Why we love it
Uptown is where Chicago’s rich history and international diversity intersect. The neighborhood is known for its vibrant music scene, vintage architecture, and amazing global cuisine.
Uptown was a booming entertainment district in the 1920s and 1930s, with a thriving jazz scene that took off during Prohibition. The area’s recent renaissance has seen a number of its old-school movie houses and Art Deco buildings restored to their former glory.
Undoubtedly, the Green Mill is the place to be when you’re here. This 100-year-old jazz club still has the same sultry feel of its Prohibition heyday. Grab a seat in the booth at the end of the bar — it was the regular spot for famous gangster Al Capone. Nearby, take your pick from indie rock, salsa concerts, wrestling events, and more at The Riviera or Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.
For a deep dive into history, visit Graceland Cemetery, a Victorian oasis of art, architecture, and landscape design that’s one of the city’s hidden gems. On Argyle Street and the surrounding blocks, you’ll find a treasure trove of Asian eateries, with restaurants serving up Peking duck, sushi, traditional dim sum, banh mi, and pho.
Explore like a local
Snack on international street food at the Argyle Night Market (July – September). Catch a show at the Black Ensemble Theater that’s guaranteed to have you up out of your seat. Take your pup out for fun in the sun at Montrose Beach dog beach.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter