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Old Town

Old Town is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, It sits inside the community areas of Lincoln Park and the Near North Side, and is part of Chicago’s 43rd Ward. It is bounded by Armitage Avenue on the north, Division Street on the south, Halsted Street on the west, and Clark Street on the east. It was settled in the 1850s by German immigrants and, in the 1960s, became a center of hippie culture. Old Town north of North Avenue is in Lincoln Park, and south of North Avenue is part of the Near North Side.


Old Town includes the Old Town Triangle Historic District. The Old Town Triangle is bounded on its northwest side by the former Ogden Avenue right-of-way, its northeast side by Lincoln Avenue and Wells Street, and on its south side by North Avenue. It sits inside the community area of Lincoln Park and is part of Chicago’s 43rd ward. It is now an affluent gentrified neighborhood.

Old Town’s main artery, Wells Street features popular chains, local restaurant favorites such as: O’Briens, Fireplace Inn, The Fudgepot, Topo Gigio, Adobo Grill, Kamehachi, Old Jerusalem, and Old Town Social.

The other well-known old mainstay restaurant featured in a movie and has awesome barbecue ribs is:Twin Anchors!

Second City Comedy theater has been around for 4 decades and launched the careers of: Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Amy Poehler, Jim and John Belushi, and Bill Murray.

Old Town's Second City in Chicago

Old Town’s Second City in Chicago


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