A reporter from the Washington City News called me this week to ask about Ravenswood, Rahm Emanuel™s neighborhood in Chicago. She asked me œWhat™s good about the hood?It™s a great neighborhood for professionals, families, singles, artists, and retirees. You can get downtown by Metra trail, CTA elevated brown line, or express bus.   It™s just a 15 minute drive to the Loop via Lake Shore Drive, which is a great experience especially in the morning ride, where you will see beautiful sunrises as the sun comes up in the east.

What else?   It™s a wonderful place to walk. Take a stroll down Hermitage or Paulina and you will see a historic neighborhood made up of lovely greystones, Victorian homes, and turn of the century buildings. Many homes are preserved or restored to their original grandeur.  There are huge old trees and new landscaping.   And Carl Sandburg lived on Hermitage in Ravenswood.

Ravenswood is still affordable with many choices, whether condo, single family home or apartment. Families with young children will find several choices for day care. And there is music and dance classes for both children and adults at the much loved Old Town School of Folk Music located just a few blocks away in Lincoln Square.   Artists will love the Ravenswood Industrial Arts Corridor, home of Lill Street Art School and Studio where you can take classes, attend workshops or purchase art.   The annual Ravenswood Art Walk held in October provides behind the scene tours of artists™work spaces.   For more information about Ravenswood and surrounding neighborhoods, click here.

Dining and shopping in the area are excellent with many choices in the immediate area, and Ravenswood residents dine and shop in adjacent Andersonville and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, which are just a five minute drive. Between the two communities, there is almost every type of ethnic restaurant along with two gourmet cooking stores and schools, the famous Swedish Bakery and Café Selmarie.   There are many specialty shops from clothing to shoes to bookstores. Andersonville is becoming a Mecca for home décor and furnishings.

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