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Rogers Park

Developed on the former junction of two Native American trails, now known as Rogers Avenue and Ridge Boulevard, Rogers Park is an up and coming neighborhood. Bordering suburban Evanston, the neighborhood is set on the northernmost edge of Chicago and is split into east and west sectors. West Rogers Park offers family-oriented aspects such as city parks, a skate park, a tiny zoo and family homes. Notable East Rogers Park attractions include both Loyola University and the extraordinarily scenic lakefront. The area is one of a very few Chicago neighborhoods to boast direct public access to Lake Michigan; almost every east-west street is a direct path to the beach.

An economically and culturally diverse neighborhood, Rogers Park grants inhabitants their pick of ethnic eats. Packed with tempting Indian restaurants, Devon Avenue is a neighborhood magnet. Traditionally an intellectual outpost, students and teachers from Loyola and nearby Northwestern University add to the region's eclectic and accepting vibe. New homeowners and settled families alike take advantage of the areas proximity to the Purple and Red line El trains, as well as the ample parking available on side streets.

Although growing in popularity, Rogers Park remains one of the most affordable North Side neighborhoods. Since 2000, many previous rentals have been rehabbed and converted to reasonably priced condominiums. Selective homebuyers can have a field day, choosing from an array of pleasing housing styles. Quintessential Chicago bungalows are the norm, followed closely by classic walkups, new construction, and the aforementioned rehabs.