our neighborhood

OUR HISTORY

Roscoe Village began as a community at the end of the 19th Century when developers bought the land west of Western Avenue to construct the "world's largest amusement park." Also called Riverview Park, the park officially opened in 1903. 

As visitors flocked to the park, businesses began to open along Belmont, Roscoe, and Western to serve the thousands of visitors coming to the park each year. About half of these businesses were bars and taverns. A few dozen amusement park workers also moved to the area and built their homes.

The Village experienced its first boom in economic development around 1920. Frame houses and brick and greystone two-flats sprung up, making Roscoe Village “the place to be.”

Found in Roscoe Village are plenty of Chicago's usual offerings-- brownstones, bungalows, and factory spaces converted into condos. Nicknamed "The Village Within the City," the main business avenue of Roscoe Street provides an abundance of locally-owned restaurants and shops. 

 
 
HOW TO GET HERE

Roscoe Village is incredibly accessible, with easy access to downtown Chicago and beyond via Damen and Western Avenues, the Clybourn,  Lincoln Avenue, and Roscoe Street bike lanes, Addison and Paulina 'L' train stations, and CTA buses such as the 49, 50, 77, and 152. You'll find a plethora of free parking along Belmont Street from Ravenswood to Western and certain parts of Roscoe Street from Leavitt to Western.

FEATURED JOBS
 

February 3, 2020

POWER UP TECH ACADEMY

Sports Coach

Are you looking for a fun, part-time Summer job? Power Up Tech Academy is looking for a dynamic sports coach to lead...

February 3, 2020

UNICOI ART STUDIO

Children's Art Instructors

Unicoi Art Studio, a local studio in Roscoe Village for 20 years, needs art instructors and assistant teachers for the school year and summer camp…

February 3, 2020

WONDERLAND ACTIVITIES CENTER

Teaching Positions

Wonderland Activities Center is seeking teaching positions for lead teachers, assistants, and substitutes. They cultivate a learning environment focused on…

 

AVAILABLE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
 

Roscoe Village Neighbors

roscoevillage.org

Chi Biz Hub

Address: 177 N State St #500, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 589-5777

chibizhub.com

Legal Clinic for Small Businesses
Looking for free legal assistance for your small business? Attend one of these Free Legal Clinics offered by The Law Project* and the City of Chicago’s Neighborhood Business Development Centers

Small Business Center
(312) 74-GOBIZ

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp/sbc/small_business_centerhome.html

Emergency Police, Fire and Medical Services
911

 

City Services, Non-Emergency Police Services, and Information on City Programs and Events
311

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/311.html

Cook County General Information
(312) 443-5500

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/

 

State of Illinois General Information
(312) 793-3500
http://www.illinois.gov/

 

Chicago Police Department
www.cityofchicago.org/police
19th District
Commander Chris Papaioannou
850 W. Addison Street
(312) 744-8320

Neighborhood Relations Office
(312) 744-5574

Chicago Park District
(312) 742-PLAY
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

 

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
(312) 744-6060

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bacp.html

Chicago Public Library, Lincoln Belmont Branch
1659 W. Melrose St.
(312) 744-0166
http://www.chipublib.org/locations/68/

U.S. Post Office, Lakeview Branch
3024 N. Ashland Avenue

(800) 275-8777
http://www.usps.com/

Chicago Transit Authority
(888) YOUR-CTA
http://www.transitchicago.com/

Regional Transportation Authority
(312) 836-7000 (Travel Information Line)
http://www.rtachicago.com/

City Clerk of Chicago
(312) 744-6861

http://www.chicityclerk.com/

Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation
www.cityofchicago.org/streetsandsanitation


Illinois Secretary of State
(800) 252-8980
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/

 

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Licensing
(312) 744-6249
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp/provdrs/bus.html

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin
(312) 353-4952

https://www.durbin.senate.gov/

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth

(312) 886-3506

https://www.duckworth.senate.gov/

Congressman Mike Quigley (5th District)
(773) 267-5926

https://quigley.house.gov/

Governor JB Pritzker

(312) 814-2121

www.illinois.gov/GOV

Mayor Lori Lightfoot
(312) 744-3300
www.cityofchicago.org/mayor

 

Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward)
(773) 248-1330
www.ward32.org

Alderman Matt Martin (47th Ward)
(773) 868-4747
https://www.aldermanmartin.com/

 

Commissioner – Cook County Board Bridget Degnen
(312) 603-6380

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/person/bridget-degnen

State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (12th District)
(773) 296-4141
http://www.staterepsara.com/

State Representative Ann Williams (11th District)
(773) 880-9082

repannwilliams.com

Chicago Public Schools
(773) 553-1000
http://www.cps.edu

 

DePaul University
(312) 362-8000
http://www.depaul.edu/

 

Illinois State Board of Education
(866) 262-6663

https://www.isbe.net/

Mayor’s Office of Special Events
(312) 744-3315
www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents


Chicago Office of Tourism
(312) 744-2400
www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
(312) 744-6630
www.cityofchicago.org/culturalaffairs

 

Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
(312) 567-8500
http://www.choosechicago.com/

 

Illinois Bureau of Tourism
(800) 2CONNECT
http://www.enjoyillinois.com/

 

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The Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization committed to representing Roscoe Village businesses and to advancing the growth and prosperity of the Roscoe Village neighborhood.

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