Rogers Park

Overview

With locals and out-of-towners converging on Chicago’s northernmost neighborhood, Rogers Park is one of the most eclectic areas in the city. Though it has easy access to Downtown Chicago, the neighborhood’s distance from the city center lends it a "hidden gem" quality that makes it a popular destination among locals from all over the city. In Rogers Park, the beaches are less crowded, housing is more affordable, and amazing restaurants don’t require a reservation.

Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$39,900 to $1,500,000
  • Closed Prices:$40,000 to $794,000
  • Median Sale Price:$189,950
  • Average $ per sq ft:$175
  • Association Fee Ranges:$345,$0 to $337,$0 to $803/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1876 to 2018
  • Sq. Ft.:18 to 99,999Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 9Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 7Bathrooms

Homes

The community of Rogers Park features an array of home designs and prices to match a variety of price points. Most common in this area are attached homes, which usually have monthly home owner association fees ranging from $25 to $758, master fees ranging from $93 to $425, and taxes for the year range from as low as $485 to as high as $29,000. There are also a variety of single-family homes. Those usually have annual home owner association fees ranging from $25 to $758, master fees and taxes for the year range from as low as $2,392 to as high as $13,131. Homes in the community generally have unfinished basements. The lot size in the area generally averages a quarter acre.

Where to Live

A majority of the homes within Rogers Park are either in the single-family and condominium style. Single-family homes in the belly of Rogers Park tend to be bungalows, while condos range from historic renovations to new construction along the highly coveted lakefront. Elegant estates with plenty of space can also be found in the area. Due to Rogers Park's size, one can be close to the action happening along the coast or live farther west for a bit more peace and quiet. The Red Line train runs through the east side of the neighborhood while the Metra is more easily accessed from the west end.

Price Vibes

Rogers Park is one of the most affordable neighborhoods on the North Side, with a median home price comparable to what you'll find in West Ridge. With a wide variety of price ranges and home types, including everything from expansive single-family homes to economical one-bedroom condominium units, Rogers Park's barrier to entry is relatively low.

Where to Eat

With a diverse array of restaurants available in Rogers Park, any foodie’s appetite can be satisfied. For breakfast, Heartland Cafe is a Rogers Park institution offering tasty vegetarian options and a colorful outdoor patio. Meat-eaters with a taste for creative fusions should check out bopNgrill for lunch. This restaurant’s Korean-inspired burgers are bursting with flavor and its kimchi fries are equally famous. For dinner, sit down for an authentic Peruvian meal at Taste of Peru. Don’t let its modest location in a strip mall fool you — this eatery is nationally recognized for its lomo saltado and arroz con mariscos.

What You'll See

Rogers Park's affordability and proximity to Loyola University lend it a creative vibe that complements the long-standing residents who have been in the neighborhood for generations. The neighborhood's unrelenting dynamism does not allow for an easy classification of its residents, making it an easy place to call home for many. The Loyola University campus is located in the neighborhood’s southeast corner, where you’ll see academic facilities and event spaces with interesting architecture.

Friday Night Fun

The creative community at Rogers Park cultivates a dynamic scene for all kinds of performance. You’ll find a variety of theaters throughout the neighborhood hosting live music, comedy, and drama on the weekend. For bar hopping, there are plenty of pubs along Sheridan Avenue, Clark Street, and Morse Avenue that are popular with locals.

The Perfect Sunday

Rogers Park is home to several beaches along the Lake Michigan coast, where residents can start up a volleyball game with friends or relax in the sun with a book. The neighborhood also contains plenty of green spaces and parks — shoot some hoops at Pottawattomie Park or hit the tennis courts at Touhy Park. Thrifters and collectors will find a variety of shops throughout the neighborhood selling oddities and bargains.

Transportation Options

The Red Line cuts through the center of the neighborhood, running north to nearby Evanston, or carrying you south towards your Downtown office and beyond. For a quicker commute, the neighborhood's namesake Metra station will take you to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop in about a half hour. Bus routes running north/south are located along Sheridan Road and Clark Street, while you can travel east/west along Howard Street, Lunt Avenue, Morse Avenue, Pratt Boulevard, and Devon Avenue. The multitude of public transportation options makes navigating the surrounding areas a breeze, limiting the need for a car. Though, should driving be more your style, parking is plentiful enough in this area and you should be safe from too much congestion during rush hour.

Locals Love

An authentically welcoming atmosphere • Beach access • Easy Red Line access • Incredible range of cuisines • Thought of as a hidden gem.

Locals Don't Love

Lack of parking • Distance from downtown • Not very walkable.

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"Great place."

A great place to be!

"good vibes, great prices"

Despite being revered as the "next big thing" neighborhood for years, Rogers Park remains astoundingly affordable. The beaches are more natural and less busy, and some even offer an unprecedented view of downtown. Metra and L options make for easy access many other parts of the city.

"Hidden Gem"

This neighborhood is truly a hidden gem in Chicago. Very charming home styles and lots to do in this area.

"Incredibly Quaint"

Rogers Park is pretty much the definition of quaint. Cute old houses, a university, and fun restaurants make up the neighborhood limits. The only downside is that if you work downtown it can be kind of a trek.