Have you been to Old Town lately?
Summer is a great time to explore this vibrant neighborhood. If you enjoy Victorian-era style buildings, or beautiful old churches, you’ll definitely want to see St. Michael’s Church, one of seven left standing after the Great Chicago Fire. Unlike most of Chicago’s city streets, and alleys, Old Town does not adhere to a grid pattern due to the fact that many predate the Chicago fire. With its close proximity to the Gold Coast, the Loop, Lincoln Park and the lakefront, Old Town is highly sought-after as a desirable place to live. It offers an array of dining, nightlife, retail shops and more.
Two of the Chicago’s best farmer’s markets are within steps from Old Town, The Green City Market and Division Street Farmer’s Market. Both of these markets are great venues to visit with friends and taste some of our local farmer’s offerings. Treasure Island and Plum Market are also great outlets for fresh and/or unique ingredients. Of the many restaurant/café/nightlife options, a few local favorites include: Glunz Tavern, J. Parker, Kamehachi, La Fournette, Nookies, Old Town Social, Perennial Virant, Second City, Topo Gigio, Twin Achors, and Zanies. Shopping in Old Town is a treat. Most of the shops that line the neighborhood streets are boutiques, rather than well-known chain stores. Greenheart Shop, Adelaide, Old Town Oil, The Spice House, Greer, Pulp and Ink, Sara Jane, Village Cycle Center, New Leaf, to name a few.
In terms of transportation, there is a CTA Red Line stop at Clark and Division streets, and a Brown Line stop just south of North Ave on Sedgwick. Multiple CTA bus lines run daily along Clark St, LaSalle St and Division St. Old Town boasts a walk score of 93.