Since its establishment in 1971, the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has served as the voice of the Old Town community advocating city services for businesses and residents including community policing, street cleaning, lighting and community planning. Working in partnership with 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith, the Association addresses issues concerning streetscape maintenance, commercial and residential development, zoning and parking.
Members are both business owners, property owners and residents of Old Town. A majority of the Association’s membership is made up of business/property owners who also live in Old Town. Members are kept informed of Association projects and community issues through the publication of the Old Town News newsletter and through networking socials held throughout the year.
Members are automatically included in the Association’s neighborhood online directory. Members are offered discounted advertising rates in selected co-op advertising publications such as Where Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Skyline, RedEye and the Official Visitors Guide of Chicago, when available.
To download the 2017 Business Membership Application, please click here.
To download the 2017 Residents Membership Application, please click here.
Businesses and residents can submit check or credit card information with their respective Application, or purchase directly from the Old Town PayPal site. Applications should still be emailed or delivered to OTMRA for our records.
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Please note that businesses located outside of OTMRA’s general geographic boundaries (the area defined roughly between Division and Eugenie, and Clark to Halsted) should contact OTMRA before purchasing a membership or banner(s), as their application will need to be reviewed by OTMRA’s membership committee before acceptance.
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