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Uptown is a Chicago North Side neighborhood. As one of Chicago’s 77 community areas, Uptown has well defined boundaries. They are: Foster on the north; Lake Michigan on the east; Montrose (Ravenswood to Clark), and Irving Park (Clark to Lake Michigan) on the south; Ravenswood (Foster to Montrose), and Clark (Montrose to Irving Park) on the west. Uptown borders three community areas and Lake Michigan. To the north is Edgewater, to the west is Lincoln Square, and to the south is Lake View.

Uptown is close to the lakefront so residents and visitors can enjoy the many recreational activities including Montrose Beach, the dog park at Montrose Beach,, Montrose Harbor and Bird Sanctuary and the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course.

Within Uptown, Argyle street has become an economic boom for the area. The area known as New Chinatown, Little Saigon or simply Argyle-it offers many Asian specialty shops restaurants.


Entertainment options include the Black Ensemble Theater, the Profiles Theater and the Pegasus Players Theater. The Aragon Ballroom, once the premium place for big-band music, is now a charming relic and home to modern rock and Latin concerts. The Riviera Theater or “RIV”, formerly a movie palace also hosts concerts. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is a legendary for its late night jazz sets.


For over a century, Uptown has been a popular Chicago entertainment district, which played a significant role in ushering in the Gilded Age, the Lyceum Movement, the jazz age, the silent film era, the swing era, the big band era, the rock and roll era, has been a filming location for over 480 movies, has ties to significant spectator sport athletes and organizations, including the Chicago Blackhawks and three Olympic figure skaters, as well as theater, comedy clubs, dance performers who later became nationally-famous, and even “The People’s Music School,” a needs-based, tuition-free music school for formal classical music training.

Distance to Downtown Chicago: 6 miles

Average Drive Times-16 minutes to Chicago Loop/30 minutes to O’Hare Airport/29 minutes to Midway Airport

Transportation: The CTA’s Red line serves the area at Berwyn, Argyle, Lawrence, Wilson and Sheridan.S Sheridan, Broadway and Lake Shore Drive express buses travel downtown. The Metra commuter train stops at Lawrence and Ravenswood. Travel time by car on Lake Shore Drive is about 15 minutes to the Loop.

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