Bucktown

Neighborhood Scores

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Avg Rent

Walkability

9.5

Public Transportation

7.5

What Its Known For

Trendy neighborhood
Retail and restaurants on Damen Avenue
The 606

Pros

Walkable
Eclectic entertainment options
More affordable rent than upscale neighbors

Cons

High rental rates

BUCKTOWN CHICAGO

Fun fact: a long, long time ago, people use to raise goats in this neighborhood— hence the name “Bucktown”. Today there are considerably fewer goats and way more gastropubs in this trendy part of town that sits adjacent to upscale neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.

TO DO IN BUCKTOWN

You’ve got your pick when it comes to retail and restaurants in this area—eclectic small businesses line Damen Avenue and major chains populate the east side near the river. There’s also no shortage of coffee shops to work remotely from (catch us at Dark Matter Coffee), or cocktail spots for happy hour meetups when the clock strikes 5:00.

Fitness fans and nature lovers alike frequent the 606, an abandoned rail line turned-recreational trail that runs along the southern border of Bucktown. Get your steps in while checking out some of the best public art and green spaces the neighborhood has to offer.

Transportation is a breeze in Bucktown—along with the red and blue CTA lines running through the area, you’ve got easy access to The Kennedy Expressway (I-94) if you’d like to travel the city by car. If you don’t feel like walking or driving, you can use the bike-share system to get around locally.

APARTMENTS IN BUCKTOWN

While pricing has risen considerably in recent years, it’s still a more affordable neighborhood for renters in comparison to its previously mentioned neighbors, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. Apartment building styles vary, but all generally have the sought-after “Chicago feel”—plan to see cozier vintage options alongside brand new luxury properties here.

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