Roscoe Village

by: Greg Nagel
Ask Nagel Realty

Roscoe Village

[Feature Photo: The Metra tracks running along Ravenswood serves as the gateway to Roscoe Village.]

Roscoe Village Borders & Overview

Often referred to as “The Village in the City,” the Roscoe Village neighborhood achieves the lofty goal of small-town living in the middle of a major city. With a bustling “downtown’ surrounded by tree-lined picturesque residential streets and more stroller traffic than car traffic, Roscoe Village is an oasis for those wanting or needing to be near the amenities of the city, while maintaining that Mayberry feel.

Roscoe Village’s borders are Addison to the north, Belmont to the south, the Chicago River to the west, and Ravenswood to the east.

The central business district for Roscoe Village neighborhood is appropriately centered on Roscoe Street, the neighborhood’s namesake. Small locally owned boutiques, restaurants and cafes sit side-by-side with national brands like Starbuck’s, offering Roscoe Village residents a true community feel as well as a wide array of dining and shopping options. And a little farther afield, the Southport Corridor and Wrigley Field are easily walkable.

Just to the south of the neighborhood, Hamlin Park offers more than nine acres of green space. This little slice of Americana includes a dog park, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a playground and even a dance company in residence.

The Roscoe Village neighborhood also knows how to have fun. Every summer, Retro on Roscoe takes over for three fun-filled days of music, food, beer, and activities for the whole family. And the proceeds from the festival go right back into the community, allowing the local neighborhood group to fund community improvements and events all year round.

playing baseball at Hamlin Park

Roscoe Village Home Inventory

The tree-lined streets of Roscoe Village are primarily low-rise, filled with single-family homes and small condo and apartment buildings. Vintage and modern often exist side-by-side, but the overall look tends to favor the traditional small-town feel of the rest of the Village, with relatively affordable (compared to brick) frame homes predominating. A few larger loft buildings are sprinkled throughout as well, mostly focused on the formerly industrial area along Ravenswood on the east side of the neighborhood.

view of homes on a Roscoe Village side street
Single-family homes line one of the picturesque side streets of Roscoe Village.

Roscoe Village Schools

Jahn Elementary has established itself as an up-and-comer in Chicago Public Schools and is an active member of the Roscoe Village community.

exterior of Jahn Elementary school

Roscoe Village Eats

Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar:  With a gorgeous patio nestled in the back and an extensive wine list, Volo offers contemporary small plates in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere.  Don’t miss their happy hour specials, like $1.00 oysters from 5-6PM.

Village Tap: A Roscoe Village staple since 1990, Village Tap offers an extensive beer list and a solid menu of pub-food staples. In warmer months, Roscoe Village residents and visitors also enjoy one of the best beer gardens in the city.

Turquoise Restaurant: For a more upscale dining experience, Roscoe Village residents turn to Turquoise, serving modern Turkish cuisine in a white-table-cloth setting.

Turkish cuisine served on patio at Turquoise restaurant

Piazza Bella: A Roscoe Village staple, Piazza Bella has been serving pizza and old-school Italian dishes for more than 20 years.

Roscoe Village Shopping

RoscoeBooks: What would a small town be without a local bookstore? RoscoeBooks fulfills this role in the Village, with an expertly curated selection and a relaxed environment in which to browse. They also regularly feature book signings and story time for kids.

Roscoe Village Organizations

Originally established as “Riverview Neighbors” back in 1977, Roscoe Village Neighbors is one of the oldest and most influential neighborhood associations in Chicago. Best known for sponsoring Retro on Roscoe every summer, Roscoe Village Neighbors works year-round to serve the interests of Roscoe Village neighborhood residents. Roscoe Village businesses are also well-served by the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, working to ensure that the commercial corridor of Roscoe Village remains vibrant and successful.

view of Roscoe Village business streetscape
The main business district of Roscoe Village maintains the small-town feel.

Roscoe Village Transportation

While Roscoe Village may feel like a small town, it’s well-equipped to bring its residents to the heart of the city with ease. On the east end of the Village, the Addison and Paulina Brown Line stops offer convenient access to the Loop and other train lines, while the 50 Damen and 49 Western buses provide direct north/south transportation. For drivers, the highway lies just to the west of the neighborhood.

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Roscoe Village Vibe

For those wanting all of the benefits of city life while retreating to a bucolic oasis, Roscoe Village may be the answer. Tree-lined streets, a quaint downtown and a seemingly endless parade of strollers give the Roscoe Village neighborhood a unique small-town feel even as the Chicago skyline looms in the background. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Ask Nagel – we know Roscoe Village!

Greg Nagel

Greg Nagel is the Managing Broker/Owner of Ask Nagel Realty and a Top 1% producer of all Chicago brokers. He has been featured on two episodes of HGTV’s number one show, House Hunters. Check out the 200+ five-star reviews of Greg’s work from his clients on Zillow.