Old Town is a delightful Lincoln Park enclave just North of North Avenue. The streets in Old Town are charming with quaint brick-paved narrow streets, historic cottages, row homes, brownstones, and townhouses. Many of Chicago’s Victorian-era buildings are in Old Town; in fact, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, St. Michael’s Church, is located here.
Although historical and largely residential, Old Town does have a lively center with several entertaining establishments. Second City’s performance group is based here, as is a branch of the famous Steppenwolf Theater and the Zanies comedy club. When it’s time to eat, Old Town delivers. There are restaurants unique to Chicago, such as Sauce, which serves American Eclectic food, Bistrot Margot for French cuisine, Dinotto Ristorante for Italian cuisine and Salpicon for hearty Mexican fare. There are several specialty shops as well in Old Town; for handmade paper and cards, try Pulp & Ink or Eco Fields. For music and books, try Barbara’s Bookstore. One of the local favorites is The Spice House.
Old Town is very cozy and residents can walk to the local fresh market. Lasalle Language Academy and the Popular Latin School of Chicago is also located close to North Avenue.
Boutiques, restaurants, clubs and coffee shops keep locals and tourists entertained and fed as they wander through the streets of this Chicago treasure. Old Town real estate is sought-after for its charm.