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Ravenswood
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

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.

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Ravenswood is a diverse area for Chicago real estate. Traversing through the mainly residential neighborhood, one finds Ravenswood condos and single-family homes to be easy on the eye. The architecture is a mixture of very old and very new—and all very beautiful.

Due to a lot of rehabbing by residents over the years, Ravenswood homes have been able to stay at a high value and continue to rise. The neighborhood has larger lots than most Chicago neighborhoods because of the city's zoning permits, and residents take comfort in the fact that the level of congestion is low and the noise rather minimal.

Coinciding with its rich culture and peaceful streets, Ravenswood homes are only minutes from Lake Michigan and Wrigley Field, while a ride on the Brown Line 'El' conveniently accommodates residents heading downtown.

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 over number 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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Schools In The Ravenswood Area

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

School Type Grade Rating

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Belding Elementary School

4257 North Tripp Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Boone Elementary School

6710 North Washtenaw Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Budlong Elementary School

2701 West Foster Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

McPherson Elementary School

4728 N Wolcott Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Roosevelt High School

3436 West Wilson Ave - public

High 9-12
2

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Park View Lutheran School

3919 North Monticello Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Misericordia Mcauley Residence

2060 West Granville Avenue - private

Elementary, High 1, 4, 10-12
NR

CICS Northtown

3900 W. Peterson - charter

High 9-12
5

Wonder Montessori School

5644 North Pulaski Road - private

Elementary K-1
NR

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Torah Montessori School

2800 West North Shore Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Clinton Elementary School

6110 North Fairfield Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

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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