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Best Things To Do And See In Old Town, Chicago

Outside of Second City| © Benita Gingerella
Outside of Second City| © Benita Gingerella
Old Town, located on the north side of the city, is one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods – home to some of the city’s older Victorian buildings as well as numerous things to see and do. Here are some can’t-miss places to see while exploring this fascinating area of Chicago.

The Second City

Second City Theater, am improvisational comedy club in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Second City promises lots of laughs | © Bruce Leighty / Alamy Stock Photo
Second City is considered one of the most popular comedy clubs in the world. It was started by students at the University of Chicago in 1959 and is known for improv comedy. Many famous comedians got their start at Second City, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and John Belushi, just to name a few. There are often several shows to choose from on a regular basis.
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Old Town Pour House

Bar, American, $$$
Outside of Old Town Pour House
Outside of Old Town Pour House | © Benita Gingerella
Although it looks like your typical bar on the outside, Old Town Pour House should not be skipped, especially by beer connoisseurs. The bar has 90 craft beers on tap, one of the biggest and best beer selections in the city. Non-beer drinkers will be happy to know that Pour House also has a selection of wine and whiskey, as well as a full menu.
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The Spice House

Shop, Store
Spice mixes at The Spice House
Spice mixes at The Spice House | © Benita Gingerella
The Spice House opened in Old Town in 2001 and is the third spice shop run by Patty and Tom Erd. The shop is known for its vast array of spices from all over the world, as well as its own homemade spice mixes. Don’t be surprised if you are drawn to the shop’s scents from a block away.
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