Understanding Bucktown: A History

Located 3 miles northwest of The Loop, Bucktown is a unique neighborhood with a rich history. With roots as an immigrant “port-of-entry” and working class industrial powerhouse, today Bucktown is one of Chicago’s most popular and trendy neighborhoods. Whether they are picking through threads on bustling Damen Avenue, rocking out to a punk band at Subterranean, or grabbing a bite and a beer at one of the local taverns, residents love Chicago’s home of modern living.

Founded only a few miles down river from Fort Dearborn, Bucktown was first settled by Polish immigrants. In these early days, the area was a humble collection of cottages, saloons, and farms built along groves and gentle hills. Some say the neighborhood is named for the goats (a male goat is a “buck”) raised by Bucktown’s original residents. More...

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