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Get to know Old Town

Old Town, as you might have guessed, is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. St. Michael’s Church survived the Great Chicago Fire, and even today some locals will tell you that you don’t live in Old Town if you can’t hear its bell ringing. It’s a neighborhood studded with vintage Victorian homes and storefronts, and it happened to fall into neglect at the perfect time to become home to Chicago’s hippie culture in the 1960s. That iconoclastic vibe still persists, even as the neighborhood has changed. Those Victorians have been remodeled, and Old Town has become a neighborhood in demand for its walkability and (comparative) affordability, with a bustling restaurant and bar scene that manages not to intrude into the residential streets. There is shopping galore, though the luxury labels are to the south and east. While a few high-rise developments tower around the edges, Old Town architecture stays mostly low to match the low-key atmosphere.

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Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.