Ravenswood is a predominantly residential neighborhood known for single-family homes and both bungalow and courtyard-style apartment buildings. Many of the single-family homes are a century old, though new construction has been popping up more and more and a considerable number of the vintage homes have been converted into two and three flats. The spaciousness, the sidewalks, the foliage, and the serenity combine to make Ravenswood a pleasant and worthy north side destination. As a bonus, the neighborhood is unusually well-served by el stops, the Metra commuter train, and buses. Ravenswood has experienced a renaissance over the past decade and is quickly becoming a go to area for people looking to live on the north side of Chicago.
There are several small parks in Ravenswood and two expansive parks on its fringes, namely Winnemac Park and Welles Park. Welles Park has a public indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. Winnemac Park has nature trails and a prairie garden, and both parks have baseball diamonds and tennis courts.
The Ravenswood neighborhood is adjacent to Lincoln Square, which is rich with restaurants and shopping options, although a fair number of ethnic restaurants can be found within Ravenswood's boundaries. The neighborhood also offers a unique take on coffee.
History and literary buffs will be interested to know that Carl Sandburg, Chicago's poet laureate, lived in Ravenswood at 4646 North Hermitage.