Roscoe Village

Overview

With an array of unique shops and restaurants, repurposed factories, and many almost-identical apartment buildings and brownstones, Roscoe Village truly is "The Village Within the City." Tucked between Lakeview and Avondale, this spot is home to Chicagoans looking for a quiet neighborhood that feels like a well-kept secret.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$199,000 to $2,899,900
  • Closed Prices:$152,000 to $2,650,000
  • Median Sale Price:$518,950
  • Average $ per sq ft:$324
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0 to $195,$100 to $546/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1870 to 2018
  • Sq. Ft.:410 to 8,820Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:1 to 7Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 6Bathrooms

Homes

Roscoe Village is a community filled with various home designs. Most common in this area are attached homes, which usually have monthly home owner association fees ranging from $95 to $550, master fees around $187, and taxes for the year range from as low as $2,498 to as high as $13,813. There are also a variety of single-family homes. Those usually have quarterly home owner association fees ranging from $95 to $550, master fees and taxes for the year can range from $7,474 to $33,178. It is typical for the homes in the community to have unfinished basements. Perfect for drivers, many of these residences include a garage as well as assigned parking.

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.

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.

What You'll See

For such a small population, the Roscoe Village community has a wide variety of interests and professions that demand an array of services. Turn any corner and you might see a yoga, Pilates, or cycling studio next to a flower shop, vintage boutique, or photography studio. Chicago Music Exchange, the city’s premier source for guitars and music equipment, can be found in Roscoe Village on Lincoln Avenue.

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.

Locals Love

Two local parks • Laid-back living • Community events.

Locals Don't Love

Lines for brunch • Lack of Divvy Stations • Rising cost of living..

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"Great little Village"

It really is like a small town in the city. And very convenient to I-90. Love it here.

"The Village in the City"

In the hustle and bustle of the city, it can be difficult to find the small town / community feel you would in a more rural setting. Roscoe Village is called the Village in the City for a reason.
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