Renters’ Guide to Bucktown
Bucktown is located in the central north of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. This youthful cultural hub offers a creative smattering of music, art shows, upscale dining, and dazzling nightlife. Bucktown is 5 miles northwest of downtown Chicago (otherwise known as the “Chicago Loop”), and 5 miles northwest of Depaul University. With Avondale to its north and east, Wicker Park to the south Logan Square and Palmer Square to the west, Bucktown is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Chicago, yet still manages to attract a largely diverse and intellectual mix of millennials and Gen-X’ers. It was recently voted one of “10 Great Neighborhoods in Chicago” by Great American Country, an online publication.
Cost of Living in Bucktown, Chicago
Since it is a trendy and artistic town, the cost of living in Bucktown is higher than most of Illinois and more comparable to Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Wrigleyville, and Lake View. A meal for two at a mid-range restaurant in Bucktown, Chicago is $60.00, which is $10.00 more than the national average. Utilities for a 915-square foot apartment in Bucktown are comparable to nearby Wicker Park.
The Chicago Transit Authority services Bucktown residents with the Blue Line (take this to go downtown or to the O’Hare airport) and the Red Line. The average cost for a bus ticket in Bucktown is $2.00, and the average cost of a train ticket is $2.50. The average commute time is in Bucktown is 30 minutes, which is 5 minutes longer than the national average.
Average Rent in Bucktown, Chicago, IL
- Bucktown, Chicago, IL Average Rental Price, February 2020 $2,013 /mo
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Living in Bucktown, Chicago
Living in Bucktown means you are in a friendly artistic community that’s also close to downtown Chicago. However, the noisy nightlife could be one of the reasons not to move to Bucktown.
Things to do in Bucktown, Chicago
There are plenty of hip places to visit in Bucktown, like the many trendy boutiques that can be found at the shopping district on Damen Avenue (and all over the neighborhood, for that matter). Art exhibitions and theaters are also the norm here, like the live music and comedy shows at the Gallery Caberet and The Hideout Inn.
Floyd’s Pub is a classic neighborhood sports bar, and high-end The Bristol is one of the area’s many couples’ attractions. For free things to do in Bucktown, the 606 is a massive green space that runs along the Bloomingdale Trail. No matter what time of year it is, this area is one of the most beautiful places in Bucktown.
Employment and Economy
Bucktown’s local economy is primarily powered by the hospitality and retail industries – fun restaurants, bars, and various music venues dominate the landscape. Most professionals commute to the nearby Chicago business district.
Education in Bucktown
Bucktown is home to many great educational opportunities for children, including the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) for grades K-8, and the Pulaski International School of Chicago for preschoolers to eighth graders.
Tips for Renting in Bucktown
Here are some legal facts you should know before renting in Bucktown: if, for whatever reason, your landlord fails to provide gas, electricity, or other vital utilities, you can obtain the utility on your own and charge them for it later. If the problem is not fixed by your landlord within a day, then you can deduct the cost from your rent.
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