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One of Uptown’s main selling points is that it offers classics lakefront living at affordable prices that you won’t find in some of its southerly neighbors. While high rise apartments and condominium buildings make up a large portion of the neighborhood, you’ll find no shortage of tree-lined blocks with stately mansions, historic greystone and brownstones in its west corners.
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Uptown has a glamorous past as the stomping ground of Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and Al Capone. Today it shines as a place to call home for Chicagoans seeking incredible access to the lakefront, public transportation and affordable homes.
Uptown’s early glamour is still reflected in its historic buildings. The neighborhood’s commercial and cultural center is Broadway, with historic Uptown Square at its center.
The area experienced a housing construction boom following the World’s Columbian Exposition. Several of the neighborhood’s luxurious entertainment venues were built in the 1920s reflecting the ornate artistry of the Exposition pavilions.
Uptown continues to be one of the city’s most popular destinations for music lovers, with rock concerts at The Aragon Ballroom and Riviera Theatre; and jazz at the legendary Green Mill. The jazz venue was a favorite of notorious gangster Capone, who used its underground tunnels to bootleg whiskey and make a hasty retreat from police.
In addition to entertainment, the neighborhood has a number of independent bookstores, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. The community works to balance new development with a commitment to preserve its past.
Homebuyers have their choice of many housing styles, from lakefront high-rises and vintage walk-ups to new-construction condos and townhomes. A number of beautiful old mansions also line several streets just west of Margate Park.