While Wicker Park and Bucktown tend be synonymous to most visitors (and even locals), Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood offers visitors a plethora of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and things to do in its own right.
Bucktown Chicago is a charming residential neighborhood with gorgeous parks and hot destinations that dot the landscape along both Damen and Milwaukee Avenues. Whether you’re looking for a quick afternoon trip or to make a day of it, here’s a sampling of Bucktown stores and restaurants to try on your next trip to this vibrant Chicago neighborhood.
Top Things to do in Bucktown
Irazu Restaurant: Located on Milwaukee Avenue, this family-owned Bucktown restaurant offers incredible Latin American and Costa Rican fare in a casual and energetic setting. Added bonus? Portions are sizeable and reasonably-priced, making it an idea stop to fuel up before a day of exploring the neighborhood.
Le Bouchon: This small restaurant has been a mainstay on Damen Avenue, serving up escargot and French delicacies to neighborhood residents in its cozy and comfortable dining room. This spot is ideal for a date-night out.
Feast: Further east down Damen Avenue, you’ll find the spacious Feast Restaurant & Bar. During summertime, this restaurant’s patio makes it one of the top spots for alfresco dining in Bucktown. Feast is great for a leisurely weekend brunch and equally great for people-watching, given its prime vantage point of the street-side action.
For shopping, there’s no shortage of options in Bucktown. From high-end outposts like Marc by Marc Jacobs, great for this top designer’s ironic and brightly-colored tees to Belly Dance Maternity for fashion-forward finds for mother’s to be, there’s truly something for every taste and budget in Bucktown.
Men will delight in the beautifully-curated Apartment No. 9, offering clothing, accessories and more for men looking to up their wardrobe game. Women can have fun perusing the lingerie and, uh, more adult-friendly finds at the classy and adorable G Boutique.
Whether you’re hunting for the perfect gift, shopping for kids or enjoying a fun afternoon with your girlfriends, shopping in Bucktown is an absolute-must Chicago experience.