Bucktown packs quite a dining scene within a small footprint

Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood is filled with character and art and a great dining scene. It gets its name from the goats (called bucks) kept in the backyards of its early, poorer residents but the area began to turn once local artists found cheap rent and easy access to the Loop (10 minutes away) attractive. Their creative force left a lasting impression and now the small, walk-able neighborhood is home to a wide range of restaurants and bars as well as late-night music clubs and boutiques. Its close proximity to the Loop and easy access to public transportation make it especially easy to visit.

Foodies will appreciate fine dining options like Takashi, The Bristol and Le Bouchon. For eclectic sandwiches, fans flock to Bill Kim’s Belly Shack. Love oatmeal? Order the oatmeal shake at Costa Rican Irazu or the oatmeal pancakes at Feast.

Sushi fans love the White Dragon Roll at Coast while others enjoy dining on New American cuisine al fresco at Jane’s.

Dessert isn’t an afterthought in Bucktown. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate’s gourmet desserts are popular additions to an outstanding dinner menu while old school Margie’s Candies has been delighting fans with its sundaes for generations as a family-friendly destination. 

While its footprint might be small as far as Chicago neighborhoods go, Bucktown holds its own with a range of dining options that keeps Chicagoans returning.

A local favorite since 1921, Margie's has been dishing out the best homemade ice cream in Chicago. The shop also sells homemade candies, and you can taste the quality, freshness and care put into each piece. The family-owned business has a long...  Read More

Feast dazzles diners with its upscale dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Owner Debra Sharpe's globally-influenced cuisine is said to be influenced by her travels with famous rock stars including Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones....  Read More

Coast Sushi Bar

With three locations, Coast is known for its high quality sushi coupled with outstanding service. Weekends can get loud and very busy, especially at its city locations. The Bucktown hotspot (BYOB) features a warm and sexy interior while its...  Read More

Named after a Central American volcano, Irazu is reputed to be Chicago's first Costa Rican restaurant. The family-run business offers indigenous dishes of plantains, gallo pinto (beans, white rice, spices, and veggies), excellent and affordable...  Read More

Jane's, which makes its residence in a green brick home, is a perfect spot for a dinner outing. The rather eclectic menu focuses on New American cuisine and has a number of Asian and Spanish influences. As a result, you'll find herb-stuffed...  Read More

Belly Shack
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes

Bill Kim's trendy Asian fusion joint is a little shack hidden beneath the Blue Line train tracks. Locals crave the Belly Dog with Togarashi Fries (a hot dog topped with egg noodles, kimchi salsa and pickled green papaya), Tostones in a...  Read More

The main draw at this hip spot, run by James Beard Award winning pastry chef Mindy Segal, are the stunning, gourmet chocolate desserts. Mindy's Hot Chocolate also serves entrees such mac and cheese which many consider some of the best mac and...  Read More

If the ambience doesn't absolutely win you over, the wonderful French food certainly will. Romantic, intimate (restaurant is pretty small, typical of un bouchon) and so French. The menu is in French (with English translations) and includes many...  Read More

The Bristol's food is imaginative and the menu is constantly changing. The place specializes in meats and whole-animal butchery and while that is the big draw for many diners, its vegetable dishes such as the Hokkaido squash are no less...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×