Old Town Merchants & Residents Association


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What's New in Old Town - November 18, 2016
Come Celebrate The Holiday Season with our Annual Old Town Tree Lighting on Tuesday, November 29th, 5:00pm-7:00pm

We're happy to once again host one of our absolutely FAVORITE Old Town events -- the annual Old Town Tree Lighting!

On Tuesday, November 29th, join us for hot cocoa, sweet treats and live music from some of the local schoolchildren. Beginning at 5:00pm, staff and board of OTMRA invites you to join us at Burton Place Park (1501 N. Wells).
The kids' choir from Franklin Fine Arts Center will be singing holiday songs and carols, followed by the official tree lighting with special guests 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. and 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.

Our media partner KHiTS 104.3 will also have music, prizes and giveaways.

And make sure to bring your kids because a certain rosy-cheeked, jelly-bellied gentleman clad in red will be on hand to greet children and listen to their wish lists. That's right, everybody --

The annual Old Town Tree Lighting is always an enjoyable neighborhood event. In partnership with SSA 48 Old Town, OTMRA has contracted Old Town Gardens to design and implement the holiday decorations for Burton Place and Wells Street. We urge all our businesses to dress up their storefronts as well, so that come December 1st the whole street will be ready for the festivities!
Old Town's Holiday Charity Drive Is Back!
OTMRA is once again coordinating a Holiday Charity Drive to support local charities Deborah's Place and Chicago House.

Attendees at the November 29th Old Town Tree Lighting are encouraged to bring one or more donated items, including: nonperishable food, household/toiletry supplies, and gently-used or new winter clothing. The Charity Drive will continue though December 22nd at the following Old Town locations:
Byline Bank (1561 N. Wells)
Cobbler Square (1350 N. Wells)
Dinotto Pizza e Vino (1551 N. Wells)
Fitness Formula Club of Old Town (1235 N. LaSalle) 
Greenheart Shop (1714 N. Wells)
IVme Wellness + Performance (1347 N. Wells)
MADO Management (1541 N. Wells)
Occhiali Eyeglass (1640 N. Wells) 
Plum Market (1233 N. Wells)
Pulp & Ink (1344 N. Wells)
Sara Jane (1343 N. Wells)
Spex (1212 N. Wells) 
The Sedgwick Stop (1612 N. Sedgwick)
Wintrust Bank (100 W. North) 

Please give generously this holiday season in support of two great Chicago charities!

Support Your Local Businesses: Shop Small on 11/26 and The Entire Holiday Season!
With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, its tempting to Google-search your way through you gift list, but RESIST THE URGE and instead support your favorite locally-owned businesses.

On November 26th, we encourage you to participate in the national Small Business Saturday, by showing some love (and $$$) to all of Old Town's great storefront shops, restaurants and services. 

Have someone stylish in your life? Check out the amazing clothing lines at Sara Jane, Handle with Care or Adelaide

Know an aspiring chef? Get them started right with a collection of unique ingredients from The Spice House or Old Town Oil, or purchase a gift card atone of Old Town's many, many MANY great restaurants!

How about that amazing friend of yours who's an incredibly dedicated health nut? Maybe a membership or classes at FFC Old Town, Wells Street Crossfit or Centered on North is in order!

That coworker with the personal style and sense of humor that frustratingly defies traditional gift-giving? May we proudly present Judy Maxwell Home for your consideration?!

Old Town is home to more than 200 businesses and we GUARANTEE there's something for everyone if you just commit to seeking it out. For a quick-hit list of all our member businesses, please visit www.oldtownchicago.org/directory and plan your Shop Small Saturday today!
In This Issue
6th Annual Old Town Tree Lighting - Nov 29
Old Town Charity Drive - Nov 29 to Dec 22
Shop Small Saturday in Old Town