Press

2015

April

  • Supporters Pile On for Ravenswood Composting Idea: “The Ravenswood Community Council’s Greening committee recently met with local business owners to discuss plans for a neighborhood composting initiative. The plans, say RCC Director of Events Gene Wagendorf, have been discussed for several years but some members are now pressing to have something operating by June. Ross Outten, owner of Dolce Casa and one of the members of the Greening committee who is spear-heading the compost initiative, says a number of restaurants are interested in contributing to a project. “As a chef, I’m painfully aware of just how much food waste is involved with running a restaurant,” he said. “There are a handful of chefs who would want to get involved right off the bat.” Among the businesses represented at the meeting were Compass(x) Strategy, Moss Architecture, Alibi Fine Art, and Noktivo Spa.” David Byrnes, DNAinfo Chicago

February

  • Plan. Experiment. Act. The League of Awesome Possibilities in Ravenswood: “Over the past 18 months, the Ravenswood Community Council, League of Awesome Possibilities, and Neighborland joined forces to help residents shape the development of the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago. The City of Chicago has been rebuilding Lawrence Avenue — a street that cuts Ravenswood in half. Residents knew that the new street infrastructure would bring in new businesses, but had many questions about it. Would it add local businesses or chains? What about rent? Would they gain infrastructure but lose character?” Katherine Nammacher, Medium.com

January

  • Ravenswood Community Council Hosting Tax Seminar for Small Businesses: “On Tuesday, the Ravenswood Community Council is hosting a Small Business Tax Seminar to help make the process of filling out forms for the IRS a little less, well, taxing. Barton Eilts, founder of Eilts & Associates accounting firm, will lead the lunch-and-learn session scheduled for…” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago

2014

December

  • Ravenswood Holiday Walk to Feature a Certain Man in Red: “The highlight of Saturday’s Ravenswood Holiday Walk, featuring more than a dozen small businesses along Montrose, Damen and Ravenswood, is sure to be an appearance by none other than Santa Claus himself. But there are plenty of enticements for adults, too, like free beverages, live music and merchandise discounts.” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago
  • Shop, Eat, Meet Santa On The Ravenswood Holiday Walk: “Not only will shoppers be able to finish off their Christmas lists with unique gifts from local businesses, but they also have the opportunity to give back. Shops with a donation location icon will be able to direct shoppers to canned-food and clothing collection boxes around the area. Donations will… benefit Ravenswood Community Services and the Lincoln Square Friendship Center.” Lori Wilson, The Local Tourist
  • 10 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: The Local Tourist

November

  • Redfin Agent Clayton Jirak Awarded NAR’s 2014 EverGreen Award: “As an active member of his community in Chicago, Jirak has served as a board member on the Ravenswood Community Council (RCC), which works to promote a vibrant local economy through community involvement and small business improvement, for three years. His work at the RCC has also helped enhance the Ravenswood community as a destination neighborhood for those looking to purchase homes in a walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood.” Rachel Mazanec, Chicago Agent Magazine

October

  • MWA Approved: Ravenswood ArtWalk Detour: “The Ravenswood area of Chicago is already a well-known hub of artist studios and galleries, it’s only logical for there to be a yearly celebration of this wonderfully creative neighborhood! Now in it’s 13th year, the Ravenswood Artwalk (RAW for short) is bigger and better this year with two stages of live music, food trucks, beer gardens, and of course plenty of art.” Dan Jarvis, Midwest Action
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk Celebrates Creative Industry: “Stretching along Ravenswood Avenue from Waveland to Foster, but largely concentrated between Irving Park Road and Lawrence Avenue, the walk offers a rare glimpse into artists’ studios and presents a sense of the breadth of enterprises that call the Ravenswood Corridor home — from printmakers to the Nature Museum’s collection of taxidermied specimens.” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago
  • What’s on Dec with Billy Dec: “The 13th annual Ravenswood Artwalk… now includes a RAW Detour equipped with a full stage for live music, a variety of food trucks as well as a craft beer gardening featuring Begyle Brewing, Koval Distilled Spirits and the Chicago Market Co-Op.” Windy City Live
  • Begyle Brewing Wants a Taproom and Food Trucks, But Neighbors Are Wary: “…Begyle is working with the Ravenswood Community Council to have three bike racks installed at the brewery and would encourage customers to bike, walk or take the train.” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk at Beyond Design: “We want to thank The Ravenswood Community Council for allowing us to participate and give back to the community… It was a huge success, so job well done!”
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk Recap: “Surprisingly, people were ready for Christmas and getting a head start on their gift shopping. My caroling ornaments flew off to new homes.” Maike van Wijk
  • Ravenswood ArtWalk at Defy Mfg. Co.: “To say having hundreds of people walk through our new showroom/workshop was fun is a serious understatement. The support, fun, connections and laughs we had were so appreciated! We had fashion industry peeps, artists, musicians and everyone in between… It truly makes all the hard work worth it.”
  • TALsounds on Experimental Sound Studio’s Stage
  • Dark Raven Skies: “This event gives you an inside look at how Chicago artists and businesses create, design and produce art.” Chicago Pride
  • Lincoln Square Weekend Planner: Where to Eat, Drink and Make Merry: Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago
  • Slow Down: “The RAW Detour adds a street festival atmosphere to the mix, with live music, craft beer and spirits, and a food truck corral at Ravenswood and Berteau.” Gapers Block
  • CHIRP Radio at Ravenswood ArtWalk: “Autumn is in the air, and this is a perfect way to spend what’s going to be a wonderful weekend inside and out before Winter sets in once again. See you there!” Clarence Ewing, CHIRP Blog

September

August

  • Plantings, Art, Down-A-Clown Enliven Unloved Ravenswood Lot: “Last weekend, community groups across the city staged placemaking events in under-used lots, plazas and corners, all part of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Old Place, New Tricks contest. The RCC’s “Growing Spaces” picnic… was a great example of how fun, games, and art can energize ho-hum spaces – and help build community.” John Greenfield, Streetsblog Chicago
  • Ravenswood Vacant Lot Attracts Picknickers in Bid to Transform Empty Space: “In June, Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council challenged neighborhood organizations to teach an “old space new tricks” and transform a “lonely” or vacant space into a gathering place. RCC was among the 18 groups that answered the call.” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago

June

  • ‘Greener Ravenswood’ to Showcase Sustainable Business Practices: “The greening of Ravenswood, an initiative of the Ravenswood Community Council, has, over the years, addressed the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation, raised funds for median landscaping and planters and organized cleanup projects. Most recently, RCC has introduced a sustainable speakers series to promote sustainable lifestyle choices.” Patty Wetli, DNAinfo Chicago
  • A Greener Ravenswood at Beyond Design: “A Greener Ravenswood, conceived by the RCC (Ravenswood Community Council), works to establish a network of information and resources focused on local green practices and sustainability.They hold an event each year to educate the community on sustainable lifestyle and business choice.”
  • Exciting “A Greener Ravenswood” fundraiser at Beyond Design: “Ravenswood craft brews, delicious eats, whiskey tastings, massages, manicures and tons of giveaways and deals from local Ravenswood establishments.” Eric Rojas, Friends of Winnemac Park

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