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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Rogers Park

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  • By Adeshina Emmanuel
  • Photos by Lucy Hewett
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Rogers Park
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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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Rogers Park

The Armadillo’s Pillow
A cavernous store for used and new books, it features a strong collection of hard-to-find tomes and sells jewelry, incense, art and some vinyl, all with a quirky vibe.
The Armadillo’s Pillow, 6753 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Ill. 60626
The Mile of Murals
This community initiative is exactly what its name sounds like — a mile of 14 beautiful murals painted on walls, viaducts and overpasses.
Along Glenwood Avenue, from Pratt Boulevard to Estes Avenue
Glenwood Sunday Market
Led by volunteers and featuring only local farmers and food artisans, this popular outdoor market is open between June and October.
Glenwood Sunday Market, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60626
BopNgrill
You can find one of the most interesting burgers in the city, along with some awesome rice dishes, at this Korean-fusion fast-casual gem.
BopNgrill, 6604 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Ill. 60626
Lifeline Theatre
A former ComEd substation now houses an intimate community theater that’s a staple of the neighborhood, with a penchant for literary adaptations and kid-friendly plays.
Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60626
Rogers Park Social
Rogers Park Social is a vibrant and cheerful bar with good vibes, craft beers and a curated selection of cocktails.
Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60626
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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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Lucy Hewett
Lucy is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Chicago.
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