Right between Evanston and Edgewater and framed by Lake Michigan to the east, Rogers Park is Chicago’s northernmost city, and also one of it’s most historic.
History: Like many of Chicago’s northern neighborhoods, the area that comprises Rogers Park was formed by two converging Native American trails and was, at one time, inhabited by multiple tribes. It was settled by Europeans beginning around the 1830s, and was incorporated into Chicago as a village of Illinois in 1878.
Current: Today, the city is home to Loyola University, which, prior to 1915, was called St. Ignatius College, and as such, many of the area’s residents are students or those who work in higher education. Bonus—Tina Fey lived in Rogers Park for a time when she was working on her comedy at The Second City. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants, a great many of them featuring ethnic foods from all over the world, due to the diverse population of the neighborhoods’ residents. The expansive Loyola Park and Beach offers a great place for people to relax outdoors in the summer, and also a great view of the city off to the south in the distance.
Attractions Rogers Park is very well connected to downtown Chicago, since several of the CTA’s Red Line stops are in the city. This makes it a great option if you don’t want to live right downtown, but would like to maintain easy access to all that city life has to offer. Rogers Park is home to the amazing “Mile of Murals,” a public art initiative of murals painted along the CTA Red Line track that runs through the neighborhood. Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential urban house, the Emil Bach House, is located in Rogers Park, and it is also home to some great theatres like Mayne Stage and the Lifeline Theatre.