Chicago - Old Town
"Upscale 19th century townhomes and cobblestone streets characterize this picturesque neighborhood on the city's Near North Side. Visitors are drawn to Old Town by its vibrant dining scene, plentiful boutique shopping and thriving entertainment district that includes several world famous Chicago theater institutions, including the Second City improvisational comedy club, the Steppenwolf Theatre and Royal George Theatre. Old Town is also home to one of the nation's oldest annual summer art fairs."
"A scant few blocks in size, the Chicago neighborhood of Old Town is located south of the Lincoln Park area and just east of the Gold Coast, from Division to Armitage."
"The Purple/Brown line runs through Old Town with stops at Sedgewick and Armitage. The Red line stops at North/Clybourn and Clark/Division. CTA buses run along most of its major streets."
"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.
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 is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods with its roots firmly planted in Chicago's history, but it has so much to offer that it will surely be a well-loved part of the city's future."
The Old Town Art Fair is held annually in June. It is one of America's oldest art fairs, getting its start in 1950. "At the fair, the work of over 250 artists is on display, in all mediums including drawing, painting, photography and more. The art is chosen by a jury made up of artists, gallery owners and even museum curators. The Art Fair also includes live musical performances. Other highlights include a Garden Walk, a tour of the historic neighborhood and a children's activity area."
"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.
Some well-known chains can be found here as well; try the Flat Top Grill for Asian-inspired stir-fry or the Adobo Grill for stir-fry of a more Mexican flavor.
Sushi is a favorite among Old Town locals; Kamehachi, Mizu and Café Sushi are slightly upscale sushi bars; head to any of these for sophisticated décor and a genuine sushi meal.
After hours, Old Town's bars and clubs are plentiful. Wells on Wells, across the street from Second City, is a popular destination for those who want to meet the cast after a show. Hobo's and the Old Town Ale House are laid-back and frequented by regulars, while Spoon is a classy, lively joint where people can lounge, dance and meet all kinds of people."
"Shopping in Old Town is a unique experience; the majority of shops in this neighborhood are boutiques rather than well-known chain stores. Therefore, each and every store is cozy, intimate and filled with one-of-a-kind goods."
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