Old Town

A Unique Experience
Home to men and women from all walks of life, Old Town is a wildly popular and historic neighborhood located close to the lake and downtown. Day or night, Old Town has an energetic and vibrant feel. In accordance with its name, there are plenty of Victorian style buildings to accompany other historical styles of architecture. Nevertheless, there are a large amount of new and modern buildings which helps to give Old Town a very unique feel.

What Old Town Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
7.6
amenities
7.0
social
7.6
management
7.1
safety
8.6
Median rents in Old Town
Studio
$
1,400
1 Bedroom
$
1,856
2 Bedroom
$
3,020

Living in
Old Town

Expensive
Great Neighborhood
Easy Commute
Close To Bars And Restaurants
Proximity To Amenities
Old Town — 8.9/10 Rating (based on 36 neighborhood reviews)
i love this neighborhood. It's the perfect place for twenty somethings who are out of the Wrigleyville/Lincoln Park phase. It's a little pricey, but offers everything from entertainment to the beach.
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9
/10
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Reside on North Park
What Old Town might lack in Michelin-rated restaurants, it makes up for in a seemingly endless variety of well above average choices. It's been over a year, and we've only managed to visit maybe half the restaurants and bars on our list, and we go out at least weekly. The only drawbacks to the neighborhood are 1) the entitled people you'll run into from time to time, and 2) that you should be careful walking around by yourself at night.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Gallery 1250
Old Town is a great neighborhood to be in - I absolutely love it! There are so many restaurants and bars nearby, and my commute to work is much shorter now.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Carl Sandburg Village
PRO:
- Close location to the train, grocery stores, etc.

CONS:
- Don't feel too safe around some of the sketchy areas on the outskirts of Old Town
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1516 N Hudson Ave, Apt #2
Old Town is the best neighborhood in Chicago! We are situated perfectly within all the best Chicago has to offer, everything is super close and walkable, and there is so much to do! It is a historical area where you can learn more about the city's history before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and also grab drinks and dinner at fun restaurants!
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10
/10
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Galleria 1250
Tons of bars and restaurants, and great for anyone in their 20s to 30s. Easy to walk to hair salons, nails salons, Walgreens, and the grocery store. Also, plenty of work out classes and gym close by.
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10
/10
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1531 N Wells St, A3, Chicago, IL
Several bars and restaurants within close walking distance. Second City is right around the corner. Grocery and pharmacy also within a block.
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10
/10
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245 W North Ave.
Old Town is my favorite neighborhood in the city. It's close to downtown, has lots of restaurants and bars!
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10
/10
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North Ave Apartments
I love Old Town. there is so much to do here, and its so close to several public transportation avenues.
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9
/10
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Reside on North Park
The neighborhood could be more secure to be honest. There have been a few times where I would not want to walk alone at night--and I'm a guy that can fend for himself. I recommend having a car or an escort instead of walking alone at night. But overall its really not bad.
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9
/10
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Eugenie Terrace on the Park
There are plenty of grocery stores in the neighborhood with feasible prices for the city which is nice. Additionally, there are plenty of fast food as well as restaurants in this area and a great bar scene as well. There's always something to do.
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9
/10
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Eliot House Condominium
Neighborhood is great, you can't beat being right on Wells in the middle of all the action. There are several great restaurants and bars to enjoy within a short walking distance.
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9
/10
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Cobbler Square Loft Apartments
Such a fun and quaint area! You can spend hours walking up and down Wells. There is a lively social scene yet is family friendly and very safe feeling.
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10
/10
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1355 N Sandburg Ter
I've loved this neighborhood. My only complaint is lack of train accessibility, but the buses get me to work in the Loop pretty easily.
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10
/10
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Eugenie Terrace on the Park
Great neighborhood - tons of bars and restaunrabrs within walking distance, close to supermarkets and L train
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9
/10
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1225 Old Town
This neighborhood has it all - great bars and restaurants, close proximity to downtown, and near the lake. What more can you ask for?
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10
/10
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1449 N North Park
I love Old Town so much. Getting anywhere in the city is very easy and there are so many restaurants, gyms, bars and shopping.
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10
/10
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James House
The neighborhood is a very residential area and have many families; it is very quiet but only 4 blocks from Wells
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9
/10
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1418 N Mohawk
Although the crowd is relatively young, there is an abundant amount of homeless people who will hang around the outside area. They'll ask for money of course, but it's fine.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1225 Old Town
Great residential location that's quiet but within walking distance to lots of restaurants and nightlife. Easy to get around the city as the neighborhood is close to many bus and train lines.
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1824 N Lincoln Park W
Lots to do. Neighborhood is a lot of young working professionals, mixed with people who have lived there forever. Can walk to bars and restaurants.
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6
/10
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Carl Sandburg Village
The neighborhood is a prime location for people in their mid-twenties. Their is tons of families, dogs, restaurants and things to do in the area. For grocery you can walk to Plum Market or Treasure Island, there is also a Walgreens very close by, as well as every type of restaurant you could want on Wells.

The transportation is also great, you are placed right between the brown line @ Sedgwick, and the 156/LaSalle bus that takes you right downtown.

You can rent a divvy near by or grab a cab pretty easily. The street is permit parking and I can always find a spot.
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10
/10
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1533-1539 N Wieland
The neighborhood is great if you're a young, social professional. Fun bars and good restaurants. Really close to everything you need (dry cleaning, grocery, coffee shop, food).
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10
/10
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1514 North Wieland Street
Great area. There are a few streets here and there that get a little shady but nothing out of the ordinary
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6
/10
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1225 Old Town
I love living in old town. It has a great food and bar scene. It's close to the beach and the LSD path for long runs.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1660 N Lasalle
So many great places to eat, shop , and walk.
It can be a little busy on summer weekends, but not bad.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1225 Old Town
Everything you could ever want is in walking distance; such a fun area! Parking garages nearby for car storage. Lots of restaurants and bars. Right by the zoo, the beach, the city...it's just the perfect location.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park View
The neighborhood is very pretty, but skews a bit older in terms of population. There are a few nice bars and restaurants, but not as many as I'd like. However, proximity to the beach and the zoo is fantastic, and Second City is always a fun time.
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9
/10
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Eugenie Terrace on the Park
Old Town is my favorite Chicago neighborhood. It's between Lincoln park and River North both physically and in terms of the bar scene. Old Town bars and restaurants are a little more low-key than RN, but still super fun and lively.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1225 Old Town
Old town is the perfect location for me. Easy commute to the loop with the train being a five minute walk to my apartment. Great restaurants and night life too!
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9
/10
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Americana Towers
Very picturesque, safe, charming neighborhood with easy access to the Brown Line and all the bars and restaurants on Wells and of course the lake!
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8
/10
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1824 N Lincoln Park W
Perfect location near Red Line and many bus options. Grocery shopping, bars, cafes, restaurants all within a quick walk/
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10
/10
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LaSalle Private Residences
I love Old Town for its amazing restaurant choices. That and it is beautiful to walk through (Old Town Triangle and side streets). It is wonderful being close to the beach and walking distance to downtown. One of the things I am not particularly fond of is the "Brotastic" atmosphere at most of the bars but it goes with the territory.
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8
/10
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1531 N North Park Ave, Apt G
The old town neighborhood is fantastic. Lots of great restaurants and night life and close to Lincoln Park and North Ave. Beach.
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10
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1560 N. Sandburg Terrace
Excellent and best in chicago. Its safe and on a winter day as well will find people walking on road. Lots of restaurent
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Park View
Bars and restaurants everywhere, Second City right on the corner, Sedgwick CTA stop right around the corner
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
245 North Ave.
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Getting to Know
Old Town

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: N Halsted St to N Clark St
North to South Boundary: W Armitage Ave to W Division St
dining
Mama Milanos Pizza Bar
Nookies
Topo Gigio Ristorante
grocery
Jewel-Osco
Stop & Shop
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Old Town contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of 60610. ___% of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically 12.2%.

• 78.2% of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with 14.1% having being built in the past 10 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly 29.3% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• Only 30% of people drive to work in Old Town.

The median gross rent in Old Town is $1,217. 35.7% of Old Town residents are 24-35, 4.8% are below 24, 16.5% are 36-50, and 32.8% are older than 50.

• Roughly 13% of Old Town residents are students (5.9% grad, 7.1% undergrad), and 4.5% are unemployed or retired. The median income in Old Town is $115,616.

• Most units are heated by either gas (52.7% of units) or electricity (44%).

Best Apartments
in Old Town


1 Bed $1,500

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Studio $1,475
1 Bed $2,100
2 Beds $2,700

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Studio $1,525
1 Bed $1,695
2 Beds $3,000

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Studio $1,245
1 Bed $1,345
2 Beds $2,150

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Studio $1,430
1 Bed $2,150
2 Beds $2,425

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Studio $1,632
1 Bed $1,643
2 Beds $2,957

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