February 2014
A New Lawrence is Around the Corner

In July 2013 the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground to transform Lawrence Avenue into a pedestrian friendly corridor that would spur redevelopment and welcome new businesses into Lincoln Square and Ravenswood.  Nearly seven months later investment can be seen all along the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Project corridor.  From Western Avenue to Clark Street new businesses are sprouting up and new residential projects are on their way.  The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome all of our new neighbors and invite you to stay connected with us as we continue to follow the investments in #ANewLawrence.

In This Issue
New Retail Anchors Spur Redevelopment Along Lawrence Avenue
1800 W. Lawrence Avenue

Ravenswood Station, a new shopping facility at the corner of Lawrence and Ravenswood Avenue, is hoping to open for business sometime in the early Spring.  Anchored by a 70,000 square foot Mariano's Fresh Market, LA Fitness Center, and Sears Auto many new businesses are sprouting up along and near Lawrence Avenue in anticipation of the new pedestrian traffic that may be generated from this shopping facility.
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New and Expanded Restaurants to Serve Beautified Corridor
1742 W. Lawrence Avenue, 2200 W. Lawrence Avenue, 2251 W. Lawrence Avenue, 4710 N. Ravenswood Avenue

Get ready to dine outside along Lawrence Avenue!  With the enhancement of pedestrian amenities along the corridor restaurants will be able to accommodate new sidewalk cafes in front of their businesses. 

Himmel's European Bistro is currently in the process of applying for permits to construct an 8 table sidewalk cafe.  The old Chicago Ale House at the corner of Lawrence and Leavitt was purchased last year by Roots Handmade Pizza, which will bring new life to the intersection and outdoor seating on both sides of the establishment.  Band of Bohemia is a new brew pub slated to open along Ravenswood Avenue just south of the new Mariano's.  For those of you looking to enjoy more than just food, Ampersand Wine Bar has just announced plans to open at Lawrence and Hermitage.
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Outdoor Green Space Proposed for Local School and Neighborhood
4728 N. Wolcott Avenue

As new businesses and residences pop up along Lawrence Avenue green space will be an important component of the area redevelopment.  A new outdoor space was unveiled earlier this week to take the place of an existing play lot at McPherson Elementary School.  Construction on the first phase of the outdoor space could occur as early as the end of the school year.
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Upgraded Transit Facility for Ravenswood Metra Station
4800 N. Ravenswood Avenue

More than 2,000 people hop on Metra at the Ravenswood Station on Lawrence everyday and soon they will be welcomed by upgraded facilities.  Construction began in 2012 to build two new platforms that include covered platforms, warming shelters, ticket facilities, and even a coffee shop!  The west platform is projected to be finished this Spring, with the east platform finishing construction in 2015.
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More Residences to be Constructed Around New Lawrence Avenue
1801 W. Argyle Street, 2208 W. Lawrence Avenue

As new businesses come to Lawrence Avenue so will new residents.  Two projects are currently in development for the new revitalized corridor.  Ravenswood Terrace is an approved 150-unit apartment complex adjoining the Ravenswood Station commercial center, with direct access to the Ravenswood Metra Station and a public courtyard.  2208 W. Lawrence is currently in the planning stages for a mixed-use residential/commercial project that would include 21 apartments and three to four small retail spaces.
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Flower Boutique and New Men's Spa Join Development Along Lawrence
2200 W. Lawrence Avenue, 1744 W. Lawrence Avenue

Signs have gone up in the windows of a vacant retail space at the corner of Lawrence and Claremont for the expansion of A Pretty Flower.  This floral boutique by A & A Floral Arts will be moving from their current location at 4610 N. Western Avenue.

Wax Man Spa recently joined Lawrence Avenue offering hair styling, massages, facials, and of course waxing services to the community.  The spa caters primarily toward a male clientele, but not exclusively.  
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