14 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's Bucktown

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

More than any other cheap eats guide, this one is personal. Bucktown was the first Chicago neighborhood I ever lived in, and I didn't have a whole lot of cash sitting around at the time. Fortunately, I was able to uncover a wealth of affordable spots, including a few of my favorite cheap eats in the whole city.

Since I left, that number has only increased. Whether you're looking for tacos, hot dogs, or Latin American/Korean fusion, Bucktown has so much to offer.


As I mentioned previously, figuring out the official dividing line between Bucktown and Wicker Park is a harder than it should be. While I considered combining the two, each had enough options that I realized they deserved their own post.

The Picks

Like the previous cheap eats guides, I set a strict $10 maximum on the dishes, and tried to only include ones that could function as a meal. I couldn't help but include a few sweets, which I clearly marked below.

Click on the slideshow to check out our picks, or see the whole list below.


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