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Ravenswood Gardens
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Ravenswood Gardens Overview

Ravenswood Gardens is a small family-oriented neighborhood near bustling Western Avenue and just south of Lincoln Square on the far north side of Chicago. Tightly-packed with brick flats and individual houses, this residential enclave offers schools and park space in a quiet riverside setting, removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Because of its tranquil, countryside appeal injected with (but not overwhelmed by) a distinctly urban flavor, Ravenswood Gardens residents are happy to spend an afternoon picnicking in the park or tossing around the football with the fam.

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Ravenswood Gardens is a tight-knit neighborhood with quiet, shady streets lined with two-and three-flats, some brick bungalows, condominium conversions, and a section of single-family homes. A few of these houses are vintage Victorian-style dwellings set back from the street on good-size lots surrounded by privacy-providing greenery and grand entry pillars. The interiors boast hardwood floors and moldings, stained-glass windows and a classic charm that’s hard to recreate in today’s modern residential constructions.

Condominium conversions of multi-unit apartment buildings have become increasingly popular in the area, but there are still good deals available on stately, multi-level single-family homes. If you are interested in a private house, the price can range from $375,000 to close to a million dollars, depending on the architectural design, age, and condition of the home. But most folks in Ravenswood Gardens choose to live in one of the many available condos or townhomes. Because some units occupy newer constructions or reside in renovated older low-rises, and some are situated in vintage courtyard buildings, the range in price varies quiet a bit. Generally speaking though, you can get a two-bedroom condo for as low as $200,000 in Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood. If you’re looking for a three-bedroom unit, the listings start in the low to mid $300,000s but go up to $600,000 for a brand new place with two-car garage parking.

Although the neighborhood is mostly composed of families, singles and young couples find the area just as attractive, with the action, nightlife, and restaurants of Lincoln Square so close by. Many first-time buyers look to this section of town for affordable property in good condition that isn’t too far away from downtown.


Ravenswood Gardens History

In the mid 1800s, the area around Ravenswood Gardens developed primarily as an agricultural spot for growing pickles, celery and flowers. Also sharing business with the tranquil farmlands that occupied the terrain was a rudimentary delivery industry, which supplied the immediate region with these products via horse-drawn wagons.

An industrial corridor emerged on Ravenswood Avenue along the North Western Railway tracks, just east of present-day Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood. A physician named Wallace Abbott established Abbott Laboratories in the late 19th century, which was one of several fast-growing companies that set up shop in this rapidly developing neighborhood. The lab attracted workers to the area, which in turn caught the interest of folks that wanted to settle in the relatively empty neighborhood. Electric streetcars soon began servicing the region, attracting more newcomers to the newly-built bungalows and apartment buildings.

Two of the new residential subdivisions near Ravenswood, Ravenswood Gardens and Ravenswood Manor, traded on the Ravenswood name, which was synonymous with quality residential development in the area at the time. Ravenswood Gardens followed suit with well-built apartment buildings, brick bungalows and two- and three-flats. Many of the inhabitants who moved into the new housing were Greek immigrants. They established numerous small businesses and St. Demetrios church, which created a fresh sense of diversity in Ravenswood Manor, Ravenswood Gardens and nearby Lincoln Square that had, until then, had been solidly German and Polish.

The tiny neighborhoods of Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens teamed-up in 1914 to form a park district in order to preserve some of the better natural land in the area. Over the next decade the community worked hard to acquire land and develop it into parkland. By the 1920s, a beautiful garden opened facing the North Branch of the Chicago River decorated with an ornamental fountain and lush shrubbery which soon came to be known as Sunken Gardens Park.

Unfortunately, none of these beautiful features survived the downward spiral that the neighborhood—and the country—experienced as a result of the Great Depression. After World War II the neighborhood was lifted for awhile as returning GIs and new families sought an abundance of housing. The nearby commercial strip along Western Avenue expanded and grew as more shops and services found their way to the area.

The neighborhood has experienced its share of adjustments over the years but recently it has surged in popularity along with its nearby neighbors Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Ravenswood Gardens has all the charm of other north side neighborhoods, but is just a bit further removed from the overcrowding hassles that can plague the more well-known Chicago communities.

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Schools In The Ravenswood Gardens Area

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

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

Reilly Elementary School

3650 West School St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

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

Passages Elementary Charter School

1643 West Bryn Mawr Ave - charter

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Our Lady Of Lourdes

4641 North Ashland Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

4833 North Francisco Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School

6110 North California Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Park View Lutheran School

3919 North Monticello Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Philip Lutheran

2500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Chicago Montessori

1713 West Cullom Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-2
NR

German International School Chicago

1726 West Berteau Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Clinton Elementary School

6110 North Fairfield Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Coonley Elementary School

4046 North Leavitt St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
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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