A guide to local favorites in Rogers Park
- By Adeshina Emmanuel
- Photos by Lucy Hewett
Rogers Park, the northernmost neighborhood in Chicago, is one of the most diverse communities in the greater Chicago area. The “Desi Corridor” (also known as “Little India”) along Devon Avenue is a prominent feature in a neighborhood where residents hail from more than 80 countries. There’s a college-town feel with Loyola University in the neighborhood and Northwestern University just north in Evanston. The community, originally developed at the confluence of two prominent Native American trails, has abundant lakefront beaches and parks. Rogers Park accounts for the highest percentage of residents working in the nonprofit sector and has a strong liberal history, along with an underrated arts scene and a plethora of quirky destinations — whether you’re hungry for knowledge or a good bite with a drink.
Meet Adeshina Emmanuel
Adeshina was raised by an African-American mother and Nigerian father in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood on the Far North Side, where he studied journalism at Loyola University in Rogers Park.
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