Hyde Park and Bucktown-Wicker Park are well known for their architectural bona fides and trendy, art-inspired style. But to mingle with a young crowd of diverse creatives, the Far North Side community of Rogers Park is the place.
With 60-plus languages spoken and too many cuisines to count – from Caribbean to Mexican to Ethiopian to Japanese – this is the Chicago neighborhood that, based on recent census data, “most closely matches the racial and ethnic breakdown of the entire city,” per the Chicago Sun-Times.
During the day, check out the Mile of Murals on Glenwood Ave, wander through the galleries and studios of the Glenwood Arts District and stop by the Leather Archives & Museum for a peek at the history and culture of leather, kink, fetish and BDSM.
By night, catch original works at the Factory Theater, world music and magicians at Rhapsody and stories from underrepresented communities – expressed via stage combat! – at Babes With Blades. Then grab a nightcap at the romantic Le Piano, an intimate bar and performance space anchored by a grand piano.