Welcome to Old Town!


Principally located along North Wells Street, between Division and North Avenue, Old Town connects Lincoln Park to the Gold Coast and is known for its diverse collection of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. It also features some of the city's best-preserved historic homes. 

The area was first inhabited by the Potawatomi, Miami and Illinois tribes, however after the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, a new wave of settlers flocked to the area. Germans, predominately Catholic, arrived, and their  influence is highlighted by St. Michael’s Church. A Bavarian-built church, it is one of the few to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The neighborhood gets its name from North and Clark Street, as well as Ogden Avenue, which combine to form a triangle. 

Old Town has evolved into an upscale neighborhood with single-family homes priced well over $1 million and many newer condominiums. The community has also edged west in recent years with a number of large redevelopment projects that have brought new life and some more moderately priced housing to the area.  

The neighborhood is served by the Chicago Public School system, which offers public education to children from grades K-12. Additionally, the LaSalle Language Academy, a magnet school in the CPS system, provides education for children in grades K-8. The CTA Red Line runs through the neighborhood, providing easy access to the Loop, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and beyond. Old Town's active street life and proximity to the lake, Lincoln Park and downtown make it a preferred choice among many Chicagoans.

getting around on the "l"

Brown Line: Sedgwick

Red Line: North/Clybourn



hop on the metra

Clybourn Station UP North & UP Northwest



take the bus

22 (Clark)

36 (Broadway)



hey taxi!

Approximate fare downtown & travel time: $12 / 10min



divvy stations



North: Armitage

South: Division

East: Clark St.

West: Larrabee & Orleans St.





Lincoln Park, Gold Coast





1.3 Miles





Lincoln, LaSalle, Manierre, Ogden, Jenner, Franklin

So you like to have fun? Good! Here are some of our favorite spots in your 'hood:




- Greer

- Handle With Care

- Judy Maxwell


- Pulp & Ink

- Green


Hangover Cure

- Benchmark

- Kanela Breakfast


- Happy Camper

- The VIG




Date Night

- Topo Gigio

- Twin Anchors

- Pomp & Circumstance

- Buzz Bait Taqueria




Get off the Couch

- Second City

- Zanies

- Soul Cycle

Caffeine Fix

- Le Pain Quotidien

- La Fournette

- Intelligentsia