What's New in Old Town? August 6, 2020
In this Issue:
  • Join us for Old Town at Home on August 29
  • Learn about Old Town businesses with the Only in Old Town Video Series
  • Order Dinner during Old Town Takeout Week
  • Shop Local with the Old Town Passport Book
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Gear Up with the Health & Sanitation Rebate Program
  • Upcoming Member Promotions and Events
  • Membership Information
Join us for Old Town at Home on
August 29
The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association will be hosting a virtual Old Town at Home event on August 29 in lieu of an in-person Wells Street Art Festival. In the weeks leading up to the online event, the OTMRA will have different promotions and programs to celebrate and highlight different businesses in the neighborhood. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook in the coming weeks for more information about Old Town at Home!

Want to learn more? Read the full press release here.
Learn about Old Town businesses with the Only in Old Town Video Series!
Coming this fall, the OTMRA wants to highlight what makes Old Town special through the new Only in Old Town video series. The videos will be personalized for each individual business with a theme chosen by the participant. All videos will be shared on the OTMRA social media platforms and each organization can use the video for their own personal marketing materials. This new chamber program is free for OTMRA business members.

If you are an Old Town business interested in taking part, please fill out this form. Someone from our office will be in touch to coordinate your video. More information can be found here.

Contact Sam Waldorf at swaldorf@oldtownchicago.org with any questions.
Ritual Old Town Takeout Week
In partnership with Ritual, the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association (OTMRA) is excited to hold the first-ever Old Town Takeout Week. From August 24 through August 30, 2020, celebrate the amazing restaurants in Old Town by safely ordering takeout. 

With so many cuisines and types to choose from, you might have to try something new every day! 

Shop Local with the
Old Town Passport Book
The OTMRA is planning to host a virtual Old Town At Home event on August 29 in lieu of an in-person Wells Street Art Fest this year. In the week leading up to the online event, the OTMRA will have different promotions and programs to celebrate and highlight different businesses in the neighborhood. 
 
To highlight the retailers in our neighborhood, the OTMRA will be creating an Old Town Passport (similar format to the Small Business Saturday Passport Book) to coincide with the Old Town at Home event August 29. This program will encourage shoppers to patron different stores throughout the neighborhood in order to receive different prizes from the OTMRA.

Be on the lookout for more info about Passport Book deals and OTRMA prizes later this month!

Please contact Rachel (rrubinson@oldtownchicago.org) with any questions about this promotion.
COVID-19 Resources
The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association is prepared to act as a resource for businesses, educational institutions, and community members interested in staying up-to-date on best practices for responding to COVID-19 ("Coronavirus").
 
The OTMRA has created a resource guide for all businesses and residents in the community. The guide includes links to financial resources for businesses as well as general information for residents.
The OTMRA is committed to helping businesses get the word out about any promotions they have during this crisis.

Please send any graphics or ads to Marketing and Membership Coordinator Rachel Rubinson at rrubinson@oldtownchicago.org.
Gear Up with the
Health & Sanitation Rebate Program
As businesses reopen there is a need to make sure that spaces are safe for employees and customers. To help neighborhood businesses prepare, the Old Town Special Service Area #48 and the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has created The Health & Sanitation Rebate Program.

The Health & Sanitation Rebate Program will be offered to businesses that purchase cleaning supplies that disinfect surfaces, personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees or customers, or other safeguard items aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 or other bacterial diseases. Businesses within the Old Town SSA #48 boundaries may apply. For more information and to access the application please click below. If you have any follow up questions, please contact Sam Waldorf at swaldorf@oldtownchicago.org.

We are excited to announce that we have awarded our first rebate for this program last month. Congratulations Pure Barre Old Town!
Upcoming Member Promotions & Events
Glunz Tavern is hiring! We are seeking a sharp, experienced cook with a positive attitude and a drive to succeed. At Glunz, our guest experience is created through speed, accuracy, consistency, team service, and customer relationships. Weekends a must. Being an excellent team member non-negotiable. We are a small team so accountability is a must.

Come join a family business with flexible schedules and a desire to keep you happy and employed through the crisis. We are hiring immediately. Send us a few words about yourself with a resume attached.

Job Type: Full-Time
Job Schedule: Prefer someone flexible to workdays, evenings, and weekends.
Salary: Pay is based upon experience.

Send resumes to Christopher@thehouseofglunz.com & Evieladd@gmail.com
Become a 2020 Member
The Old Town Merchants and Residents Association has revamped our membership program for 2020.

We now offer memberships designed for residents, businesses, non-profits, and residential buildings. Benefits include marketing and sponsorship opportunities, positions of engagement, discounts on OTMRA events, and more!

See below for information on each membership or to become a member!

See what else is going on in the Old Town neighborhood by checking out the

Submit to the calendar by filling out this form.