Rogers Park, at the northeastern edge of Chicago with an abundance of beautiful homes just blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan. It is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country, and it is said that you can hear 80 different languages spoken here.
Rogers Park scores high on value. Spacious vintage courtyard apartments, walk-ups, and single-family homes sit on quiet streets, many of which lead straight to beaches. And since the lakefront community banned high-rise construction to preserve views of the water, many of the original buildings have been, and continue to be, rehabbed. Sometimes, apartment buildings along the lake offer renters their own private beach. How's that for an amenity? A large student population comes via Loyola University, around which restaurants and watering holes bloom.
The community's theater scene is strong, with a number of different theatre companies thriving here. Evanston, a suburb that doesn't quite feel like one, is just a few miles north, which expands the the options for dining, entertainment and nightlife.