Chicago’s Ravenswood Neighborhood

I absolutely love history and especially Chicago history.   Today in my  drive through  my local neighborhood, I thought I’d do a little research.

When you drive through parts of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, you see large lots and deep setbacks, reminiscent of a rural area from a time long ago.   Amazingly, this area was first conceived as a suburban, upscale commuter/bedroom community of Chicago.  

Have you driven down Ravenswood Avenue north of Foster looking for a train station?   The West Andersonville area, known as Mount Pleasant in 1850, had a train stop of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad at Summerdale.   Now that location is at Lawrence Avenue and called the Ravenswood stop.

The farms located just south of Bryn Mawr in the 1880’s became known as Edgewater Heights, a densely wooded area that was cut down to make way for future development.

Who knew that farmland and rural areas would then become three of the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago – Andersonville, Ravenswood and Edgewater.

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