ROGERS PARK

Rogers Park has the distinction of being the city's northernmost neighborhood.

This area, roughly from Devon Avenue to Howard Street , nestles right up to Lake Michigan and enjoyed easy North to South travel connections.

 

This distance from downtown may play a hand in why many local haunts have that under-the-radar appeal. But easy accessibility by way of multiple train stops means that the unique dining, arts, culture and entertainment found in Rogers Park are never too far away. And the sound of waves crashing along the shores is near as well, as nearly all the streets leading you east end at public beaches and parkland on Lake Michigan.

The Rogers Park neighborhood holds another distinction: it is considered one of the most diverse in Chicago. As a home to people from all over the world, there is no single dominant ethnicity but rather its residents speak nearly 40 different languages and hail from over 80 countries. This rich tapestry has a dynamic edge to it and as a community, there has been a visible effort to work together to revitalize public spaces and support local businesses.

 

Bright, fresh murals and newly-updated ‘L' stations add to the experience while commercial districts along Howard Street and Clark Street, in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District and Jarvis Square tout a robust theater scene and lively music clubs, as well as galleries and studios, coffee shops and late-night dive bars. And just as the student population coexists with long-standing residents and more recent immigrant arrivals, the mix of ethnic eateries is a blend of many different backgrounds: Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, Peru, Ethiopia, Korea, Italy, India and the Middle East, among others, are all represented.

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