Roscoe Village

Chicago, Illinois


Adjacent to Lakeview--one of Chicago's best known residential neighborhoods--sits the relatively quiet Roscoe Village, a quaint, understated, yet somehow animated neighborhood that strikes a surprising balance that few other neighborhoods can pull off. Yet Roscoe Village manages that balance with grace. 

Originally developed as a residential neighborhood for the area's factory workers, Roscoe Village has plenty of Chicago's usual offerings: brownstones, bungalows, and, in keeping with the area's popularity, factory spaces-turned-condos. Nicknamed "The Village Within the City," this neighborhood's main business avenue--Roscoe Street--is the area's natural meeting point with an abundance of locally owned restaurants and shops. 

Homes in Roscoe Village

Where To Live

Homes in Roscoe Village are largely bungalows, brownstones, and modern single-family constructions. However, renovations of luxury lofts in former industrial buildings and charming vintage homes over storefronts have created a wider variety of housing in the area. Residents on the east side of the neighborhood have convenient access to the Brown Line train while west-siders are closer to shopping at Roscoe Square.

Price Vibes

Typical of Chicago's North Side, Roscoe Village has a handful of affordable pockets scattered throughout an otherwise pricey neighborhood. Those looking for bigger bang for their square-foot buck have Avondale to the west and the western portion of Lakeview to the south, but with this lower point-of-entry you sacrifice the more intimate, bucolic environment of Roscoe Village.

Around Roscoe Village

Where To Eat

If you like brunch, you'll feel right at home in Roscoe Village. This neighborhood has many destination brunch spots as well as old-school institutions, but Roscoe Village isn't just serving up eggs and bacon. You can find everything from Cuban fare and sushi to Turkish cuisine and deep-dish pizza along Roscoe Street alone.

Friday Night Fun

A Friday night in this neighborhood is all about socializing. Between the many mixers that show off local businesses and the summer and fall street festivals that showcase the neighborhood’s goods and talents, residents of Roscoe Village have plenty of choices on any given Friday night. Several bars and taverns can be found along Roscoe Street, and residents can find live music and comedy at the Beat Kitchen on the neighborhood’s southern edge.

The Perfect Sunday

After grabbing a Bloody Mary and candied bacon at one of Roscoe Village's hopping breakfast joints, stop into one of the many specialty clothing, book, or stationary shops in the area. The neighborhood’s quiet streets are also great for bike rides, and the neighborhood bike shop can get your ride a tune-up. Roscoe Village also has a large playground, Feller Playlot Park, along its southern edge.

Transportation Options

While day-to-day errands and going out could hardly be more convenient, your commute downtown is not so simple. On the far, far eastside of Roscoe Village are two Brown Line stations, which take you directly to the Loop in about 40 minutes. But those who live in the heart of the neighborhood will have to navigate the city's bus routes to get to the Downtown area, or at least be prepared for a decent walk to the train station. There is some good news here though: the interstate is just a few minutes to the west and south, so those who are in the habit of driving or ride sharing to work have little to worry about. And there's no denying that once you are back within the confines of Roscoe Village, you really don't need to leave, as all of your entertainment and shopping needs can be accomplished on foot.

Living Here

Locals Love

Community events • Laid-back living • Two local parks

Residents Say

One of the most surprising things about Roscoe Village is that it exists at all. It's in the center of one of the most popular areas in the city, yet has the atmosphere of a small town that many other neighborhoods aspire to, but rarely pull off. I've lived in Chicago for over 10 years, but this is the first time I actually know my neighbors by name.
- Roscoe Village Resident

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