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!
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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 sponsors the Wells Street Art Fest and the Wells Street Fall Fest. Proceeds from the festivals are used for community enhancement, neighborhood marketing, and area-wide giving. Since 2007 Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has given over $150,000.00 is financial support to local non-profits and schools.

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Today's final 5+ Years in Old Town highlight is Centered on North! We are thrilled to introduce you to Janine Biskind an...
05/05/2021

Today's final 5+ Years in Old Town highlight is Centered on North!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Janine Biskind and Lynne Alberding, co-owner's of Centered on North. Centered is a small boutique Pilates and wellness studio located in the charming Old Town neighborhood. Old Town has been a home to this small business for the past 8 years (and counting!). For more information please visit centeredonnorth.com - where "we make Pilates personal".

#NationalSmallBusinessWeek #onlyinoldtown #shopsmall

Next up in our 5 Years in Old Town Highlights: neighborhood staple The VIG Chicago ! “VIG” is short for the English word...
05/05/2021

Next up in our 5 Years in Old Town Highlights: neighborhood staple The VIG Chicago !

“VIG” is short for the English word "vigorish - it represents the bookie’s or house’s cut on a bet.

The VIG is a 1950's themed sports parlor in the heart of Old Town with a refined kitchen and classic cocktails designed for the contemporary drinker. The concept centers around the playful storyline that it’s good to be bad, with inspiration found in movies, sports and historical scenarios where we reluctantly connect with the bad guy. This concept is found in our architectural and design work, as well as our food and drink menus. The VIG features an extensive whiskey collection, beer list and seasonal craft cocktails, including a specialty "boozie slushie". The food menu is curated with "good food that people like to eat". Every aspect of The VIG is designed around inspiring the lost art of conversation.

See more photos of The VIG's #delicious food on Instagram: @thevigchicago.
#NationalSmallBusinessWeek #onlyinoldtown #shopsmall

Today our Small Business Highlights feature businesses that have been in the neighborhood for 5+ years. First up is Kath...
05/05/2021

Today our Small Business Highlights feature businesses that have been in the neighborhood for 5+ years. First up is Kathryn Theodore Travel!

We are a luxury travel advisory firm who redefines the trip-planning experience. We design custom itineraries for you after carefully listening to your needs and interests. We create a balance between activity and rest, between rejuvenation and maintenance, between spontaneity and structure. Wellness travel is our specialty with the intent to enhance, maintain or jumpstart your well-being. You work hard - isn't it time to restore your best self? We can give you adventure, relaxation, pampering, knowledge, healing, transformation or all of the above! We can plan a healthy romantic holiday off the beaten track, create a bespoke family vacation or a solo rejuvenation retreat.

Spa getaways and yoga retreats have defined wellness travel for decades. Guests would attend meditation classes, get a couple's massage and maybe go vegetarian for a few days—all on the grounds of an all-inclusive resort. This type of wellness travel still exists today, but at the dawn of a new decade—and after a year of many of us being cooped up at home—guests are expecting much more personalization and nuance from a getaway that promises to restore their mental and physical health. With wellness travel growth twice the average of overall tourism at the beginning of 2020, it's clear that the industry has been quick to catch on to evolving desires. Let us help you find your rejuvenating trip!

Learn more by visiting kathryntheodoretravel.com or @kattheotravel on Instagram.

Our next BIPOC-Owned Old Town Business Highlight is Hammer Fitness & Boxing! Hammer Boxing and Fitness is an elite fitne...
05/04/2021

Our next BIPOC-Owned Old Town Business Highlight is Hammer Fitness & Boxing!

Hammer Boxing and Fitness is an elite fitness and boxing studio located in the Old Town community. Hammer Boxing and Fitness offers group classes, one on one boxing, & personal training from beginners to advanced. All of our trainers are certified and professionals in the health and wellness industry with over 20 years of experience.
Benefits of using boxing as a form of exercise:
- Boxing is a total body workout
- Boxing incinerates calories fast
- Boxing reduces stress
- Boxing is nearly the hardest form of cardiovascular endurance
- Boxing will tone and shape your body

For more information you can visit our website www.hammerfitnessandboxing.com or contact us at 312-573-1950. Also follow us on social media via Facebook @Hammer Fitness and Boxing, and on Instagram @Hammerboxingandfitness

Today we're highlighting the incredible BIPOC-owned businesses in the neighborhood. First up is Surf’s Up Old Town!Owned...
05/04/2021

Today we're highlighting the incredible BIPOC-owned businesses in the neighborhood. First up is Surf’s Up Old Town!

Owned by Vanetta Roy, special education teacher for the city of Chicago. Opened up to offer quality food on a go, that’s made with integrity! Surf's Up offers genuine products with Louisiana flavor. Fried or grilled for many items along with our famous Hennessy Wings and fried biscuits. We also offer vegan shrimp and vegetarian options such as our fried green tomato po-boy and hand battered onion rings made cooked to order as is all food items.

See more photos of the #delicious #goodeats at #surfsup on their instagram: @surfsup_oldtown

Next up in our New to the Neighborhood Spotlight is New Image Works ! New Image Works Medical Spa just recently opened t...
05/03/2021

Next up in our New to the Neighborhood Spotlight is New Image Works !

New Image Works Medical Spa just recently opened their second location in Old Town Chicago, offering Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and full skin rejuvenation services. We are enjoying being new to the neighborhood and meeting so many new people! Feel free to stop by, give us a call or follow us on instagram to see the work we do. Our professionals are committed to providing the best level of experience and safety for our patients.

1350 N Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312)-638-4979
Follow us on instagram: @newimageworks

Today we're kicking off our #NationalSmallBusinessWeek highlights with Brand-New Businesses in Old Town. First up is For...
05/03/2021

Today we're kicking off our #NationalSmallBusinessWeek highlights with Brand-New Businesses in Old Town. First up is Ford Generall!

Ford General: Est. 2021. Partners Shannon & Patrick Ford. Loving Old Town, welcome to all. Garments & goods the world over. Clothing for all.

We are Shannon & Patrick & Finn & Gemma & one more on the way. We love Chicago (shih-KAH-go) & Europe. It is our goal to bring high end clothing & wares from Europe + America to our neighborhood. Shop online or come see us in the space @ 1712 N. Wells. We love to meet new folks.

Learn more at fordgeneral.com or stop by to shop!

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #shopsmall

Happy #NationalSmallBusinessWeek 2021! Throughout the upcoming week, we'll be shining a spotlight on incredible Old Town...
05/02/2021

Happy #NationalSmallBusinessWeek 2021! Throughout the upcoming week, we'll be shining a spotlight on incredible Old Town businesses. Get to know the businesses in your neighborhood while #shoppingsmall this week!

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #shopsmall #shoplocal #localbusinesses

Happy #NationalSmallBusinessWeek 2021! Throughout the upcoming week, we'll be shining a spotlight on incredible Old Town businesses. Get to know the businesses in your neighborhood while #shoppingsmall this week!

#onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #shopsmall #shoplocal #localbusinesses

This Saturday, celebrate #NationalPilatesDay with Centered on North and enjoy 20% off the purchase of a group class 5-pa...
04/30/2021

This Saturday, celebrate #NationalPilatesDay with Centered on North and enjoy 20% off the purchase of a group class 5-pack (virtual or in-studio). #onlyinoldtown #fitness #fitnesslifestyle #centeredonnorthpilates #pilatesforeverybody

This Saturday, celebrate #NationalPilatesDay with Centered on North and enjoy 20% off the purchase of a group class 5-pack (virtual or in-studio). #onlyinoldtown #fitness #fitnesslifestyle #centeredonnorthpilates #pilatesforeverybody

Put on your best sneakers and please join Youth For A Better Future (YBF) for YBF's 2021 summer fitness relaunch event, ...
04/29/2021

Put on your best sneakers and please join Youth For A Better Future (YBF) for YBF's 2021 summer fitness relaunch event, Run or Walk for a Cause. All proceeds will benefit Youth For a Better Future. YBF's mission is to empower youth to become future leaders and stewards of their community through positive mentorship. Join YBF on May 1st to promote healthy lifestyle habits and to kick off a great summer full of events! Please meet at the YBF center, 1348 N Sedgwick Street, Chicago, IL. Masks required due to COVID-19 regulations.

Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ybfs-2021-run-or-walk-for-a-cause-tickets-151097281035?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Put on your best sneakers and please join Youth For A Better Future (YBF) for YBF's 2021 summer fitness relaunch event, Run or Walk for a Cause. All proceeds will benefit Youth For a Better Future. YBF's mission is to empower youth to become future leaders and stewards of their community through positive mentorship. Join YBF on May 1st to promote healthy lifestyle habits and to kick off a great summer full of events! Please meet at the YBF center, 1348 N Sedgwick Street, Chicago, IL. Masks required due to COVID-19 regulations.

Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ybfs-2021-run-or-walk-for-a-cause-tickets-151097281035?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

This #WellnessWednesday, sign up for an outdoor Crunch & Brunch at Utopian Tailgate! Spots are limited for these energiz...
04/28/2021

This #WellnessWednesday, sign up for an outdoor Crunch & Brunch at Utopian Tailgate! Spots are limited for these energizing early-morning classes on Utopian Tailgate's beautiful rooftop venue. Sign up and learn more on our website: oldtownchicago.org/crunchandbrunch2021

#onlyinoldtown #fitness #fitnesslifestyle

This #WellnessWednesday, sign up for an outdoor Crunch & Brunch at Utopian Tailgate! Spots are limited for these energizing early-morning classes on Utopian Tailgate's beautiful rooftop venue. Sign up and learn more on our website: oldtownchicago.org/crunchandbrunch2021

#onlyinoldtown #fitness #fitnesslifestyle

Looking to schedule a vaccine appointment in Old Town? The Moody Church will be hosting a vaccine event next week! Regis...
04/26/2021

Looking to schedule a vaccine appointment in Old Town? The Moody Church will be hosting a vaccine event next week! Register for an appointment at the link below.
https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1619115117391

#maskup #covidvaccine #onlyinoldtown

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to help beautify Old Town today! We really appreciate your help ...
04/24/2021

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to help beautify Old Town today! We really appreciate your help - every action makes a big difference!

An extra big THANK YOU to our generous sponsors, @declansirishpub, and @orsosrestaurant - none of this would have been possible without you!!

#nationalvolunteerweek #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #cleanup

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and energy to help beautify Old Town today! We really appreciate your help - every action makes a big difference!

An extra big THANK YOU to our generous sponsors, @declansirishpub, and @orsosrestaurant - none of this would have been possible without you!!

#nationalvolunteerweek #onlyinoldtown #oldtownchi #cleanup

Happy #EarthDay, Old Town! 🌎 💚 How are you celebrating in the neighborhood? #Nature #OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay, Old Town! 🌎 💚
How are you celebrating in the neighborhood?
#Nature #OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi

Happy #EarthDay, Old Town! 🌎 💚
How are you celebrating in the neighborhood?
#Nature #OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi

Back by popular demand: Crunch & Brunch outdoor fitness classes! We're partnering with Centered on North, Fitness Formul...
04/21/2021

Back by popular demand: Crunch & Brunch outdoor fitness classes! We're partnering with Centered on North, Fitness Formula Clubs Old Town, and Pure Barre for morning fitness classes on the beautiful Utopian Tailgate roof for three Saturdays in May. Reserve a table at Utopian Tailgate after class and receive a complimentary cocktail! Learn more and sign up (limited spots available per class) at oldtownchicago.org/crunchandbrunch2021

Back by popular demand: Crunch & Brunch outdoor fitness classes! We're partnering with Centered on North, Fitness Formula Clubs Old Town, and Pure Barre for morning fitness classes on the beautiful Utopian Tailgate roof for three Saturdays in May. Reserve a table at Utopian Tailgate after class and receive a complimentary cocktail! Learn more and sign up (limited spots available per class) at oldtownchicago.org/crunchandbrunch2021

Looking to plan a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift? Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago has partnered with The Drake Hotel...
04/16/2021

Looking to plan a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift? Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago has partnered with The Drake Hotel and CorePower Yoga to offer a limited-availability Mother's Day experience! Each package includes tickets to the Van Gogh experience, a reserved spot in a CorePower Yoga Session, and accommodations at The Drake Hotel. Learn more and order at: bit.ly/IVG-Mom

#oldtownchi #chicago #mothersdaygift #vangoghchicago #immersivevangogh

Looking to plan a one-of-a-kind Mother's Day gift? Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago has partnered with The Drake Hotel and CorePower Yoga to offer a limited-availability Mother's Day experience! Each package includes tickets to the Van Gogh experience, a reserved spot in a CorePower Yoga Session, and accommodations at The Drake Hotel. Learn more and order at: bit.ly/IVG-Mom

#oldtownchi #chicago #mothersdaygift #vangoghchicago #immersivevangogh

Get to know Best of Seven -- the brand- new women-founded, Chicago-based Old Town business -- this Saturday at their pri...
04/15/2021

Get to know Best of Seven -- the brand- new women-founded, Chicago-based Old Town business -- this Saturday at their private shopping event, featuring light refreshments from La Fournette! With a focus on color and fashion, Best of Seven is the go to color destination that offers spirited apparel and accessories for game day and every day. Schedule a private shopping appointment by emailing [email protected] and check out their full line of apparel at www.bestofseven.com.

#gamedayeveryday #oldtownchi #chicago #chicagofashion #shoplocal

Get to know Best of Seven -- the brand- new women-founded, Chicago-based Old Town business -- this Saturday at their private shopping event, featuring light refreshments from La Fournette! With a focus on color and fashion, Best of Seven is the go to color destination that offers spirited apparel and accessories for game day and every day. Schedule a private shopping appointment by emailing [email protected] and check out their full line of apparel at www.bestofseven.com.

#gamedayeveryday #oldtownchi #chicago #chicagofashion #shoplocal

Get paid to trap rats! Learn more about how you can help Lincoln Park Zoo researchers in your community at the virtual t...
04/06/2021

Get paid to trap rats! Learn more about how you can help Lincoln Park Zoo researchers in your community at the virtual town hall about the Chicago Rat Project on Tuesday, April 13th at 6pm. Register at oldtownchicago.org/lpzchicagoratproject

From our outgoing Executive Director, Ian Tobin:"Exactly four years ago last Saturday, I started my first day as Executi...
04/02/2021

From our outgoing Executive Director, Ian Tobin:

"Exactly four years ago last Saturday, I started my first day as Executive Director of the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association. Coming from an urban planning background, the opportunity to get on the ground and get my hands dirty and move a community forward was an absolute dream. Old Town is an exceptional place to do just that. And from Art Fests to SSA Reconstitutions to Restaurant Walks to responding to a once-a-century pandemic, we all got our hands dirty together as we built a more resilient neighborhood.

Throughout Chicago, there are very few small neighborhoods with big personalities. Multi-generation family-owned businesses that, long ago, established a vibrant street. Eclectic retailers just a stone's throw from a world class improv theater and a legendary stand up comedy club. All nestled in a diverse mix of architectural styles. Very few neighborhoods in the US get to live and breathe the sort of “downtown” that other communities aspire to be. Old Town gets to set the bar on that ideal mix of urbanism.

While I am excited about the challenge before me at the Mag Mile Association, I am sad to leave friends that I have made here. The experiences here have only fortified me and motivated me for what comes next. I’m grateful to have been a part of this neighborhood and I am excited to see what this strong community does next!

Old Town, thank you for the opportunity to help run your neighborhood!"

While the neighborhood won't be quite the same without Ian's presence, the OTMRA team is happy to extend congratulations and best wishes to Ian in this exciting next chapter. Thank you for everything you've done for the neighborhood, Ian!

From our outgoing Executive Director, Ian Tobin:

"Exactly four years ago last Saturday, I started my first day as Executive Director of the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association. Coming from an urban planning background, the opportunity to get on the ground and get my hands dirty and move a community forward was an absolute dream. Old Town is an exceptional place to do just that. And from Art Fests to SSA Reconstitutions to Restaurant Walks to responding to a once-a-century pandemic, we all got our hands dirty together as we built a more resilient neighborhood.

Throughout Chicago, there are very few small neighborhoods with big personalities. Multi-generation family-owned businesses that, long ago, established a vibrant street. Eclectic retailers just a stone's throw from a world class improv theater and a legendary stand up comedy club. All nestled in a diverse mix of architectural styles. Very few neighborhoods in the US get to live and breathe the sort of “downtown” that other communities aspire to be. Old Town gets to set the bar on that ideal mix of urbanism.

While I am excited about the challenge before me at the Mag Mile Association, I am sad to leave friends that I have made here. The experiences here have only fortified me and motivated me for what comes next. I’m grateful to have been a part of this neighborhood and I am excited to see what this strong community does next!

Old Town, thank you for the opportunity to help run your neighborhood!"

While the neighborhood won't be quite the same without Ian's presence, the OTMRA team is happy to extend congratulations and best wishes to Ian in this exciting next chapter. Thank you for everything you've done for the neighborhood, Ian!

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this was a fun article to read and look at all the photos of old town :)
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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.
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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!
Great local business in Old Town! Check it out!
Just saw this post on NextDoor Old Town - very interesting and might be worth a shot? Movement to have a Trader Joes at Old Town Treasure Island location Hello neighbors, It saddens me to see TI go out of business, all the lost jobs, etc. However, as someone in Old Town without a car, I have heavily relied on TI almost daily and would love to see another grocery store in that location. If you feel the same, please use this link to request Trader Joes consider the location: https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/location-request Location Request | Trader Joe's Trader Joe's is a neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and drink from around the globe and around the corner. Great quality at great prices. That's what we call value. traderjoes.com
Hi neighbors! I'm moving and have a bunch of stuff for sale: - Near new Macy's sectional couch - IKEA Desk - Bar stools - Black entertainment center - Weber grill