How to Spend a Perfect Day in Rogers Park

How to Spend a Perfect Day in Rogers Park
Hartigan Beach Pier- Photo by Hannah Lutz

By Hannah Lutz


With this weekend's warm weather, I wouldn't dream of staying home. I wandered through the neighborhood, and came up with a list of ways to spend a perfect day in Rogers Park.


1. Jump into another Era

Go antiquing! Rogers Park has many consignment and second hand stores that sell merchandise from a range of decades. Some are Broadway Antique Market at 6130 N. Broadway or Edgewater Antique Mall at 6314 N. Broadway. Each utilizes its own unique style to immerse customers in the elegance of the past.

2. Explore Music

Flatts and Sharpe is located on 6749 North Sheridan Road. Dive into their shelves of music books and records. With so many choices, they’re sure to have something for every ear. They also sell a variety of instruments and offer music lessons.

3. Get Lost in a Book

Flatts and Sharpe’s neighbor, The Armadillo’s Pillow, is a charming used book store lined with books from floor to ceiling. With their wide selection of inexpensive books, it is difficult for customers to leave. Find a book, claim a cozy chair in their reading lounge, and let your mind do the rest.

4. Go to the Beach

Lake Michigan is a prime attraction in Chicago, especially during summer months (or in this case, spring months). Take a walk down to Hartigan Park and Beach and dip your toes in the ice cold water. Let the sand warm your feet as you make your way to the pier to take in the breathtaking view of the city.

5. Appreciate the Artistry of your Neighbors

Graffiti- styled art is sprinkled throughout Rogers Park. Right next to Hartigan’s pier begins a path lined with individually painted bench ledges, each conveying a unique thought under a splatter of color. North, on Glenlake between Morse and Lunt, is a street of murals below the 'L' tracks to show Rogers Park’s pride and history. A few stops south, beside the Granville station is a blackboard wall that says “Before I die…” with lines for neighbors' responses. And one of my favorites on Kenmore between Granville and Glenlake- a solitary green sign reading “Become who you are…”

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