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 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.
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.