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Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Old Town Sizzles

Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Old Town Sizzles

Old Town is smokin’ hot. This is according to the website, which in 2013 named Old Town the country’s hottest place to live.

Old Town scored the most zip code searches on the site largely because of its picturesque architecture, and chic, urban retail and dining. Upscale boutiques and restaurants line Wells Street. Locals and tourists alike flock to Wells for the annual Old Town Art Fair. This is when the street is partially closed to traffic for a weekend every June as 250 visual artists display their talents. The 65th art fair will be held June 14-15, 2014 and includes a garden walk through historic Old Town.  

Saturday Night Live scouts have long known Old Town is the place to go for hot new acting talent as well. The Second City improv comedy theater on Wells near North Avenue has established itself as a launching pad for comedic actors. The lengthy list of now-famous Second City alums includes Tina Fey, Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Bill Murray. Adjacent to The Second City in Piper’s Alley is Up Comedy Club, which features sketch, improv and standup comedy. Up is also putting Old Town on the map with its star power. BJ Novak, who starred in NBC’s “The Office”, will perform there on Monday. If you love standup comedy and are looking for more, simply walk across North Avenue to Zanies Comedy Club. 

Wells is the center of activity in Old Town and Old Town itself sits at the center of some of Chicago’s most attractive locations: Lincoln Park, River North and the Gold Coast. Even Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty believes Old Town is the perfect place to call home. Its office is at 425 W. North Ave.

So on your next visit to Old Town, stop by the Jameson Sotheby’s office of Jim Miller and JM Partners to find the hottest properties in town. You can also contact them at 773.617.6638 or