4.8 out of 10

West Rogers Park

41.999347881552 -87.6941662160079
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5

"West Rogers Park - Around the World"

West Rogers Park is like one big international market. This is a great neighborhood to visit, and is really nice and safe to live in too. There are ALL different kinds of people living in the area, but it’s known for the large Jewish, Indian and Pakistani population.

A walk down Devon Avenue will show you a glimpse of the culture in the neighborhood. Beautiful and colorful saris are hanging in windows, bookstores sell reading material in all kinds of languages and if you’re a home cook you can find it all at grocery stores selling curry to kosher. There are a lot of really cool Indian jewelry stores too.

The food in the neighborhood is reason enough to get all the way up north. The smells coming from the restaurants will lure you in every time! This is THE place to find really authentic Southeast Asian food. Hema’s Kitchen – just go! There are also plenty of Jewish delis and restaurants, and a large amount of Chinese and Korean to be found too.

West Rogers Park may be far north, but all of the cultures that mesh together there make it totally worth the trip. Everyone is friendly and they all come together as a community.
  • diverse population
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5

"Affordable, but Too Far North"

Encompassed by the Rogers Park neighborhood, West Rogers Park is the northernmost neighborhood in Chicago. Found just south of the Evanston border, the area is known for its quiet charm and community feeling. Although I can appreciate the various charming homes and the neighborhoods attempts at boosting its appeal, the area is just too far north for me—it feels more like you’re in the suburbs than the city.

If you’re in search of a truly quiet area that gives you an escape from the city, give West Rogers Park a try. For true city-dwellers, I’m afraid this neighborhood will make you feel too much like a suburbanite. There is a lot of rehabbing going on throughout the area and the affordable housing prices make it easy to find a nice place at a steal. Ethically, the area is pretty diverse, which is another plus in my book.

West Rogers Park is easy for commuters—with access to the CTA, red line, and Metra train. There are plenty of interesting restaurants to check out here and the area truly is trying to make a comeback. I could see it having major improvements in the future, but for me it’s just too far away.
  • Residential
  • Affordable
  • Too far away from major attractions
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A Neighborhood determined to be it's own..."

West Rogers Park is a decent area about 10 miles north of the Loop. It's relatively close to the heart of Chicago, and you can find a nice mix of different cultures there.
I wouldn't say the population is dominated by any one ethnic group, but walking down some of the streets, you'll definitely feel the Indian vibe. There are a lot of Indian restaurants and stores in West Rogers Park. I'm not a big fan of Indian food, but I have gone to an Indian bookstore in the area called India Bookhouse and Journals, which I found to be a really cool, different bookstore. I mostly go to bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders, so finding something a little different is always welcome.
For food, there's a Pakistani bakery called King Sweets, which is the only Pakistani bakery I've every been to, and while I don't have a frame of referance as far as other similar establishments, I really like King Sweets, it is definitely recommended.
Being more of a traditional American style food connoisseur, a good place for a hot dog or hamburger is U Lucky Dawg. My dad loves their Italian beef, so give it a look.
If you plan on spending a lot of time in West Rogers Park, or might live there, you'll end up from time to time going to one of the parks. A few years back I went to the Indian Boundary Park with some of my cousin's little kids, and they had a great time in the small zoo, and had plenty of room to run around. If you like to have some place to walk, you could definitely do worse than West Rogers Park.
Overall, I'd say West Rogers Park is a decent place to live. It's relatively quiet, there's plenty to do if you like to get outside, and the eating is unique. It's close enough to the center of the city to be accessible, and the parking and traffic is fairly light. Give her a look.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
NeilG West Rogers Park is not a Chicago neighborhood. It is a community within the WEST RIDGE neighborhood. Chicago has 77 neighborhoods, all having many communities within them.
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