Back in the day, this little section of the city was just fields of goats, giving it the unique name of Bucktown. Afterwards, it became a neighborhood of the industrial revolution, housing immigrants for the river-side factories nearby. Now, it still is alive with families, galleries, and restaurants to enjoy!

Trees line streets of colonial two-flats, neo-victorian turrets, and worker’s cottages. Nestled in old storefronts there are local entrepreneurs making their mark on the community and restaurants that are low-key Michelin rated!

Just minutes away from Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Lincoln park, this neighborhood is central to all the fun. But chances are, you will probably just stay within Bucktown, because it just feels like home.

So, don’t look baaaack. Here is a fun guide to Bucktown- without the goats!


  • Club Lucky
    This diner serves up Italian food in a 1950s setting, complete with jukebox.
  • Le Bouchon
    Transport yourself to Paris at this quaint French bistro- a neighborhood favorite.
  • Quesadilla la Riena
    You don’t need to be a vegan to appreciate this unique hispanic cuisine!
  • Savannah Luncheonette
    A bit of the South comes to Chicago at this top brunch/dinner spot.
  • Irazu
    Spice it up with some traditional Costa Rican food at this long-standing Chicago spot.


  • Virtu
    Get the best gift for that person who has everything at this hyper-local store.
  • Born with Soul
    This urban fashion store has all the kicks and threads you’d ever want!
  • Moth
    Treat yourself or someone else with unique housewares and tchotchkes.
  • Eskell
    Part apothecary, part design shop. This store has wonders on every shelf.
  • Challenger Comics
    Helpful clerks can help you pick out your new favorite superhero.


  • The Hideout
    This old bar has seen much of Chicago, but it still is one of its most famous stages.
  • Concord Music Hall
    Historic venue that hosts a lot of acts, so the scene is always diverse.
  • Bucktown Music
    Whether it’s voice, string, or horns- there are classes for the whole family!
  • Liar’s Club
    From Metal to Americana, this bar has a community and a vibe like no other.
  • Evolution Music
    Selling, Repairing or buying gear? This instrument shop is for you!

Things to Do

  • Whirlyball
    A LaCross between basketball and bumper cars, this event is always a blast!
  • Logan Arcade
    Play your old arcade favorites or discover some new ones at this funky barcade!
  • Map Room
    This map-themed bar has an extensive beer list from around the world (of course)!
  • Sideshow Gallery
    This oddities store has some weird wares an a slew of fun events!



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