Light Up Nights- 2021

Planning your visit:
The boundaries of the event are within 2 blocks of
Montrose, Ashland, Lawrence, and Damen.


Schedule of Events:

  • The Main Event: The lights!
    Walk around our beautiful neighborhood and check out the light displays on the digital walking map (map live on 12/14/21). It’s free to attend this event, and we welcome you to come by the RNA Welcome table for your free glow stick, and to support our local businesses by making a reservation for dinner, or swinging by for a warm beverage or quick snack! There are no tickets for this event, just a digital map for you to choose your own adventure!
  • GLOWpening Night Light up Ceremony- Friday December 17th- 6pm
    Join us in front of All Saints Episcopal for the official GLOWpening ceremony. Our ceremonial tree will be lit by Alderman Matt Martin, Rector Suzanne from All Saints, and all in attendance. We’ll sing a couple of carols, and you can participate in the Pubic Art Project!
  • “Light the Way Forward” Public Art Project- Visible all three nights!
    Contribute to the project on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th from 5-7pm
    Location: Corner of Wilson and Hermitage. Decorate your own Luminaria and add it to the pathway. Collect a paper bag at the event for decorating. Participants are asked to decorate their Luminaria with an image or words of their imagined hopeful future. Luminarias will be lit all three evenings of Light Up Nights.
    Suggested donation will be accepted at the project table. Half of all donations will be gifted to the Ravenswood Community Services who feed our neighbors, the other half will go towards next year’s Light Up Nights, and other local events through the Ravenswood Neighbors Association.
  • Closing Night Social and Awards Ceremony- Sunday Dec. 19th6pm to 9pm
    CANCELLED – RNA will announce winners of ‘Best Decked’ tomorrow Dec. 20th. We hope you’ll still decide to visit our friends tonight at Redline VR but we’re cancelling the party out of concern for spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Are you in Ravenswood? We want you to participate!

Register Your Home Here

Register your Business Here

Last year, we had over 1500 visitors walking around the neighborhood- don’t let your hard work of decorating go unnoticed.

How to Decorate: Get creative! Use disco balls, holiday string lights, Black lights,  lamps, lanterns and candles to create a well-lit window or yard display. Have inflatable figures? GREAT! Apartment window? Great! There is no display too big or small.

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 visit to Santa’s Workshop, or the Grinch’s Livingroom. Neighbors are encouraged to use their creativity to make something special.


Neighborhood Specials and Supporters

Huge thanks to our sponsors and participating businesses. These businesses and specials can also be found on the digital walking map- coming 12/14/21!

  • Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
    About: The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) is guided by the belief that creativity, sustainable living, and diverse industry position Ravenswood as a destination neighborhood. We create programs and provide services that connect the dots between businesses, residents, non-profit organizations, local government and area schools.
  • Redline VR Bar
    Corner of Leland & Ravenswood (southbound)
    Open all three evenings with a great selection of beers special for Light Up Nights!
  • All Saints Episcopal Church
    Corner of Hermitage and Wilson
    Host of the GLOWpening Ceremony and RNA Welcome table on Friday the 17th
    Location of the “Light the Way Forward” community art project!

    Half of the Proceeds from Light Up Nights activities will be donated to Ravenswood Community Services, which is housed in side of All Saints Episcopal.
    About: All Saints’ is an inclusive, progressive, and thriving community that is rooted in our neighborhood and engaged in our world. Our growing congregation comes from diverse religious traditions (or none at all), but we are united in our commitment to putting our faith into action for the good of the world. We are called to fight systemic injustice, to care for our neighbors, and to meet the challenges of our time with faithfulness, courage, and creativity. But it is joy that binds our congregation together: even in the midst of sorrow and anxiety, we laugh, we sing, and we put on a show.
  • River Valley Market
    On Wilson near Wolcott
    Host of RNA Welcome Table- Saturday the 18th!
    Featuring: We’ll be open late all three nights and serving hot chocolate and coffee!
    About: Our grocery store is fully stocked with goods and produce from our farm and other local, sustainably-minded producers! We welcome in-person shopping (with a limited capacity) and online ordering with contactless pickup. If you haven’t shopped with us in a while, don’t miss our expanded selection of organic and biodynamically produced wines, Slagel Family Farms meats, and daily fresh baked breads!
  • Spoken Cafe
    Under the Montrose Brown Line Stop
    Host of RNA Welcome Table-Sunday the 19th only, from 5pm- until sold out!
    Featuring: Crispy Louisiana Boudin balls w/ remoulade dipping sauce, plum pastries, warm sea salt chocolate chip cookies, Oh Snap Mochas (a delicious spicy gingerbread mocha) & free hot cocoa for kids.
  • Dovetail Brewing Co.
    Corner of W Belle Plaine and Ravenswood (southbound)
    Featuring: A special warm beverage & beer specials!
    About: The Dovetail joint is the classic symbol of quality and craftsmanship that we strive to bring to our beer. As two brewers joining together to make a stronger form, we are open-hearted alchemists who savor life through a passion for brewing. We brew like monks (minus the vows) and believe that brewing is a fine balance of art and science, hard work and fun. We respect both traditional brewing methods and modern brewing creativity to create sublime beers that play on all of the senses and uplift our customers.
  • Mariano’s
  • Hazel
    Corner of Montrose and Wolcott
    Open all three nights until 8pm!
    Best Decked Entry: “Holidays at Hazel”
    About: Hazel has been a Ravenswood staple for almost 20 years! We always go all out for the holidays and our customers know they can count on us for Christmas decor and gifts. Stop by to see for yourself our wide range of gift options for everyone on your list as well as unique ornaments and seasonal home decor.
  • The Ravenswood Tavern
    On Montrose between Wolcott and the Brown Line station
    Featuring: A Maple Barrel Aged Old Fashion special
    Best Decked Entry: Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time!
    About: A welcoming neighborhood tavern that is **dog friendly!**
  • Begyle Brewing Company
    Corner of Culyer and Ravenswood (southbound)
    Featuring: A special Happy Hour Menu for Light Up Nights!
    Best Decked Entry: Begyle, Bulbs and Beers!
    Sit on their lit up patio to enjoy some beverages amongst the lights!
    About: Begyle Brewing is a community supported brewery, located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor. Open since 2012, serving customers in our taproom and throughout Chicagoland.
  • Byron’s Hot Dogs
    The Corner of Paulina and Lawrence
    Featuring: 25% discount when you mention Light Up Nights and FREE hot cocoa.
    About: Family owned and operated, Byron’s has been a fixture on the North side since 1975. Regularly voted Chicago’s, and America’s, best hot dog!
  • Koval Distillery
    Between Berteau and Cullom on Ravenswood (northbound)
    Featuring: Free samples of a Cranberry Gin cocktail in the KOVAL Store! There will also be special cozy cocktails on the menu in the Tasting Room, just for the occasion!
    Check out their decorations on Ravenswood Ave!
    About: KOVAL Distillery, which began as Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s, has grown into one of the largest fully independent and woman-owned craft distilleries in the US. Located right in the heart of Ravenswood’s Malt Row, KOVAL crafts a line of whiskey, gin, and specialty spirits using unique organic grains and signature “heart cut” techniques with only the absolute best quality distillate.
  • Blue Havana Cigars
    On Wilson between Ravenswood and Wolcott (eastbound)
    Featuring: Cigar smoking set to winner of Best Decked
    About: Blue Havana has become a staple in Chicago where customers feel at home in our shop. Blue Havana boasts Chicago’s largest boutique selection, comprised of imported cigars from around the world. Featuring everything from The Dominican Republic to` Mexico to Nicaragua, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your personal taste. Blue Havana was also the proud recipients of the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago Award “Best Smoking Area” for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. We moved to Ravenswood in 2021.
  • Jersey Mikes
    Corner of Hermitage and Lawrence
    Featuring: Free bag of chips and drink with the purchase of sandwich when you mention “Ravenswood Light Up Nights!”
    About: Jersey Mike’s is a super premium East Coast style sub shop. We focus on fresh food, great service and engaging with the community that supports us! Check out our monthly charity weekends where your purchase directly supports neighborhood organizations.
  • Cinco Mexican Kitchen
    On Lawrence, just west of Hermitage (Across from Dunkin’!)
    Featuring: $2 Mexican Hot Chocolate, Empanadas & Spiced Ciders. And $8 Mulled Wine, Margaritas & Spiked Ciders for adults!
    Events: LIVE DJ on Friday the 19th and PICTURES WITH SANTA on Sunday the 19th!
    About: Cinco Mexican Kitchen is an independent woman-owned restaurant featuring a modern take on Mexican cuisine. We feature Handcrafted Cocktails, Margaritas, Sangria, and some of the best homemade empanadas around and pride ourselves on the fact that everything is fresh and made in house.
  • Biscuit Man
    Located in The Long Room
    Winners of the Best Decked competition will each win a gift from Biscuit Man!
    About: Biscuit Man is a quick service restaurant located inside The Long Room Bar. Our menu consists of different biscuit sandwiches as well as a few other long time favorites. We pride ourselves on using locally sourced ingredients to provide comfort food at a good value.

We can’t wait to see you again!

Images from Ravenswood Light Up Nights 2020:

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