6.7 out of 10

Ravenswood

Ranked 26th best neighborhood in Chicago
41.9678215364694 -87.6844247832156
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Some great food and shopping, maybe a little expensive though…"

Ravenswood is definitely a nice neighborhood. I’ve been through there quite a few times, and I’ve always found it to be energetic and fun. The food and shopping is excellent although neither is the best in Chicago.
For food, my favorite is the Bistro Campagne, which is a French restaurant with really high quality. My girlfriend loves going there because they have a great selection of wine, and between you and me (and the whole world since this is the internet) the girl likes her wine. We’ve sat outside on the patio more than once and had a great time.
Speaking of patios, if you want some nightlife, check out the Long Room, which has a good sized patio made for having a few beers on a nice summer night. It’s a pretty casual place, which suits me fine, and most people seem to really appreciate the atmosphere.
Shopping is good in Ravenswood as well. As I love my dogs to no end, my favorite place to shop is the Ruff Haus Pets, which isn’t too busy, and you can get your dog groomed (I only have their nails trimmed) and buy some good healthy food. I can’t say if they like the food any better than regular Dog Chow, since they’d eat anything, but I like to think for the 5 seconds that they eat it’s a more enjoyable experience.
I haven’t lived in Ravenswood, but it seems like a fairly upscale area. I don’t think it’s the most expensive neighborhood in Chicago, but it isn’t cheap. Some of the houses look really nice, and a lot of places have nice yards. Crime is pretty low, and everything is pretty clean. I’d definitely recommend it for anyone looking to visit or stay.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Some great parks and good people to meet in them
  • Great Shopping and dining
  • Quiet
  • Great dining
Cons
  • A bit expensive
  • For all the nice options, it can be a bit dull
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Ravenswood - Middle of the Road"

Ravenswood is a family friendly neighborhood with nice homes, condos and apartment buildings. It’s also home to former governor Rod Blagojevich and new mayor Rahm Emanuel, so if you enjoy being around politicians and are scared of the south side, this neighborhood’s for you!

I can’t say the population of Ravenswood is all that diverse, mostly because it’s not. It’s a fairly affluent area, although not totally unaffordable. There are a lot of couples and families in the area.

There are a ton of cutesy shops in the neighborhood – clothing boutiques, stuff for kids, etc. The restaurants are pretty decent – there’s plenty to choose from. Glenn’s Diner right by the Montrose Brown Line stop is an institution in the area and is really good. My family has been buying pastries from Lutz Café since the ‘40s or ‘50s – they’re an Austrian bakery and also have a little café. Coffee and something sweet is highly recommended!

I go to Lillstreet Art Center, which moved from Lincoln Park to Ravenswood, a lot. They have all kinds of classes for both adults and kids. First Slice Café on the bottom floor has DELICIOUS sandwiches, pies and coffee. They also have a great shop that sells work from students and staff.
Pros
  • great for families
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Restaurant heaven!"

Ravenswood is a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago that is part of Lincoln Square. The location of Ravenswood within the city of Chicago has made it something of an intersection point and, as a result, it is home a variety of different kinds of restaurants. What I have always found interesting about the area in general is that with a little bit of research you can have access to a surprising variety of restaurants.

Whether you like Japanese, Italian food or just about anything else, you can find it in Ravenswood. This is one of the reasons that Ravenswood has become such a hotspot in recent years.

In addition to its large supply of restaurants, Ravenswood is also home to a numerous and diverse businesses. You name it, you can probably find it in the Ravenswood area. It is also important to note that a large percentage of these businesses are independently owned. So if you are looking to make a purchase and want to support a small business owner, than you might want to check out the Ravenswood area.
Pros
  • Great dining
  • Unique Architecture
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
2yrs+

"Charming Old World Feeling"

As a European-inspired area, Ravenswood has a distinctly “Old World” vibe. Known as a quiet area with a charm all its own, Ravenswood is on Chicago’s North Side and is within the confines of Lincoln Square. Thought by many to be an area whose best days are yet to come, many people are migrating to Ravenswood in anticipation of upcoming growth.

For history-lovers, the large historic areas in Ravenswood are a big draw. The neighborhood is noted for its focus on preserving the distinct European flare of the buildings without giving up modern amenities. Ravenswood has many charming cafés and affordable boutiques, making it a great setting for a fun day in the city. I enjoy Ravenswood because it is a quiet area that almost feels like an escape from the busier neighborhoods in Chicago.

Many families call Ravenswood home because of its many schools, parks, and quiet streets. Today’s Ravenswood residents include a diverse mix of families, young couples, and retirees. Cultural dive
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Unique Architecture
  • Great dining
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Place"

This is a nice area in the upscale Lincoln Square area – a North Side neighborhood with a reputation for affluence. There are a lot of shops and courtyard-style apartment housing (a staple of the community), and the area enjoys a lot of transportation access (the Brown Line, Metra, and a whole lot of buses) and it’s a quick ride to the Loop.

The area is beautiful – tree-lined streets, parks, cleanliness, the whole bit – and Lincoln Avenue hosts a range of trendy and upscale restaurants. Recent years have made sure that Ravenswood enjoyed something of a real estate renaissance – it is practically overflowing with (high priced) bungalows, flats and condos. Some of the neighborhood is only recently gentrified, but don’t let that deter you from visiting – this neighborhood is doing very well for itself at the moment.

One of my favorite stops in Ravenswood is Ravenswood Used Books on North Lincoln Ave. It’s a chaotic-seeming cubby-hole of books – but I (and many other neighborhood dwellers) love it. The guy who runs it generally knows what is in there and where it is, so if you are doing more than browsing you need not worry!
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Up and Coming Neighborhood with Great Access to Public Transportation"

I've been living in Ravenswood for almost 2 years now. It's a great place to live and has great access to public transportation including metra and the CTA Damen Brownline stop. Various buses run through Ravenswood and run until the wee hours of the morning. The neighborhood is rather friendly, and has great resturants. I highly recommend Aroy Thai, which is right by the brown line stop as a great place to try. Amundsen's park behind their school is really nice with a paved walkway and track around the football field as well as 3 softball and baseball fields. Ravenswood is a great place to live and is close to the city, but distanced from the busy areas of the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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