Whenever you get the feeling that you know the area very well, another restaurant is opened or another building gets restored. It’s like a fast-evolving mechanism that keeps life interesting and fun, without losing the historic component. This eastern wedge of Logan Square was once a working-class residential neighborhood and an artist enclave; yet now it vibrates with city life, new businesses and plenty of entertainment options. While you’ll still find those lovely corner taverns around the neighborhood, a lot of hip restaurants, cafes and boutiques have opened doors to the area and welcomed enthusiastic consumers into their worlds.
If you love food you will love Bucktown; it features a very eclectic restaurant scene and a very rich mix of cuisines, from traditional American fare (The Bristol) to Japanese (Takashi), French (Bonsoiree) or Mexican (Chilapan), and many more. Margie’s Candies is now a Chicago institution and has been serving gorgeous ice creams, homemade sundaes, shakes and hand-dipped candies for more than 90 years. The hot fudge is most certainly a must if you want to taste heaven in a cup! Many celebrities have dropped by for a creamy delight over the years, including famous gangster Al Capone, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Who knew they too had a sweet tooth?!
The area’s major shopping destinations are concentrated on and around Damen Avenue, extending north from North Avenue to Webster Avenue. A plethora of art shops, taverns and charming boutiques make the district a perfect place to meet with friends, go shopping or have a few laughs over a cup of hot chocolate.
In terms of architecture and housing options, the neighborhood is extremely diverse. There still are old structures, loaded with charm and historic importance, warehouses converted into residential buildings, greystones, brownstones, condos and a lot of single-family homes. Close to the Loop and easily accessible via the Blue Line, the area will soon be crossed by one of the most stunning greenways in Chicago, the Bloomingdale Trail. Connecting Bucktown to Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Wicker Park, the green route will accommodate both pedestrian and bike travel.