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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This event is less than a week away! Sign up today to reserve your spot and rooftop views! Repost from @lincolnparkchamb...
09/08/2021

This event is less than a week away! Sign up today to reserve your spot and rooftop views!

Repost from @lincolnparkchamber • Join us next Tuesday to enjoy fantastic views and the opportunity to meet fellow business professionals and entrepreneurs from Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Lakeview East! Reserve your spot today for the 2021 Joint Chamber Networking Event on the gorgeous (and social distance-friendly) roof at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. More info at the link in our bio!

#lincolnpark #oldtown #lakeviewchicago #roscoevillage #lakevieweast #chicago #rooftopchicago #rooftopchicagoview

This event is less than a week away! Sign up today to reserve your spot and rooftop views!

Repost from @lincolnparkchamber • Join us next Tuesday to enjoy fantastic views and the opportunity to meet fellow business professionals and entrepreneurs from Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Lakeview East! Reserve your spot today for the 2021 Joint Chamber Networking Event on the gorgeous (and social distance-friendly) roof at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. More info at the link in our bio!

#lincolnpark #oldtown #lakeviewchicago #roscoevillage #lakevieweast #chicago #rooftopchicago #rooftopchicagoview

Two weeks from today: join the Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview Roscoe Village, and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce f...
08/31/2021

Two weeks from today: join the Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview Roscoe Village, and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce for a Joint Chamber Networking event! Connect with professionals from across the north side of Chicago while enjoying delicious bites, drinks, and breathtaking skyline views as you kick back and watch the sunset.

Register today: https://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/event/jointnetworking21/

Two weeks from today: join the Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview Roscoe Village, and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce for a Joint Chamber Networking event! Connect with professionals from across the north side of Chicago while enjoying delicious bites, drinks, and breathtaking skyline views as you kick back and watch the sunset.

Register today: https://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/event/jointnetworking21/

Free food, school supplies, and COVID-19 testing at the Back to School BBQ from Hammer Fitness & Boxing tomorrow! Read m...
08/27/2021

Free food, school supplies, and COVID-19 testing at the Back to School BBQ from Hammer Fitness & Boxing tomorrow! Read more below:

Repost from Hammer Fitness & Boxing •

It's That Time of Year!

We at Hammer Boxing and Fitness are excited to have our first Back to School BBQ. Johnny and Alvetia Higgins have been determined to help inner city youth prepare for the upcoming school year by providing free supplies to those in need. They have personally contributed and also received donations to be able to give out necessities such as folders, notebooks, bookbags and more! Please come by and enjoy some free food and music just outside of Hammer Boxing's entrance at 525 W. North Ave. on August 28th, 2021 from 12 PM to 5 PM. Don't forget to put your name down in the raffle to win a prize too! We are also pleased to announce we have recently teamed up with Jewel Osco to offer free COVID testing and vaccinations at the event as well. Thank you for all your support, we hope to see you there!

- Team Hammer

(PS: We are still accepting school supplies and cash donations until the day of the event.)

Free food, school supplies, and COVID-19 testing at the Back to School BBQ from Hammer Fitness & Boxing tomorrow! Read more below:

Repost from Hammer Fitness & Boxing •

It's That Time of Year!

We at Hammer Boxing and Fitness are excited to have our first Back to School BBQ. Johnny and Alvetia Higgins have been determined to help inner city youth prepare for the upcoming school year by providing free supplies to those in need. They have personally contributed and also received donations to be able to give out necessities such as folders, notebooks, bookbags and more! Please come by and enjoy some free food and music just outside of Hammer Boxing's entrance at 525 W. North Ave. on August 28th, 2021 from 12 PM to 5 PM. Don't forget to put your name down in the raffle to win a prize too! We are also pleased to announce we have recently teamed up with Jewel Osco to offer free COVID testing and vaccinations at the event as well. Thank you for all your support, we hope to see you there!

- Team Hammer

(PS: We are still accepting school supplies and cash donations until the day of the event.)

Second-generation co-owner of Twin Anchors Ribs, Mary Kay Tuzi, said that while the new mask mandate isn't surprising, i...
08/18/2021
Chicago businesses tasked with enforcing mask mandate say it’s better than checking vaccine cards, or new capacity restrictions

Second-generation co-owner of Twin Anchors Ribs, Mary Kay Tuzi, said that while the new mask mandate isn't surprising, it's preferable to capacity restrictions. Read the full article below!

Reaction from Chicago businesses responsible for enforcing the city's renewed indoor mask mandate announced Tuesday ranged from relief to worries about getting unwilling customers to comply.

Make sure to stop by the OTMRA booth this weekend to stock up on your Old Town gear - we have shirts, mugs, tumblers, an...
08/14/2021

Make sure to stop by the OTMRA booth this weekend to stock up on your Old Town gear - we have shirts, mugs, tumblers, and vintage art fest posters on hand!

#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown #artonwells #WellsStreetArtFestival #gearup

Make sure to stop by the OTMRA booth this weekend to stock up on your Old Town gear - we have shirts, mugs, tumblers, and vintage art fest posters on hand!

#oldtownchi #onlyinoldtown #artonwells #WellsStreetArtFestival #gearup

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the first day of the 46th Wells Street Art Festival! Plan out your day with the festival...
08/13/2021

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the first day of the 46th Wells Street Art Festival! Plan out your day with the festival map on our website: wellsstreetartfest.us

#linkinbio
#cantwait #artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the first day of the 46th Wells Street Art Festival! Plan out your day with the festival map on our website: wellsstreetartfest.us

#linkinbio
#cantwait #artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

To provide the safest possible festival experience for Art Fest attendees, the OTMRA has implemented the following COVID...
08/12/2021

To provide the safest possible festival experience for Art Fest attendees, the OTMRA has implemented the following COVID-19 safety precautions:

*Free on-site rapid testing
*Free COVID-19 vaccines (no appointments necessary)
*All unvaccinated attendees will be required to wear a mask throughout the event.

If you would like additional information about these added safety measures, please contact our office at [email protected]

See you at the Festival! 🎨
#onlyinoldtown #artonwells #WellsStreetArtFestival

To provide the safest possible festival experience for Art Fest attendees, the OTMRA has implemented the following COVID-19 safety precautions:

*Free on-site rapid testing
*Free COVID-19 vaccines (no appointments necessary)
*All unvaccinated attendees will be required to wear a mask throughout the event.

If you would like additional information about these added safety measures, please contact our office at [email protected]

See you at the Festival! 🎨
#onlyinoldtown #artonwells #WellsStreetArtFestival

Can you believe the Wells Street Art Festival is coming up this weekend? Neither can we! 😁 #excited #cantwait #onlyinold...
08/10/2021

Can you believe the Wells Street Art Festival is coming up this weekend? Neither can we! 😁 #excited #cantwait

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #tbt

Can you believe the Wells Street Art Festival is coming up this weekend? Neither can we! 😁 #excited #cantwait

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #tbt

Want to preview the vintage posters on sale next weekend at the Wells Street Art Festival? Head to our website: www.well...
08/06/2021

Want to preview the vintage posters on sale next weekend at the Wells Street Art Festival? Head to our website: www.wellsstreetartfest.us for a sneak peek!
#artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Want to preview the vintage posters on sale next weekend at the Wells Street Art Festival? Head to our website: www.wellsstreetartfest.us for a sneak peek!
#artonwells #wellsstreetartfestival #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi

Repost from @thelakotagroup • Grabbing brunch on Wells Street this Saturday? Find our team members and stop by for a qui...
08/04/2021

Repost from @thelakotagroup • Grabbing brunch on Wells Street this Saturday? Find our team members and stop by for a quick chat about the future of this area. Lakota in the Street crew will be surprising participants with a fun gift to thank them for their time and dedication to improve Wells Street. For more information about this planning process, make sure you visit WellStreetPlan.com.

Repost from @thelakotagroup • Grabbing brunch on Wells Street this Saturday? Find our team members and stop by for a quick chat about the future of this area. Lakota in the Street crew will be surprising participants with a fun gift to thank them for their time and dedication to improve Wells Street. For more information about this planning process, make sure you visit WellStreetPlan.com.

Still need to get vaccinated? Get your shot right here in the neighborhood!Repost from @rabbitholechi • Get your vax at ...
08/03/2021

Still need to get vaccinated? Get your shot right here in the neighborhood!
Repost from @rabbitholechi •
Get your vax at The Rabbit Hole...
You heard correctly!
🐇🐇🐇
Vaccinations and testing are our best weapons in the battle against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, or know someone who is not, a local pub in Old Town is a trusted place to go.
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The Rabbit Hole Chicago, located at 1208 N. Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood in partnership with Roseland Community Hospital will administer free vaccinations, and/or COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, August 10th, and again on Tuesday, August 31st with more dates TBA. Anyone who would like a vaccination or test, or just wants some information can walk in between the hours of 3:00pm to 8:00pm, with no appointments necessary.
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For more information please call Mark McGee, Director of Vaccine Operations at Roseland Community Hospital: 773-948-0539
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What: Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination
Where: The Rabbit Hole Chicago, 1208 N. Wells Street
When: Aug 10 and Aug 31 between 3p-8p

Still need to get vaccinated? Get your shot right here in the neighborhood!
Repost from @rabbitholechi •
Get your vax at The Rabbit Hole...
You heard correctly!
🐇🐇🐇
Vaccinations and testing are our best weapons in the battle against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, or know someone who is not, a local pub in Old Town is a trusted place to go.
🐇
The Rabbit Hole Chicago, located at 1208 N. Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood in partnership with Roseland Community Hospital will administer free vaccinations, and/or COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, August 10th, and again on Tuesday, August 31st with more dates TBA. Anyone who would like a vaccination or test, or just wants some information can walk in between the hours of 3:00pm to 8:00pm, with no appointments necessary.
🐇
For more information please call Mark McGee, Director of Vaccine Operations at Roseland Community Hospital: 773-948-0539
🐇
What: Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination
Where: The Rabbit Hole Chicago, 1208 N. Wells Street
When: Aug 10 and Aug 31 between 3p-8p

The OTMRA is looking for volunteers to run the OTMRA booth at the Wells Street Art Festival: August 14th & 15th, 2021. V...
07/26/2021

The OTMRA is looking for volunteers to run the OTMRA booth at the Wells Street Art Festival: August 14th & 15th, 2021. Volunteer tasks include providing information to festival attendees and overseeing sales of Old Town merchandise during the festival.

Each volunteer will receive a complimentary Old Town shirt and mask as a thank-you for volunteering!

Click here to register: https://forms.gle/zMKdfZ5poC7JH3eJ9

If you have any questions, please email Rachel: [email protected]

The OTMRA is looking for volunteers to run the OTMRA booth at the Wells Street Art Festival: August 14th & 15th, 2021. Volunteer tasks include providing information to festival attendees and overseeing sales of Old Town merchandise during the festival.

Each volunteer will receive a complimentary Old Town shirt and mask as a thank-you for volunteering!

Click here to register: https://forms.gle/zMKdfZ5poC7JH3eJ9

If you have any questions, please email Rachel: [email protected]

One week from tonight! ⚽️Repost from @chicagoredstars • Join us for Neighborhood Night on Sunday, 8/1 as we kickoff agai...
07/25/2021

One week from tonight! ⚽️
Repost from @chicagoredstars • Join us for Neighborhood Night on Sunday, 8/1 as we kickoff against the Washington Spirit at @SeatGeekStadium at 5pm. The first 1,000 fans get a limited edition print! Plus, checkout our pregame garage sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the #CRSCares Foundation.

One week from tonight! ⚽️
Repost from @chicagoredstars • Join us for Neighborhood Night on Sunday, 8/1 as we kickoff against the Washington Spirit at @SeatGeekStadium at 5pm. The first 1,000 fans get a limited edition print! Plus, checkout our pregame garage sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the #CRSCares Foundation.

So excited to see Youth For A Better Future (YBF) campers in action today! Thanks for brightening our day with a photosh...
07/23/2021

So excited to see Youth For A Better Future (YBF) campers in action today! Thanks for brightening our day with a photoshoot! 📷 #photography #paparazzi #oldtownchi

So excited to see Youth For A Better Future (YBF) campers in action today! Thanks for brightening our day with a photoshoot! 📷 #photography #paparazzi #oldtownchi

This time next month, we'll be in the middle of the 46th Annual Wells Street Art Fest! 🥳 #getready #onemonthaway  #onlyi...
07/15/2021

This time next month, we'll be in the middle of the 46th Annual Wells Street Art Fest! 🥳 #getready #onemonthaway

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #oldtownchicago

Wow! We're #starstruck 🤩 #onlyinoldtown Repost from Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago  • Renowned film director George ...
07/14/2021

Wow! We're #starstruck 🤩 #onlyinoldtown

Repost from Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago • Renowned film director George Lucas took time out of his Tuesday to experience the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Chicago! Like Van Gogh, Lucas' impact on the visual art medium cannot be understated as his aesthetic vision has brought countless new worlds to life on the silver screen.

Wow! We're #starstruck 🤩 #onlyinoldtown

Repost from Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago • Renowned film director George Lucas took time out of his Tuesday to experience the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Chicago! Like Van Gogh, Lucas' impact on the visual art medium cannot be understated as his aesthetic vision has brought countless new worlds to life on the silver screen.

07/14/2021
Walking Tour | Historic Old Town - Chicago History Museum

Looking to learn more about the history of the Old Town neighborhood? Check out the Historic Old Town Walking Tour from Chicago History Museum on July 24th!

"From postfire recovery to the hub of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and 1970s, Old Town reveals diverse stories about the city’s past."

Read more and purchase tickets below! #onlyinoldtown #walkingtour

From postfire recovery to the hub of Chicago bohemianism in the 1960s and 1970s, Old Town reveals diverse stories about the city’s past. Highlights include a shelter cottage, St. Michael’s Church, the Midwest Buddhist Temple, and numerous historic residences.

Happy fourth of July from the OTMRA! We hope everyone is able to have a safe and happy holiday weekend. #fourthofjuly #4...
07/04/2021

Happy fourth of July from the OTMRA! We hope everyone is able to have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

#fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #oldtownchi

Happy fourth of July from the OTMRA! We hope everyone is able to have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

#fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #oldtownchi

Planning to celebrate The Fourth of July in Old Town? Check out our guide for ways to celebrate in the neighborhood, inc...
07/02/2021

Planning to celebrate The Fourth of July in Old Town? Check out our guide for ways to celebrate in the neighborhood, including where to get the perfect Fourth of July outfit! •
From Best of Seven - stock up on summer essentials at Best of Seven! Enjoy 30% off select Red, White, and Blue products through July 4, including some of our best selling bags, apparel, and accessories. Visit www.bestofsevenshop.com to shop for game day, every day, and holiday!

Planning to celebrate The Fourth of July in Old Town? Check out our guide for ways to celebrate in the neighborhood, including where to get the perfect Fourth of July outfit! •
From Best of Seven - stock up on summer essentials at Best of Seven! Enjoy 30% off select Red, White, and Blue products through July 4, including some of our best selling bags, apparel, and accessories. Visit www.bestofsevenshop.com to shop for game day, every day, and holiday!

Do you know the history behind the Henry Ge**er House in Old Town? Read more about this iconic building in the latest in...
06/28/2021
What’s That Building? The Henry Ge**er House

Do you know the history behind the Henry Ge**er House in Old Town? Read more about this iconic building in the latest installment of WBEZ: Reset.

A boarding house in Old Town was the site of the first gay rights organization in America.

Throwback to the Wells Street Art Festivals of the 2000s#throwbacktuesday #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #artfestival
06/22/2021

Throwback to the Wells Street Art Festivals of the 2000s
#throwbacktuesday #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #artfestival

Happy #Juneteenth! Now officially a State Holiday in Illinois, today is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved pe...
06/19/2021

Happy #Juneteenth! Now officially a State Holiday in Illinois, today is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.

How should you celebrate?
-Shop small at Black-owned businesses
-Amplify Black voices and support Black-led community organizations
-Educate yourself and your community on the origins of Juneteenth

Check out the full list of Juneteenth celebrations throughout the City below:
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/16/juneteenth-marches-picnics-parades-celebration/?utm_source=Pico&utm_campaign=6aa9fc5823-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_06_18_02_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6b84a5cee-6aa9fc5823-126901014&mc_cid=6aa9fc5823&mc_eid=d3196a3ba2

Happy #Juneteenth! Now officially a State Holiday in Illinois, today is a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.

How should you celebrate?
-Shop small at Black-owned businesses
-Amplify Black voices and support Black-led community organizations
-Educate yourself and your community on the origins of Juneteenth

Check out the full list of Juneteenth celebrations throughout the City below:
https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/06/16/juneteenth-marches-picnics-parades-celebration/?utm_source=Pico&utm_campaign=6aa9fc5823-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_06_18_02_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b6b84a5cee-6aa9fc5823-126901014&mc_cid=6aa9fc5823&mc_eid=d3196a3ba2

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1543 N Wells St, Lower Level
Chicago, IL
60610

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(312) 951-6106

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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:
Hi Old Town-ers! For all the (mini) MIGHTY ARTISTS out there, I wanted to share the new Creative Lettering Camp, hosted by Mighty Violet - the Lincoln Park-based brand known for it's "Paper with Punch, that's Perfectly Personal." Perfect for kids looking to use their imagination and tap into their creativity! No experience needed. Participants will learn: ⭐️ The basics of hand-lettering, building their skills from simple print to basic script. ⭐️ The “mighty” style of lettering, mixing the traditional with the whimsical, adding personalized touches every step of the way. ⭐️ Commonly used embellishment techniques, including sassy swirls, funky frames and cool corners. ⭐️ Techniques will be incorporated into a take-home piece that highlights their “mighty” learnings. ⭐️ Sessions to run Monday through Thursday, all materials included. NOTE: Camp will be held at our new summer workspace at Armitage/Sheffield. Space is limited - register now @https://www.mightyvioletdesign.com/camp
this was a fun article to read and look at all the photos of old town :)
City living on the lake! Come check out this awesome condo this weekend! #CuchnaStebbinsTeam #RealtyExecutivesPremiere #OpenHouse #chicagoillinois #condo #Streeterville #lakeviews
News on Mundano's (re)opening! A perfect spot to grab a bite and a delicious cocktail - or put up dinner to-go and had to the park. The squash tostada is a summer need not want!
Friendly update, Mundano is reopening July 1. They will be hosting a socially distanced 4th of July BBQ. Reservations are recommended. Please visit their website https://mundanorestaurant.com/ for more details.
A Skilled Trade = Steady Work Spread the word to sign up for Greater West Town’s 15-week Wood Products Manufacturing class which begins July 13. No cost for low-income; transportation assistance; supportive instructors; real skills; job placement! Learn to make high-end cabinetry and furniture. 500 N. Sacramento Blvd ~ Chicago ~ apply.gwtp.edu Call 312-563-9570 to get started. View a Virtual Info Session: https://youtu.be/BczqNUXS6Os
Hi folks - I'm a writer working on a book about public schools and how families find the best schools for their kids. I'm interested in talking to Moms or Dads whose kids are assigned to go to Manierre Elementary in Old Town. Would love to have a short conversation, maybe 15-20 minutes. Any takers? Feel free to forward to others.
Hey come out to our comedy show! Starts at 7
Support local artists. Old Town proud.
As I did last year, I went online to purchase admission to the Wells St. Art Festival. Not available? Replaced by EZ Pass? Well, I don't live in Chicago - or in Illinois for that matter - and am not about to try to find Wells St. Lower Level to pay and pick-up an EZ pass in person or, similarly, try to find "the "office" where I can pick-up an EZ pass after I pay my money by phone order. WHY does everything have to become so complicated? Successfully purchased admission online last year. Printed out necessary proof of purchase at home - States away from Illinois. Felt good about having what I needed to get in. Now, if I didn't have an exhibitor that I'm flying in to support? HA!