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Chicago's Old Town, a Neighborhood Rental Guide

Chicago's Old Town, a Neighborhood Rental Guide

Living in the Old Town Triangle holds a special pride that ties neighbors together and forms lasting bonds. 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 down for a day in lieu of a neighborhood block party, complete with picnic tables, games, live band and lots of home cooked dishes to pass.


Variable. Renters will find a range of property values throughout the area that suit any budget and living preference.


Expect an easy-going and quaint community.


This is a dog-loving neighborhood with a love for the outdoors.


Access to both interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) and Lake Shore Drive.


Lincoln Park or other community squares and playgrounds enjoying fresh air and walking their dogs.


Given the small size of the neighborhood and its proximity to downtown and Lincoln Park, getting around is no problem for Old Town residents. A short walk will suffice most errands or destinations within the area. And for going any further, there's public transit, taxis or driving your own 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 now its twenty-first year of producing having opened in 1993.

Bauler Playlot Park

Nook green space surrounded by trees starring a children's playground with slides & swings.

159 restaurants bars & coffee shops


Even though the 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.


Casual Dining

Fine Dining

Fast Food

Eva's Cafe

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

Intelligentsia Coffee

High-end coffee bar chain serving daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.

La Fournette

Traditional French bakery with rustic wood decor selling fresh-baked breads & sweet treats.


Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi 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.


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


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


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.


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.



Old Town Ale House

Laid-back, cash-only dive bar near Second City with a storied past, old-school jukebox & funky art.

The Glunz Tavern

Historic tavern with a European-style menu boasting a tin ceiling, mahogany bar & hardwood floors.

Suite Lounge

Classic cocktails & martinis in an atmospheric basement space with rock walls & dim lighting.

Woodie's Flat

Lively 2-story spot with a collegial vibe & a creative menu of wood-smoked burgers & craft beers.


Lively sports bar with a wide range of bar food from salads to steaks, plus a patio & roof-deck.

Old Town Pizza Pub

Brick-walled pub with old-world style has a long bar for beers & tables for whole pizzas.


In the Old Town Triangle, Wells Street is home to the neighborhood's retail shops and boutiques. Found amidst 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