A slice of the north side Old Town Neighborhood, Old Town Triangle encompasses everything in the triangular-shaped area bordered by North Avenue to the south, Armitage St. to the north and Clark Street to the east. To the west it is bordered by what was once Ogden Avenue, which stretched diagonally from the corner of North Avenue and Larrabee St. to the junction of Armitage Ave., Lincoln Ave., and Sedgwick St.
Designated as a “neighborhood defense unit” by Chicago’s Civil Defense Agency during World War II, the neighborhood was originally known as “North Town”. Eventually the name changed to Old Town, after “Old Town Holiday”, an annual art festival held by residents of the area after WWII. Today, the Old Town Art Fair has taken the place of Old Town Holiday, and is hosted every summer by the Old Town Triangle Association (OTTA).
Old Town Triangle was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1977 and was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984.
- The median household income in Old Town Triangle is over 40% higher than the Chicago median (based on 2013 data).
- About a quarter of the population are family households (based on 2013 data).
- The Second City, Chicago’s famous comedy theater, lives in Old Town Triangle.
- Old Town Triangle is accessible by CTA Brown, Purple Line, and Red lines.
- The Loop and other Chicago neighborhoods are in easy reach through West LaSalle Drive which feeds into Lakeshore Drive.
- Manierre Elementary School
- Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center
- Walter L. Newberry Math & Science Academy
- LaSalle Language Academy
- CICS ChicagoQuest High School
- Skinner North Classical School
- Walter Payton College Preparatory High School
- Salazar Elementary School
- Jenner Elementary School
- Noble Academy High School
- Ogden Elementary School
- Lincoln Park High School
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Old Town Triangle has a large concentration of well-preserved brownstone and greystone buildings constructed a century ago, and some before the Great Chicago Fire. There are a few woodworker’s-style cottages that predated the Fire.
You can still find the brick alleyways and narrow tree-lined streets of Chicago’s early days here. They now lead to the neighborhood’s urban centers where modern mid and high-rise buildings dominate.
Old Town Triangle’s distinctly historic charm, as well as its proximity to Lincoln Park, the Loop, and the Lake Michigan waterfront make it a highly desirable neighborhood.
A few historic single-family homes in the area remain, but many of the vintage structures here, including the iconic brick row houses, have been converted into townhomes, flats, and condos.
Newer high-rise developments, such as Eugenie Terrace in the Park, the Americana Towers, and the Lincoln Park Tower offer high rise living with all new amenities. Still, the area is dominated by the distinct red and grey brick and limestone structures in quintessential Chicago architectural style.
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