If you spend a lot of time thinking about the neighborhood, like this author, you begin to realize that there’s a lot of history around here. For instance, if you want to lose a few hours, check out the Encyclopedia of Chicago on Ravenswood and Lakeview.
If you’re one of those history junkies, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that there’s a group devoted to the history of Lakeview and Ravenswood, the Ravenswood/Lakeview Historial Association.
“Dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of Chicago, Illinois’s north side,” as the group’s web site says, the 70-year old organization had fallen into a bit of disrepair in recent years but is now being reinvigorated, says group organizer Patrick Butler.
“We’ve got a new regime and we’re going to be doing a lot more,” says Butler.
Butler, who is a longtime reporter for the Inside-Booster (yes, our print competitor) certainly knows a lot about the ins-and-outs of Lakeview and Ravenswood. And he’s got some big plans, some of which he wants to talk about on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Sultzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
The meeting will include a presentation and discussion by Dick Simpson and Constance Mason of their new book, “Twenty-First Century Chicago” as well as election of the group’s board members and officers. And, it’ll be a great chance, Butler says, to get involved in the group’s renaissance.