Since 1958, Ravenswood Community Council initiatives have 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, helped respond to urban deforestation through the Greening of Ravenswood, currently known as A Greener Ravenswood. Today, our initiatives are shaped by local residents and businesses and are designed to improve life for our entire community.
The largest and most visible RCC initiative is the establishment and day-to-day operation of the Greater Ravenswood Special Service Area #31. SSA #31 was established in 2008 to service areas on Lawrence, Clark, Montrose, Damen, Wilson and the Ravenswood corridor. The purpose of SSA #31 is to sustain the competitiveness of the commercial, industrial and residential districts, and clean, beautify and brand the area in order to create a more inviting, identifiable and attractive business district.
To request information about our initiatives and resulting 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.