Uptown - Chicago neighborhood
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Uptown is a Chicago North Side neighborhood. As one of Chicago’s 77 community
areas, Uptown has well defined boundaries. They are: Foster on the north; Lake
Michigan on the east; Montrose (Ravenswood to Clark), and Irving Park (Clark to Lake
Michigan) on the south; Ravenswood (Foster to Montrose), and Clark (Montrose to Irving
Park) on the west. Uptown borders three community areas and Lake Michigan. To the
north is Edgewater, to the west is Lincoln Square, and to the south is Lake View.
Buena Park is a neighborhood bounded by Montrose Avenue, Irving Park Road,
Graceland Cemetery and Lake Shore Drive. The core of the neighborhood is very
suburban with driveways and spacious lots. It is in sharp contrast to the skyscrapers that
populate the area around it. It can be accessed from the Sheridan stop on the CTA's Red
Buena Park enjoys one of the most active neighborhood organizations in the city of
Chicago, Buena Park Neighbors (BPN). Founded in 1997, Buena Park Neighbors is a
46th Ward neighborhood association of more than 200 residents, businesses, and not-
for-profit organizations in the nationally registered Buena Park Historic District.
Today, many people assume that Buena Park is a "new name" given to this part of
Uptown by developers trying to give the area a better name (like those trying to call
Humboldt Park "West Bucktown"). In reality Robert A. Waller developed Buena Park
starting in 1887 by subdividing his property. The original Waller home is now the site of
St. Mary of the Lake church (built in 1917). Buena Park pre-dates the remainder of
Uptown by a number of years.
Sheridan Park is a neighborhood bounded by Lawrence Avenue on the north, Clark on
the west, Montrose on the south and Broadway on the east. It is mostly residential,
containing six-flats, single family homes, and courtyard apartment buildings. There is a
growing business district along Wilson Avenue, which bisects Sheridan Park from
Broadway to Clark. Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is also located
in Sheridan Park. The neighborhood can be accessed from either the Wilson or
Lawrence stop on the CTA's Red Line.
In 1985, the Sheridan Park Historic District (a National Landmark District) was
established to protect the unique single family and smaller multi-family architecture of
the area. Some structures of Uptown Square were also added as contributing structures.
In 2007, the Sheridan Park area along Dover Street was also registered as an historic
district. Many of the homes along Dover are large single family homes from the early
This neighborhood is mostly populated by residents who had Vietnamese and
Cambodian nationality. However, many, if not most, were from ethnic Chinese minorities
and, for that reason, became refugees during the Sino-Vietnamese war of the late 1970s.
In the span of a few city blocks, Little Vietnam boasts half a dozen Asian grocery stores
as well as more than a dozen Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, and Chinese restaurants. The
neighborhood should not be confused with Old Chinatown, which is in the Armour
Square community area on the South Side of the city.
A noteworthy minority within a minority on Argyle are the Bui Doi, those of mixed
Vietnamese and American ancestry. Children of mixed unions had often suffered from
discrimination in Vietnam, partly because of hostility to the US armed forces and partly
because the women (the unions were almost always of Vietnamese women and
American men) were seen as prostitutes. The most discriminated against were those of
African American-Vietnamese parents. Uptown was a welcome relief for those who
struggled with this oppression.
The neighborhood is centered by the Argyle stop on the CTA's Red Line.
Margate Park forms the eastern border of Uptown and Edgewater, nested between the
recently revitalized strip of new construction on Sheridan Rd. and the pleasantries of the
Lincoln Park northern reaches. Its tree-lined streets, historic mansions, and gilded mid-
rises reflect the area's development in the bustle of Uptown Chicago's burgeoning
entertainment industry in the early 1900s. The diverse housing also includes ornate,
terra-cotta clad hotels, immortalized in movies as Chicago Gangster Era apartment
hotels. Some of these 1920's Jazz Age hotels have been since been converted to SROs
in the area to provide transitional and supportive housing, adding to the tremendously
diverse population of the area.
This lakefront neighborhood is home to Margate Fieldhouse, a gym and fitness facility.
The area around the fieldhouse is an official off-leash area in the city for dogs. Annual city
permits are required for dogs using the areas.
The fieldhouse is also host to the Margate Playground, with 1,400 square feet (130 m2)
of playspace for children. Artists Jim Brenner, Corinne D. Peterson, Ginny Sykes, and
Roman Villareal created a unique space reflecting the urban locale catering to children's
interests and local fauna.
 Andersonville Terrace (North Uptown)
This area of Uptown has been identified as many different names over the years. Its
borders are Lawrence to the south, Broadway to the East, Clark to the west, and Foster to
the north. Andersonville Terrace, or SOFO (South of Foster) are names often given to the
area by those who wish to identify more closely with the part of the neighborhood that
borders Andersonville. However, the area is rich in Uptown history, claiming Essanay
Studios, The Green Mill, a 1930s US Post Office, and the Uptown Theater as major
Uptown Entertainment District
Historically a very popular tourist destination, the Uptown Entertainment District is home
to various music venues, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. The Uptown Entertainment
District is now experiencing a revival, with new restaurants and shops opening every
year. Uptown Square, at the center of the Uptown Entertainment District, was designated
as a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
Uptown is also a stop for Chicago Gangster tours, with many locations tied to infamous
gangsters such as John Dillinger, Al Capone, Machine Gun Jack McGurn, Roger "The
Terrible" Touhy and others.
Parks, Beaches and Boating, Montrose Harbor
Chicago's Lincoln Park straddles Uptown—providing soccer and athletic fields, a
segment of the Chicago lakefront bicycle/running path, Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
("The Magic Hedge"), a sledding hill, Puptown Dog Park, Wilson Skatepark and
Waveland (Marovitz) Golf Course to the south. Also in the Uptown portion of Lincoln Park
is Montrose Beach, which includes a dog beach at its northern edge, and Montrose
Harbor, a marina for local and transient boaters and home to the Chicago Corinthian
Two separate parks, which may be considered inland extensions of the lakefront Lincoln
Park, are located just west of Lake Shore Drive. Named Clarendon Park and Margate
Park, each feature athletic fields, children's playgrounds and indoor sports facilities.
Chase Park, located on the west side of Clark Street at Leland Avenue, has indoor and
outdoor athletic facilities, as well as an outdoor pool and tennis courts.
* Chicago Lakeshore Hospital
* Thorek Hospital and Medical Center
* Weiss Memorial Hospital
* U.S. Public Health Hospital
* American Islamic College
* Uplift School
* Brenneman Elementary School
* Disney Elementary Magnet School
* Goudy Elementary School
* John T. McCutcheon Elementary School
* Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School
* St. Augustine College
* St. Mary of the Lake Elementary School
* St. Thomas of Canterbury Elementary School
* Stewart Elementary School
* Stockton Elementary School
* Truman College
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