Editor’s Note: We want to get to know our neighbors, so we picked five questions to ask each of them. Feel free to ask them your own questions in the comments. Or submit your own responses on our submissions page.
Doug & Tracy Hurst have lived and worked in the neighborhood for 11 years. They opened Metropolitan Brewing at 5121 N. Ravenswood Ave in June 2008. Doug was A/V Engineer for many years, doing corporate audio and video. Tracy had a portrait photography studio and was a professional belly dancer. But they gave up their demanding gigs for a chance to help create some very creative and tasty craft brews. And we’re certainly glad they did because Ravenswood, as well as the rest of Chicagoland , certainly benefit from having their beer expertise here to help us enjoy a brew or two.
What are some of your favorite things about the neighborhood?
The trees that weren’t killed by the beetles a few years ago. On Wolcott, on Winnemac and on Winchester there are a lot of big, older trees. We really like that about the neighborhood.
We also like that everything we want is here. Great bars, great food, even dog supplies, things like that. Basically, we exist within a half-mile radius around our apartment and it’s all in this neighborhood.
What’s your favorite business in the neighborhood?
We love Bow Wow Lounge across the street here. That’s where we got our dog, Phelps. Koval obviously, good friends of ours right next door. Yes Thai, we love Yes Thai. Best Thai in the city if you ask us. Everybody thinks the Thai closest to their house is the best one in the city, but we love Yes Thai.
What would you like to see change or improve in the neighborhood?
The kids at Amundsen High School; We live right there on the corner and you can tell when school is in because there’s garbage everywhere and cheap wannabe graffiti. We can’t walk Phelps down Foster until summer because there’s so much food and candy garbage he eats off the ground. But we don’t see how the neighborhood can make teenagers behave any better.
What are your hopes for the future of the neighborhood?
More business, absolutely, all up and down the corridor here any retail spaces that are available we’d love to see filled because that means jobs. Like us, we readily hire people who live around us if we can.
What’s the goofiest thing you’ve seen in the neighborhood?
The goofiest thing we seen in the neighborhood, we think, is the annual Howl-o-Ween, which happens right here. People dress up their dogs in costumes and compete to see who has the best Halloween costume on their dog. A couple of years ago we participated as judges. We think that when people dress their dogs up in costumes it’s adorable, but also goofy.