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Rogers Park

Distance to Downtown Chicago
8 miles

Average Drive Times
23 minutes to Chicago Loop
35 minutes to O’Hare Airport
36 minutes to Midway Airport

Chicago’s most northerly neighborhood, Rogers Park is an eclectic combination of residential streets, small commercial areas and park lands that spans most of the width of the city’s north side.

Sometimes called Chicago's answer to Venice Beach, California, East Rogers Park is an artsy enclave with studious undertones. Home to the Loyola University campus, vegetarian cafes and incense-scented bookstores, the lakefront neighborhood has many residential streets that end at the beach. A few blocks west, Jarvis Square is humming with a renaissance of new theaters and restaurants. Condominiums, single-family homes and apartments are all available in East Rogers Park, which connects to downtown Chicago via Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive, and by the Red Line 'L' stopping at Howard, Jarvis, Morse, and Loyola. And with its strong housing stock and affordable prices, West Rogers Park is attracting renewed interest. Home to Devon Avenue's colorful South Asian and Middle Eastern markets, this northwest side neighborhood has a primary housing stock of single-family homes, most about 50 to 80 years old, including many brick bungalows. Rogers Park is also home to Indian Boundary Park, popular with families for its lagoon and tree lined trails, tennis courts, playground and children's zoo.

Historically and today, Rogers Park is likely the most culturally and economically diverse neighborhood in Chicago with more than 80 languages spoken among the community's 63,000 residents. Rogers Park over the years has been home to strong and expanding communities of Jewish, Indian, Irish, Luxemburger, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Russian, German, Roman Catholic, African American, Asian, Mexican and Asian descents, among others. With as much of 34 percent of its population being foreign born, Rogers Park is a true melting pot within the greater city of Chicago.

Once a much more suburban setting, with sizable houses on large lots dotting across the late 19th century neighborhood, Rogers Park has since become a much more urban and renter-friendly community. With the opening of the Howard Station of Chicago’s Elevated train in 1908, residential population grew exponentially as more multi-units and large apartment buildings were constructed to accommodate those who would commute back and forth to the downtown area. While concerns of increased poverty and congestion were prevalent after World War II throughout the neighborhood, community leaders have forged strong private-public partnerships for decades to improve housing stock, community services and safety throughout Rogers Park to make the neighborhood a very attractive option for both old and new residents. Today, Rogers Park is growing rapidly with home ownership with many condominium complexes being built and rehabbed from previous rental properties.

Rogers Park is also home to Loyola University Chicago. Originally an expansion of St. Ignatius College in 1906 by the Jesuits, Loyola University eventually grew to adopt Mundelein College, first opened in 1930, as well. Run by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mundelein was Chicago's second and last private and independent Catholic college founded strictly for the education of women.

Quickly becoming known as a unique and vibrant destination for the arts on the north side, the Glenwood Avenue Arts District in located in the heart of Rogers Park, features numerous artist studios, music venues, theaters and restaurants. With the Lifeline Theatre, Theo Ubique and BoHo Theatre all residing right on Glenwood Avenue, these theaters, plus the Side Project from nearby in Jarvis Square, won 12 of the 27 non-equity Jeff awards this year, making Rogers Park the most awarded theater neighborhood in the city, two years in a row. Also hosted in this corner of Rogers Park is the annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, a free, weekend-long event that features artists, open studios and three outdoor stages of live entertainment. Visitors and residents of this historic Rogers Park area alike can travel the cobblestone streets of Glenwood Avenue to experience art, theater, music, as well as food and drink.

An abundance of shopping opportunities are available. The suburb of Evanston, located just north of Rogers Park, offers more than 200 specialty shops and boutiques. Located in the city, Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” is one of the most elite retail districts in the nation. The “Mile” features such exclusive shops as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Marshall Field’s, and Bloomingdale’s. Water Tower Place is an elaborate eight floor indoor Mall featuring more than 120 specialty shops, several restaurants and seven cinemas.

West Rogers Park: Ridge (1800-2200 W) to Kedzie (3200 W), Devon (6400 N) to Howard (7600 N).

East Rogers Park: Lake Michigan to Ridge (1800-2200 W), Devon (6400 N) to Howard (7600 N).