Ravenswood: A History

Laid back with an almost suburban feel, Ravenswood is at once a lovely residential area and a thriving creative hub. From bottom to top, the neighborhood is lined with artist studios and creative businesses, including a group of independent breweries known as “Malt Row”. With tree-lined streets, spacious lots, and leafy public parks, residents love their cozy retreat from hectic city life. But, with three CTA Brown Line stops and the Metra, the commute to the Loop (and beyond) couldn’t be easier!

Before development, Ravenswood was a stretch of sparsely populated farmland and woods. With Chicago growing larger by the year, developers saw in Ravenswood an opportunity for a quiet commuter suburb. Established in 1868 and named for the local raven population, the neighborhood attracted affluent Chicagoans who began to build in the area. Not everything was rosy, the developers had neglected to install sewers and sidewalks. Chicago came to the rescue in 1889, when it annexed the neighborhood and installed the much-needed infrastructure. More...

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