Along the Brown Line between Lincoln Square and Uptown sits Ravenswood, an industrial but uniquely residential neighborhood of Chicago that almost feels hidden amongst the trees.
Though certainly one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, the area has recently seen an influx of young city-dwellers flocking to it – drawn no doubt by the quiet, unassuming atmosphere that reveals intimate bars, restaurants and green space perfect for coming home to.
The major streets running through Ravenswood are Damen and Lawrence, which cut through the neighborhood with bus routes to take residents throughout the north side, to the lake, and out to the highway.
Ravenswood runs East/West from Clark Street all the way up to the North Branch of the Chicago River, and North/South from Montrose up to Foster. Interestingly, Lincoln Square sits smack dab in the middle of Ravenswood between Leland and Lawrence, which provides residents easy access to all of the great amenities located in “The Square.”
You can't talk about Ravenswood neighbors without talking about the canines who populate it. An incredibly dog-friendly community, it's impossible to stroll these streets without seeing at least one happy pup.
The neighborhood is mainly populated by thirty-somethings looking to get a lot for their money. With affordable rent for spacious living, Ravenswood is full of young families and professionals who work downtown, as well as out in the suburbs – utilizing the Ravenswood Metra Station that’s centrally located in the neighborhood.
A bit understated and quiet compared to flashier neighborhoods in the Windy City, Ravenswood nonetheless can hold its own as truly one of the best places to live on Chicago's north side.
With a plethora of affordable and high-end dining options, eclectic boutique shops, local coffee shops as far as the eye can see, and classic bars with an eye towards Chicago’s craft beer community, it’s no wonder this area remains one of Chicago’s most desirable places to live.
On Ravenswood Ave, which runs alongside the neighborhood's Metra tracks, former warehouses have been transformed into a huge number of local businesses and office spaces.
Even the most seasoned Ravenswood residents may miss the chance to explore this hidden part of the community – missing out on local favorites like Spacca Napoli, Band of Bohemia and O’Shaughnessy’s Public House.
Ravenswood's charm makes one of the largest neighborhoods in Chicago feel like a small, residential community.
Local bars like The Rail and Fountainhead provide a warm atmosphere for guests, while Groundswell and The Perfect Cup brew delicious coffee for residents and offer a quiet spot to get work done or just catch up with friends. Plus, with so many schools and outdoor areas for children, it’s no wonder that so many young families choose to raise children in this friendly community.