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Ravinia Neighbors Association Blog

Welcome to RNA’s Blog Page which features articles from Ravinia writers. Although articles are chosen in accordance with topics we feel are relevant to Ravinia and of possible interest to our readers, RNA does not necessarily endorse the opinions put forth in the blog posts. If you would like to comment on any articles put forth in the blogs, please use the comment box that follows each post.

VanBergen Celebrated!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

From The Ravinia Neighbors Association

Who was John VanBergen? The Highland Park Historical Society answers that question this month in their October celebration of this little known architect of the Prairie school. As it turns out, John VanBergen was a prolific architect in Ravinia and the surrounding Highland Park area, designing various smaller homes and schools such as Ravinia (addition) and Braeside. Those interested in "taking the tour" should visit the HPHS website at The following brief glimpse of the local architect was written by Jean Sogin, Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission and Board member of the HP Historical Society. Read More

Field Violin Workshop on Television

Thursday, September 13, 2012

By Amy Lohmolder

Gerry Field of Field Violin Workshop was featured on WCIU's You and Me This Morning program (The U) on Monday August 27th. As promised by the producer's intoduction to the segment, it was indeed a peek at a "fascinating" business located right here in Ravinia! If you didn't catch the original program, you can view the recorded video of the show by clicking here. Congratulations Gerry and Jutta on a wonderful showing for one of the Ravinia business district's wonderful businesses! Read More

Ye Olde Barber Shop

Saturday, June 30, 2012

By Lynne Jungman

The familiar candy stripe barbershop pole proudly identifies Ravinia Barber Shop at 584 Roger Williams Avenue in Ravinia. This shop, now owned by Vince Pisto, was recently awarded a 2012 Business Recognition Award for being part of the Community for over 50 years. Unfortunately, the award was not a replica of the proud pole with the white and red stripe. In the Middle Ages barbers were also surgeons, with red representing that profession, and white the hair trimming. Nevertheless, the handsomely framed certificate of appreciation is in a place of honor in the shop.  Read More