About The Old Town Triangle Association
Old Town Triangle Association Center
1763 N North Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Hours of the OTTA Center: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 AM – 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM
Volunteers: For more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Members & Committees
Dorothy DeCarlo, President
Chris Nelson, 1st Vice President
Anne Giffels, 2nd Vice President
Darius Tandon, Secretary
Brad Neuman, Treasurer
Director of Arts & Operations
Committee Mission Statements
HISTORIC DISTRICT / PLANNING & ZONINGThe mission of the HD/PZ Subcommittee is to preserve the architectural and historic character of the designated Chicago and National historic districts within the boundaries of the Old Town Triangle as well as advocate for strict zoning adherence.
On September 28, 1977, members of the Historic District Committee succeeded in having most of the Old Town Triangle area designated a Chicago Landmark by the City Council of Chicago. Today, the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Committee acts as a liaison between the Old Town Community and the Landmarks Commission, reporting the Committee’s recommendations and working cooperatively with the Commission to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood.
Each month, members consider requests for proposed exterior changes to existing buildings, new construction, and applications for zoning changes in the Triangle. Their deliberations range from the appropriateness of building materials used in rehabbing and construction projects to the height of fences and building additions. The Guidelines for Alterations to Historic Buildings and New Construction, prepared by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, serves as the guide for their recommendations. These recommendations are sent to the Alderman of the 43rd Ward and to appropriate city commissions and departments for approval. In every instance, the final decision on any rehab project rests with the Landmarks Commission.
Since neighborhood relations figure prominently in any rehabilitation project, members of the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Committee work with neighbors to maintain good relations between residents who are making changes to their properties and those who live in adjoining buildings.
On matters of neighborhood-wide concern, a community meeting is held and all neighbors are invited to express their views on the issue. In most cases where a community meeting is held, the 43rd Ward Alderman is a key participant in the proceedings.
Historic District Resource Links:
Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ Guidelines for Rehab (2015)
Dormer Criteria (2010)
Fern Court Guidelines (2002)
Hardie Board Resolution (2017)
National Historic Register Approval (1984)
OTT Designation Ordinance
Preservation Chicago – Landmark FAQs
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
US Department of the Interior: Historic Preservation
Wells St Commercial Building Context Draft
Click here for additional resources
Chair: Zac Bleicher
Members: Diane Gonzalez, Beth Chenowith, Vi Daley, Phyllis Hall, Karl Hjerpe, David Raino Ogden, Karen Stephenson & Jacqui Thams
NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT & BEAUTIFICATIONThe mission of the Neighborhood Improvement & Beautification Committee (NIBC) is to develop and maintain the physical environment of the Old Town Triangle including the improvement of open spaces, green areas, sidewalks, and parkways.
Even though Old Town is among the most vibrant, well situated, and rewarding of Chicago’s neighborhoods, there is always room for improvement. NIBC is committed to addressing the ongoing and changing needs of our community as is consistent with OTTA’s organizational goals. Identifying and responding to those opportunities is the business of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee.
NIBC identifies projects which address neighborhood needs and infrastructure opportunities within Old Town. NIBC works with public and private offices to address those projects. NIBC provides the maintenance of 10 green refuse containers scattered throughout the Triangle; replaces of aging benches in our parks; oversees the landscape in the “pocket” parks on Willow and Menomonee, the play lot in North Ogden Park, the maintenance of the Clark/Wisconsin Park, and additional projects pertaining to street-scape maintenance.
The NIBC oversees the Old Town Parkways Tree Program, which is geared to help Old Town residents maintain the unique charm of our streetscapes. The program provides assistance to residents interested in replacing missing or dead trees in the parkways in front of their homes.
Chair: Elaine Frei
Members: Corinne Svoboda and Michael Warnick
GRANTSThe mission of the Grants Committee is to oversee and administer the grant program that the Old Town Triangle Association offers to schools and organizations that serve our community and to support the stated mission and goals of the Old Town Triangle Association. Grant applications are accepted annually. Applications can either be downloaded from the OTTA website or picked up at the OTTA office. Proposals are evaluated on an annual basis with the application deadline April 1st. Grantees are honored and awards distributed at the Old Town Art Fair Thank You Party. Important information concerning the grant application process can be downloaded here.
Chair: Shannon Waterfield
Members: Susan Boggie, Diane Gonzales, Alice Huff, Darlene Fahrenkrog, Karen Pfendler, Ed Sokolofski, Stefani Turken, Theo Tetzlaff
Grant Awardees 2019
A Red Orchid Theatre
Art on Sedgwick
Boy Scout Troop 79
Chicago Public Library, Near North
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
Giordano Dance Chicago
Green City Market
LaSalle Language Academy, Fine Arts
LaSalle Language Academy, Travel
Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
Lincoln Park High Football
Lincoln Park High Music
Lincoln Park Zoo
Menomonee Judo Club
Midwest Buddhist Temple
The Village Chicago
ART FAIRThe mission of the Art Fair Committee is to organize and execute successful and profitable art fairs. According to the By-Laws, the Art Fair Committee is chaired by the appointed 2nd Vice President.
During the second full weekend of June, five charming, tree-lined streets within the Old Town Triangle set the stage for 250 nationally acclaimed artists and an estimated 40,000 art lovers to come together during the Old Town Art Fair. The artists featured in our fair are chosen by an independent jury of professional artists, gallery owners, and museum curators. The Old Town Art Fair features a wide range of art mediums, including 2D- and 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and works in metal, stone and wood.
The Old Town Art Fair is the Old Town Triangle Association’s primary fundraising event. A donation of $10 per adult is requested. Children accompanied by a paying adult enter free. Proceeds from the fair serve to benefit neighborhood improvement projects, youth groups, local schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations.
Old Town Triangle Association members, Old Town Triangle residents, as well as other interested patrons, are encouraged to volunteer at the Old Town Art Fair. The 71st Annual Old Town Art Fair will be held on June 12th and 13th, 2021. For more information, email email@example.com.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSThe mission of the Capital Improvements Committee is to maintain and improve the OTTA physical facility and to make needed repairs or upgrades as necessary.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTChair: Darius Tandon
EVENTSThe mission of the Events Committee is to plan, organize, and execute all non-Art Fair events for the OTTA and its committees, such as Movie Nights, Potluck Dinners, and other fun activities. This committee works closely with Membership.
Chair: Carly Jenkins
Members: Kathy Clark, Kristi Nihiser, Eurydice Chrones, and Caroline Crispino
COMMUNICATIONSThe mission of the Membership & Communications Committee is to:
- Develop and maintain an overarching communications strategy for OTTA and its committees and the development of common formats for communications that would stretch across committees to deliver relevant news and updates to the membership and the community at large. The Committee is responsible for ensuring that all governance-related documents including, but not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Mission Statement, By-Laws, Board Meeting schedules, Board minutes, monthly financial reports, and committee meeting schedules are placed online.
- Maintain the existing membership and encourage neighbors (Old Town Art Fair volunteers, local businesses, Condo Associations, etc.) who are not currently members of the organization to join. The key role is the development and upkeep of the Association’s database system. The Committee maintains connections with members and solicits new members. One does not have to be an Old Town Triangle resident to be able to join the Old Town Triangle Association. Only Triangle residents are given voting privileges. All members receive the OTTA newsletter, an iBOT card (I Buy Old Town discount card), and electronic email updates relating to area news and upcoming events.
BY-LAWSThe mission of the By-Laws Committee to ensure the integrity of the Association’s By-Laws. The subcommittee will meet every third year to reviewing and make appropriate recommendations for By-Law revisions to the Board of Directors and Membership as needed. The By-Law Subcommittee last met in 2015.
Chair: Chris Nelson
Members: Anne Giffels, David Montgomery, Rick Rausch & Jacob Ringer
2021 NOMINATINGThe 2021 Nominating Committee will nominate candidates for the offices of President, First Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and for open positions on the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee consists of five members, appointed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors have selected Kathy Clark, Diane Fitzgerald, Caitlin Hill and Steve Nichols with Gina Manrique serving as Chair.
Links to Related Sites
- Alderman Smith, 43rd Ward: http://ward43.org
- Alderman Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward: http://www.aldermanhopkins.com/
- Chicago Interactive Historic District and Zoning map: https://gisapps.cityofchicago.org/zoning/
- Chicago Landmarks: http://egov.cityofchicago.org/Landmarks/OldTown.html
- City of Chicago: www.cityofchicago.org
- US Department of the Interior: Historic Preservation: www.NPS.gov
- Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ Guidelines: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/chicago_landmarks-publicationsandadditionalinformation.html
- Preservation Chicago – Landmark FAQs: https://tinyurl.com/LandmarkFAQs
- Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce: www.lincolnparkchamber.com
- Menomonee Club: www.menomoneeclub.org
- Lincoln Park Village: https://www.thevillagechicago.org
- Chicago Artists Coalition: http://www.chicagoartistscoalition.org/
- Art Fair Calendar Listings: www.artfaircalendar.com
- BSA Troop 79 www.troop79chicago.org