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Old Town, located between Division St. (south) and Eugenie St. (north), between Halsted (west) and Clark St. (east), is a pleasant neighborhood to visit, full of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Old Town is sandwiched in between the Gold Coast to the south, Lincoln Park to the north. The area to the west is still a little rough although the housing project known as Cabrini Green is all but gone now. To the east is Lake Michigan.

Like many of Chicago's neighborhoods it has changed many times over the years. In the 1800s, the area was filled with German farmers who gave the area the nickname the "Cabbage Patch". In the 1960s, the area became a sort of bohemian place to live, rents were cheap and artists and performers gravitated here including many of the talented Second City performers like Bill Murray, John Belushi and John Candy. After a period where the neighborhood turned a little seedy, it has again changed into a higher priced neighborhood where young professionals live.

Places to eat: Twin Anchors for ribs, Bistro Margot for French bistro fare, Adobo Grill for upscale Mexican, Salpicon also upscale Mexican

Entertainment/things to see: Second City comedy club, Zanies comedy club, visit St. Michael's church, Old Town Art Fair June 11-12, 2005, St. Michael Festival June 10-12, 2005, Second City walking tour

Website: http://www.oldtownchicago.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2007
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