Roscoe Village

ROSCOE VILLAGE

Charming village in the city with a close-knit vibe

Welcome to ROSCOE VILLAGE

Roscoe Village is a charming village within the city nestled inside the North Center community area on Chicago’s North Side. Roscoe Village’s boundaries are Addison Street to the north, Ravenswood Avenue to the east, Belmont Avenue to the south, and the Chicago River to the west. The village features locally run businesses including sidewalk cafes, independent boutiques, and eclectic international restaurants.

Roscoe Village originally developed around the Riverview Amusement Park in the early 20th Century. The amusement park was at one time the largest in the world but it closed down in the 1960s. In the 1990s, the conversion of the former Eversharp Building pencil factory into condominiums signaled a new wave of interest in Roscoe Village. Recent decades have seen Roscoe Village gain new popularity as an inviting community with a small-town vibe just five miles from Downtown Chicago. Housing options include rows of classic frame and brick single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Relaxed village in the city 
  • Parks and sports facilities 
  • Friendly neighborhood businesses 
  • Community events 

People & Lifestyle

Roscoe Village is a relaxed community with a close-knit atmosphere. The DeVry University campus on the west side of Roscoe Village gives the community lots of youthful energy. Roscoe Village is also home to many young families. You can expect to run into neighbors pushing strollers and walking dogs along Roscoe Village’s walkable streets. The active Roscoe Village Neighbors volunteer group organizes many community events throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to join the group’s monthly meetings at Four Treys Bar.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Roscoe Village is packed with friendly neighborhood taverns, locally run restaurants, and independent boutiques. Le Sud serves French Mediterranean cuisine in a chic setting with a rooftop patio. Kitsch’n on Roscoe is a quirky retro diner offering hearty comfort food and an excellent weekend brunch. Other standout dining choices include mouthwatering handcrafted Indiana-style griddle burgers with secret sauce at The Region, vegetarian and vegan fare at Lucy’s Café, creative brunch eats at Orange Restaurant, authentic Cuban cuisine at Cuba 312, and sophisticated Italian dining at Piazza Bella. Roscoe Village also offers no shortage of hotspots for evening drinks. Village Tap is a pioneer of Chicago’s booming craft beer scene. In business since 1990, Village Tap maintains a loyal clientele with 26 rotating draft beers including many special seasonal brews. Volo pairs shareable platters and small plates with an extensive wine list. Other neighborhood favorites include the dog-friendly Four Treys Bar, family-run Roscoe Village Pub, and elevated gastropub Commonwealth Tavern. Lush Wine & Spirits is stocked with a huge variety of wine, beer, and spirits. Stop by on Sundays to enjoy free tastings. Other businesses in the neighborhood include hip treasure trove Shangri-La Vintage, antique and collectables emporium Good Old Days, and string instrument specialists A440 Violin Shop. For nighttime entertainment, enjoy intimate music and comedy performances at Beat Kitchen or venture just south of Roscoe Village for progressive jazz and contemporary classical concerts at Constellation.

Things to Do

Along the east bank of the Chicago River at Roscoe Village’s western edge, Richard Clark Park spans close to 22.5 acres. This scenic riverfront park’s amenities include soccer fields and a free-ride bike park with dirt jumps. Kerry Wood Cubs Field is a 1,250-seater baseball stadium at Clark Park used by public high schools from across Chicago. Clark Park’s WMS Boathouse is a cutting-edge training facility and boat launch dock operated in partnership with Chicago Rowing Foundation. The foundation offers many low-price programs with canoe and kayak rentals available for use on the river. On the east side of Roscoe Village, the Cornelia Arts Building is one of the city’s largest all-artist studio buildings. There are 40 studios inside the Cornelia Arts Building and there are many open studio events. Other events held in Roscoe Village include a popular Garden Walk tour of some of the neighborhood’s most creative gardens. Over three days in August, Retro on Roscoe features three stages of live entertainment plus classic car displays and activities for kids.

Schools

Roscoe Village is served by the City of Chicago School District.

  • Audubon Elementary School, Public, PK-8
  • Bell Elementary School, Public, K-8
  • Lane Technical High School, Public, Magnet, 7-12
  • DePaul College Prep, Private, Roman Catholic, 9-12
  • St Benedict Preparatory School, Private, Roman Catholic, PK-12

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