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Chicago's Old Town, A Neighborhood Rental Guide

Chicago's Old Town, A Neighborhood Rental Guide

Living in Old Town, Chicago, apartments hold a special pride that ties neighbors together and forms lasting bonds. In this friendly and historic neighborhood, you'll see people out on their patios or stoops chatting with passersby and dog owners convening at the dog park with both their two-legged and four-legged friends. And don't be surprised if your street is temporarily closed for a day in lieu of a neighborhood block party — complete with picnic tables, games, a live band and lots of home-cooked dishes to pass. Browse apartments for rent in Old Town, Chicago to make this community your home!

MONTHLY RENTS

Rates vary on luxury apartments in Old Town, Chicago. Explore listings, and you’ll find a wide range of property values throughout the area that suit any budget and living preference.

LIFESTYLE

Old Town can be the perfect fit for many lifestyles. When you live in an Old Town apartment, expect an easy-going and quaint community to surround you.

COMMUNITY

This is a dog-loving neighborhood with a lot of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

TRAVEL / ESCAPE

Old Town offers easy access to both Interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive.

HOT SPOTS

Lincoln Park or other community squares and playgrounds provide perfect hot spots for enjoying fresh air and walking dogs.

Transportation

One of the best parts of choosing apartments for rent in Old Town, Chicago is the convenience. Given the small size of the neighborhood and its proximity to downtown and Lincoln Park, Old Town makes it easy to get around the Windy City. Living here, you’ll be a short walk to most errands or destinations within the area. And, for going any farther, there's easy-to-access public transit, taxis or driving your car.

2 cta routes

10 bus routes

0 metra routes

10 notable landmarks

Recreation / Entertainment

In the summer, Old Town explodes with fun and excitement as folks come from all around to visit the neighborhood street festivals, which are among the most beloved in Chicago. Known for hosting its annual art festival, this neighborhood is rich in cultural history.

A Red Orchid Theatre

A Red Orchid Theatre is an ensemble theatre located in the Old Town district of Chicago. Founded in 1993, it’s now in its 21st year of producing.

Bauler Playlot Park

Locals love this nook of green space surrounded by trees, starring a children's playground with slides and swings.

159 restaurants bars & coffee shops

Dining

Even though Old Town is a predominantly residential locale, certain restaurants have been in the area longer than most homeowners, becoming community institutions that are as much a part of the neighborhood culture as the residents who live here.

Cafe

Casual Dining

Fine Dining

Fast Food

Eva's Cafe

Brick walls and floors lend a homey vibe to this snug coffee joint serving drinks and light bites.

Intelligentsia Coffee

This high-end coffee bar chain serves daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.

La Fournette

This traditional French bakery features rustic wood decor and offers fresh-baked breads and sweet treats.

Starbucks

What would the luxury apartments of Old Town, Chicago be without a local Starbucks? Visit this Seattle-based coffeehouse chain for its signature roasts, light bites and Wi-Fi availability.

Old Jerusalem Restaurant

Veteran neighborhood cafe for casual Middle Eastern dining with BYOB & indoor-outdoor seating.

Topo Gigio Restaurant

Restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine in a warm setting with an outdoor patio.

Bistrot Margot

French bistro classics served in an old-school Paris-inspired space with a bar & outdoor seating.

Dinotto

Fast-fired Neapolitan pies & other Italian fare served in a warm, casual setting.

Salpicon

Upscale Mexican food pairs with an assortment of margaritas & tequilas in a colorful space.

Kamehachi

Japanese dining plus traditional sushi in a bi-level modern space with an upstairs lounge & patio.

Table Fifty-Two

A rustic 2-leveled room sets the scene for renowned chef Art Smith's upscale Southern comfort food.

Topo Gigio Restaurant

Restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine in a warm setting with an outdoor patio.

Quiznos Sandwich Restaurants

Classic, long-running fast-food chain known for its burgers, fries & shakes.

McDonald's

Classic, long-running fast-food chain known for its burgers, fries & shakes.

Nightlife / Bars

The bar scene in Old Town is concentrated on Wells Street, but there are a few other establishments scattered about the residential blocks that are just as lively as the pubs on the main strip. So, take your pick, or make the rounds and have yourself a ball in this quaint, yet happening near north side neighborhood.

Bars

Nightlife

Old Town Ale House

Relax and unwind at this laid-back, cash-only dive bar. Set near Second City, it features a storied past, old-school jukebox and funky art.

The Glunz Tavern

Enjoy this historic tavern, which features a European-style menu, a tin ceiling, a mahogany bar and hardwood floors.

Suite Lounge

Classic cocktails and martinis define the mood of this atmospheric basement space with rock walls and dim lighting.

Woodie's Flat

Woodie’s Flat is a lively two-story spot with a collegial vibe and a creative menu of wood-smoked burgers and craft beers.

Benchmark

You’ll love this lively sports bar with a wide range of bar food from salads to steaks, plus a patio and a rooftop deck.

Old Town Pizza Pub

This brick-walled pub showcases old-world style and has a long bar for beers and tables for whole pizzas.

Retail

In the Old Town Triangle, Wells Street is home to the neighborhood's retail shops and boutiques. Found amid the restaurants are a handful of storefronts that offer residents a variety of unique fashion items and other goods that are always handy to have close to home.

300+ retail shops