Rogers Park

Rogers Park is Chicago's northern and most diverse neighborhood. The lakefront community extends from Devon Avenue to Howard Street and it is located around 9 miles North of the Loop. The neighborhood also features both historic homes and a collection of vibrant murals. The food scene offers cuisine from around the world, and you'll also find a thriving arts scene on display at galleries and theaters and spreading to the walls and stages at neighborhood bars and restaurants. 

Spend your day exploring by riding the Red Line to its terminus or hopping off early at Jarvis to visit the recently renovated Jarvis Square business district, at Morse where you'll find plenty of cafes and bars, or at Loyola to visit the university before working your way north. Wherever you begin your explorations, you can always head east and hit the beach or parks located along the water. You can also bring your pet, as the neighborhood is very dog-friendly. Time for little bit of history. Between the late 1830s and his death in 1856, the Irishman Phillip Rogers purchased approximately 1,600 acres of government land, part of which formed the basis of Rogers Park. In 1872 Rogers's son-in-law, Patrick Touhy, subdivided the land near the present-day intersection of Lunt and Ridge Avenues. By 1878 enough settlers had moved into the area to incorporate the village of Rogers Park. The number of residents increased steadily, and further growth accompanied the village's annexation to Chicago in 1893. The 1915 annexation of the area north of Howard Street, east of the “L” tracks, and south of Calvary Cemetery, variously known as Germania and South Evanston, brought Rogers Park and Chicago a new northern boundary. 

Rail connections between Rogers Park and Chicago date from the 1860s. Both the Chicago & North Western Railway and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad provided service to downtown Chicago. By the end of the 19th century large houses on sizable lots clustered between Greenview and Ridge Avenues and north of Touhy along Sheridan Road. When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad opened the Howard Station in 1908, population jumped dramatically. The construction of single-family houses slowed as developers built multi-unit dwellings and the neighborhood's suburban qualities started fading. Large apartment building construction was most intense north of Howard Street and along the “L” tracks in the eastern portion of the community. Neighborhood business activities, entertainment spots, and religious institutions are clustered on main streets and at transportation breaks. Two institutions of higher education are located in Rogers Park. The Jesuits purchased property in 1906 to expand the operations of St. Ignatius College, now Loyola University Chicago. Mundelein College, now a part of Loyola, opened in 1930. Run by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mundelein was Chicago's second Catholic women's college. 

Over the years Rogers Park's population has grown increasingly diverse and older. Single-family homes are always highly sought after, as are lakefront condos, especially those with private beaches. Also there is a large interest in Rogers Park from millennials who work from home and want to enjoy the lakefront lifestyle.  

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