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Crush in Old Town

Crush in Old Town

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 13-14
Time: Noon to 10pm Saturday | Noon to 9pm Sunday
Location: On N. Wells St. between North Ave. and Schiller
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Beneficiary: Old Town Merchants and Residents Association


Libations (including wine and craft beers), music, art and specialty culinary dishes will take center stage when the "Crush in Old Town" returns for its 12th year to Wells Street. It's a unique urban wine and culinary experience made even more intriguing with tasty macaroni dishes sold by the neighborhood's acclaimed restaurants.

Another major draw at this popular post-Labor Day happening in the heart of Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood will be its tented craft beer and wine tasting areas.

Crush in Old Town will have the street transformed into a vibrant urban marketplace. There will also be arts & crafts, live music, and fun activities for kids and families.

Postponed in 2014. Please check back for updates!
Main Stage Music
Coming Soon!

Text-to-Vote For Your Favorite Mac 'n Cheese!
Everyone's favorite comfort food is getting competitive at this year's Crush in Old Town! Text-to-vote for your favorite mac 'n cheese for some of the areas most popular restaurants! Even better? Samples are being sold for only $2.00 each ... so try them all!

Below is a list of participating restaurants and what to text to vote for your favorite throughout the weekend! Regular text rates apply and only one vote per phone number!

Dinotto Ristorante
Text CHEESE01 to 35350.

O'Briens Restaurant & Bar
Text CHEESE02 to 35350.

Adobo Grill
Text CHEESE03 to 35350.

Benchmark
Text CHEESE04 to 35350.

Fireplace Inn
Text CHEESE05 to 35350.

Kamehachi
Text CHEESE06 to 35350.

Orso's Restaurant
Text CHEESE07 to 35350.

How To Get There
Ride the CTA Brown Line "L" to Sedgwick and head east. For routes, directions and connections, call 312.836.7000 or visit www.transitchicago.com.

About the Beneficiary
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 Vi Daley, 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, The Chicago Collection, Skyline, Key Magazine and the Official Visitors Guide of Chicago. Members are also permitted to participate in the Association's street banner program which includes year round banner display on North Avenue, La Salle Street, Sedgwick and North Wells Street.

To learn more about membership, please contact the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association at 312-951-6106.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Event Logistics
Still have questions about the event? Contact Joanna Bielecki with more questions or call 773-584-6631.

Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact Joe Persfull or at 773.584.6642.

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