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The Raven Festival: A True Family Affair

By Tatum Bartlett | Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don't miss The Raven!

In its two-year existence, The Raven has built up quite a reputation. And this year, the family-friendly festival?happening Friday, June 18, through Sunday, June 20, in Chase Park (on the 4700 block of North Clark Street between Lawrence and Leland)?is certain to not disappoint.

The three-day fest is sponsored by the Ravenswood PTA, Chase Park Advisory Council, and the Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, along with Ward 47 Alderman Gene Schulter, and all event proceeds go directly to the children of the community. What?s not to love about that?! Each $5 festival entry fee is used to fund the Community Building Tutors, a program that provides free tutoring to youth at Chase Park, and the Chase Park Advisory Council, whose members are working diligently to rebuild the park’s playground. (For those unfamiliar with the park, it should be noted that it hasn’t seen a face-lift since the 1980s. Although its seesaws once lifted up-and-down with pomp, the peeling paint and worn seats are much in need of revival.)

This year?s Raven festival features three nights and two full days of live entertainment, area artisans, and tasty offerings from local restaurants. Other highlights include the Third Annual Ravenswood Cornhole Tournament (which takes place on Saturday, June 19, and offers both competitive and non-competitive tournaments), a dunk tank sponsored by the Ravenswood PTA (featuring Ravenswood School teachers and principal?risky, considering report cards are issued this Friday!), and a pumped-up and expanded version of the festival’s popular Kidz Nest, complete with a petting zoo, face painting, inflatable bouncers, children?s entertainment, and interactive activities.

There’s something for everyone at The Raven festival. Bring out the family and help the neighborhood build that long-awaited new playground!

*Please note: Those interested in participating in the Cornhole Tournament are required to sign up before 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

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