Chicago is a city of change, and it’s constantly reinventing itself as populations grow and technologies evolve. This is evident in the dozens of neighborhoods contained within the city, such as with Rogers Park, located on Chicago’s North Side. There is no better way to enjoy the city after one of Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architectural boat cruises than to visit one of these charming areas and enjoy the local culture and attractions.
The History of Rogers Park
Built on the convergence of two Native American trails, Rogers Park was initially established in the early 1800s with the construction of the Karthauser Inn, a stagecoach stop and tavern. Over time, settlers cleared the land, establishing farms and communities. Among these early settlers was Phillip Rogers, a tollgate operator and trader whose son-in-law would make the first land sale to developers, creating the foundation for what would later become Rogers Park.
Incorporated as a Village of Illinois in 1878, Rogers Park became an official part of the city of Chicago in 1893. With a diverse population, it remains one of the most densely populated areas of Chicago today.
Rogers Park offers visitors more than 130 restaurants featuring eclectic food choices, such as the Belizean fare at Tickie’s and the rich Haitian flavors featured at Chez Violette.
Rogers Park is one of the well-educated corners of Chicago, thanks in no small part to Loyola University. This institution offers visitors dozens of unique opportunities every year to experience art, music, poetry, and politics of the city of Chicago.
For more art and culture, patrons should check out the lineup at the Lifeline Theater, which offers live plays, or the Mayne Stage, a respected music venue housed in an old Vaudeville theater.
Visitors interested in spending time outdoors while exploring this quaint hamlet can visit the North Shore Avenue Park and Beach or the 6-acre Touhy Park, which features weekly events for children.
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