Rogers Park

Sub Neighborhoods:

Rogers Park, Loyola, East Rogers Park

Community Information:

Rogers Park is the northernmost of Chicago community areas in the far North Side of Chicago, Illinois, and is also the name of the Chicago neighborhood that constitutes most of the community area. It is bounded by the city of Evanston along Juneway Terrace and Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue and the Edgewater neighborhood to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east. The neighborhood just to the west, West Ridge, was part of Rogers Park until the 1890’s. Some Chicagoans use the phrase “East Rogers Park” to refer to any area east of Ridge, but usually East Rogers Park refers only to the portion of Rogers Park east of Clark Street.

From 1830 to 1850, waves of immigrants from Luxembourg and Germany came to Rogers Park, where farming was the main industry and has continued to see demographic changes into the 21st century. The 2000 census data, like those of 1980 and 1990, showed it to be one of the most diverse communities, if not the most diverse, in the entire country. A robust mix of ethnic backgrounds with over 80 assorted languages flavor the neighborhood.

The dominant institution in Rogers Park is Loyola University Chicago. The presence of so many students and academics from Loyola, Mundelein College (now part of Loyola), and Northwestern University, just a few miles to the north, has historically lent Rogers Park a high degree of liberalism and tolerance. The community also has a high Internet presence. In 2007, the Web site named Rogers Park one of the country’s “bloggiest neighborhoods.”

Rogers Park is unique in that it is one of the few Chicago neighborhoods that has direct public access to Lake Michigan. Unlike other Chicago lakefront neighborhoods, nearly every east-west street in Rogers Park has a beach.

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