Since 1958, Ravenswood Community Council has served the diverse interests of local residents and businesses. Originally founded to fight crime and blight, RCC was one of the first urban conservation commissions in Chicago. Over five decades, RCC has led efforts to preserve affordable housing, eliminate troubled buildings, developed the “Shop 47″ campaign, assisted in the redevelopment of the Ravenswood industrial corridor and helped respond to urban deforestation through the Greening of Ravenswood.
Today, our initiatives are shaped by local residents and businesses and are designed to improve life for our entire community. To request information about our programs, please submit your request via our contact form.
Summer of Possibilities: Pop-up Store
Another initiative designed to attract businesses and entrepreneurs is a pop-up storefront, a temporary shop arranged through a short term lease. Located at 1742 West Lawrence (corner of Hermitage), Ravenswood Community Council has teamed up with our partners Jenny Beorkrem of Ork Posters and Neighborly, Marco Chavarry of Alapash Terrarium, and Melanie Kahl of the League of Awesome Possibilities to re-envision the space, attract new tenants and further enrich the Ravenswood area. With a working title of “the summer of possibilities,” the pop-up store will offer local retailers an avenue to sample new and innovative ideas in a low-risk manner. While plans are still being formulated, the pop-up will feature new landscaping, signage, and an informal community gathering space in which to explore new concepts for a revitalized Lawrence Avenue business district.
Please join us for our Possibility Potluck to learn more and share your ideas: August 4th at the Pop-up Storefront location, 1742 West Lawrence AveChicago, IL 60640.
In cooperation with Beyond Design, SSA#31 will develop a unique Ravenswood bike lock to help alleviate the need for additional bike parking and to further define the community’s boundaries.
SSA#31, in cooperation with Jenny Boerkrem of Ork Posters, is developing a retail map to promote local businesses and points of interest in Ravenswood.
Comprehensive Retail Study
SSA#31 will research the current conditions for retail and commercial activity, and develop strategies to fill vacancies or underutilized storefronts.
Updated Trash Receptacles
SSA#31 will be purchasing 20 new trash receptacles to help maintain the cleanliness of the Lawrence, Damen and Clark Street retail districts.
Businesses have a tool with banners to inform residents and visitors about their services in Ravenswood. Banners enhance visibility and awareness but also create a sense of belonging to our unique community. RCC’s Banner Program can help you get your message out!
Please contact RCC Program Manager, Cecilia Diaz, for more information on design and cost at (773)975-2088, or via our contact form.