Roscoe Village resides in Chicago’s North Center area and ranges from Addison Street to Diversey and Ravenswood Avenue to the Chicago River. Its namesake street runs from east to west and hosts commercial and residential buildings. With easy access to the El’s Paulina and Addison Brown Line train stops plus the Western bus, it’s easy to get to and from this happening neighborhood. Here’s a look at the unique area to help you decide if it’s a place you may want to live.
A Look into the Past
Roscoe Village became a well-known residential area around in 1903 with the opening of Riverview Park. The 76-acre amusement park featured roller coasters, a fun house, a Tunnel of Love and more. Infrastructure including housing and shops quickly sprang up in the area to cater to the many park employees.
In the 1920s, German Americans moved to the neighborhood and frequented the park, contributing to it’s early growth. During World War ll, however, property values dropped as many Chicagoans left the city in favor of suburban life thanks to road growth. Riverview Park was shut down in 1967 and the area now houses businesses and a police station.
When the housing market improved toward the ‘90s, Roscoe Village was once again a highlight of the city as property management companies built apartments and eager new homeowners moved in. Today, the area is a favorite of young families, retirees and millennials alike thanks to the wide variety of attractions, dining options and many styles of residential architecture.