Rogers Park: A History

With residents from over 80 countries, Rogers Park is a melting pot of cultures and communities. With diverse dining, cultural and entertainment scenes, beautiful beaches and parks, and great schools including Loyola University, the neighborhood offers its residents much to love. Bordering Evanston to the north, Rogers Park is the furthest north of the Chicago neighborhoods. Despite this distance--with the CTA Red Line, lots of bus lines, and the Metra--the Loop and the rest of Chicago is a simple commute!

Rogers Park is named for one of the area’s first settlers, Phillip Rogers. In 1836, he purchased 1,600 acres of government land and set up a toll gate on what is now Ridge Road. Roger’s son-in-law Patrick Touhy, sold 100 acres to land speculators in 1873, setting the stage for greater development. These speculators’ names, including Luther Greenleaf, Stephen Lunt, and Charles Morse, More...

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