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 directory and on the web site. Members are offered discounted advertising rates in the annual neighborhood directory and selected co-op advertising publications such as Where Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Skyline, RedEye and the Official Visitors Guide of Chicago.
To download the 2014 Business Membership Application, please click here.
To download the 2014 Residents Membership Application, please click here.
2012 Street Banner Program
for OTMRA Business Members
Members are also permitted to participate in the Association’s street banner program which includes year round banner display on North Avenue and LaSalle Street. The Fall 2012 street banner program was a great success, as our member businesses sponsored the production and installation of more than 125 pole banners along Old Town’s North Avenue and LaSalle Street. The Old Town Merchants & Residents Association has designated 60 poles for future installations and will be sending out sponsorship information to member businesses in the last quarter of 2013.