Chicago Community Area #1, Rogers Park sits 9 miles north of the Loop. It was formerly land used by the Pottawatomi Nation and other indigenous people. Present day Ridge and Rogers Avenues were both former native trails and Rogers formed part of the Indian Boundary Line decreed in the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis. Named for the first non-native settler, Irish born Phillip Rogers, the area was initially used as farmland and was later developed by the likes of Rogers, who had 1600 acres of former government land to develop and scores of others that came to build and settle the small village south of Evanston and north of the city.
It is also home to inspiring architecture designed by such icons as Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, Andrew Rebori, Henry J. Schlacks and Clarence Hatzfeld. The streets of Rogers Park are likewise lined with amazing homes and apartments which may lack such heralded pedigree or historical significance, but make up for it in simple, utilitarian and enduring beauty. The area is rich in stories to hear, features to discover and is well-suited for exploration on two wheels.
Upcoming date for Tour of Rogers Park
- February 8, 2014
Past date of Tour of Rogers Park
- April 21, 20112