Chicago’s Bucktown Neighborhood is bordered by North Avenue, Western Avenue, Fullerton Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway. Bucktown’s name may have originated from the large numbers of male goats, or bucks, raised by the Polish immigrants that settled here in the nineteenth century. Today, Damen Avenue is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, and it seems every street in Bucktown has its own neighborhood bar. A thriving nightlife also has provided the area with a higher-than-average ratio of hip bars, clubs, posh restaurants, and shopping opportunities galore. Bucktown also features many clothing boutiques, coffee shops, and hair salons. Recent gentrification has transformed Bucktown from a former, working-class residential neighborhood into a hip, urban area, appealing to young professionals and real estate developers alike. However, remnants of a historic and quainter Bucktown are still evident in the hundred-year-old buildings, cobblestone paths and carefully restored workers cottages and residences. It’s close proximity to the Loop and easy access via the CTA Blue Line’s Damen and Western stops have also made Bucktown a much-desired neighborhood.
Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood is just South of Bucktown and bordered by North Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Western Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway. Wicker Park is known for its trendy shops, artistic atmosphere, and fabulous loft-style living. Wicker Park is named after the actual Park, which has one of the largest summer farmers’ markets, near the Bucktown border. The Division Street District, with its multiple restaurants and bars that have large front outdoor patios on the extra wide sidewalks, makes up the newest hot spot in West Chicago and attracts a wide variety of tourists and residents. Wicker Park’s gritty, industrial look and feel gives it a unique, dynamic contrast to Bucktown.
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