In the sixties, Old Town was the headshop for the city's counter-cultural movement. Hare Krishnas, folk singers, the Chicago Seven, yippies, and hippies all converged here to celebrate or agitate.
Those who stay true to roots would argue that Old Town is confined solely to the enclave of narrow, pre-grid, horse-and-buggy streets tucked into the southeastern corner of Lincoln Park. Brokers and, at this point, most of the folks in the neighborhood itself would agree that Old Town now includes a swath of territory south of North Avenue, on and around Wells Street. Everyone would agree that the location is enviable, with the close proximity to downtown, to Lincoln Park, and to Lake Michigan.
There's a lot going on here. Foodwise, there are several outstanding Mexican restaurants, sushi bars, and rib joints (including the famed Twin Anchors), plus great options for Italian and American fare, and bars, lots of bars, even for Chicago. When you shop the various and sundry boutiques, the proprietor is likely to be a second, third, or fourth generation owner, and you'll find such stuff here as fudge, pipe and tobacco goods, spices, and one of the country's most renowned aquarium specialty stores. Entertainment options are rich, thanks to Second City (one of the country's premier improvisational venues), Zanie's (with its consistently rich lineup of comedians), and the Piper's Alley Cinemas. Oh, and don't forget to spend a day at the annual Old Town Art Fair: Lots of "new age" schlock there, but still a great way to kill a summer day.
For renters, there are courtyard and low-rise apartment buildings and converted lofts. There is no convenient el station, although the buses run fairly reliably down Clark Street and North Avenue, allowing for brief rides to the el.
Current Listings in Old Town
|1460 N Sandburg Ter||$1,700||1||1|
|1916 N LINCOLN PARK W #3||$1,650||2||1|
|1444 N ORLEANS ST #PH-E||$3,000||2||2|
|Flats on LaSalle||$995-||Studio||1|
|1300 N LASALLE ST||$2,195||2||1|
|11 w division||$960-||Studio||1|
|1636 N Wells #3206||$1,800||1||1|
|1212 N Wells #1403||$2,100||1||1.5|
|1225 Old Town||$1,671-||Studio-3||1-3|
|1446 N DEARBORN ST||$1,430||1||1|