Located on the north-side of Chicago, Ravenswood offers a unique mix of small town charm and big city conveniences. This cozy and quiet neighborhood that was once an exclusive commuter suburb founded by real estate speculators in 1868 is now home to an engaged local community that excels at cultivating a space for creatives to flourish. As so, you will find a plethora of small businesses speckling the tree-lined streets. These include the local craft breweries in Malt Row, as well as the boutiques and studios filled with up-and-coming artists. And you can’t forget the tech start-ups, restaurants, and manufacturers that also call Ravenswood home and contribute to its thriving economy.
While this area is quite notable, it is not designated as one of Chicago’s 77 defined community areas. This northern community is situated in the Lincoln Square area next to Uptown and is bound by W Lawrence Ave (North), N Clark St (East), W Montrose Ave (South), and the North Branch of the Chicago River (West).
The Metra train corridor—commonly referred to as Malt Row—is home to some of the best craft beer in Chicago and is a must for any beer lover. In this is 1.5-mile stretch that spans from Ravenswood Avenue in the East to N Leavitt Street in the West, there are 7 breweries and 1 distillery open to the public. If you’re looking for day packed with fun, head over to N Lincoln Ave, where you can enjoy a movie at the historical Davis Theatre, which combines vintage architecture with modern comforts like leather seats. Afterward, take a walk down W Eastwood Ave to grab a bite at Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill, then go relax in River Park located off of W Argyle St. Cap off your adventure with some virtual reality gaming at Redline VR or try your hand at glass blowing at the Chicago Glass Collective.
The Ravenswood apartment scene is mostly made up of courtyard-style residential buildings that offer everything from compact studio apartments to spacious multi-bedroom units. Great examples of this style are Greenview Manor Apartments (4435 N Greenview Ave), Wolcott Terrace (5017 N. Wolcott Ave), and Wolcott Court (1828 W Lawrence Ave). Craving a contemporary Chicago apartment? The recently built 5-story apartment building located at 2150 W Lawrence Ave may be a good fit, but you certainly can’t overlook the Henry if comfort, contemporary flair, and luxury amenities are on your wish list.'
Completed in 2019, The Henry is one of the most recently built apartment complexes in Ravenswood. This sleek and stylish abode has a rooftop terrace fitted with plush seating, string lights, BBQs, an outdoor dining area, and a fantastic view that all contribute to this outdoor oasis’ peaceful and cozy aesthetic. Inside is just as chic with open-concept apartments styled with contemporary finishes, large walk-in showers, and an abundance of natural light thanks to the floor to ceiling windows.
Ravenswood is a food lover’s paradise with a variety of fabulous restaurants that offer just about any type of cuisine you can crave—with many being featured in the Zagat Guide, The Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine. A few of our favorites are listed below.
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For more restaurant recommendations, be sure to check out our detailed Ravenswood Chicago Guide.
The Henry, located at the corner of Montrose Ave and Honore St, features brand-new 1 bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom apartments. Just steps away from the Montrose Brown Line CTA stop, this building is the perfect location for a commuter. Situated in the Ravenswood neighborhood, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment located within a mile radius of the building. Outside of their apartment, residents can unwind on a rooftop lounge with built-in grills, stow their bike away safely, enjoy in-unit laundry and a dishwasher, as well as access to amenities across the FLATS® buildings.