Bucktown evolved out of Wicker Park, the hipster oasis that just couldn’t keep still. It’s one of Chicago’s creative epicenters and the destination for Lincoln Parkers and Downtowners longing for NYC’s Soho/Tribeca, Chicago-style—chic, edgy retail, award-winning restaurants, inviting corner bars, cool cafés, micro-grocers, essential music venues and streets lined with towering maples and sweetgums. Die-hard locals in cottages and listed mansions, professional families in contemporary treasures, singles in off-beat walkups all mingle in a rough-and-tumble mix of class, friendliness and experimental artistry. And now there’s the 606, which Manhattanites wish the High Line had delivered: Urban lush for every heartbeat.
A quarter of the 58,000 households are families with children in a total population of 137,000. Average household income is $81,000, with $55,000 as the median. 20% have a graduate degree and 54% have their Bachelor’s. The median age is 31.
The Chicago Public School locator lists 3 public schools for the Bucktown zip codes of 60622 (mostly Wicker Park) and 60647 (mostly Logan Square).
Private schools in Bucktown and nearby include: St. Helen School, St. Mary of the Angels School, St. Nicholas Cathedral School, Holy Trinity High School, St. Stanislaus Kostka,
72/100 transit score from Walkscore.com: “Transit is convenient for most trips.” 8 bus, 2 rail and 1 subway line (Blue).
You can walk everywhere. A 90/100 from Walkscore.com. Bucktown is a “walker’s paradise.” Daily errands don’t need a car.
It’s one of the best places to sip and shop in America. With Wicker Park, it’s an unparalleled cornucopia of independently-owned designer boutiques, vintage shops, esoteric book stores (Myopic, Quimby’s), vinyl record stores (Reckless Records) and art galleries all nestling among havens of craft cocktails from genius brewers and mixologists (Violet Hour), as well as nationally-recognized designers like Marc Jacobs and BCBG Max Mara, fashion industry giants and major retailers (Nike, Levis, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel).
Foodies flock here. It now influences Chicago's Michelin-rated dining scene with some of city's most sought after restaurants, including Takashi and Big Star, and popular spots like The Bristol (American), Las Palmas (Mexican) and Antico (Italian). Grab a slice at My Pie, a dog at George’s Hot Dogs (60 years and counting), cross the street for sushi at Coast, tapas at Bluebird, late night at Hot Chocolate, wake up to fab brunch at Toast and then do it all over again at Bucktown’s other 330 restaurants, bars and coffee shops.2
Bucktown Arts Fest has been showcasing artists, musicians, poets, and thespians since the 1980s.