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Bucktown: Interesting History and Remarkable Present
Located in Logan Square’s east end, Bucktown is bordered by Wicker Park to the south, Fullerton Avenue to the north, Western Avenue to the west, and the Kennedy Expressway to the east, Bucktown is home to some of the most interesting condos for sale in Chicago.
Bucktown’s history is rooted in the early Polish working-class immigrants that settled here during the 1830s. As the center for Polish commercial and residential life during the 19th century, the hallmarks of those times are still reflected today in the architecture, parks, and leafy residential streets. Three Polish cathedrals remain, noted for their opulence are St. Hedwig’s, Cathedral of All Saints, and St. Mary of the Angels.
And Then There’s the Name: “Bucktown.”
Architecture and grassy parks aren’t the only marks of the early residents. There’s the name, too. “Bucktown” derives from the Bucktown legacy of goat-rearing. Yes, goats used to roam in this Polish neighborhood, coining the original neighborhood name as “Kozie Prery,” or “Goat Prairie. Later, the name “Bucktown” took hold being as male goats are called “bucks.”
Goat-Herders are in the Past – Today? Condos for Sale in Chicago
The neighborhood has changed a lot since those early goat-rearing days. Although you won’t find any goats in Bucktown (don’t hold us to that, we may stand corrected), you will certainly see the Polish influence even today in the three Polish churches still standing. Poles, as well as other European immigrants continued to arrive, particularly during World War II which saw the arrival of many displaced Eastern Europeans. From there a turning point was marked, with the arrival of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican immigrants. Later in the 1990s, Bucktown got decidedly “hip” with the arrival of artists renovating old building and lofts into artist studios and galleries. Today, Bucktown sees a wide variety of housing, including single-family homes, as well condos for sale in Chicago, including penthouse apartments and Chicago luxury condos.
Milwaukee Avenue is the Ballast to Bucktown’s Past
Chicago’s “Polish Corridor,” has concentrated on Milwaukee Avenue, adjacent to the original Polish community that expanded from Polonia Triangle to Avondale’s Polish Village. With the arrival of the artists, and later young urban professionals, Milwaukee Avenue has seen an explosion of artesian breweries, taverns, restaurants, and boutique shops.
Things to Do: Art Festivals
Art festivals held throughout the year attract many visitors. One such festival known as “Around the Coyote,” has been a fan favorite since 1989, which showcases the work of a variety of talented local artists.
Bucktown Arts Fest is another such art fair, providing an opportunity for tourists and Chicago locals to join artists, craftsmen, and poets in exploring everything from their philosophy, inspiration, and wares – and most of all, celebrating the creative spirit of Bucktown.
Where to Dine and Shop? Damen Avenue of Course!
Locals and tourists alike enjoy shopping along Bucktown’s Damen Avenue between North Avenue in Wicker Park and Webster Avenue. The many quirky boutiques, antique shops, bookstores (even a comic and zine store), and bohemian cafes are enough to wile away an entire weekend. For food, locals flock to Thai food at the Thai Lagoon, an old soul in Bucktown opening over 10 years ago. For live entertainment – particularly jazz – The Charleston is a thrilling stop.