Ravenswood Light Up Nights! 2020

December 18-20 5PM to 8PM Light Up Ravenswood

Friday – Saturday – Sunday
December 18-20
5PM – 8PM

Go here for the map of the light-up displays and restaurants! >>

It’s been a dark year, but there is so much to celebrate! Join us for Ravenswood Light Up Nights! Neighbors are encouraged to utilize holiday decorations, string lights, disco balls, mirrors, or anything at hand to “illuminate” their yards and surrounding sidewalks for three evenings in December. Create a selfie station in a greenway, a message of encouragement in your front yard, or a themed window display to be viewed from afar. No display is too big! Families and individuals are encouraged to take a safely distanced, contact-free evening stroll, take photographs in the selfie stations, and enjoy the creativity of their neighbors. 

How to Decorate: Get creative! Use disco balls, holiday string lights, Halloween decorations, Valentine’s Decorations, Black lights,  lamps, paint, markers, paper to create a well-lit window or yard display of joy that will bring a smile to your neighbors.

Selfie Stations are encouraged! Have space to make a scene? Pull together a “selfie station” for neighbors to come and take some photographs- perhaps it’s an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, A spooky throw back to halloween, a visit to Santa’s Workshop, a stroll down the Nile, or a bike ride along the Seine! Neighbors are encouraged to use their creativity and make something to put a smile on our faces- and a photograph on our social media! 

And that’s not all…

Join us at our welcome table in front of these sponsoring businesses before you stroll to pick up FREE glow-stick necklaces and bracelets, a warm drink, and some snacks. 


Friday, December 18th- River Valley Farmers Table
Address: 1820 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Vittles: Boozy Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine and delicious snacks! Check out the FULL MENU HERE!

About: River Valley Farmer’s Table is a farm-owned and sustainability-focused neighborhood shop with goods from a wide network of local farmers & producers


Saturday, December 19th- Bayan Ko
Address: 1810 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Vittles: Hot Chocolate, Warm donuts.  They will give hot cocoa and donuts away for FREE to the first 100 people, and their regular menu will be available for takeout.

About: Bayan Ko is a Filipino-Cuban mash up founded by Chef Lawrence Letrero and his partner Raquel Quadreny. The food is a combination of their families’ recipes and Chef Lawrence’s experience with modern American cooking. Bayan Ko means “My Country”, or “My home” in Tagalog. They chose this name because it is their mission to make everyone feel at home, and create a nurturing environment in their community.


Sunday, December 20th- Spoken Cafe
Address: 1812 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Vittles: 

  • A campfire latte with smoked Oaxacan chile maple simple syrup topped with maple sugar and smoked sea salt.
  • Free hot cocoa for the kids.
  • Louisiana boudin savory hand pies for walking and snacking.
  • Warm sea salt chocolate chip cookies.

About: Spoken Cafe is a small neighborhood cafe run by Sido Gaude and Will Goodwin, both from southern Louisiana, and their amazing staff of 10. Focused on seasonal foods and a deep catalog of house made pickles and preserves made by Chef Angela Torres- Kutkuhn, the cafe features as much locally produced fare as possible with almost all product made in house from scratch. Spoken Cafe is also one of the only places in Chicago where you can find traditional cajun boudin ( prn- Boo.Dan) . You can have it in The Boudreaux, one of our breakfast sandwiches, stand alone as a hot link served with crackers and Tabasco or frozen and vacuum sealed for take home meals. Featuring only a few hard to find cajun specialties, the focus at Spoken Cafe is more about the feeling of southern hospitality and welcome friendship than it is the comfort food which Chicago has no shortage of. 

Go here for the map of the light-up displays and restaurants! >>

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