Out of the Loop: Old Town

by Laura Bowen ‘16

Laura Bowen '16

Laura Bowen '16

This is one of a series of neighborhood profiles of Chicago to inspire MPP-dwellers to break out of the Booth bubble and explore the variety that the city has to offer. Each profile features recommendations from Booth students who live in the area on the best places to eat, drink and more!            

Where to Eat: If you had a little too much fun at TNDC or are just looking for a delicious brunch spot, Kanela Breakfast Club offers a Nutella S’mores Waffle and mimosas by the pitcher. If you are in the mood for pastries, La Fournette is an authentic French bakery that also serves lunch and dinner. Tavern on Wells offers Build Your Own burgers as well as an extensive beer and wine menu.

The gate to Old Town

The gate to Old Town

What to See: Old Town is home to the world famous improv theater the Second City and catching a comedy show is an essential (and often inexpensive) Chicago activity. A Red Orchid Theater is another venue to catch up-and-comers in the performing arts, showcasing edgy, thought-provoking works from local playwrights.

Where to Drink: Old Town has no shortage of places to drink, including some of the oldest bars in Chicago. Twin Anchors opened in 1932 and was notably frequented by Frank Sinatra. The Lodge opened in 1957 and offers wood paneled walls and complimentary peanuts. Old Town Ale House was founded in 1958 and the late Roger Ebert said it was, “the best bar in the world that I know about.” Glunz Tavern was originally founded in 1888 but closed just prior to Prohibition, after which it sat vacant for 90 years until it was finally reopened in 2012 by the granddaughter of the original owner.

Where to End the Night: Woodie’s Flat is a dive bar open till 2am that also serves nachos, burgers and other late night fare. Pomp & Circumstance is a slightly more upscale place that also stays open till 2am, offering cocktails and a farm-to-table food menu.

Laura is the Lead Lifestyle Contributor for ChiBus and tries really hard to expand the Booth bubble