Old News

Old Town Art Fair is this weekend!!!
June 14th - 15th

10AM - 6PM

Enter at one of the following gates:

North Park Ave at Willow
Wisconsin and Sedgwick
Menomonee and Sedgwick
Menomonee and Wells
Wisconsin at Lincoln Ave

B R E A K I N G    N E W S !!!
Read Traffic Alert Details Here

Use the Patron's Choice ballot you will receive for your $7 donation and vote for your favorite artist.

Each ballot you submit earns you a chance to win a trip for two to Barcelona Spain.

Click on the image below for an OTAF Map

Fair Map


View OTAF Artists by Medium (click below)
ARtist Index

Wait there's More: Don't forget to visit the Old Town Art Fair Facebook Page.

Visit and Like us
on our OTTA Facebook Page When you visit the homepage of the OTTA Facebook Page you’ll see PHOTOS, NOTES, EVENTS. The NOTES is where you’ll find the exclusive online Newsletter content.

Read the Message from the President here


First Sight Neighborhood Gala

Saturday, June 7th, 7-10PM

Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio

This year's annual Old Town Triangle Association Benefit will see a few changes. For the first time, the First Sight Gala is being held "off campus" at the Spanish Cultural Institution known as Instituto Cervantes, highlighting the raffle prize of a round-trip vacation for two to Barcelona.

Join us for appetizers, small plates, and desserts with a Spanish flair. Enjoy beer, wine, a signature cocktail, and an open bar. Space is limited. Purchase your ticket(s) here.

Another change is that the First Sight Gala will take place a full week before the Art Fair. Now you can enjoy the party, get into the Art Fair mood, and still have time to prep for the arrival of all our guests.


On the Table

Monday, May 12, 5:30-8:30pm

at the Triangle: 1763 N. North Park

Potluck & Ideas
The Chicago Community Trust is marking their 99th anniversary with a community-wide conversation about our collective future.  The Old Town Triangle Association is proud to join thousands of others across Chicago to generate new ideas, spark partnerships and shape a public agenda to build and sustain strong, safe and dynamic communities. We are planning a potluck dinner at the Triangle to participate in this exciting event. Please let us know how many are coming and what side dish, entree, or dessert you will bring for 6-8.  Call: 312-337-1938 or email.



Are you a 501(c)3 organization serving the Triangle? The deadline for Grants is April 1, 2014.  You can pick up a grant application here.          

Easter Egg Hunt:

We are ready to celebrate Spring! Everyone is invited for coffee, juice, and doughnuts.  The "hunt" is for walkers-10 years old.  Bring a basket or a bag.

OTTA Neighbors & Extended Families

Ogden Park Playlot (1828 N Sedgwick)

Saturday, April 19   10:30am

Let us know you are coming, so the bunny brings enough eggs: 312-337-1938


Winter Season: Lou shows Rick Rausch what used to be a favorite tool

Special Members' Meeting:

Annual Election and Dinner

Tuesday, January 28

6:30: A Taste of the Triangle Dinner

7:30 pm:  Election

Notice to Membership:

Click here for proposed bylaw changes

2014 Slate of Board Nominees:

President: …………….Rick Rausch

          (1 year term)

1st Vice President….Robert Jones

          (1 year term)

Secretary: …………… Karen Pfendler

          (1 year term)

Treasurer…………..…Claire Leaman

          (1 year term)

Director……………..…Diane Gonzalez

         (3 year term)

Director…………….…Chris Huff

         (3 year term)

Nominating Committee:

Martha Connolly (Chair), Sue Apey, John Burcher, Patti Danos, Kim Penning

Click here for a summary of the selection process and the Slate with bios.

Click here for the Secretary’s Notification to the Voting Membership.



OTTA Treasurer's Report 2013:

Click here for the Annual Treasurer's Report


Celebrate Oktoberfest
at the Old Town Triangle


Save the date!

Saturday, October 19 at 4:30pm

Food | Beer | Music | Fun!!!

       Members: $10 - Non-Members: $20
Buy your tickets here

    Revisit Old Town History with the

              Old Town Players.

On Sunday, 29 September, the Old Town Triangle Association will host a reception for the Old Town Players commencing at 1:30 p.m.   After a brief ceremony and program, guests will visit an exhibition “OLD TOWN PLAYERS – REVISITED” featuring memorabilia collected from the collections of former members of the group.

It has been thirty two years since the Old Town Players, Chicago’s oldest community theater at the time, has produced a play in the theater it carved out of what was  once the St.  James Church on N. North   Park, a theater that was tagged “the miracle on N. North Park” by one of the city’s most prominent drama critics.  The theater in the heart of Chicago’s Historic Old Town boasted sixty three JEFF nominations and fifteen JEFF citations along with a special honor in 1978 for “Consistency and Growth; the Training of Actors and Technical Staff; Continued Devotion to Quality; Longevity as a Theater Resource.”  In 1976, the Honorable Sidney R. Yates read a tribute to the group into the Congressional Record honoring the Players in their 44th season.


Old Town Triangle Neighborhood Yard Sale

Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Current Yard Sale Map:

The Yard Sale will be the weekend after the Air and Water Show, and we will take advantage of the thousands of visitors from that weekend to advertise our Sale.  We will also be advertising the sale on estate sale blogs and websites, Craigslist and neighborhood newsletters.

Neighbors have already started collecting their treasures, and we’re expecting furniture, books, decorative items and fabulous clothing to be offered for sale.

What YOU Need To Do

  • Just tell us you’re “in” by email: info@oldtowntriangle.com if you will participate in the Yard Sale. Please respond by August 10.

We will put you on the neighborhood map, give you balloons to mark your spot and give you a free bag of supplies (including pricing stickers, and clever “how to tips” for running the perfect yard sale!)

  • Start putting together your treasures for the sale.
  • Send us a list of items you would like listed in the ads and we will include what we can.  Attach photos and brief descriptions of especially unique items.
  • Those without a suitable outdoor space can rent a table for $10 at the Old Town Triangle Center at 1763 N. Park Ave.  First come, first served!  Call 312.337.1938 to reserve a table.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared it “Old Town Triangle Art Fair Weekend” throughout Chicago 

       June 8 & June 9, 2013

                10am – 6pm

  The Fair is located in the residential neighborhood of the Old Town Triangle Historic Landmark District. Come to the real Old Town Art Fair where you'll find real art, real charm, and real fun for the entire family.   Gates:Lincoln & WisconsinLincoln Park West & WisconsinSedgwick & MenomoneeSedgwick & WisconsinMenomonee & WellsNorth Park & WillowBy El: take the Brown Line to Sedgwick and walk north on Sedgwick 4 blocks (across North Ave) to the gate at Sedgwick and Menomonee. Highlights: We have 250 artists, 40% are new

The music this year will include an eclectic mix including jazz, blues, classic and folk.

Phil Stefani Signature Events will offer food of the highest quality.

Our popular self-guided Garden Walk includes 63 gardens.

Children’s Corner offers activities for the kids.

A Walk Through Old Town:

65 Years of OTTA

Sunday, April 21

Open House: 2-5pm at the Triangle

Walking Tours: 2:15pm & 3:30pm

Stump the Historians: 3:30pm

Historians Shirley Baugher and Diane Gonzalez will lead a walk through the streets of the Old Town Triangle sharing unique tidbits of history and lore that occurred in our homes and on our street corners. During the Open House at the The Triangle Center you are invited to bring your best Old Town historical tale, artifact or photograph in an attempt to "stump the historians". You will have 2 minutes to share your bit of history and amuse and entertain your neighbors. The winner will take home the grand prize! Beer, wine, soft drinks and tasty morsels will be served as you view the photo timeline and historical archives.


Grant Applications Deadline: April 1

Grant applications for 2013 are due by April 1st and should be submitted to info@oldtowntriangle.com.  Forms are available by clicking here.



Pursuant to the OTTA By-Laws, the Secretary is required to notify membership of the date, time, and place for the impending Annual Election of the Board of Directors of the Old Town Triangle Association.  No member submitted an alternate slate and so the 2013 Annual Election will not require a paper ballot vote.  Instead, a viva voce vote will be taken at the Annual Meeting. 

As slated by the Nominating Committee (Scott Early, Chair, Lucy Baldwin, & Corinne Svoboda), the candidates for this year’s Board election are as follows:

  • President:            Vi Daley
  • Vice President:   Jeff Smith
  • Secretary:            Karen Pfendler
  • Treasurer:            Claire Leaman
  • Director (3 Yrs.) Anne Giffels
  • Director (3 Yrs.) David Pfendler

The date for the Annual Members’ Meeting has been changed to January 31, 2013  to be held at 1763 N. North Park Ave.  The dinner will begin at 6:30 P.M.  The meeting and election will begin promptly at 8:00 P.M.  All OTTA members are encouraged to attend the meeting and reconnect with other neighbor-members and meet the 2013 Board.  This year’s meeting marks the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of the OTTA.  We would love to see an overflow crowd in attendance to acknowledge/celebrate this extraordinary milestone.

The theme to this year’s meeting is Taste of the Triangle’.  Our menu will consist of foods catered by the following local restaurants: Adobo Grill, Corcoran’s, Marge’s, Stanley’s, Rocco Ranalli’s, Twin Anchors, Delightful Pastries, & Catering Chocolate. You won’t want to miss this dinner!

OTTA will be setting up a gallery display featuring past Art Fair Posters [both framed and unframed] for sale. This will be a limited 2 week display ending the evening of our Annual Meeting.  Also for sale will be a limited number of framed, Old Town Triangle maps designating both the historic and landmarked boundaries of the Triangle.

 And finally, since this is the annual Members’ Meeting and not a Board meeting, if members have any questions or concerns regarding matters relating to the Association, please email Secretary Karen Pfendler at Secretary@oldtowntriangle.com and let her know the nature of those questions or concerns.  There will be a slot on the meeting’s agenda for member input.


Help us raise a little dough.
Thanks to the folks at Homemade Pizza Co. (1651 N Wells St) for their generosity! On January 9th from 1-9pm a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Old Town Triangle Association. What delicious support - Mille Grazie!

Plan to attend our Annual Dinner, General Membership Meeting and Anuual Election
Thursday, January 31st (Dinner at 6:30pm, Meeting at 8) at the Triangle Building
1763 North Park Ave.


Linda Sarli came in 1st Place
on November 10th at our 2nd Annual “Anything But Turkey” Potluck Party with her amazing Apple Cranberry Crisp!
Psssst. She’s sharing her secret with us…


pot luck


Message from the President

I want to thank those who attended the Old Town Triangle Safety Meeting Monday, July 30th.

A special thanks goes to Commander Kenneth Angarone, Sgts. Cynthia Schumann, Ed Wodnicki, and Dr. Ron Rufo, all of our 18th Police District, and Ald. Michele Smith of the 43rd Ward, who gave the overflow crowd safety tips and answered questions.

They informed the neighborhood about incidents of crime in the area, and what to do to protect not only ourselves, but our property.

Some of those tips are as follows:


  • Be aware of crime and alert other neighbors in the area
  • Remember to lock doors and windows and activate the alarm and video surveillance system if you have one
  • Call 911 to report any suspicious person(s), vehicle(s), or activity near your residence
  • Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information
  • If possible don't walk alone and stay in well-lighted areas
  • Be aware of any persons or vehicles that my be following you
  • Avoid carrying purses or bags that are visible to others. Place your wallet, cell phone, keys, and other valuables in the inside pockets of your clothing. Avoid carrying an excessive amount of currency and/or credit cards.

Safety Tips for Your Home:


  • Close and lock all entrance doors
  • Use strong locks and solid doors
  • Reinforce door frames
  • Close and lock all windows
  • Keep all areas well-lighted
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed
  • Keep security gates closed
  • Mark your address clearly on your garage
  • Secure your air conditioners so they cannot be pushed or pulled out
  • Keep an inventory for all items of value and record their serial numbers
  • Consider installing residental/garage burglar alarms and or private security cameras
  • Be observant
  • Call the police (911) about suspicious persons

When on vacation....

  1. Use automatic timers for lights and radio
  2. Lower the tone or shut off your telephone ringer
  3. Leave your drapes and blinds open
  4. Have a trusted neighbor: Pick up mail and newspapers; use your garbage cans; visit your residence each day; and check entrance doors and windows

Safety Tips for Joggers:


  • Run or jog in a familiar and well-lighted area
  • Look and Listen. If running or jogging alone, avoid wearing headphones or items that can impair your hearing. Whenever you wear headphones, keep the volume at a level that allows you to maintain situational awareness
  • Continue making mental notes of your exact location
  • Always wear reflective or bright colored clothing, or accessories
  • If possible, run or jog with a friend or in a group
  • Consider carrying a whistle or high decibel personal alarm device
  • If possible, change your route regularly in order to eliminate an easily detectable pattern
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, go to the nearest residence or business.


Bicycle Safety


  • Never leave your bike unlocked
  • Lock to a secure pole or bike rack
  • Do not leave items (lights, bags, pump) on your bike unless you don't intent to keep them
  • Secure your bicycle seat or take it with you
  • Use two high-quality locks for the frame and the wheels and a third lock for the seat
  • Consider installing anti-theft bolts on your front wheels, or use hose clamps around your wheel clip
  • Do not leave your bicycle outside overnight
  • Use a lock that takes time to break. U-Locks are good but can be pryed open. Place a plumber's tee over the protruding end and or "bad bones" in the middle of the lock. The latest U-Lock models do not have an protruding end
  • Register your bike at www.cityofchicago.org.
  • Register Your Security Camera System with the ChicagoPlan!
    (Get involved in fighting crime and improving the quality of life
    in your neighborhood. Help the Police capture the crime and the criminal by registering your private closed circuit camera system today.)

There may be self-defense or judo classes available at the Midwest Buddhist Temple or at the Triangle this fall for women if there is enough interest. Contact the Old Town Triangle Association if you are interested in either: info@oldtowntriangle.com, or 312-337-1938.

Lastly, mark your calendar for 7 p.m., Sept. 13, which is the regular CAPS meeting at the Triangle Center, 1763 N. North Park Ave.

Vi Daley

Services Set for Long-Time Triangle Resident

Tessa Craib-Cox 1944-2012

Memorial Service and Reception

2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22

St. Chrysostom's Church

1424 N. Dearborn Parkway

Chicago, Il.


Triangle Trees

The Triangle office has treegators to loan to water the Triangle trees during this drought. If you don't want to use the treegators, please don't forget to water the parkway trees.

(Treegators are plastic bags that surround the trees and water them for two days at a time, slowly, so the water reaches the roots.)

Mark Your Calendars

Members of the Old Town Triangle Association are invited to a Cook County Town Hall Meeting concerning the county budget, at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at the DePaul University Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton.

The purposes of the meeting is to discuss the preliminary budget of $3 billion and its uses, in an era of declining revenue.

Association Volunteers Walk the Triangle in 43 Ward Walk-About

Members of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and interested neighbors walked through the Triangle on a foggy Saturday morning to identify infrastructure needs and give them to Alderman Michele Smith.

Another group identified an alley that needed extensive work, only to find out that it was going to be resurfaced .... by lifting a soggy flyer.


Hotel Lincoln is Open for Business

Check them out: http://hotellincolnchicago.com


The Old Town Triangle Was Proud to Host One of Its Own


In March Eric Klinenberg discussed his "hot" new book

"Going Solo"


Eric, an NYU professor, and PhD, grew up across the street from the Triangle Center. Triangle neighbors welcomed him home.


Old Town Artist, Architect, Now Cabaret Singer

Gunduz Dagdelen Ast launches yet another career.



"Its Time to Start Living," Collection of 14 songs in English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Yiddish.

Available on Amazon or CD Baby

New Board and Leadership Elected at Annual Meeting

Members the Association elected their board for the upcoming 2012-2013 year at the Annual Meeting and Dinner, Jan. 26.

Serving will be:



Term expires

Vi Daley


January 2013

Jeff Smith

First Vice President

January 2013

Karen Pfendler


January 2013

Claire Leaman


January 2013

Lance Hornaday


January 2015

Robert Gibbs


January 2015


Take a look at this parade of pooches included in this year's calendar. Click on this link to see our entrants and winners, which are one and the same, because they are all special.


Thanks to everyone who made it to the Old Town Triangle "Anything but Turkey" pot luck dinner Thursday evening November 17th. It was a hit by any measure: neighbors (60+) coming together just to have a good time with one another. We welcomed our Alderman, Michele Smith, among our guests as well as current and former board members, and a convivial cross section of Old Town neighbors of all ages and tenures.


43rd Ward Office Has Moved

It is now at 2523 N. Halsted

Office Hours:






9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.



Email: yourvoice@ward43.org

To sign up for the Alderman’s newsletter go to: Ward43.org In the upper right hand corner is a place to sign up.


I Buy Old Town launched last summer. To see participants, click on the iBOT program. Support the local merchants who support us by offering special discounts uniquely tailored to OTTA members. Come in anytime to get your OTTA member ID and loyalty card.

More than 60 Old Town Triangle residents attended a talk and reading by NPR’s Scott Simon at the Triangle Center on June 26.

Images of the 2011 Old Town Art Fair thanks to Bob Dowey

You can stream online OTTA's 2011 production of Love Letters. Thanks once again to Steve Weiss for producing and posting this video on the OTTA Vimeo Channel.

Maintain the safety, beauty, and charm of our brick sidewalks and parkways. Find out more about the continuing NIC Brick Repair and Replacement Program here.