Bucktown boasts more artists than any other area in the Midwest, celebrating the area's creative spirit by hosting the Bucktown Arts Fest. The Arts Fest attracts over 30,000 visitors to the area every August, while the Around the Coyote Festival occurs every September. The neighborhood also features the summertime Movies in the Park under the stars in Churchill Park, an annual Earth Day Event, Garden Walk and the Bucktown Holiday Party. Bucktown also offers nine great parks, featuring dog friendly areas, green open spaces, board game tables, a pool and playground areas.
Chicago is full of attractions fitting every taste, including the panoramic views from John Hancock Observatory or the Willis Tower Skydeck, boat tours with skyline views from Navy Pier, several museums, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and two of the finest zoos in the country. Many events are held in the summer, including the fan favorites of the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival and the Chicago Air and Water Show.
Bucktown is served by Region 2 of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), offering charter, magnet and neighborhood schools. Bucktown has five elementary school (K-8) options, including Burr Elementary, Chicago International Charter School (CICS), Drummond Montessori, Pulaski Fine Arts Academy, and St. Mary of the Angels. Other nearby schools include Josephinium High School, Near North Montessori, Pritzker Elementary and St. Stanislaus Kostka. Higher education is provided by the nearby DePaul University, North Park University, Kendall College and Loyola University of Chicago, to name a few.
Chicago presents a diverse economy based on manufacturing, printing and publishing, finance and insurance, food processing, travel and tourism. Chicago ranks second only to New York in the publishing industry, serving as the source of nationally distributed magazines, catalogs and encyclopedias. The city is also home to the Federal Reserve Bank, the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Other major employers headquartered within the Chicago metro area include Bally Total Fitness, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., CareerBuilder, MillerCoors, Morton Salt, Orbitz, TransUnion, Tribune Company and Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Corporation