Urban in feel, with an added dose of neighborhood charm
Surrounded by expensive neighborhoods and simultaneously experiencing an expansive revitalization, Uptown has turned into a hot spot on the verge of something big. Home to some of the most well known music venues in Chicago as well as a vibrant strip of Southeast Asian restaurants, this easily accessible lakefront community offers plentiful options in affordable living. Mostly urban in feel with an added dose of neighborhood charm due to its tree lined side streets and extraordinary collection of historic mansions, a palpable excitement has returned to Uptown, and people are taking notice.
Uptown is bordered to the south by Irving Park Rd., Foster Ave to the north, Ashland Ave. to the west, and the lake to the east. Uptown is directly north of Lakeview, it is south of Edgewater and east of Lincoln Square. While side streets tend to remain quiet at night, the busy arteries of the neighborhood are typically full of people and traffic, making walking at night a safe option. Red line stops are easily accessible, and getting to Lakeview and Edgewater is a 15 to 20 minute walk on foot. Buses are abundant and most run 24 hours, providing plenty of options to get around.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Hutchinson Street Historic District boasts a stunning collection of Prairie-style architecture designed by George Maher. Walking tours take place often and the majestic beauty of these historic mansions are not to be missed. The Green Mill, famous for its deep roots in the Jazz scene, is also well known for its former ties to the Chicago mob. Al Capone used to visit so often that underground tunnels were built so he could flee the authorities easily.
Argyle Street is the not so hidden gem of the food scene in Uptown. A large stretch of Southeast Asian restaurants offer everything from delicious Pho to incredible Banh Mi, Mexican and even Ethiopian. Delectable dishes await!
Uptown has a handful of new businesses opening each month, which is quickly expanding retail options in the area. The neighborhood houses established brands as well as an assortment of unique small businesses to satisfy even the quirkiest of requests.
Locals take advantage of the nice weather and head out to Montrose beach for some sun or grab a bite at some of the outdoor venues. The Fat Cat on Broadway prides itself on quality food and great drinks, it is just around the corner from several music venues and clubs; making it a great stop for a night out. Heading to the Aragon or the Riv to see a show is also a huge perk of living in the area.
Sports & Outdoors:
The very Northern portion of Lincoln Park extends into Uptown. Here it has baseball fields, playgrounds, and a small dog park. Like many Chicago neighborhoods, Uptown takes it's biking seriously. Dedicated bike lanes run the distance of Broadway Ave. and throughout Uptown.
Arts & Culture:
Uptown is rich in culture and history given its storied past. With one of a kind local galleries and two of the most well known music venues in Chicago, this neighborhood has earned its cultural street cred, and then some.
There are also pockets of quiet residential districts that feature a local Chicago Public Library.