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Community Meeting with Fern Hill Developers

Barbara Guttmann
November 28, 2023

Community Meeting on December 5th at 6 pm at Moody Church

We are pleased to host a community meeting for our OTTA members to learn more about the Fern Hill project.  Space is limited to 200 attendees and registration is mandatory, click here to register.  For those unable to attend in person, register for the Zoom link by clicking here.

The Fern Hill team is expected to share updates on its proposal at the community meeting and the team is willing to answer your questions about the project.  Following the community meeting, the OTTA will reach out to solicit your thoughts and we will use our best efforts to ensure our members’ views are heard regarding this important planning and zoning matter in our Triangle.

By way of background, this project has been in a discussion phase between the developer and the city for over two years, and a proposal was publicly shared by Fern Hill in September 2023.  That proposal can be found at Fern Hill’s website at www.engagefernhill.com.

The Annual Student & Instructor Show

November 7, 2023

Leslie Wolfe Gallery logo

We are celebrating our Student & Instructor Show! Stop by for a wide selection of artworks in all mediums from our most proficient artists to our first-time students, and some items from the vault!

This exhibit and sale are a perfect opportunity to get started on your holiday gift list! Artworks in pastel, watercolor, oil, pencil and charcoal will be on display.

On Exhibit
November 7, 2023 to December 22, 2023
1763 N North Park Avenue
Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 1- AM – 1 PM

Community Service/Migrant Support

October 8, 2023

The Old Town Triangle Association is continuing to work to support Migrants and others in need. Working with Ascension Church at LaSalle and Elm, we are providing new and lightly worn winter clothing that is available at their “free store” for those in need. They can always use more help. 

An Ad-Hoc Committee is helping to find ways that Old Town neighbors can best assist those in need. Other options are being brought to our attention and we will be reaching out for more help soon. There are a number of groups that are located very near to the Triangle and we want to make sure that our efforts will make a difference.

The Community Service Committee has not forgotten our local public servants who go above and beyond for us every day. A lunch for the 18th District Police officers was held on November 17th before the start of the holiday season, where officers take on extra shifts to manage high-profile events. We also dropped off cookies to both of our local Fire Stations to acknowledge the loss of their colleague and friend, Drew Price. 

Reach out to the Committee at service@oldtowntriangle.com to assist in any of these activities. 

We need your continued support for some needs that have been identified.

  • Old suitcaseswheeled cases are easier for everyone.
  • There is a need for coats, boots and shoes. Not necessarily new but in decent shape. No dress shoes or heels. Athletic shoes, comfortable shoes, warm boots – for adults and children. Socks and underwear must be new but are also needed.
  • Men will wear jeans or sweats but no dress pants. 
  • Women also prefer athletic type clothing (leggings, sweats, etc.). No blouses, skirts or dresses.
  • Small, stuffed animals (please no large items).
  • Pots & pans and other items for those who are finding shelter are also appreciated.

If you are unable to donate items but would still like to contribute, you can make a donation by clicking here.

Laundry costs are high – we are attempting to offer cleaning of clothing and bedding to the migrants. One family for one week (about 45 lbs.- everything has been wet lately) costs about $40. Your donation of $20 or more in the Laundry section will help us to meet these needs. We can still use donations to help pay for the laundry services that were provided.

Note: donations to the Old Town Triangle Association are tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law (OTTA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization).

Thank you – in advance for your assistance. Please contact the committee at service@oldtowntriangle.com for any additional information. 

Migrant Donations

Barbara Guttmann
October 2, 2023


Old Town & Montmartre – Twinned Neighborhoods!

Barbara Guttmann
October 1, 2023

We have exciting news to share with you. 

Old Town, Chicago and Montmartre, Paris are becomingtwinArrondissements (neighborhoods)! Chicago and Paris have been Sister Cities since 1996 and, now, the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association & the Old Town Triangle Association are partnering with La Commune Libre de Montmartre, a community organization in Montmartre, Paris to “twin” our Old Town neighborhood and Montmartre to share culture and friendship.

Old Town and Montmartre share histories as thriving artistic communities with pasts as bohemian centers of culture.  Both are rich in architectural treasures, cathedrals, cobble stone                  streets,  and neighborhood restaurants and bars.

The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, which is an initiative of the Chicago based non-profit Working in Concert, performed on September 3, 2023 in Paris. At that performance, the President of the Montmartre neighborhood organization made an announcement of the Old Town/Montmartre partnership. The Chicago-Paris Sister City Committee has been key in facilitating this partnership. A special thank you to OTTA & OTMRA member Caroline Shoenberger and Chicago/Paris Sister City Co-Chair David Reithoffer for all their behind-the-scenes support.

We look forward to this pairing leading to new opportunities for neighbors to participate in exciting French themed events and possibly drive some unique Old Town neighborhood communications and collaboration. Residents and businesses are encouraged to complete the document linked here to share their interests and suggestions for activities you would like to see come out of this connection. We are counting on large-scale participation to make this a truly exciting and fun effort for years to come. 

Stay tuned for more, and get ready to celebrate in Old Town with French wine, French culture, and more.

Ray Clark, President, Old Town Triangle Association
Pam Farley, President, Old Town Merchants & Residents Association




Twin Neighborhoods/Arrondissements.

Our two neighborhoods/arrondissements (in Chicago and in Paris) share a history in the arts, culture and cuisine! Join us to make this a truly new and exciting partnership for years to come:

Every idea is welcome.
Every person/business is welcome to join or take on a new role.
Ideas for events, lectures, classes, tours? Interested in leading or participating?
Let’s show everyone how it’s done! It all starts with you.

Registration will open next week for Spring Classes

July 31, 2023

Keep up your artistic practice with these summer classes! Drawing, Plein Air Oil Painting and Oil/Acrylic classes available now.

Click here to learn more!

Chantal Danyluk

Barbara Guttmann
July 30, 2023

Leslie Wolfe Gallery


Proudly Presents

Chantal Danyluk
Against Dreamland



Danyluk’s current series explores the folly of the American dream through surreal oil paintings. Her oversized figures crafted from plywood are detached from their surroundings, compelled to merge with our own realm. Each one represents a harsh social issue facing our generation and reveals the shattered aspirations, unattainable ideals, and elusive promises that leave the younger generation disillusioned. These humanoid representations undergo frying, combustion, and drowning, symbolizing the immense pressure imposed by societal burdens like the cost of living, climate change, rental prices, and the objectification of women. Mirroring our own realm, these works bring a touch of whimsy and humor to otherwise serious themes inviting viewers to contemplate how these issues might resonate with them.



Reception | Sunday, Sept 10th | 2 PM – 4 PM


Opening Reception | Sunday, Sept 10th | 2 PM – 4 PM

Exhibition | August 28th – October 6th, 2023

Gallery Hours | Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 5 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM

Created as a not-for-profit community venture, the Old Town Art Center operates under the guidance of the Old Town Triangle Association. The Center plays host to gallery shows, provides year-round art classes, and offers lectures and workshops. The Gallery is named after local artist and community advocate, Leslie Wolfe, who was dedicated to the arts and artists. Her passion is reflected in the selection of emerging and established artists who are selected to exhibit.

2024 Board Applications OPEN!

July 21, 2023

The 2024 Nominating Committee was selected at the Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. The committee will nominate individuals for the offices of President, First Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and for two open positions for directors. Applications can be found here

Please fill out this application and submit via email to nominations@oldtowntriangle.com. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, 10/16. The Nominating Committee will be reviewing applications and will conduct follow-up interviews on Sunday, October 22 (afternoon) and Monday, October 23 (evening). 

Chair: Annette Magier
Members: Vi Daley, Carly Jenkins, Katherine Keenan, Richard Rausch, Caroline Vickery

Contact: nominations@oldtowntriangle.com


Strategic Planning for the Old Town Triangle

Barbara Guttmann
July 18, 2023

Strategic Planning Committee

Four workgroups were created to focus on specific topics. Each workgroup generates suggestions for improving how the OTTA addresses those topics. Preliminary proposals were provided to the Board at the July meeting. While still not finalized, you can review the draft documents (click here) presented by each workgroup. A community meeting will be held in October to seek feedback from members. 

Learn more about the Planning Process.

OTTA Members voted to invest in creating a Strategic Plan for the organization at the Annual Members meeting in January 2022. The Committee was formed with: Zac Bleicher, Dorothy DeCarlo, Diane Fitzgerald, Phil Graff, Brad Neuman, Rick Rausch and John Engman (Consultant).



B I N G O Donation

Barbara Guttmann
July 13, 2023