Thursday January 18 6:20 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


09/16/2017 - 11:00
09/17/2017 - 18:00

New to this year’s festival is a BLOOM street art installation by Ravenswood-based artist Dana Parisi, expanded indoor artist markets with new locations at Beyond Design and Dovetail Brewery, and a “Bike To RAW” music meetup and bike parade, starting at Turin Bicycles, led by the youth folk band Young Stracke All-Stars which consists of student musicians ages 8-14.

“The Ravenswood ArtWalk gets better every year thanks to growing attendance, increase in artist participants and a community invested in the artistic, industrial and historic importance of Ravenswood,” says Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Megan Bunimovich. “People flock to Ravenswood for our annual ArtWalk year after year with 10,000 attendees in 2016. The Ravenswood ArtWalk has evolved from a neighborhood showcase to include visiting artists (and attendees) from all around Chicagoland and beyond.”

Additional highlights of the weekend include free mini dance classes from Ballroom Dance Chicago and the 3rd annual 60 Second Film Festival presented by Big Teeth Productions and a rare glimpse inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum private archives of rare and extinct animal specimens from across the Midwest. The outdoor RAW Street Fest returns to host the Begyle Brewing urban craft beer garden, two stages for live music, a food truck roundup and children’s corner for family-friendly entertainment and activities. In all, more than 300 artists will display their work across 40+ indoor studios and outdoor exhibits, featuring works by local watercolor artists, photographers, jewelry makers, sculptors, glass blowers and much more.

“The Ravenswood ArtWalk… is definitely one of the highlights of my year,” says Bill Bartelt of Bill Bartelt Watercolors, RAW’s longest-running participant. “Being an artist can be a little lonesome, what with working alone in the studio all day, so being able to throw open my doors and welcome the public in and getting to know and share the joy of my work with them is a wonderful experience, which I look forward to all year. My only regret is that I don’t get the chance to wander around that weekend and see some of the work of the many wonderful neighboring artists.”

The Ravenswood ArtWalk is free and admission to the RAW Street Fest is a suggested donation of $5. For more details, visit

The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to empower local businesses through a proactive and inclusive approach to community issues. While just established in 2015, the Greater Ravenswood Chamber is tied to a 57-year history of fostering a vibrant, locally-focused economy in Ravenswood. Through a variety of innovative programs, initiatives and special events, including the management of SSA#31, the GRCC aims to provide its members with access to information and resources vital to long-term success. The Greater Ravenswood Chamber is guided by the belief that creativity, sustainable living and diverse industry position Ravenswood as a destination neighborhood. The organization serves the area from Foster south to Irving Park and from Leavitt east to Clark. Find out more at