AtoZ Blog Challenge – R – Ravenswood Neighborhood in Chicago

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The neighborhood aspect of Chicago is important to the city. I wrote about Lutz Bakery in the post for L, which is located in Ravenswood. Here is a small moment from a scene in Facing East that talks further about the community of Ravenswood.

The trees that lined the streets were bare, and the family lawns had lost their greenness. Katherine appreciated the vintage buildings that now stood side by side with multi-unit apartment complexes, a few newly constructed condominiums, and the single-family homes. They were all crammed together in Chicago fashion. Even if Johanna was unimpressed, it filled Katherine with nostalgia. Neighborhoods like this had been a familiar sight to the little girl that sat on the back seat of her parent’s car. There was a permanence about these old buildings aged with coal dust and wind blown grim. Here and there steam rose from the pavement grates, and behind dirty windows she could see Christmas trees with large colored bulbs and tinsel. Katherine remembered the past, and presumed the future would altar very little of these small enclaves of Chicago.

Katherine spoke up. “In the years since my parent’s died, the new buildings downtown would be unfamiliar to them, but a drive along a street like this in Ravenswood or a similar Chicago neighborhood, would remind them of their youth. I’m sure of it.” 

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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5 Responses to AtoZ Blog Challenge – R – Ravenswood Neighborhood in Chicago

  1. noelleg44 says:

    I remember driving through neighborhoods like these when we lived in Evanston, just to see all the Christmas lights!

    • Exactly! I hope the Ravenswood scene captured what that was like for you when out seeing the lights. Memories like that are what I drew from to write the scene. I could see it so clearly, but writing it is another matter.

  2. Great scene from Ravenswood!

  3. That’s a good scene! You’re great as writing descriptions.

    My latest post in the A to Z challenge.

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