The broad, inclusive name seems to encapsulate the essence of Uptown. Their motto is “The Most Chicago Place On Earth” and that’s no exaggeration. Uptown quite possibly represents all of Chicago’s many ethnic groups and this is reflected in the amazing diversity of its restaurants and cafes.
The area is densely populated with a wide range of homes, yet you can find leafy side-streets at any given point. The music venues here attract some of the nation’s best new bands. The Aragon Ballroom, built in 1926, and the Riviera Theatre are both outstanding, mid-sized venues serving up pop, rock and alternative acts. As for jazz, the Green Mill is Chicago’s renowned jazz club (quite possibly the oldest in the world) and a former speakeasy spot for Al Capone and his boys—a must-see.
Uptown has experienced explosive growth in new construction and rehabilitation of the area’s many impressive historical buildings built in the early 1900’s. It’s in a great location, too, merely steps from the lakefront and several quick connections to downtown via the red line train.
Lake Michigan to Ashland (1600W), Irving Park (4000N) to Foster (5600N)