I live in Rogers Park with my wife in an apartment at W Chase and the lake, and I love it. The area is very diverse and the parks are great. There are tons of great Mexican and Latin restaurants along Clark and a little India area on Devon that has literally a mile of Indian restaurants and shops, south along Broadway there are Ethiopian and Asian restaurants. We also really like the Korean BBQ on Western. Andersonville to the south also has some great shops and Restaurants,
Near the Jarvis el stop there is an Indian restaurant, it is a hole in the wall but you can get take out to take to the Irish bar across the street. There is also a wine shop and Italian restaurant, and Charmers, a great coffee house with good bagels.
As far as public transport you can take the Metra downtown in 15-20 minutes, or hop on the purple or redline or 147 express bus. Parking is not as bad as other neighborhoods, but can be a pain, at least in East Rogers Park.
The beaches are nice and just north in Evanston Northwestern has a sail beach were you can take sailing lessons, keep a small boat on the beach or learn wind surfing. People here love the lake. There a kayak beach at Touhy and the lake. Today it was 10 degrees out and there were 3 surfers in the lake, in heavy wetsuits, I am not lying.
For winter warren park in west Rogers Park has a ice skating rink and sledding hill.
Being so far north you are close to the suburbs, so you can get your multiplex or big box store fix. Evanston has some good restaurants; I like a sushi place and a vegetarian restaurant there.
Prices are lower in Rogers Park than many closer in neighborhood and prices are declining and will continue to do so as there have been a ton of foreclosures. We wonâ€™t buy unless we great a great deal. Check out this link for a story on the situation for some condo owners in Rogers Park:
If you want to rent there are tons of condos available on craigslist or check with Lee street they have lakefront apartments on Eastlake Terrace, we used to rent from them and would again.
If you are expecting an upscale neighborhood, you will be disappointed, but if you want to live in a diverse vibrant part of the city Rogers Park may be for you.
Good luck with your move.