Locally focused, community driven
The Ravenswood Community Council (RCC) is a group of active, passionate residents devoted to promoting a vibrant, sustainable, and connected community. Our initiatives include fundraising for and supporting a variety of greening and public art projects, such as the Berteau Greenway Bioswales and the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden. RCC also works to generate resident and school involvement in local events, advocates for affordable housing, and advises the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce on issues that impact residents.
Since 1956, the RCC 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 eight decades, we have led efforts to preserve affordable housing, developed shop local campaigns, assisted in the redevelopment of the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, and helped respond to urban deforestation through community greening efforts.
When the old Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce closed in 2010, the Community Council stepped in to manage Special Service Area #31 and continue providing services to small businesses. Recognizing the distinct needs and characteristics of our community, RCC founded the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce in 2015. The GRCC works alongside the City of Chicago as a Neighborhood Business Development Center, an ally in its Local Industrial Retention Initiative, and the manager for SSA#31. GRCC now represents over 240 local businesses and organizations.
RCC Member Board
Active residents and business owners like you are crucial to our work. We’d love to have you join us!
RCC Resident Membership + Benefits
RCC member activities include organizing fundraisers that give back to neighborhood schools and nonprofits, volunteering at the annual events like the Ravenswood ArtWalk. Members are also invited to help coordinate the Ravenswood Farmers Market and support our community greening work.
- Updates on and access to local events and promotions
- Access to special member discounts
- Information about local volunteer opportunities
- Pride in supporting an organization that works to keep Ravenswood clean, green and beautiful!
Help sustain our efforts to make Ravenswood a destination neighborhood.
Residents like you enable us to continue our work making Ravenswood a safe and beautiful place to live, one with great schools and a thriving local economy. Your volunteer efforts and donations directly support the bioswales along the Berteau Greenway and the Native Prairie Gardens as well as help us to organize the Ravenswood Farmers Market through the Summer and Fall.
Stay connected to the issues important to you.
Our approach to community issues has always been proactive and inclusive. Members stay connected to Ravenswood through a monthly newsletter, year round calendar of events, volunteer opportunities and member discounts. We also work to keep them informed on neighborhood news and happenings, safety initiatives and special programming.
Your Membership Makes a Difference
Every success the RCC achieves is a success for the Ravenswood residents like you who help us make these things possible.