Located directly west of the River North and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, Wicker Park and Bucktown offer small town feels in the midst of a big city landscape. Residents can see the imprint of the areas many cultural communities on the architecture in the area, particularly in Wicker Park’s many historic cathedrals.
You will find numerous boutique clothing stores, art galleries and coffee shops, a happening local music scene, and some of the hottest bars in the city all rolled into one. The area also boasts an impressive array of restaurants, from edgy fusion concepts to comfort food to ethnic spots of all kinds. Residents have easy access to the Loop via the CTA Blue Line.
Whether you go to work with a briefcase in your hand or a paint brush, Bucktown and Wicker Park are an artsy melting pot of a neighborhood with a little something for all of its residents. The Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods of Chicago have blossomed from gritty to gorgeous over the past 20 years. A primarily residential area; Bucktown and Wicker Park offer a mix of new construction with a modern feel and converted industrial loft apartments, as well as historic single-family home.
Unlike most neighborhoods in downtown Chicago, you won’t find very many high-rise buildings in Bucktown or Wicker Park. The neighborhood is composed of mainly single family homes, 2 flat, 3 flat and 4 flat apartment buildings, with a decent amount of apartments and condos available above local business establishments.
Bucktown and Wicker Park public transportation hubs! The Blue Line at Damen and North Avenue goes from the Loop (central business district) all the way to the airport out at O'Hare. Also, with major bus lines on Division, Damen, North, and Milwaukee, you can be anywhere in the city of Chicago in no time at all.
The restaurants in Wicker Park and Bucktown take after the people that inhabit the area. There is a wide variety of cuisine, and most of the restaurants are trendy, have exceptional food, and are often inexpensive. From the mac & cheese and bourbon at The Southern, to pizza and karaoke at Piece, to brunch at Mindy's Hot Chocolate, to some of Chicago’s best BBQ at Lillie’s Q. Craving some Mexican? Build your taco at Big Star or Antique Taco. This neighborhood has something for everyone.
The nightlife in Wicker Park and Bucktown as varied and abundant as the cuisine. Whatever it is you may be looking for, you’ll probably find it here. If you are in the mood to catch a show, try either Subterranean or the Double Door. Both of these venues are intimate mid-sized concert halls and the bands that come through them range anywhere from local indie to mainstream. If you’re not quite ready to jump into the concert scene, walk on over to Smoke Daddy’s, a barbeque shack by day that features live jazz and blues acts by night. Wicker Park and Bucktown have hundreds of establishments to enjoy; it’s the perfect neighborhood to explore!