally, Bucktown has something for everyone. Converted lofts, brownstones, and new condos are testament to the area’s changing demographics, which have increased property values significantly over the past decade or so.
Luxury single-family homes in Bucktown sit on lots sized from 2,400 square feet and up, and usually come in two or more stories. Many were built only in the 1990s or the 2000s and boast modern amenities and features with exteriors in keeping with the neighborhood’s traditional architectural styles.
Luxury condos are no less opulent. Measuring around 1,500 square feet and up, they come with the latest appliances, fixtures and amenities, and commonly feature two to three bedrooms.
Its original buildings and Victorian homes built in the late 1800s, plus the modern luxury homes and condos built in the last 20 years give Bucktown an eclectic feel.
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Dining, Nightlife, and Shopping
Fine dining and shopping are always the order of the day in Bucktown. Superb vintage and locally owned boutiques can be found along North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues, as well as high-end designers and retail giants. Bucktown also has its share of fine restaurants and bars, here’s a few popular favorites:
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