That’s So Ravenswood

June 1, 2012


Here we are again on our tour of Chicago neighborhoods you should get to know. From the hip West Loop we’re heading north to charming Ravenswood.


That’s So Ravenswood

Check out the questions and answers below to help you get acquainted with this family-friendly nook.




Q: Where is Ravenswood, exactly?

A: Ravenswood is the southern section of the Lincoln Square area, bordered by Foster and Montrose avenues, to the north and south, and the Chicago River and Ravenswood Ave, to the west and east. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ravenswood was its own suburb of Chicago, with large homes, lawns, and beautiful trees to boot.


Q: Have any famous people lived in Ravenswood?

A: Carl Sandburg, the famous poet (does the “City of Big Shoulders” ring a bell?), lived in Ravenswood at 4646 N. Hermitage Avenue. Sandburg lived in an apartment inside the large wood-frame house from 1912-1915.


Q: How easy is it to get around Ravenswood?

A: The CTA Brown Line stops at Damen, Montrose, and Western—all stops that get you to Ravenswood and the heart of Lincoln Square. The neighborhood is also deemed “very walkable” with a score of 87 by


Q: Where can I eat in Ravenswood?

A: You’ll have plenty of restaurants to choose from. Whether you like Italian, Thai, Mexican, or sweets and treats, you’ll find them in Ravenswood. And just a hop, skip, and a jump down Lincoln Avenue, you’ll find Lincoln Square gems like the Chicago Brauhaus, and old-time favorite for German eats, Tank, a fun sushi joint, and plenty of good pubs in between.


Q: What can I do in Ravenswood?

A: In the mood for music? Check out the Old Town School of Folk Music for concerts, classes, and festivals. Become a budding artist through the art programs at Lillstreet Art Center or work on your novel at StoryStudio Chicago.  And after all that culture, it will be nice to take a sweet stroll around the large and well-maintained Welles Park, which is also equipped with a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and indoor gyms if you want to work up a sweat.


Q: What are the schools like in Ravenswood?

A: Looking for Chicago Public Schools with a little something extra? Both Ravenswood Elementary School and Thomas J. Waters School enhance their core curriculum with an emphasis on the arts. The schools serve children from preschool to eighth grade.




Want to learn more about Ravenswood? See your Agent to explore this tree-lined and family-friendly community.

Coming soon: A look at Chicago’s Gold Coast.





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