Old Town is a neighborhood filled with history and modern-day cultural destinations on the North Side of Chicago. The neighborhood offers something for any type of visitor, from a burgeoning dining scene, to an eclectic mix of independent shops, to theater seven nights a week. Old Town comes is situated along the picturesque and historic Wells Street, along with many of its stores and restaurants. There is so much to do in Old Town and never a dull moment.
Old Town’s cultural scene is anchored by four neighborhood theaters. On any given night, patrons can see improv or sketch comedy at The Second City; stand-up comedy at Zanies Comedy Club; thought-provoking, contemporary dramas at A Red Orchid Theatre; or an improvised Japanese game show at BATSU!. Performers like Michael Shannon and Tina Fey got their start at these theaters; you will never know which future star you might see there!
A day in Old Town is not complete without a meal from one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood. From deep-rooted Italian classics like Orso’s Italian Restaurant to exciting and inventive newcomers like The VIG, Old Town’s dining scene is both well established and on the rise. In the summer, Wells Street restaurants open out onto the sidewalks with their outdoor cafes, giving visitors a chance to experience a scenic streetscape while enjoying their food.
Old Town also boasts a strong group of small specialty retailers that range from local favorites to trend-setting apparel stores. Select a bottle of wine from House of Glunz, the oldest wine shop in Chicago, or pick out a new fashionable outfit at Sara Jane. Old Town residents pride themselves on being strong supporters for their local businesses and we invite you to see why.
Old Town welcomes first-time visitors and frequent guests to see all that this exciting neighborhood has to offer! Come see for yourself!