Step out from the Lawrence Red Line stop and into one of Chicago’s old haunts—an area frequented by Al Capone in his heyday, home to one of the largest movie houses of its time, and a major shopping district in the booming 1920s and 30s.
However, as you walk through Uptown today, you’ll see that nothing about it seems ready to fade into past for good. With a cultural renaissance underway, new corporate developments popping up with incredible frequency, and still laying claim to some of Chicago’s coolest nightlife hangouts, this north side landmark is ready to stake its claim as one of Chicago’s greatest comeback stories.
Within its boundaries sits subsections of the neighborhood, like Buena Park, Winnemac, and Sheridan Park, all revolving around the excitement of the Lawrence and Broadway intersection.
Sitting right on the lake near the Lawrence, Wilson, and Argyle Red Line stops, Uptown’s boundaries run North/South from Irving Park along Grace Cemetary up to Foster Avenue, and East/West from Lake Michigan over to Ravenswood.
As one of the more affordable areas on the north side, Uptown attracts tons of young artists and professionals looking for affordable, cheap eats, along with a great bar and entertainment scene.
Though the area’s median age is a bit older than the rest of Chicago, don’t let that fool you. The area boasts a wide range of residents from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and socio-economic levels, making it one of the more diverse areas in the city.
With two of the city’s best concert venues in the Aragon and the Riviera, along with the off-beat shows at the Uptown Underground, there’s always something new coming to area worth seeing.
Uptown gives its residents a little bit of everything. Whether you’re looking for a wide array of novelty gifts at Foursided Custom Framing Gallery, a drink at the famous Green Mill—once frequented by Al Capone—or just want to stroll over to the lake and sit on some of the best beachfronts (and dog beaches) on the north side in Montrose Beach, Uptown’s wide-range of amazing experiences give residents some of the best recreation options on the north side.
As part of the community-wide effort to bring the entire neighborhood together, Uptown has introduced the Argyle Night Market during the summers.
This amazing event, held every Thursday on Argyle between Sheridan and Kenmore, will feature local restaurants, a farmers’ market, live performances, and retail goods for sale.
Called “a city within a city” by Choose Chicago, this section of Chicago is a city’s worth of excitement in and of itself.
For those looking to replace the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago with some more community and neighborhood-focused excitement, look no further than Uptown, one of Chicago’s fastest-rising residential areas.