Bells of Ravenswood to note 9/11 anniversary

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A walk between All Saints Episcopal Church and St. Benedict Church will lead community memorials marking the anniversary of 9/11.

The 1.5 mile walk, called ‘The Bells of Ravenswood,’ is intended to raise awareness of the history, spirituality and development of the Ravenswood community.

The walk will start at the 127 year old All Saints Episcopal Church and conclude at the 93 year old St. Benedict Church.

Participants will pass the Abbott Mansion, Ravenswood School, the Bethany United Church of Christ, the Ravenswood Presbyterian Church, the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former offices of Friends of Rod Blagojevich, Coonley School and end at St. Benedict.

Churches along the route have agreed to open their doors and discuss their history.

There is a $10 donation suggested for the 1.5 mile walk. Proceeds will be split between All Saints and St. Benedict.

  • The walk starts at All Saints, at the corner of Wilson Ave. and Hermitage Ave., at 3 PM Sunday, September 11.
  • The memorial service will be held at the NorthCenter Town Center, at Belle Plaine Ave. and Damen Ave., at 4 PM.
  • The walk will conclude with the dedication of the bell tower at St. Benedict, Irving Park Road and Leavitt St., at 5 PM.

Participants can join the walk at any point.

The walk is sponsored by the NorthCenter Chamber of Commerce, the Ravenswood Community Council and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce. Financial support for the walk was provided by the Welles Park Bulldog.

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

One thought on “Bells of Ravenswood to note 9/11 anniversary

  1. As a transplanted New Yorker 9/11 is very close to my heart. I worked with training paramedics and EMTs in Buffalo NY in the 90’s many of these young men and women went down to NYC to join the police and fire departments after finishing their exams in Buffalo. I never could bring myself to look at the casualty lists knowing I would see the names of old friends.

    On 9/11 I can remember standing in my bosses office watching the coverage on his 6″TV shaking in disbelief. His strength helped many of us get through that long day, thank you Marty.

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