What was once an off-the-beaten-path blue-collar neighborhood has become a hub for Chicago's art scene. Bucktown is packed with cool bars, vegan-friendly eateries, attractive hipsters, and live music, not to mention notable galleries and hybrid art studio/living spaces. The neighborhood boasts a thriving nightlife fueled by micro-brewed beer, cheap drink specials, and plenty of late-night grub. Bucktown is easily accessible from downtown, and the Damen Blue line stop is the center of the neighborhood action. Stop by Piece for some gourmet pizza, or hop into Subterranean to get a taste of Chicago's famous indie music scene. Fair warning: parking is near-impossible on weekend nights, so take the train.
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Getting Around Chicago
The best way to get around Chicago is on the elevated "L" train. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line "L" runs from Midway to downtown Chicago from 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day. Fare starts at $2.25. The Blue Line "L" runs from O'Hare to downtown Chicago 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Most CTA "L" lines run from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day.
Nearby Airports
  • Midway International Airport-MDW
  • O'Hare International Airport-ORD
Airport Taxis
  • $30 (from Midway) $40 (from O'Hare)
Things to Do and See Near Bucktown
  • Navy Pier
  • Willis Tower
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Wrigley Field
  • Chicago Theater
  • Lincoln Park
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Millennium Park
  • Cloud Gate
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • John Hancock Center
  • United Center
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Millennium Park
  • Northwestern University