(Bucktown | Wicker Park | Ukrainian Village | Logan Square | Humboldt Park | West Town)
Comprised of several distinct Chicago neighborhoods northwest of the Loop, West Town is a thriving community that has experienced extensive development over the last decade.
The community includes the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, East Village, River West, Fulton River District, Noble Square, East Humboldt Park, and parts of Bucktown. With an eclectic mix of hip cafes, independent bookstores, art galleries, music venues, and peaceful city parks, West Town appeals to a variety of lifestyles.
Over the last several years, the community has seen an influx of trendy eateries, bars, and boutiques pop up along Division Street, Chicago Avenue, Grand Avenue, and Damen Avenue, making it a popular destination for shoppers looking for the hottest fashions and for foodies in search of unique cuisine. Every year, locals enjoy a number of festivals, including Do Division Street Fest, West Fest, Renegade Craft Fair, and the West Town Art Walk.
West Town features an assortment of housing styles and price ranges. Condominiums take the form of vintage walk-ups, rustic lofts, and new-construction three-flats and mid-rises. Single-family homes range from smaller cottages and bungalows to gut-rehabbed greystones, historic mansions, and eye-popping multimillion-dollar new construction.
Logan Square proves that it is hip to be square after all. The Northwest Side neighborhood, named one of the coolest in the country, attracts residents with its artistic bohemian vibe, park-like boulevards and thriving dining scene.
The Logan Square Boulevards District, lined with beautiful homes and mature trees, is a designated Chicago landmark.
Although it’s surrounded by some of Chicago’s trendiest areas for nightlife, the neighborhood definitely holds its own. Logan Square is home to locally-owned restaurants, bars and bistros, including hotspots noted by Bon Appétit as among Chicago’s best. Artists and musicians live and work in the neighborhood, performing and displaying their art at local coffee shops, cafes and theaters.
Known for its historic greystones, large bungalows and stately mansions, Logan Square is undergoing a boom in residential development, including condominiums, lofts, townhomes, three-flats and single-family homes at a variety of price points. While there is ample new construction, the community still retains its historic charm by repurposing and preserving its landmarks.
The neighborhood’s easy access to the CTA Blue Line is another draw for residents along with The 606 trail.
As an artists’ community, nightlife hotspot, foodie destination and shopping mecca, Bucktown is undisputedly one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods.
Bucktown’s restaurant scene is diverse and local friendly. Residents also enjoy a unique mix of independent bookstores, shops, bars, galleries and theaters. Meanwhile, upscale retailers have made the neighborhood a designer destination with Damen Avenue emerging as a must-shop destination.
Overlooking the six corners intersection, a stunning Art Deco skyscraper is now a modern boutique hotel with a rooftop bar and amazing views. A stately historic bank building on the corner is now home to a pharmacy with stunning archways and stained-glass ceilings that embody happy and healthy.
Located a few miles northwest of The Loop, Bucktown has a variety of housing including modern new construction, stately brownstones, loft apartments and condominiums. Getting around couldn’t be easier for homeowners – from walking, running and biking The 606 Trail to riding the CTA’s Blue Line and numerous buses. Drivers appreciate that they can hop on the Kennedy Expressway for easy access to The Loop and the suburbs.
Residents and businesses flocked to Wicker Park to rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, Chicagoans flock to the hip, happening neighborhood for its eateries, arts and entertainment.
Wicker Park boasts an eclectic assortment of cafes, independent stores, dive bars, upscale boutiques, art galleries and city parks including four-acre Wicker Park. The neighborhood is home to some of Chicago’s most popular and acclaimed restaurants, elevating pizza and tacos to foodie fare and offering a wide variety of options for drinking and dining pleasure.
Located just south of Bucktown and northwest of The Loop, the neighborhood includes large historic 19th century brick and stone mansions and landmark Victorian homes on tree-lined streets. Modern new construction condominiums and single-family homes along with vintage walk-ups, three-flats and lofts round out the diversity of housing available.
Like neighboring Bucktown, Wicker Park’s notable commercial architecture remains – re-imagined, redeveloped and restored. The iconic Flat Iron Arts Building, home to artists who moved to the neighborhood in the 1980s, still houses various art studios and local businesses today.
The CTA Blue Line offers convenient access to The Loop and O’Hare International Airport, while the Kennedy Expressway allows for an easy drive to surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs.
Ukrainian Village is an interesting mix of old and new. It’s not as trendy as neighboring Bucktown and Wicker Park – but that’s one of its charms.
Located on the west side of Chicago, Ukrainian Village is a residential area that reflects the German, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants who settled in the area in the 1800s and early 1900s.
As the popularity of nearby neighborhoods grew, Ukrainian Village had a resurgence, attracting a new generation looking for an affordable option in a great location.
In addition to new residents, the neighborhood has also seen a number of hip eateries, bars and boutiques pop up along Division Street, Chicago Avenue and Damen Avenue. With Wicker Park nearby, residents also have easy access to dozens of restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries and nightlife.
While Ukrainian Village is growing rapidly, its roots and culture are still evident today in the community’s Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Cultural Center, historic churches and festivals including the annual Ukrainian Village Festival.
Homes in Ukrainian Village include single-family, multi-family, Victorian-style homes, brick cottages and two-and three-flats on quiet tree-lined streets. The community is accessible by the Kennedy Expressway, the CTA Blue Line and several bus routes.
Humboldt Park manages to be both casual and cosmopolitan at the same time.
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