These exciting twin neighborhoods, located north and south of North Avenue respectively, started out as artist communities taking over inexpensive housing stock and large, old buildings. They have morphed into an area extremely popular with young, hip, urbanites who enjoy their tremendous diversity.
Division, Damen, North and Milwaukee are all hotbeds of activity for shopping, dining, and strolling. Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods draw people from all over the city to visit the farmer's market, summer festivals, and unique arts events.
You’ll find live music, fabulous food, eclectic stores offering one-of-a-kind creations, antique shops, and tattoo parlors. Bikes seem to be everywhere and are the primary mode of transportation for many. Strollers are common too, in this neighborhood that people just don’t want to leave!
The 606 is a former rail bed just south of Bloomingdale Ave in Bucktown which has been re-imagined into a linear park (a la NYC’s High Line). With several access points along its xxx mile length, the 606 has become a mecca for walkers, runner, cyclists and families out for a stroll.
Located along the blue line with several stops between the two communities, Wicker Park/Bucktown is just a short ride to downtown, and a slightly longer ride to O’Hare and points to the northwest. For those who drive, I94 is easy to access as it runs along their eastern border with Lincoln Park’s RANCH Triangle neighborhood just across the highway.
Several excellent schools lure and keep young families in the area. Housing styles range from lofts to new-construction single family homes; from former coach houses to new three flats, and rehabbed greystones. You can also find fabulous historic mansions still beautifully maintained.
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