Old Town is a neighborhood just north of Chicago’s downtown. The community is home to many of Chicago’s finest Victorian-area buildings.
Old Town’s borders are inexact.
Armitage on the north, Division on the south, Clark on the east, and Orleans and Larrabee on the west are the “traditional” borders. Some claim Old Town’s borders extend only as far as St. Michael’s bells are heard. St. Michael’s church is a landmark that survived the great Chicago fire. Some consider Old Town to extend west past Halsted to Clybourn.
Today, Old Town Triangle, Old Town, and Old Town Ranch are Old Town.
The CTA Brown Line and the #22 and #36 buses run through Old Town.
Row houses, new construction and older homes provide some of Chicago’s most desired housing. Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park, and the Loop are all accessible to Old Town. Second City, one of America’s most iconic comedy calls Old Town its home. The acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre is also located here.
Brick alleyways, Victorian-era buildings, and narrow, tree-lined streets set the tone for Old Town. The neighborhood’s main commercial area is at North Avenue and Wells Street.
Specialty spice, wine shops and great restaurants line Wells street. Every June the neighborhood hosts the Old Town Art Fair, one of the country’s oldest.
Old Town is famous for its historic architecture- restored row houses, townhomes, and cottages. Old Town’s housing includes multi-million dollar homes and middle-class high rise condos.
In January 2017, the median listing price for Old Town homes was $507,000.
Old Town has a walkability score of 93 and a bike score of 82. The neighborhood has an excellent transit rating of 82. There are two elementary schools and two middle schools in Old Town. The Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center has a rating of 10.