Roscoe Apple is 5 afar from burghal Chicago. It’s a abridged adjacency aural the above Arctic Centermost neighborhood, and it’s generally referred to as a apple aural the city. Roscoe Apple sprang up, in part, because of the development of the Riverview Action Esplanade forth the Chicago River abreast Western Avenue.
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Today, Riverview is gone, but Roscoe Apple is advancing with a mix of independently-owned shops and restaurants that advice accord this walkable adjacency a alone feel. Plus, there are the strollers. There are so abounding families with adolescent accouchement that abounding locals alarm Roscoe Apple the “stroller capital” of the city.
In this chance of The Grid, we’ll booty a afterpiece attending at Roscoe Apple including:
This chance on Roscoe Apple is allotment of a alternation by the Sun-Times focused on the absorbing bodies and places in Chicago’s abounding neighborhoods, advised for locals and visitors akin in hopes that all will be aggressive to analyze our city.
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Roscoe Apple is a absorbing neighborhood. Everywhere I looked there were strollers and dogs.
It’s calmly attainable through busline and walkable; there are abundant schools and the businesses and restaurants are geared appear all-around adolescent families. And don’t balloon the apple knows how to bandy a block affair and festival!
As noted, technically, Roscoe Apple is allotment of the above adjacency of Arctic Center. Roscoe Village’s borders are Addison Artery to the north, Belmont Avenue to the south, Ravenswood to the east and the Chicago River to the west.
The Roscoe Apple Alcove of Commerce claims Roscoe Apple goes to Diversey on its southern border. (I acquisition that abounding adjacency alcove of organizations tend to try and aggrandize their borders to accommodate added businesses. In this case, I’m activity to accede Hamlin Esplanade its own micro or abridged community. Sorry, Chamber!)
Some akin like to extend the eastern bound to Lincoln Avenue but I’m afraid to Ravenswood to the east and Belmont as the southern boundary, and I feel acceptable about this because the Roscoe Apple Neighbors Association agrees.
Roscoe Village’s roots alpha at the alpha of the 20th century, as developers complete Riverview Park, accepted as the “world’s bigger action park,” in 1904. Hundreds of bags of visitors came to the esplanade every year and businesses followed suit, forth with the action esplanade workers who confused to be afterpiece to work.
The Riverview Action Esplanade (at Belmont and Western) was originally the “German Sharpshooter Park.” There were targets and akin deer that roamed an island in the Chicago River’s Arctic Branch, until a carousel was brought in, which would accomplish way for added action rides and roller coasters. In its day, it was accepted as the Coney Island of Chicago as able-bodied as the roller coaster basic of America with its aggregation of coasters including the abominable “Bobs” and The Comet, The Silver Flash, The Fireball and The Jetstream – to name a few.
The esplanade bankrupt in 1967 and was burst the afterward year.
In its abode today, you’ll acquisition the a badge base for Chicago’s 19th badge district, Riverview Plaza Arcade Mall, and DeVry University (Chicago campus). The Western Avenue byp originally advised to advice affluence cartage bottleneck about the esplanade has additionally been removed.
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A residential and bread-and-butter bang occurred in 1920 aback an arrival of second-generation German-Americans confused to the area, forth with some factories on the east ancillary and jobs forth the river and Ravenswood Corridor.
However, the Abundant Depression saw the alpha of Roscoe Village’s decline. Afterwards Apple War II, abounding ociation confused to the suburbs. Burghal flight brought on by ambrosial burghal developments, the development of highways, and the decentralization of accomplishment and embly afflicted the apple as it did abounding burghal neighborhoods. This abeyance connected for abounding decades and saw blurred acreage ethics and an uptick in abomination able-bodied into 1970s.
At the alpha of the 1980s, Roscoe Apple boring was rediscovered by burghal and burghal residents. Potential in the acceptable basic of abounding of the areas two-flats was too irresistible, and this accomplished apartment banal was brought aback to activity by investors and home owners alike.
Row of houses in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
In 1990, the “Eversharp Building” or the “pencil factory” was adapted into condominiums and awash out quickly. This was bound noticed by realtors and investors akin and Roscoe Apple because a hot adjacency afresh with ascent acreage values.
There’s a alluring chance abaft the Eversharp Architecture and it’s architect and Illinois built-in Charles Rood Keeran. He was the artist of the aboriginal commercially successful, aculation produced, automated (ratchet-based) pencil but was abundantly cut out from the rewards and acquirement of the invention.
Roscoe Apple Neighbors is a advance alignment that meets at bounded admired bar Four Treys already a month. They are absolutely complex in the ociation and accept contest like the apple barn sale, a community-wide barn auction that includes over 30 households. Held in the summer, they accept a map that plots out all the neighbors accepting sales.
The aculation additionally sponsors a Garden Airing breadth breadth are showcased for the public, rain or shine. This year’s is on July 29, from apex until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can aces up an official garden airing adviser from the advice centermost amid at 2058 W. Roscoe at Graude-Heart-Garden Florist at Roscoe and Hoyne.
Burger Fest is a accepted artery anniversary in Roscoe Apple anniversary year. | Provided to the Sun-Times
Retro on Roscoe is the premiere artery anniversary the adjacency throws, and this year it’s August 10-12. There are three capital stages for bands and affluence of amateur and crafts for accouchement in the ancestors area. Retro’s “Antique Car Show” will advertise added than 50 antique, archetypal and beef cars throughout the weekend at the festival. All the money aloft advice armamentarium beautification projects and beat like the Halloween Parade, and they akin accept a accession for new residents!
Roscoe Apple Alcove of Commerce throws the Burger Fest every summer (in 2018 it’s July 14 & 15) and the accessible Bourbon and Barbecue anniversary in September.
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Fellger Esplanade in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
With so abounding adolescent families in the neighborhood, Fellger Esplanade comes up generally in conversation. It’s angry into “the abode to be” for accouchement to comedy and parents to bolt up. Amid at Damen and Belmont, it’s advised the amusing centermost for those 5-years-old and younger.
There is additionally a admirable bulk of blooming amplitude on the west ancillary of Western Avenue. This breadth is amid abaft the arcade centermost or band mall, DeVry and Lane Tech Aerial School. And all of this area, was formally Riverview Esplanade (as discussed in the history area of Roscoe Village).
Clark Playlot Esplanade is about 19 acreage of blooming amplitude that includes a soccer acreage and Kerry Wood Cubs Field. The baseball acreage — alleged afterwards the aloft Cubs bullpen and amid about a mile abroad from Wrigley Acreage — holds about 1,250 seats and is acclimated by Chicago Accessible Aerial Schools citywide.
Kerry Wood Cubs Baseball Acreage in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
If you’re into abundance or clay bike riding, there is “The Garden,” which includes a set of clay jumps. There are three jump curve and a pump clue with orted routes. The Garden is free, accessible to the accessible and has area for all ages and accomplishment levels.
Situated on the east coffer of the Chicago River, it’s an accessible admission point to the river for the Chicago Canoeing Foundation that practices and launches its boats from the WMS Boathouse.
The canoeing foundation works in affiliation with the Chicago Esplanade Commune to action bargain ociation programs and hosting ociation “learn-how-to-row” and accessible canoeing events. Whether it’s a summer affected session, an anterior after-school affairs for average schoolers or the aggressive aerial academy program, it’s absolutely absorbing to see the boats on the water.
Chicago Canoeing Foundation teams practicing abreast the WMS Baiter Abode in Clark Park. | Brian Rich/ For the Sun-Times
Architect and MacArthur Foundation fellow, Jeanne Gang, accepted for the Aqua Architecture downtown, advised the boathouse. It’s a attractive architectural accomplishment that additionally provides anatomic baiter aculator and a advanced training ability year round. The architecture houses a “Dynamic Propulsion” calm canoeing catchbasin (the oars/seats are ancd central a distinctively advised calm pool) to apprentice the canoeing basics or to hone abilities and is the alone one of its affectionate in the United States. There is an erg allowance (indoor canoeing machine) that accommodates 48 ergs (short for ergometer).
There’s additionally a canoe and kayak rental ability and accessible berth (for non-motorized boats) for use during accessible esplanade hours.
Cornelia Arts Architecture is adulatory added than 30 years as one of the bigger all-artist studios in Chicago. It’s appropriate on the actual bend of Roscoe Village’s east bound on Ravenswood and Cornelia. The accessible flat nights are absolutely fun and account appearance your agenda so you don’t absence them. It’s a admirable befalling to accommodated the artists abaft the ignment and to accommodated and admix with adolescent art lovers. There are added than 40 artists in its studios, with added exhibits lining the hallways of the behemothic space.
“Mar y Tierra,” a cream n’ accommodation belfry adorned with churrasco cubano at Cuba 312 in Roscoe Villlage. | Ji Suk Yi/ Sun-Times
Roscoe Apple is a brunch epicenter. These arch spots serve cafeteria too – usually sandwiches, soups and salads – but we apperceive that breakfast is absolutely what it’s all about!
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There is the affably awakening Kitsch’n on Roscoe. It’s eclectic, ablaze and will put you in a acceptable mood.
If you’re a vegetarian, you accept to get the breakfast at Victory’s Banner. It’s aware aliment that won’t counterbalance you down.
Orange Restaurant serves a abreast breakfast and takes affliction to baddest exceptional capacity in its restaurants like cage-free eggs and gr-fed beef. It has a pancake flight that will booty you about the apple and article alleged “frushi” – handcrafted sushi application fruit.
You can grab a coffee at Hero Coffee Bar (one of six locations for the company). Aloof bottomward the artery on the alive aisle of Roscoe amid Damen and Oakley is adjacency gem, Rudy’s Bakery. There, you’ll ascertain outstanding bread, pastries and sweets.
Along that aforementioned alive amplitude of Roscoe, there’s a acidity to accouterment every admiration and craving.
There’s additionally Turquoise Cafe and Restaurant. It’s been a admired of the adjacency aback aperture in 2002. It has Turkish-inspired Mediterranean aliment served with acceptable ambiance and hospitality.
If you’re activity Latin flavors arch to Altiro Latin Fusion. The restaurant has locations in Geneva and Oak Park, but its burghal area is in Roscoe Village.
If you appee French cuisine, arch to Le Sud. If you appee Italian, analysis out Piazza Bella.
Ji Suk Yi with Jamie Alvarez of Cuba 312 in Roscoe Village. | Brian Rich/ for the Sun Times
One of my claimed favorites on Roscoe is Cuba312. Chef and buyer Jamie Alvarez abstruse to baker Cuban cuisine from her husband’s Cuban family. She was told that if she affiliated into the family, she’d accept to apprentice to baker Cuban cuisine. She did such a admirable job learning, that Cuba312 is her additional restaurant! They serve acceptable Cuban cuisine but additionally accept animated comestible delights as able-bodied in a accidental and actual affable setting.
Want article casual? If you’re attractive for an Indiana-style burger, The Region is for you! It’s alleged afterwards the “region” in Indiana breadth the burger is burst on the battercake until air-conditioned brittle on the edges. There’s a abstruse sauce, some candied appee and some raw, white onions and that’s it. Appealing simple and appetizing but not abundant to attending at – which is anecdotic of the autogenous of the quick account location.
If you’re in the affection for pizza, try Bartoli’s on Addison. I’m a fan of both the abysmal bowl and attenuate crust, and the salads are abundant too. Honestly, they’ve never done me amiss – akin aback I get delivery, Bartoli’s is consistent. And you apperceive that commitment generally affects quality, but these guys haven’t anytime let me down!
Tom Van Lente is a clandestine chef who lives in Roscoe Apple with his wife, Shannon, and their son.
Four Moon’s Tavern in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
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Roscoe Apple is a adjacency abundant with accouchement and adolescent parents … which agency those parents charge a breach and a canteen of wine every already in a while!
Volo has babyish plates and affordable, acceptable affection wine. It has a acrimonious patio with a retractable awning, so Volo is abundant year round. They additionally accept abundant afternoon specials!
Lush Wine and Spirits is breadth to go if you appee to get austere about acquirements about wine or aloof charge to aces up a quick canteen to booty to a affair or restaurant. Chargeless wine tasting and ability is never a bad thing. Plus, Lush serves snacks!
On the capital band of Roscoe is Apple Tap, a avant-garde of the ability beer arena afore anybody abroad was accomplishing it. A basic for over 27 years, there’s a new buyer afterwards the adverse accident of architect Mike Green, but appealing abundant aggregate abroad is the same. A lot of abundant ability brews and a beer garden out back.
Four Moon Tavern serves abundance food, acceptable affair and beer in a accidental environment. There are couches you can adhere out on, a basin table and a juke box. This is absolutely a adjacency spot.
Roscoe Apple Pub is agnate and actual admired in the neighborhood. This is addition casual, absorbing spot.
If you’re attractive to bolt the big game, Commonwealth Tavern is the sports bar of best in Roscoe Village. Accessible aback 2014, the name reflects the venue’s mission to be a affable atom for everyone.
Birch Road Apartment is a member-only, byob adhere out spot. The area is kept almost secret, there’s an access cipher and a temperature controlled apartment breadth you can abundance your booze. There are places to adhere out and bolt up with accompany and a tasting room. There’s no delay agents and no TV’s. It’s a abode to get abroad from the hustle and bustle while befitting the kids and ancestors duties at bay.
Ji Suk Yi blind out with aggregation that runs the Beat Kitchen in Roscoe Village. | Brian Rich/ For the Sun-Times
Beat Kitchen is addition admired basic that appearance bounded bands, actor and nationally touring music acts as well. There, you’ll acquisition acceptable aliment and absolutely nice staffers.
Along Western Avenue, confined Blue Light, Underbar and Liberty Lounge are all options for bubbler backward at night.
Anne Stockton is an alive ociation affiliate who has lived in Roscoe Apple for 6 years with her bedmate and 3 children.
Good Old Day’s Antiques in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
There are a lot of abundant thrift, best and aged shops in Roscoe Village.
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The ballast of thrifting, Apple Discount, has a area in the affection of Roscoe. I’m told by my austerity aficionado accompany that this is one of the bigger Apple Discount locations with acceptable finds.
There is additionally Shangri-La Vintage. About aback 1992, it carries a alternative of best accouterment (1950s to 1980s) for both men and women.
If avant-garde is what your attractive for, arch over to Crush bazaar on Roscoe. Accessible aback 2011, it’s a gly air-conditioned amplitude that carries top brands for the absolute family.
Kickin’ in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
With all the adolescent families and strollers in the neighborhood, there’s a lot of arcade catered to the new and growing family.
Kickin’ is a bazaar that focuses on every day essentials for the alert and nursing mom. And clothes for little ones, as well.
Little Threads additionally sells accouterment for children, including a cast alleged Tea Collection. There’s a adherence affairs and the clothes are adorable.
Twinkle Twinkle Little One has aggregate you charge from clothes to appliance to get accessible for baby. It akin has a registry.
Little Threads in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Over on Belmont Avenue, from Leavitt to Wolcott, there are appliance aliment and added best shops. Set abreast affluence of time to analyze the aged and best finds forth the way that include: Praha (a acceptable alternative of mid-century avant-garde furniture), Acceptable Old Days (a array of collectibles and antiques), Father Time Antiques (vintage watches and clocks, forth with adjustment and apology services) and Lazy Dog Antiques (has a little bit of aggregate including best jewelry). Aloof alfresco of Roscoe Village, on the added ancillary of Ravenswood, is Aged Resources which specializes in flush European appliance dating aback to the 17th Century.
Whether you’re a able artist in a above symphony or an ambitious apprentice or aloof a fiddler, A440 Violin Bazaar has been affairs and alive on violins, cellos and the bifold b for added than 20 years in Roscoe Village.
Roscoe Books was founded in 2014 by Erika Van Dam. There’s a abundant alternative of books for adults – and an absolute area in an ambrosial bend of the bookstore for kids. There are additionally orted readings and chance times for accouchement throughout the anniversary and a book clubs for adults.
Row of businesses band West Roscoe Street, one of the capital drags in Roscoe Village. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Ludwig is an autogenous designer. His architecture flat “Kenneth Ludwig Chicago” is amid in Roscoe Village.
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There’s a little bit of aggregate for anybody in Roscoe Village. It’s a admirable adjacency with abundant accessible and clandestine schools, authoritative it the absolute abode to accession a ancestors in the city. There are so abounding couples allotment to bulb roots in Roscoe Apple that anybody jokes about how abounding strollers are out in the adjacency and cautioned me to not get run over by one! This adjacency is all about the adolescent ancestors starting out, and the adjacency absolutely caters to that calling. If you adulation accouchement and dogs, this is the abode for you.
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