The Uptown Neighborhood of Chicago is the third neighborhood from the northern city limits of Chicago along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The first neighborhood is Rogers Park and the second neighborhood is Edgewater, which is the neighborhood to the north. Lincoln Square is the neighborhood to the west, and Lake View the neighborhood to the south..
Uptown’s boundaries are Foster Avenue on the north and Lake Michigan on the east.
The south border runs along Montrose Avenue from Ravenswood Avenue to Clark Street, and then along Irving Park Road from Clark Street to Lake Michigan.
The western boundary runs along Ravenswood Avenue from Foster Avenue to Montrose Avenue, and then Clark Street from Montrose Avenue to Irving Park Road.
In 1900, the Northwestern Elevated Railroad constructed its terminal at Wilson and Broadway, which is now part of the CTA Red Line. The elevated train route is picturesque as it runs parallel, just east of North Broadway.
Historically, Uptown is a very popular tourist destination. The Uptown Entertainment District is home to various music venues, nightclubs, restaurants and shops, including the Aragon Ballroom, which is located on Lawrence Avenue at Winthrop just east of the elevated train and east of Broadway.
The other two nearby theaters, the Riviera Theater on Racine Avenue and Uptown Theater, on North Broadway, are struggling to regain operating status. The Riviera Theater hosts about 5 or 6 events a month, and the Uptown Theater is closed, awaiting renovation that requires about $70 million.
The Uptown Entertainment District is experiencing a revival, with new restaurants and shops opening every year — many with outdoor sidewalk eating areas in the summer. Uptown Square, at the center of the Uptown Entertainment District, was designated as a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The neighborhood includes many historic angular shaped buildings coinciding with angle streets in the neighborhood.
Uptown is also a stop for Chicago Gangster tours, with many locations tied to infamous gangsters such as John Dillinger, Al Capone, Machine Gun Jack McGurn, Roger Touhy (“Terrible Touhy”) and others.