Unleash your creative spirit in Ravenswood, where artists, performers, and creators thrive. This sought-after urban village features gorgeous tree-lined streets where stately homes pay homage to Chicago’s cultural and architectural heritage.
Ravenswood, located 9 miles north of the Chicago Loop, is a thriving artisan community and a sought-after neighborhood in the Far North Side. It is generally held to be part of the Lincoln Square community area, although adjacent communities like Uptown and Lake View are also staking their claim to this distinctively appealing location.
With downtown Chicago half an hour away, Ravenswood keeps a fair distance from the frantic pace of the city. Instead, the neighborhood maintains the character of an urban village where creative endeavors thrive.
A brief history of Ravenswood
The Ravenswood neighborhood was envisioned as early as 1868, when the Ravenswood Land Company laid out plans to create Chicago’s first commuter suburb from 200 acres of farm and woodland. The residential location was meant to complement the Chicago and North Western Railway.
The area began to grow even more rapidly in the 1890s when the budding neighborhood was annexed to the city. Receiving a boost in infrastructure through improved sidewalks and sewerage systems, Ravenswood also became more accessible through electric streetcar lines and the “L,” Chicago’s elevated rapid transit system.
German families comprised the early Ravenswood population. Their cultural influence still figures prominently in many of the neighborhood’s shops and restaurants. In fact, a segment of the Berlin Wall is on display at the Western Brown Line station.
Ravenswood, Chicago real estate
Stately houses built on spacious lots. Tree-lined streets that exude a sense of calm and security. A genuine reverence for Chicago’s rich cultural and architectural history. When it comes to Ravenswood, Chicago homes for sale, you can expect all these in an exciting variety of combinations and configurations.
Ravenswood captures an air of old-world prestige with its 100-year-old Victorian mansions and brownstone residential buildings. It’s a rare quality for a neighborhood so close to a city’s central business district. The courtyard-style aesthetic appears in recent developments, as well.
Lifestyle in Ravenswood
If you want to imagine what it’s like to live in Ravenswood, here’s where to start:
- Where to eat
Head to Glenn’s Diner for fresh seafood with creative menus updated daily. It also offers all-you-can-eat cereal! Along Ravenswood’s Malt Row – an entire corridor of craft breweries – you will find Band of Bohemia, the first brewpub to be awarded a Michelin star. For dessert, head over to Margie’s Candies to indulge in unforgettable hot fudge sundaes.
- Where to shop
River Valley Farmer’s Table is an indoor farmer’s market that features a bakery, café, and deli. The goods sold here are sourced from Wisconsin’s River Valley Ranch, the oldest and best-known mushroom farm in the Midwest.
- Local schools
Ravenswood families send their children to Chicago Public Schools, including the Amundsen High School and primary schools Chappell, Budlong, and Waters.
- Signature attractions
The country’s largest independent community arts and music school, the Old Town School of Folk Music, is also a renowned performance venue that hosts up to 160 concerts every year. At Lill Street Art Center, you can enroll in a variety of art classes and workshops, including photography, painting, drawing, and ceramics, glass or metal craft.
Embrace high-quality urban living in Ravenswood. Get in touch with Cain Chicago Residential to find the best listings in this neighborhood. Call George Cain today at 773.818.9005 or email GeorgeCain(at)CainChicago(dotted)com.
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