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Peaceful, private streets with a few commercial stretches.

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Overview for Old Town, IL

21,882 people live in Old Town, where the median age is 34 and the average individual income is $89,969. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

34 years

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Welcome to Old Town

A small community brimming with history and energy, from its brick alleyways to busy main strips.
With roots dating back to the mid-19th century, Old Town is historically “old,” but still young at heart. The community, just north of downtown, thrives on its myriad shops, restaurants, bars, and theaters; it’s easy to understand why people have decided to call it home for centuries.

The Neighbors

An educated and affluent population with a love for the European neighborhood vibe.
From artsy to well-off, the neighborhood’s inhabitants have changed over the decades. Today, they’re generally well-educated and cultured with a considerable income. However, residential properties also tend to be slightly less expensive than other neighborhoods in Chicago, so it is also affordable.

What to Expect

Peaceful, private streets with a few commercial stretches.
While it's primarily composed of tranquil residential blocks lined with low-rise, Victorian buildings, the neighborhood is more active in the Old Town Triangle District to the north, Division Street commercial areas to the south, and populated Wells and Clark Streets running through its core.

The Lifestyle

A lively atmosphere with some of the best comedy in town.
Old Town springs to life with specialty shops full of handmade goods, music and books, spices, and cigars; coffee shops and family-owned restaurants; and a mix of seasoned taverns like Old Town Ale House and newer bars like Old Town Pour House. The Second City and Zanies Comedy Club also regularly welcome notable acts to the stage, so there’s always new shows to catch for belly laughs.

Unexpected Appeal

A welcome escape from the chaos of urban expansion.
Old Town's popularity stems from its close proximity to the lake and downtown Chicago. Aside from the Cabrini-Green redevelopment and some multi-story, mixed-use developments with luxury apartments and multi-family buildings in the works, new construction buildings are relatively rare, making it an exceptional spot for those who want a mellow place in the city to call home.

The Market

Affordable walk-ups and high-rise condos with lake views.
While not quite as new or pricey as nearby downtown neighborhoods, Old Town certainly still has a prime real estate portfolio. A diverse selection of brick townhomes, single-family homes, and vintage walk-up apartment buildings line its charming streets, and condo units in high-rises that display sweeping lake views.

You'll Fall in Love With

Charming backdrops and close proximity to the lakefront.
Simply meandering the streets enroute to the nearby lake can be a treat for Old Town residents and visitors, and its distinctive architecture is a natural draw for those who appreciate being surrounded by history. Many of the city’s oldest Victorian-era buildings, such as St. Michael’s Church, which survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, are still staples of the community.

Demographics and Employment Data for Old Town, IL

Old Town has 11,945 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Old Town do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,882 people call Old Town home. The population density is 66,774.979 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.66 / 52.34%

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Schools in Old Town, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Old Town. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center
PreK - 8th
Payton College Preparatory High School
9th - 12th
Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center
K - 8th
Manierre Elementary School
PreK - 9th
10th - 12th
No rating available
Lincoln Park Preschool And Kindergarten
PreK - K
No rating available
PreK - 8th
No rating available

Around Old Town, IL

There's plenty to do around Old Town, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walker's Paradise
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Very Bikeable
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Excellent Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Las kecas del boulevard, Alcala's Boutique, and MKG Training.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.84 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.83 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.86 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.85 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.99 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.31 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

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