I’m on my way to show a townhouse that is for sale on Paulina Street, south of Lawrence Avenue. I am thinking about Why I love Ravenswood in Chicago. Is it the tree lined streets, the lovely stone homes built by old world stone cutters at the turn of the century; or the carpenter gothic frame houses with original “gingerbread” trim?

Maybe. But it’s more about the location.  Ravenswood is ideally situated between Lincoln Square on the west and Andersonville on the south, a great location for shopping, dining, and entertainment.  I can’t wait to tell them about my favorite Andersonville restaurants on Clark Street north of Lawrence. There’s Big Jones, for southern/soul food, Taste of Lebanon where you can get a falafel sandwich for a song, and Calos for great ribs. My favorite shops are the Wooden Spoon (for classes and cooking implements) and the Swedish Bakery.  Let’s not forget there is so much to love about nearby Lincoln Square restaurants and shops.  On Lincoln Avenue, my favorite spots are Café Selmarie for dining al fresco on the Square, Fork for beer, wine and tastings, and shopping at Gene’s Sausage Shop, the Book Cellar.

I wonder if the buyers know that it’s just a 10 minute ride to downtown via Metra Rail, from the station at Lawrence and Ravenswood.  And in the summer, you can hop on Metra northbound and arrive at Ravinia for a concert.  And when the new Mariano’s Gourmet Grocery opens at the Ravenswood Station the area will have even more to offer.

Ravenswood  in Chicago is also served by the Brown line and Red Line elevated trains, as well as busses, especially the express 146 bus.

I’m almost at my destination now, 4620 N Paulina, a wonderful 3 level townhouse in a gorgeous green community.  Where else can you have your own front and back yards, a 2 block walk to Metra, and friendly neighbors.

Maggie Finegan, ABR, Move with Maggie Chicago Real Estate Team