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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.

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.

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.

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


Donate to Ella Jenkins’ Birthday Celebration

Barbara Guttmann
July 12, 2023

Your donation today will help ensure that programming like this Birthday Celebration are offered regularly to kids, families and adults. We sincerely appreciate your consideration of a small donation to the Old Town Triangle Association.

The Old Town Triangle Association is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.



Ella Jenkins’ 99th Birthday Celebration

Barbara Guttmann
June 2, 2023

Join us in honoring the legendary Ella Jenkins, celebrated by the DuSable Museum of African American History as a leading performer of children’s music for over fifty years and a recipient of the 2004 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. Ella has been recognized by many other prestigious arts and culture organizations and we’ll be celebrating her 99th birthday on August 6th with a community gathering in Ella Jenkins Park. 

Register here  

Donations accepted here.


Sunday, August 6th 12:30PM-2:30PM
Ella Jenkins Park
333 West Wisconsin Ave.
(Rain Location: Church of the Three Crosses, 333 West Wisconsin Ave.)
JOIN US FOR:*Musical Performances by Susan Salidor*Cake & Birthday Treats*Tree Sapling Giveaway for all Attendees*Kids Art & ActivitiesEVENT PARTNERS:
*Old Town Triangle Association  
*Tim Ferrin, Producer/Director of Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing A Song Together 


OTTA New Mission, Vision and Values

Barbara Guttmann
April 6, 2023

The Strategic Planning Committee submitted a new Mission, Vision and Values statement to the Board of Directors which was approved on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

The new statements will guide all of our activities will flow from these statement.

Our Mission is: We enable all who live or work in the Old Town Triangle to connect, collaborate, and care for our community.

Our Vision is: The Old Town Triangle Association will build on its history of success to become recognized by residents and businesses as the center for engagement, information, collaboration, and advocacy to maintain and improve our quality of life. We will foster a sense of community and belonging by connecting neighbors, collaborating on issues of common concern promoting safety, art and preservation.

Our Values are:

  • Community
  • Welcoming People and Ideas
  • Stewardship
  • Integrity
  • Respect and Collaboration