Wells Street, Chicago

Wells Street, Chicago

Wells Street is the main drag of Chicago's charming Old Town, whose epicenter sits at the crossroads of Wells Street and North Avenue. On the southeast corner, extending gracefully from this juncture, lies a fine neighborhood of time-honored townhouses (late 1800s to early 1900s) lined along three streets: Dearborn, State, and Astor.

Wells Street boasts an array of dependable dining establishments and watering holes, but the ambiance here is decidedly more laid-back, with prices that won't send your wallet into a tailspin, unlike the posh locales of River North or the Magnificent Mile. If you're in the mood for brunch, NOOKIES is the undisputed champion, drawing a loyal crowd of locals who bask in the embrace of its exceedingly affable staff. The menu offers an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and the portions are so generous that they provide takeout containers for your impending leftovers. When the sun graces Chicago with its presence, there's even a smattering of outdoor seating.

For those seeking an authentic Irish pub experience (because who wouldn't want one in Chicago?), the perfectly situated DECLAN'S is a must, purporting to be the official bar of the University of Notre Dame. Meanwhile, the OLD TOWN PUB offers not only reasonable prices but also surprisingly delightful fare and libations. Step inside, and you'll discover a subtle charm that permeates its interior.

Tip:
Mark your calendar for the second weekend in June when the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Festival set the neighborhood ablaze with creativity. These events showcase the remarkable work of local artists, complete with a live music stage, food vendors, and children's theater, unfolding between North Avenue and Division Street, from 10 AM to 10 PM daily.

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Sight Name: Wells Street
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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