Take Clark up past the hustle and bustle of Gold Coast to find yourself immersed in Chicago’s gorgeous brownstones, local shopping, and the perfect mix of day and night entertainment.
Welcome to Old Town, one of Chicago’s most historic communities. From laughs at Second City to a beer at the Old Town Ale House, if you’re interested in discovering what’s endured in Chicago throughout the decades, look no further than this high end, beautiful north side neighborhood.
In the heart of the area is “The Old Town Triangle,” a subsection of Old Town full of community events, including art fairs, pop-up shows, and more.
Old Town is about a 30-minute walk from the downtown area near the Sedgewick Brown Line stop and the Clark and Division Red Line. It runs East/West from Sandburg Terrace/Clark St to Clybourne leading into Halsted, and North/South from Division to Armitage.
Old Town residents are older than the overall Chicago average—with a median age just under 40.
Non-family households far outweigh family households in this area, while the median household income is lower than that of both Gold Coast and Lincoln Park.
Far enough away from the noise of downtown and just south of the youthful energy of Lincoln Park, Old Town is the perfect neighborhood for anyone seeking a quiet, walkable community with a plethora of Chicago classics to enjoy.
Walk along Wells Street and discover one of the best stretches of local bars in the city, from Corcoran’s to Benchmark to Woodie’s Flat. Then, pop into the Chicago History Museum, a hidden gem among Chicago’s museums fittingly located in this celebrated community. Along the way find great shopping, tons of park space, and easy access to the gorgeous Lincoln Park and lakefront locations.
Among the many amazing nightlife spots in Old Town, perhaps none is more storied than The Second City, sitting right at the corner of North and Wells.
This world-famous comedy theater has been home to such talents as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, and Steve Carell. Stop in and see the Main Stage or E.T.C. shows for a look at the comedy world’s “next big things” or take a class there yourself! It’s a great way to get involved around the community, and enjoy the best of what Old Town has to offer.
Finding ways to strike the balance between an homage to its history and a look towards its high-quality future with constant activity and buzz—that’s what makes Old Town a true gem.
Though there’s plenty of history in Old Town, a stroll down Clark Street and into the heart of the community will show that its story is far from written. Walk by day and take in the historic brownstones, or walk along Wells at night to watch the main stretch light up to illuminate all of the amazing local fare.