The Neighborhood Of Bucktown

ChicagoRelo.com is your source for information on Bucktown. If your moving to Bucktown or just visiting, you will find all kinds of information on real estate, schools, areas, parks, churches, crime, things to do, places to visit, local businesses, dining, and much more!Located just north of Wicker Park between North and Fullerton avenues and from the Kennedy Expressway west to Western Avenue you’ll find Bucktown. The neighborhood is made up of formerly-humble cottages now sporting skylights and new condos priced well into the six digits. As in nearby Wicker Park, affordable rents are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and the local artist population is reluctantly giving way to the yuppie crowd. Nevertheless, more artists live in this area than in any other Midwestern zip code. “Gallery Point,” the area’s central art colony, is bounded by Milwaukee, Damen, Wabansia and North Avenues, and the “Bucktown Arts Fest,” attracts over 30,000 art lovers to the area every August as it has been for over 20 years.

Small neighborhood bars are found on every corner, and both North and Damen Avenue boast smoky late-night clubs and stylish bars, shops, and restaurants. Both Wicker Park and Bucktown contain several remarkable churches, the legacy of early Polish immigrants (many former farmers). In fact, “Bucktown” gets its name from the goats kept in the backyards of its early residents. The Poles have all but been replaced by a Latin community, which is in turn fleeing Bucktown for cheaper rents. Still, a walk north from the large six-way corner of Damen, Milwaukee, and North Avenue will quickly take you from posh and hip to downright coarse. All is not yet lost.


School Address Phone Grade
Columbus Elementary 1003 N. Leavitt St Chicago IL 60622 773-534-4350 Elementary Schools
Thomas Drummond School 1845 W. Cortland Ave. Chicago IL 60622 773-534-4120 Elementary Schools
Josephinum High School 1501 N. Oakley Blvd. Chicago IL 60622 High Schools

Important Information For Bucktown:

City of Chicago Vehicle Stickers

All Chicago residents driving, parking, leasing and/or owning a vehicle for which they are responsible in the City of Chicago are subject to the Chicago Wheel Tax and must purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. This includes Chicago residents that maintain their registration outside of the City of Chicago, but use the vehicle in the City. We want motorists to avoid costly tickets: You must purchase a Chicago Vehicle Sticker within 30 days of residing in the City or acquiring a new vehicle to avoid late fees and fines.

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Residential Parking Permits

Chicago’s Residential Parking Permit program is designed to restrict parking on designated residential streets during specified hours, except for the residents of that street, guests of the residents or those who provide a service to the residents. This program helps to ensure that residents of densely populated areas have reasonable access to parking near their residences. Cars parked in violation of this ordinance are ticketed.

The City of Chicago does not mess around. The city has a dillignet parking patrol staff that will ticket you if you are in a spot where a permit you don’t have is required. All spots that require permits are marked with white street signs. Please look out for them!

For more information, contact the city clerk at 312-744-6861 or email info@chicityclerk.com. We also recommend that you ask your Real Estate Agent, Leasing Agent, or Land Lord about parking permit requirements in your area.