Chicago’s Uptown area has long been known as a popular entertainment district, but it’s merits go far beyond pure entertainment. Uptown blends rich history and ethnic cuisine with an abundance of boutique shopping, open green spaces and stunning lake views.
At the heart of Uptown is front row access to the rocking sounds of the Aragon Ballroom and all that jazz (and poetry) at the century-old Green Mill. Easy access to Montrose Beach means bird watching, dog walking, cycling and kayaking are all yours for the taking. Get competitive on the courts or stroll through the garden at Clarendon Park, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can grab a sandwich at Baker & Nosh or satisfy your taste for Asian cuisine at Asia on Argyle.
Head north to the charming, quirky neighborhood of Andersonville and immerse yourself in its Swedish heritage. There’s no shortage of quaint restaurants and bakeries wanting to show their pride. Appreciate the historic architecture, wind your way though the antique shops or let loose on the upbeat bar scene. Andersonville bustles with the largest network of local and independent businesses in the country. Special events throughout the year such as the Wine Walk, Restaurant Week and the fall Farmer’s Market provide all the reason you need to visit this thriving neighborhood.
Look to your south and you’ll find the casual atmosphere and gorgeous shoreline of Lakeview, home to the Belmont Theater District and its more than 30 theaters. This spirited neighborhood comes alive with an abundance of music venues and street festivals. Join in the celebration on the last Sunday of every June at the Chicago Pride Parade or knock one out of the park with a stop in Wrigleyville. Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll find plenty to love at the countless vibrant bars and restaurants along North Clark Street.
Uptown is far more than just an up and coming diverse community. It is a uniquely rich destination that swells with entertainment, dining, shopping and culture.
It’s up to you to make the most of it.