Ravenswood History

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Wilson at Ashland, Ravenswood neighborhood, Chicago

Ravenswood history begins in 1868 when it was first conceived as one of the city’s planned suburbs. Originally annexed to the City of Chicago in 1889 as part of the Lake View subdivision, Ravenswood blossomed following the introduction of electric streetcar lines in the 1890s. In 1907, the Ravenswood elevated line (now the CTA Brown Line) cemented the area as a location livable, convenient, and accessible to less-affluent residents whose small houses, two-flats, and apartment buildings filled in the gap between Chicago and its former suburb.

The name Ravenswood remained in popular use, even after the area was officially designated part of the Lincoln Square community area. Today, the neighborhood provides a dynamic and diverse blend of tree-lined residential streets and bustling retail and commercial spaces, easily accessible by CTA and Metra.

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