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Rogers Park Chicago Neighborhood

Rogers Park is a large Chicago neighborhood located at the furthest northern reaches of the city limits, and it is bordered by the lakefront to the east and Evanston to the north. Rogers Park has everything that you might desire in an ideal residential urban community; tree-lined streets are filled with Victorian-style two- and three-story walkups, but the real action is found in Rogers Park’s numerous parks and beaches. And like Evanston and Hyde Park on the city’s South Side, Rogers Park enjoys the winning combination of beautiful lakefront access, a large nationally accredited university, and a very diverse residential base.

Rogers Park is home to Loyola University, the largest Jesuit university in the country with more than 15,000 students. And the university population of Rogers Park is matched by a residential base that celebrates its diversity perhaps more than any other neighborhood in Chicago. Part of the reason that Rogers Park is such a melting pot is because the neighborhood is very affordable, although there are also some luxury condos and single-family homes that can be found there.

Loyola University first opened its doors in Rogers Park in 1870, and the rest of the neighborhood has slowly risen up around it. Like much of the rest of Chicago’s north shore like neighboring Edgewater, some of the first homes to be built in Rogers Park were summer vacation homes for Chicago’s wealthy elite. Today, Rogers Park still retains the feeling of a vacation destination because of its beautiful beaches and parks, but it lacks the air of exclusivity that it probably once held. Through much of the 20th century, neighborhood business flourished and Rogers Park boasted a prosperous shopping and entertainment district. The neighborhood featured several impressively ornate movie houses and countless bars and nightclubs. Now, most of the movie theatres have closed their doors (although the Village North on Sheridan Road still packs ‘em in), but the neighborhood’s bars and nightclubs – especially around the university – still manage to draw crowds from around the city and from neighboring Evanston.

We said that Rogers Park’s residential base is among the most diverse in Chicago, and it follows that the neighborhood’s condo market is similarly diverse. Because the neighborhood has experienced steady growth and development for more than a century, there are beautiful condos to be found here from almost every era spanning from the 1850s onward. The lakefront property shares certain qualities with Edgewater, as Lake Shore Drive is dotted with large residential high-rises. However, the neighborhood has recently moved to limit the height of future buildings that are built in Rogers Park, which has sparked a new interest in rehabbing and renovating older buildings.

Pricing options for Rogers Park condos are spread over a wider range than most other Chicago neighborhoods, as it’s possible to find a small condo here for as little as $100,000 or $150,000, but it’s possible to find a high-end penthouse or luxury condo for as much as $800,000 or $1 million. For families, the average cost for a two- or three-bedroom condo is between $200,000 and $250,000. Jarvis on the Lake, for example, is a large mid-rise condo building that was built in the 1920s. The building is located just across the street from the lakefront and it features a number of different layouts, which makes it appealing to families of various sizes. On the other end of the spectrum, Sherwin on the Lake is an example of Rogers Park’s luxury condo market. Two-bedroom condos in Sherwin on the Lake feature 165-square-foot master suites, which, along with the stunning views of the lake, make this feel like a vacation retreat.

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