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 your local
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.
Where I live: Uptown, a diverse lakefront neighborhood on the Far North Side, home to many immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Best way to get around the city: Most of the popular neighborhoods are accessible by train or bus, but if you’re looking to go off the beaten path, you’ll want to rent a car, grab a cab or use a ride-hailing service.
Don’t leave without having: Chicago-style pizza — deep dish and thin crust (the one cut into squares).
But the local favorite is really: “The Tamale Guy.” If you’ve ever barhopped in the cluster of hip northwest neighborhoods such as Logan Square, Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village and found yourself famished near closing time with few prospects for sustenance, you know he saves lives. The Tamale Guy arrives just in time with a red cooler full of warm tamales in zip-top bags.
If I moved, I’d most miss: The lakeshore.
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