A vibrant blend of old and new, Uptown is an intriguing neighborhood where Chicago’s rich history and ethnic diversity intersect. This was a booming entertainment district for shopping and revelry in the 1920s and 1930s — through the area has weathered multiple changes over time. Most recently, a renaissance has been underway in the Uptown neighborhood and that faded glory is sparkling once again in the form of restored movie palaces and Art Deco beauties.
For live music and nightlife, sit back for some jazz at the Green Mill, a 100-year-old classic where the swanky atmosphere harks back to prohibition’s heyday. Or for a lively mix, go for either indie rock, salsa concerts, world-class boxing or colorful wrestling matches at the Riviera or Aragon.
Historic landmark districts in Buena Park, Sheridan Park, and Uptown Square are just some of the architectural highlights. And to immerse yourself in the present, just have a sample of the ethnic cuisines that have found a home in the neighborhood. On Argyle Street and the surrounding blocks, you can do a tour of Asia with destination restaurants serving up Beijing duck, sushi, traditional Chinese dim sum and Vietnamese specialties like banh mi and pho. Adding to the variety are ethnic grocers mixed among Ethiopian, Lebanese, Indian cuisine and more.