EAST ROGERS PARK
The northernmost of the city’s lakefront neighborhoods is East Rogers Park. Lake Shore Drive and the rapid transit bisect the neighborhood, so access to downtown via car and public transportation is excellent. A huge plus is the wide variety of lakefront recreational activities that are available. The housing in this neighborhood largely consists of condominiums and apartments, many of which offer expansive views of Lake Michigan.
Edgewater is a sprawling area that attracts city people with a taste for suburban amenities such as wider streets, spacious yards and friendly neighbors. Residents are likely to participate just as ardently in block parties and garden walks as they are in local politics.
Some of its most desirable sections have a neighborhood feel of their own. Andersonville is a clean-swept, long established community, with mostly two-flats. Lakewood-Balmoral is a traditional leafy neighborhood of single-family homes and two-flats. On the northern boundary lies Edgewater Glen, a family-oriented neighborhood of brick and frame single-family homes where pride of ownership and commitment to the community are the fabric of life. To the east is Edgewater Beach, whose streets are lined with condominiums overlooking Lake Michigan.
Directly north of Lakeview and bounded by Lake Michigan and north Lincoln Park on the east, are three historic neighborhoods. Since the 1970s, vintage apartment buildings and single-family mansions have been renovated and restored by individuals and developers intent on salvaging the architectural heritage of these lakefront neighborhoods.
Margate Park, in the northeast corner, consists of tree-lined streets with vintage condominiums and single-family mansions dating from the early 1900s. Lining North Marine Drive and facing the lakefront, is a row of high-rise condominiums and apartment buildings from the 1950s and 1960s.
Buena Park, in the southeast corner, offers large renovated condominiums and apartments, plus a major landmark district of turn-of-the-century Georgian and Prairie School mansions. Sheridan Park, to the west, also enjoys historic landmark designation and includes hundreds of renovated condominiums and apartments, in addition to large single-family homes on oversized lots.
Farthest east is West Graceland, a pocket of lovely brick and frame single-family homes on large lots.
WEST ROGERS PARK
This area, northwest of the city, has been experiencing redevelopment in recent years. The revitalization is due to the strength of the housing stock, convenience to downtown—near the Kennedy Expressway and rapid transit—and the fact that its neighborhoods are more affordable than those to the east.
West Rogers Park, for example, is only 30 minutes to the Loop via public transportation. It has mainly single-family homes, most 50 to 80 years old. The neighborhood is home to Indian Boundary Park. With its duck-filled lagoon, plentiful trees, tennis courts and small children’s zoo, it is a popular place for family recreation.