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Get to know Bucktown

Bucktown is a triangle of tree-lined streets due west of Lincoln Park. The attractions of the tony Bucktown neighborhood have pulled younger professionals here. It’s a residential area with solid single-family homes that were built when this was the center of Polish culture in the city. Many of those homes have been thoroughly renovated, and those that could not be were removed and replaced by a variety of upscale residential buildings. Bucktown was home to a thriving art scene at the end of the last century, and where hipness goes, revitalization follows. The galleries are still there, though a bit more formal. The streets are full of stores offering trendy clothes and expensive housewares, and the restaurant scene is world-class. Though the neighborhood may have lost some grit, it’s been polished into quite the gem, making it the perfect enclave for young professionals who appreciate a bit of the alternative.

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Bucktown Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.