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.

Mission: The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association invites families, friends, neighbors, visitors, and tourists to explore and experience all that Old Town has to offer. We strive to make Old Town a better place to live, work, and play for residents and businesses alike.

Operating as usual

Wednesday, February 4th, join the OTMRA and State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (IL-6) for a legislative update! The roundtab...
01/21/2021

Wednesday, February 4th, join the OTMRA and State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (IL-6) for a legislative update! The roundtable session will cover work done during the January session of the Illinois Assembly. You can submit questions for the roundtable and register at oldtownchicago.org/meetups

Make sure wearing a mask is on your list for your next grocery shopping trip. Let’s go all in to help keep our retailers...
01/19/2021

Make sure wearing a mask is on your list for your next grocery shopping trip. Let’s go all in to help keep our retailers open and shelves stocked. #chambersallin #allinIllinois

Did your Chicago Favorites make the cut? Vote for Old Town favorites Roots Handmade Pizza - Old Town, Fleet Feet Chicago...
01/15/2021
Best of Chicago: Vote now!

Did your Chicago Favorites make the cut? Vote for Old Town favorites Roots Handmade Pizza - Old Town, Fleet Feet Chicago, and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in the Best of Chicago 2020 poll today!

chicagoreader.com/best

What’s your favorite OTMRA neighborhood program? The OTMRA offers an array of neighborhood programming, including Old To...
01/14/2021

What’s your favorite OTMRA neighborhood program? The OTMRA offers an array of neighborhood programming, including Old Town Gives Back, the Old Town Lights Competition, Shop Local Bingo, and Old Town Cash Back.

Join Senator Sara Feigenholtz and local electeds tomorrow for a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine. They will be join...
01/13/2021

Join Senator Sara Feigenholtz and local electeds tomorrow for a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine. They will be joined by experts from the Chicago Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health who are prepared to answer questions. RSVP here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D1-HU39pSDyzTGjTDNT9rw

01/13/2021
Only in Old Town Episode 10: Surf's Up

Surf’s Up Old Town and South Shore are owned by Vanetta D. Roy - a Special Education Teacher for Chicago Public Schools. Dedicated to serving people, Surf’s Up was opened in hopes to rebuild a once-thriving South Shore community and in hopes to bring diversity and break barriers as being one of the first/only black-owned restaurants in the Old Town community in recent years since the change from Cabrini Green. While providing excellent high-quality food service and employment to people in the South Shore neighborhood. At Surf's Up expect Good Food, Good Times, Good People! See what makes Surf's Up Old Town stand out in our tenth episode of Only in Old Town.

Old Town is filled with incredible restaurants, so the OTMRA is consistently looking for ways to highlight restaurants i...
01/13/2021

Old Town is filled with incredible restaurants, so the OTMRA is consistently looking for ways to highlight restaurants in the neighborhood. From the Old Town Restaurant Walk to Takeout Week and Dine Out in Old Town, we’re excited to celebrate the many unique cuisines Old Town has to offer. Visit https://oldtownchicago.org/restaurants/ to browse Old Town restaurants and plan your next meal in the neighborhood.

An integral part of the OTMRA mission is to improve the Old Town neighborhood. To accomplish this goal, the OTMRA works ...
01/12/2021

An integral part of the OTMRA mission is to improve the Old Town neighborhood. To accomplish this goal, the OTMRA works closely with Special Service Area #48. SSA 48 Old Town is responsible for the many landscaping and beautification efforts seen throughout the neighborhood.

The OTMRA is thrilled to be collaborating with The Lakota Group on two exciting urban planning and design projects. The ...
01/12/2021

The OTMRA is thrilled to be collaborating with The Lakota Group on two exciting urban planning and design projects. The Wells Street Corridor Plan aims to recognize Old Town as one of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods and will engage the community to imagine the future of this vital corridor. The North Orleans Street Park Design will focus on developing a vision for a new community park in Old Town right by (and under) the L tracks. For more information about these collaborations, please visit NorthOrleansPark.com and WellsStreetPlan.com

Did you know the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association was originally the Old Town Chamber of Commerce? In 2001, ...
01/11/2021

Did you know the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association was originally the Old Town Chamber of Commerce? In 2001, a name change was introduced to better reflect a working relationship between the merchants and residents of the neighborhood. #happymonday #oldtownchi

We can't wait until we can meet up with friends and visit our favorite bars and restaurants in person again! Where are y...
01/05/2021
What We’re Looking Forward to in Chicago in 2021

We can't wait until we can meet up with friends and visit our favorite bars and restaurants in person again! Where are you most looking forward to visiting in 2021?

Things are looking up already.

Last call for cash back receipts! Today is the final day to qualify for a $25 gift card when you spend $75 at Old Town b...
01/04/2021

Last call for cash back receipts! Today is the final day to qualify for a $25 gift card when you spend $75 at Old Town businesses. Learn more at oldtownchicago.org/cashback2020

Happy New Year from the OTMRA! Here's to ringing in a great 2021!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from the OTMRA! Here's to ringing in a great 2021!

Less than a week left to get a "thank-you" $25 gift card when you spend $75 at local Old Town businesses! Read the full ...
12/30/2020

Less than a week left to get a "thank-you" $25 gift card when you spend $75 at local Old Town businesses! Read the full details on our website: oldtownchicago.org/cashback2020

Time is running out to use your flex spending at Vision Boutique! Use your flex spending for: eye exams, glasses, sungla...
12/29/2020

Time is running out to use your flex spending at Vision Boutique! Use your flex spending for: eye exams, glasses, sunglasses, blue-light glasses, contact lenses, anti-fog lens cleaner before December 31st! To schedule an appointment, call or use the Vision Boutique portal.

Looking for live-stream entertainment for New Year's Eve? Tune in to New Year Zeve from Zanies Comedy Club Chicago! Host...
12/28/2020

Looking for live-stream entertainment for New Year's Eve? Tune in to New Year Zeve from Zanies Comedy Club Chicago! Hosted by Calvin Evans, this LIVE event brings Zanies entertainment straight from the stage to your living room! Grab tickets at chicago.zanies.com

Planning to stay in to ring in the New Year? Count down to New Year's Eve with The VIG Chicago! Each party kit includes ...
12/26/2020

Planning to stay in to ring in the New Year? Count down to New Year's Eve with The VIG Chicago! Each party kit includes everything you need to ring in the new year in style! Learn more at www.TheVIGChicago.com

Merry Christmas from the OTMRA! Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all.
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from the OTMRA! Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all.

Congratulations to Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana  , Business Winner of the 2020 Old Town Holiday Lights Competition! Your...
12/23/2020

Congratulations to Gallucci Pizzeria Napoletana , Business Winner of the 2020 Old Town Holiday Lights Competition! Your creative decorations light up the street! 🎅 Thank you to @maohcana for these beautiful photos. #holidayseason #onlyinoldtown

Thank you for your submissions to the Old Town Holiday Lights Competition! The OTMRA is excited to announce the 2020 Res...
12/23/2020

Thank you for your submissions to the Old Town Holiday Lights Competition! The OTMRA is excited to announce the 2020 Residential winners: four-time champions, Amy & Jeremiah! Congratulations!!
*Stay tuned to see which business was selected as our 2020 winner later today!*

Taking a stroll through Old Town? Send us photos of the holiday lights and decorations you see in the neighborhood! 🎄 Th...
12/18/2020

Taking a stroll through Old Town? Send us photos of the holiday lights and decorations you see in the neighborhood! 🎄 Thank you to @maohcana for this incredible photo. #OnlyinOldTown #OldTownChi

Let your family, friends, and colleagues (FF&C) enter 2021 with a renewed sense of clarity, vision and hope for all that...
12/16/2020

Let your family, friends, and colleagues (FF&C) enter 2021 with a renewed sense of clarity, vision and hope for all that is to come. This $55.00 service ‘of choice’ is sure to create the perfect space for mental and physical REST & RECOVERY. Why Choose? There is no need…let your FF&C select between float, cryo, full-spectrum infrared sauna, vibroacoustic and halo/dry salt therapies based on what their body needs the most. All of our wellness services are offered in a private ‘sanitized’ suite, followed by a time of relaxation in The Quiet Center; while enjoying our aqua-fireplace and The Organic Tea Bar. This restorative environment is sure to reVIVE! Please go online or stop by the studio to purchase.

1513 North Wells Street | 312.525.VIVE (8483) | www.VIVEFloatStudio.com

12/16/2020
Only in Old Town Episode 9: Windy City Travel

Windy City Travel has been in business as a full service travel agency in Old Town, Chicago since 1981. The staff is renowned for providing personalized service for all your corporate and leisure travel needs including group travel, vacations & cruises, honeymoons, and destination weddings. Windy City Travel corporate agents are veterans at corporate travel and our leisure agents have traveled the globe and are able to provide information and suggestions to truly tailor a vacation, wedding, or group trip to meet your needs and preferences. See what makes Windy City Travel unique in our ninth episode of Only in Old Town.

Get a "thank-you" American Express gift card from the OTMRA when you shop local this holiday season! Spend $75 total by ...
12/15/2020

Get a "thank-you" American Express gift card from the OTMRA when you shop local this holiday season! Spend $75 total by visiting three Old Town businesses, email Rachel your receipts, and we'll mail your gift card next month! Visit our website for details: oldtownchicago.org/cashback2020 #linkinbio #onlyinoldtown #holidayseason

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Old Town! ☃️ Thanks to @maohcana for this great photo.Don't forget to sen...
12/14/2020

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Old Town! ☃️ Thanks to @maohcana for this great photo.
Don't forget to send in your photos of the best holiday lights and decorations in Old Town! #OnlyinOldTown #holidayseason

Don't miss out! Sign up for a night of classic pub trivia on Monday to put your random knowledge to the test. Sign up wi...
12/11/2020

Don't miss out! Sign up for a night of classic pub trivia on Monday to put your random knowledge to the test. Sign up with a team or by yourself here: oldtownchicago.org/trivia #trivia #trivianight

The Friends of Franklin (the PTA at Franklin Fine Arts Center) has a very special item for the holiday season that they ...
12/11/2020

The Friends of Franklin (the PTA at Franklin Fine Arts Center) has a very special item for the holiday season that they raffling off to one lucky winner.

The winner will receive a $500.00 gift certificate to Walter E Smithe Furniture good at any location including the one in Lincoln Park.

A limited number of raffle tickets are available now for purchase and the winner will be announced on December 22nd. Purchase multiple tickets and save.

The raffle closes at 11:59 PM on December 21, 2020.

Good luck to everyone and thank you for supporting Friends of Franklin.

Purchase your raffle tickets at www.bidpal.net/fof

As you complete your holiday shopping checklist, don't forget about local nonprofits in the Old Town neighborhood! This ...
12/10/2020

As you complete your holiday shopping checklist, don't forget about local nonprofits in the Old Town neighborhood! This year, our holiday drive is entirely online - simply select an item from the wish lists on our website and send it directly to the nonprofit. Every donation makes a huge impact. Donate here: oldtownchicago.org/holidays2020

Looking for fun and safe #quarantineactivities one week from tonight? Join the OTMRA and Sporcle Trivia for a night of c...
12/07/2020

Looking for fun and safe #quarantineactivities one week from tonight? Join the OTMRA and Sporcle Trivia for a night of classic pub trivia over zoom! Chat with Old Town residents while putting your random knowledge to the test. Sign up at oldtownchicago.org/trivia

This year, support Old Town businesses from the comfort and safety of your own home with the Old Town Holiday Gift Pack!...
12/04/2020

This year, support Old Town businesses from the comfort and safety of your own home with the Old Town Holiday Gift Pack! Check off your holiday shopping list in minutes with our short order form, and select "local Chicago shipping" to have your gift pack delivered directly to you or your recipient.

Each gift pack contains:
-Wells Street Classic Box from The Fudge Pot
-Ultra Epson Salt from VIVE Float Studio
-Howlite Stacking Bangle from Redbud Jewelry
-Grip Socks from Pure Barre
-Membership Experience Passes from FFC Old Town

Each gift pack is only $88!
Don't miss out on an opportunity to shop local - sales close tonight!

oldtownchicago.org/holidaygiftpack

#giftpack #holidays #holidayshopping #shoplocal #shopsmall #onlyinoldtown

Ready to put your random knowledge to the test? Join the OTMRA on Monday, December 14 for a virtual pub trivia night via...
12/02/2020

Ready to put your random knowledge to the test? Join the OTMRA on Monday, December 14 for a virtual pub trivia night via zoom! Sign up with a team or by yourself at oldtownchicago.org/trivia

12/02/2020
Only in Old Town Episode 8: Kamehachi

Kamehachi means “eight turtles” in Japanese. The turtle and the number eight both symbolize long life and good luck in Japan. For more than 40 years, Kamehachi has been perfecting the art of making sushi. And today, the values and traditions established at Chicago’s First Sushi Restaurant are as strong as ever. Made with the highest quality ingredients and meticulously crafted, Kamehachi has earned its reputation as the premier Japanese restaurant in the Chicago-land area. See what sets Kamehachi apart in our eighth episode of Only in 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
Hello Friends of Old Town, I am hosting a pop-up art show in our community and would like to invite you all to stop by this St.Patrick's Day Weekend. If you love contemporary music and art this is a must see show. Thank you all for your time and I hope to see you all this weekend! Art Show Title: Sound Wave Samantha Rausch, Recent Sculptures & Paintings (www.SamanthaRausch.com) Rausch’s Art Installation is activated with sound compositions by Connor Ciesel Exhibition Dates: March 17 (9AM – 7PM) & March 19 (9AM-5PM with Artist Talk 1PM) Address: 1533 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 Pop-Up Show is in Old Town- Chicago next the Red Orchid Theatre Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1280629158747797/