Old Town may be one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods, but its charm, style and edge make this one of Chicago’s most special gems. Filled with small businesses and a community that supports them, your walk down Wells Street can take you to any number of unique, unusual boutiques for all interests. From cigars to spices, ice cream to barbeque ribs, your stroll will tempt your wallet and your palette.
Generally speaking, Old Town is bordered by Armitage Avenue on the north, Division Street on the south, its eastern boundary is Clark Street, and west to Larrabee Street. The Old Town neighborhood has much history, and brings visitors for various activities. Among them, the Old Town Art Fair remains a staple in the heart of Old Town’s annual calendar, filled with vendors from across the country.
About a half mile from the lake, Old Town appeals to those who want to live close to both the lakefront and downtown, but still feel like they can be away from it all. The mix of Victorian homes, single-family and condominiums, unusual carriage houses, as well as more standard high-rise condominium buildings with sweeping views of the city and lakefront, make this a beautiful area to live, work, and play in.
The Chicago Transit Authority’s Red, Brown, and Purple lines run throughout the area, so do buses.