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Old Town Merchants and Residents Association

Old Town Merchants and Residents Association Since its establishment in 1971, the OTMRA has served as the voice of businesses, residents, and property owners of the Old Town community. Join us!

OTMRA advocates city services for businesses and residents including community policing, street cleaning, lighting and community planning. Working in partnership with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, the Association addresses issues concerning streetscape maintenance, commercial and residential development, zoning and parking. OTMRA also organizes and sponsor

OTMRA advocates city services for businesses and residents including community policing, street cleaning, lighting and community planning. Working in partnership with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, the Association addresses issues concerning streetscape maintenance, commercial and residential development, zoning and parking. OTMRA also organizes and sponsor

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Thank you to all the residents who came together for last night's community meeting to discuss a community safety strate...
05/17/2022

Thank you to all the residents who came together for last night's community meeting to discuss a community safety strategy. Thank you to our fellow co-sponsors: Alderman Hopkins, the 18th District, and Gold Coast Neighbors Association for your continued partnership and dedication to the neighborhood!

It's hard to believe the 2022 Wells Street Art Fest is only one month away! On June 11th and 12th, experience juried art...
05/11/2022

It's hard to believe the 2022 Wells Street Art Fest is only one month away! On June 11th and 12th, experience juried artists from across the country, live music and entertainment, and delicious food -- all in the historic Old Town neighborhood! #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Join the OTMRA and the 18th District for a business safety seminar! Business owners can learn more about preventing reta...
05/10/2022

Join the OTMRA and the 18th District for a business safety seminar! Business owners can learn more about preventing retail theft and keeping their customers and employees safe. Email Rachel ([email protected]) to register for the seminar on Tuesday, May 17th! #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

It's a beautiful day for a Walk and Talk in the neighborhood! ☀️ Thank you to the 18th District, the Cook County Sheriff...
05/09/2022

It's a beautiful day for a Walk and Talk in the neighborhood! ☀️ Thank you to the 18th District, the Cook County Sheriff Department, the OTMRA Board, OTMRA Safety Committee, SSA 48 Commissioners, and Old Town community members for your attendance at today's event!

#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown

Our next Walk and Talk with the 18th district is right around the corner! Join us on Monday, May 9th from 2-3pm at the P...
05/06/2022

Our next Walk and Talk with the 18th district is right around the corner! Join us on Monday, May 9th from 2-3pm at the Piper's Alley Starbucks (210 W North Ave) to chat with business owners throughout the neighborhood about public safety. Email Rachel ([email protected]) to register.

Chicago Tonight stopped by Old Town to visit some iconic neighborhood establishments! Check out the segments throughout ...
05/06/2022
Chicago Tonight is Live 5-05-2022

Chicago Tonight stopped by Old Town to visit some iconic neighborhood establishments! Check out the segments throughout the episode, beginning at 16:45:

17:23 - Chicago History Museum
18:12 - Zanies Comedy Club Chicago
19:13 - Topo Gigio Restaurant
20:04 - Youth For A Better Future (YBF)

Thank you to everyone who attended today's Legislative Update with @repmikequigley , and thank you to Wintrust for hosti...
05/04/2022

Thank you to everyone who attended today's Legislative Update with @repmikequigley , and thank you to Wintrust for hosting us! Congressman Quigley's insight and anecdotes were fascinating to hear! #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Our Legislative Update with Congressman Mike Quigley is only five days away! There's still time to sign up for this free...
04/29/2022

Our Legislative Update with Congressman Mike Quigley is only five days away! There's still time to sign up for this free community event on our website: oldtownchicago.org/quigley

#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our cleanup today!! 🗑 We appreciate your hard work on this gorgeous spr...
04/23/2022

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our cleanup today!! 🗑 We appreciate your hard work on this gorgeous spring day!! 🌎 #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Last weekend, our Board President Amy Lemar and Board Chair Christopher Donovan took a late night walk down Wells Street...
04/20/2022

Last weekend, our Board President Amy Lemar and Board Chair Christopher Donovan took a late night walk down Wells Street with 18th District Commander Hein and Sergeant Schenk as part of ongoing efforts to address safety and quality of life issues in the neighborhood. Thank you, 18th District, for all that you do for the neighborhood!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Quarter 2 Walk and Talk! We appreciated you sharing your insight with the ...
04/19/2022

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Quarter 2 Walk and Talk! We appreciated you sharing your insight with the 18th District as well as our Elected Officials. #oldtownchi

We're excited to share that Crumbl Cookies will soon be opening its doors in Old Town! 🍪 The newest @crumblcookies locat...
04/14/2022

We're excited to share that Crumbl Cookies will soon be opening its doors in Old Town! 🍪 The newest @crumblcookies location at 1435 N Wells St will be holding their grand opening on Friday, April 15th. Welcome to the neighborhood! 🎉

#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown

Our April Cleanup is right around the corner! 🌼 On Saturday, April 23rd, join the OTMRA for a morning of making Old Town...
04/06/2022

Our April Cleanup is right around the corner! 🌼 On Saturday, April 23rd, join the OTMRA for a morning of making Old Town as beautiful as possible. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/crkqZYaF7rnMuCMJA


#OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi #Cleanup

Our April Cleanup is right around the corner! 🌼 On Saturday, April 23rd, join the OTMRA for a morning of making Old Town...
04/06/2022

Our April Cleanup is right around the corner! 🌼 On Saturday, April 23rd, join the OTMRA for a morning of making Old Town as beautiful as possible. Sign up at the #linkinbio or on our website!

#OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi #Cleanup

Wednesday, March 30th is our Walk and Talk with the 18th District! We will be meeting at 3pm at the Starbucks at 1230 N ...
03/29/2022

Wednesday, March 30th is our Walk and Talk with the 18th District! We will be meeting at 3pm at the Starbucks at 1230 N Wells Street to chat with business owners throughout the district about public safety. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions!

Spring is in the air! 🌷 Join the OTMRA on Wednesday, March 30th for our Spring Social: an evening of networking with Old...
03/21/2022
Old Town Merchants & Residents Association Chicago's Historic Old Town Neighborhood

Spring is in the air! 🌷 Join the OTMRA on Wednesday, March 30th for our Spring Social: an evening of networking with Old Town friends and neighbors at @lgschicago . Tickets are on sale now: www.oldtownchicago.org/springsocial2022
#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

We are a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago bordered by Clark Street to the east, Division Street to the south, Halsted Street to the west and Eugenie Street/North Avenue to the north.

Our new 2022 Old Town Neighborhood Guides have arrived! 📖 Give us a call or send us an email to pick up FREE copies! #On...
03/14/2022

Our new 2022 Old Town Neighborhood Guides have arrived! 📖 Give us a call or send us an email to pick up FREE copies!

#OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi #2022

The 2022 Taste of Chicago Vendor Application is now open! Learn more and sign up for an informational Zoom call on Frida...
03/10/2022

The 2022 Taste of Chicago Vendor Application is now open! Learn more and sign up for an informational Zoom call on Friday, March 11th at 10AM: www.tasteofchicago.us

The 18th District is gathering items for a community Easter Egg Hunt next month! 🐰 Now through April 6th, drop off donat...
03/09/2022

The 18th District is gathering items for a community Easter Egg Hunt next month! 🐰 Now through April 6th, drop off donations of baskets, candy, or favors at the 18th District Lobby: 1160 N Larrabee

Looking for a way to support Ukraine relief in Old Town? 🇺🇦 Next week, Lighthouse ArtSpace will be donating ticket sales...
03/07/2022

Looking for a way to support Ukraine relief in Old Town? 🇺🇦 Next week, Lighthouse ArtSpace will be donating ticket sales directly to charities aiding the people of Ukraine!

@vangoghchicago 2-for-1: Immerse yourself in art, and support Ukraine! 💙💛

We are presenting 'Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine' premiering on March 15 here at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago. 100% of proceeds from tickets sales will go to charities aiding the people of Ukraine.

Tickets to 'Immersive Shevchenko: Soul of Ukraine' include the Immersive Frida Kahlo experience.

Taras Shevchenko's artwork celebrates the soul of Ukraine–everyday people and their lives and struggles, set against Ukraine's natural beauty.

Get your tickets at: bit.ly/SHEV-Chicago.

March is #WomensHistoryMonth ! Make sure to stop by and support women-owned businesses throughout the neighborhood! #sho...
03/01/2022

March is #WomensHistoryMonth ! Make sure to stop by and support women-owned businesses throughout the neighborhood! #shoplocal #shopsmall

Today is the first day of #ChicagoTheatreWeek 2022! Now's the perfect time to see incredible live entertainment througho...
02/17/2022

Today is the first day of #ChicagoTheatreWeek 2022! Now's the perfect time to see incredible live entertainment throughout the city - including right here in Old Town! Explore shows and reserve your tickets at www.choosechicago.com

We always love to see Old Town art! 🎨 Thank you to @myhomeartstudio90 for sharing this incredible acrylic on canvas Old ...
02/14/2022

We always love to see Old Town art! 🎨 Thank you to @myhomeartstudio90 for sharing this incredible acrylic on canvas Old Town archway! 🥰

#oldtown #oldtownchicago #chicago #wellsstreet #chicagoartists #chicagoart #chicagoartscene #oldtownchi

We love our neighborhood's incredible array of entertainment! From stand-up comedy to JEFF-recommended live theater, the...
02/12/2022

We love our neighborhood's incredible array of entertainment! From stand-up comedy to JEFF-recommended live theater, there's always a new and exciting experience waiting for you in Old Town!

#WeLoveOldTown #ChicagoTheatre #OldTownChi #OnlyinOldTown

Valentine's Day Weekend in here! Check out our Valentine's Day Guide for date ideas and activities in the neighborhood!#...
02/11/2022

Valentine's Day Weekend in here! Check out our Valentine's Day Guide for date ideas and activities in the neighborhood!

#LinkInBio #OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi #ShopLocal #ValentinesDay

Join the 18th District on Thursday, February 16th at 4pm for a virtual Public Safety Webinar. The webinar will discuss h...
02/09/2022

Join the 18th District on Thursday, February 16th at 4pm for a virtual Public Safety Webinar. The webinar will discuss how best to employ common safety tips and how best to utilize emergency response services. For any questions about this webinar, reach out to the 18th District at 312-742-7343.

February is #BlackHistoryMonth ! This month, set aside some time to read and share Black narratives, amplify Black voice...
02/01/2022

February is #BlackHistoryMonth ! This month, set aside some time to read and share Black narratives, amplify Black voices, and support Black-owned businesses in the neighborhood.

It's your last chance to cast your vote for Old Town in Chicago Reader's #BestofChicago2021 ! Submit your vote for your ...
01/31/2022

It's your last chance to cast your vote for Old Town in Chicago Reader's #BestofChicago2021 ! Submit your vote for your favorite neighborhood venues in the Arts & Culture, Buy Local, and Food & Drink categories by Wednesday, February 2nd at 12pm: chicagoreader.com/best

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #smallbusiness #shoplocal

Have you heard? THE MOORS has received glowing reviews, and is JEFF recommended! Make sure to stop by @aredorchidtheatre...
01/25/2022

Have you heard? THE MOORS has received glowing reviews, and is JEFF recommended! Make sure to stop by @aredorchidtheatre for this must-see play #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #recommended #arot #theaterinchicago #chicagotheatre

The new year is officially underway, but there's still time to pick up a free 2nd Ward Wall Calendar at the OTMRA office...
01/19/2022

The new year is officially underway, but there's still time to pick up a free 2nd Ward Wall Calendar at the OTMRA office! Give us a call before heading over, and we'll make sure to set aside your calendar for easy pickup.
#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown

01/05/2022

Repost from @thelakotagroup • We are thrilled to share our most recent engagement opportunity with the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, Lakota In The Streets! Wells Street Corridor Plan will focus on three main tiers: Placemaking, Economic Vitality, and The Built Environment. Stay tuned to the latest and greatest recommendations and strategies for this unique district. For more information about this planning process, and to take part in defining the Wells' vision, visit www.WellsStreetPlan.com.

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Here's to a bright New Year as we ring in 2022! 🎆
01/01/2022

Here's to a bright New Year as we ring in 2022! 🎆

#tbt to when the OTMRA was awarded a Community Partnership Award at the 18th District Partnership Lunch earlier this mon...
12/30/2021

#tbt to when the OTMRA was awarded a Community Partnership Award at the 18th District Partnership Lunch earlier this month! Thank you to the 18th District for this special honor!

Happy Holidays from the OTMRA! ⛄ Sending well wishes during the holiday season.
12/25/2021

Happy Holidays from the OTMRA! ⛄ Sending well wishes during the holiday season.

We are thrilled that Wine Enthusiast named The House of Glunz as one of the best "Top-Shelf Shops" in America! It's exci...
12/10/2021

We are thrilled that Wine Enthusiast named The House of Glunz as one of the best "Top-Shelf Shops" in America! It's exciting to see a long-standing iconic establishment recognized for their excellence! Read the full article here: https://www.winemag.com/50-best-wine-shops-2021/

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We are thrilled to share our most recent engagement opportunity with the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, Lakota In The Streets! Wells Street Corridor Plan will focus on three main tiers: Placemaking, Economic Vitality, and The Built Environment. Stay tuned to the latest and greatest recommendations and strategies for this unique district. For more information about this planning process, and to take part in defining the Wells' vision, visit www.WellsStreetPlan.com Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
Thanks to the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association for spotlighting Catherine Cook School last week! We’re so lucky to be a part of this amazing community. https://oldtownchicago.org/member-spotlight-catherine-cook-school/
This Small Business Saturday, Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has a passport program for Old Town shoppers: receive “stamps” for purchases at participating businesses, and submit your completed passport (4 or more stamps) for the chance to win a prize pack from the OTMRA! Completed passports should be emailed to [email protected] with the subject “Small Business Saturday 2021” by December 2nd, 2021.
Tomorrow, Old Town Merchants and Residents Association is hosting their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Come join Alderman Brian Hopkins, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr, Sara Feigenholtz, State Senator, and I as we kick off the holiday season! 🎄
Join us for A LiveWell Exclusive event at Vision Boutique, featuring Ray-Ban. Join us at 942 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607 from 6-8pm. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/You-re-Invited.html?soid=1136295797946&aid=JyaT-cbD_g8
It was so great to see everyone at this year’s Joint Chamber Networking with Lincoln Park, Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Old Town Merchants and Residents Association! Many thanks to our fantastic host Lakeshore Sport & Fitness and sponsors Bannerville, Pressure Washing Systems and RCN Business.
Stop by #WellsStreetArtFestival for a FREE art activity bag. We’re at Evergreen and Wells! #oldtownchicago #art #community #create #otmra Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
Come visit us today and tomorrow at the Wells Street Art Festival, thanks to Old Town Merchants and Residents Association!
Grab and go art activity packets curated with love by our artists and friends. Stop by the family tent this weekend at the Old Town #wellsstreetartfestival and get one while supplies last. #oldtownchicago #chicagoarts #arthistory #dcasegrants City of Chicago Cultural Affairs Department
We are proud to partner with the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association, A Red Orchid Theatre and Zanies Comedy Club Chicago for Old Town Theater Week! Celebrate the arts with a week of music, comedy, drama and more! Learn more at https://oldtownchicago.org/theaterweek2021/
God forbid you walk ten feet to get your coffee. Instead park right in the walkway.
Spring into Action! Don’t miss the chance to sign up for the Wood Products Manufacturing spring class - it starts May 17th!!! To enroll in this no cost, 15-week intensive course, call 312-563-9570. Tour our state-of-the-art training facility on Tuesdays at 10 am. View info session with a tour of the shop, details on the industry, and how to get started: