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As one of the Ravenswood Community Council’s core initiatives, the Greening of Ravenswood beautifies community gardens, parks, and open spaces, supports environmental education at area schools, and promotes the achievements of local business owners and residents who help create a more resource-sustainable neighborhood.

To that end, the RCC is proud to present this year’s Greener Ravenswood, which will take place on Thursday, June 25th (5-9 pm) in Beyond Design’s gorgeous courtyard. The evening will feature sustainable and green vendors, product demonstrations, mini-clinics, local chefs, local brews, a silent auction and our annual Raven Awards, which honor local residents and businesses that exemplify sustainable practices in our community.

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Last year, thanks to the support of our guests and partners, we were able to make donations to McPherson and St. Matthias elementary schools in order to help fund their respective campus greening projects and environmental education programs. Additional proceeds were donated to a variety of local projects, including the maintenance of the bioswales along the Berteau Greenway. After meeting with residents and business owners in March to focus this year’s event,  the RCC’s Greening Committee is excited to announce that a portion of proceeds from Greener Ravenswood will be earmarked as seed money for the group’s proposed neighborhood composting program.



Below you’ll find information about the various ways you or your business can participate in Greener Ravenswood. Interested parties can register as a vendor, sponsor, or volunteer, or sign up to donate a silent auction item. The Ravenswood Community Council is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Those with further questions about participation are encouraged to contact the RCC’s Event Coordinator, Gene Wagendorf.

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Last year’s event featured a collection of local & sustainable vendors educating the community on sustainable lifestyle & business choices. Proceeds from the event benefitted beautification and environmental education projects in the Greater Ravenswood area, including at McPherson and St. Matthias elementary schools.

On the evening of June 12th, guests gathered in Beyond Design’s gorgeous courtyard to enjoy scrumptious bites from local celebrity chefs Jordan Rose (River Valley Famers Table), Julia Pham (Relish Underground Dinner Club) and Erwin Drechsler (Artisanal Wilmette). Also on hand her delicious libations courtesy of Koval Distillery and Begyle Brewing.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in informative product demos and mini clinics from businesses like Turin Bicylce and Brew Camp. The 2014 event also featured plenty of chances to shop green goods from local vendors, as well as to bid on Silent Auction items.


Green kick off: With the help of Emmy award-winning 190 North’s Janet Davies, 40th Ward’s Alderman Patrick O’Connor, local businesses and residents, RCC celebrated its community greening with an exciting benefit event attended by 100 guest and raised over $12,000 dollars! We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all who helped us make A Greener Ravenswood a success.

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Please help us identify areas of the 47th and 40th Wards that could benefit from green improvements by using our contact form. If you are interested in joining the Greening committee or know an entrepreneur who would benefit from a spot at one of our events, please contact us at the RCC’s Events and Marketing Coordinator, Gene Wagendorf.