The Old Town of Chicago, Chicago

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Old Town is a neighborhood and historic district in North Side, Chicago, Illinois, home to many of Chicago's older, Victorian-era buildings. Examples include St. Michael's Church, one of seven buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.
In the 19th century, German immigrants moved to the meadows north of North avenue and began farming previous swampland, planting celery, potatoes and cabbages. This gave the area the nickname 'The Cabbage Patch'. The name stuck until around 1900.
During World War II, the streets of North, Clark, and Ogden Avenues (which form a triangle) were designated a 'neighborhood defense unit' by Chicago's Civil Defense Agency. In the years immediately after the war, the population of “North Town” (as it was known) sponsored annual art fairs called the “Old Town Holiday.” The art fairs were popular attractions to the neighborhood and the name "Old Town" was used in the title of the Old Town Triangle Association when it was formed in 1948, by residents who wanted to improve the condition of buildings that were suffering from physical deterioration. In the 1950s, much of Old Town was an enclave to many of the first Puerto Ricans to emigrate to Chicago. They referred to this area as part of "La Clark".
There is no legal entity known as Old Town, although claims have been made as to the nature of its unspecific borders:
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  • Old Town is a neighborhood and historical district in Chicago, a popular destination for locals and visitors who cater to the entertainment venues, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and boutiques that h...  more »
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