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Ravenswood Overview

Filled with gigantic trees, spacious lawns, and old renovated homes, the Ravenswood neighborhood is a lovely place to get away from hectic city life, while remaining in the middle of a thriving community that has it all. One of Ravenswood's (or Lincoln Square's, depending on who you ask) crowning glories is the Old Town School of Folk Music. It originated in Old Town, but the performance venue (which has hosted the likes of Joni Mitchell) was moved up to Ravenswood in recent years and continues to produce great folk shows. A slew of Ravenswood cafés and taverns also welcome live music and the occasional comedy act, in addition to supplying the bulk of neighborhood nightlife. On the dining front, a long list of excellent restaurants has made a blip on Chicago's culinary radar. Romantic French bistros, trendy sushi bars, unforgettable Italian pasterias, and satisfying American diners cover any mood or craving with style and masterfully prepared meals.

Ravenswood History

In 1868, this area of farmland and forest was bought up by a group of real estate investors called the Ravenswood Land Company. The company created larger lots and made a deal with a railroad company to open up a new stop in the area, promising an increase in riders. Upon doing this, the railroad and the land company set the rate high ($7.20 per one hundred rides) in the hopes that they would attract wealthier citizens to the vicinity.

Slowly, affluent residents began to occupy the land as railroads extended further north of the city. While many of the houses here were grand, fit for Chicago's high society, essential amenities such as sewers and sidewalks were not yet accessible to these upscale homes. It seems Jefferson Township, their neighbor to the west, would not allow the newly established community to run waste through their land to the Chicago River. How un-neighborly! So it wasn't until the 1880s and '90s, when Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, Lakeview and Jefferson Township were soaked into the city's expanding city boundaries, that Ravenswood's sewage problems were resolved when the city's waste removal system was expanded to reach those in this northern Chicago neighborhood.

As the elevated train (known today as the 'El') was extended north in the early 1900s, the area became more accessible to citizens from lower and middle classes. To accommodate the new residents, small houses and two-flats were built in between and around the existing ones, creating a mixed income neighborhood.

Since Ravenswood's boundaries cradle those of Lincoln Square neighborhood, both communities shared in the growth throughout the years. Today, roughly a fifth of this Chicago neighborhood is considered a historic district as many of the original Ravenswood homes are still intact. Even the two-story apartment that was the home of famous poet Carl Sandburg still stands at 4646 N. Hermitage, where he wrote his acclaimed book Chicago Poems published in 1916.

Dream Town Knows Ravenswood

As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in Ravenswood. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your Ravenswood home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Sold For $275,000
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Schools In The Ravenswood Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Ravenswood area.

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) Rating

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Belding Elementary School

4257 North Tripp Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Boone Elementary School

6710 North Washtenaw Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Budlong Elementary School

2701 West Foster Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

McPherson Elementary School

4728 N Wolcott Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Roosevelt High School

3436 West Wilson Ave

Public High 9-12

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave

Public Elementary - Middle K-8

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave

Charter Elementary - Middle K-8

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue

Private High 9-12

Park View Lutheran School

3919 North Monticello Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Misericordia Mcauley Residence

2060 West Granville Avenue

Private Elementary, High 1, 4, 10-12

CICS Northtown

3900 W. Peterson

Charter High 9-12

Wonder Montessori School

5644 North Pulaski Road

Private Elementary K-1

Torah Montessori School

2800 West North Shore Avenue

Private Elementary - High n/a

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue

Private Elementary - High n/a

Clinton Elementary School

6110 North Fairfield Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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