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Best Places to Run in Chicago: Ravenswood



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    Celia Johnson

    Instead of sticking to the usual lakefront path on your weekend run, consider mixing it up with a neighborhood jog through Ravenswood to get your miles in.

    Since I moved to Chicago in 2008, I have lived in or within walking distance of Ravenswood on Chicago's North Side. It's a relatively quiet, but beautiful, neighborhood bordered by Montrose Avenue to the south, Ashland to the east, Foster to the north and the Chicago River to the west.

    Running in a new neighborhood is a fantastic way to get to know the area, and Ravenswood is a neighborhood that seems built for runners. From its leafy, historic side streets to its many wonderful small businesses, a route through Ravenswood is perfect for a serene Saturday morning run.

    If you have time to make a day trip out of it, make sure to stop by River Valley Farmer's Table for lunch or Margie's Candies for ice cream post-workout.

    Here is my suggested 5K running route through Ravenswood: 

    • Start at the Montrose Brown Line station and run east a few blocks to Paulina Avenue
    • Head north on Paulina to Winnemac Avenue
    • Go west on Winnemac to Winnemac Park, and follow the path across the park and back
    • Run east on Winnemac to Hermitage Avenue
    • Head south on Hermitage, ending at Montrose

    Celia Johnson is a local runner and blogger for Chicago Jogger. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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