Why we love it
If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path, under-the-radar Chicago, head to Rogers Park. You’ll find architectural gems, authentic global eateries, and a cutting-edge theatre scene, all nestled in this welcoming lakefront enclave.
Rogers Park is one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, with approximately 40 different languages spoken. As you might expect, the neighborhood’s dining options are just as diverse. The area’s restaurants will take you on a journey from Mexico to Peru, Jamaica to Ethiopia, Korea to the Middle East, and beyond.
If you want a taste of Chicago’s artsy side, Rogers Park is the perfect place to be. Check out the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, an inviting urban stretch with cobblestone streets, sprawling murals, three award-winning theatres, live music venues, art studios and galleries, and more.
Head east until you hit the water to see the neighborhood’s sandy shoreline and peaceful waterfront vistas. Near the lake, you’ll find the Emil Bach House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1915, it was one of Wright’s last Chicago commissions. Architecture buffs can even book an overnight stay.
Explore like a local
Grab tickets for a show at Babes with Blades Productions, which uses stage combat to place women and their stories center stage. Take a tour of “the leather lifestyle” at the adults-only Leather Archives & Museum. Visit the sculpture garden at B1E Gallery, filled with outside-the-box installations made using offbeat materials.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter