Rogers Park

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The Rogers Park area was colonized on what once was the convergence of two Native American trails, now known as Rogers Avenue and Ridge Boulevard, predating modern metropolitan Chicago. In 1809, the Karthauser Inn was established as stagecoach stop and tavern. Phillip Rogers of Ireland purchased 1,600 acres of land in the area from the 1830s to 1856. He operated a toll gate beside his home at what is now Ridge and Lunt Avenues and often traded and worked with the local Native American tribes.

On April 29, 1878, Rogers Park was incorporated as a village of Illinois governed by six trustees. By 1930 the population was 57,094 making Rogers Park one of Chicago's most densely populated areas. Chicagoans began to move to new planned communities in the north suburbs by the 1930s, which ushered in the migration of German, English, Irish, and Jewish families to Rogers Park.



The far-north lakeside neighborhood of Rogers Park is one of the city’s most diverse areas. That goes for the things to do there, too. The wide-open expanse of Loyola Park includes one of Chicago's best beaches, the neighborhood teems with public art and you can learn some LGBT history at a pair of museums. Click here for some of Rogers Park’s favorite spots via Time Out.



Rogers Park is commonly known for its cultural diversity, lush green public spaces, early 20th century architecture, live theater, unique bars/restaurants, beaches, and progressive mindset. Rogers Park also includes Loyola University and is near Northwestern University in Evanston, bringing in students from all over the world who live alongside the neighborhood's long-standing residents. This is evidenced by the many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars throughout the area.

Rogers Park is within walking distance of the lake, giving residents access to several beaches. It also has an array of beautiful parks, making it one of the most dog-friendly neighborhoods in the city.

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