Bucktown is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in all of Chicago, located just west of Lincoln Park and north of Wicker Park. Since it is so close to Lincoln Park, one of the more expensive areas to live in, Bucktown provided people with a more affordable alternative - making it a common destination for Millenials and Gen-Xer’s.
Many people find the name Bucktown to be quite unusual. But its origin goes back nearly two centuries, even before Chicago was considered a city. Due to the heavy traffic of Polish immigrants who swarmed to Bucktown in the early 20th century, this area was known as “little Poland.” It was still mostly inhabited by Polish people until well into the late 1900’s. By 1970 Bucktown had become a hub for artists and musicians that needed an affordable place to rent.
Bucktown has become home to more than 18,000 residents. And while it is considered close to downtown, the area sits below Chicago’s average community density. This is due to the fact that Bucktown is home to many older buildings and single-family homes.