Uptown, Chicago

What is Uptown, Chicago known for?


community organizing

organization) Students for a Democratic Society initiated a community organizing project, JOIN (Jobs or Income Now) in 1963. Todd Gitlin and Nanci Hollander, ''Uptown'' (Harper & Row, 1970) Large-scale urban renewal projects like Harry S. Truman College eliminated much low-cost housing, and the low-income Southern white residents dispersed. New waves of Asian, Hispanic, and African-American migrants moved into the remaining neighborhoods. Latinos forced


shoes

on weekends, hockey-playing groups would rent the ice at all hours of the day and night. The south end of the building housed a pro bowling alley in the 1960s which was converted in 1968 into the original Electric Theatre Kinetic Playground music venue. In the 1970s and thereafter, Rainbo was a popular late night roller rink until it was torn down for a new housing development called Rainbo Village. When the building was being demolished in 2003, an assortment of human bones and tennis shoes were

discovered in what had been the building's basement. How the bones and shoes ended up there has remained unresolved. Arcadia Ballroom The Arcadia Ballroom, at 4444 N. Broadway was one


family architecture

College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is also located in Sheridan Park. The neighborhood can be accessed from either the Wilson (Wilson (CTA)) or Lawrence (Lawrence (CTA)) stop on the CTA's Red Line (Red Line (Chicago Transit Authority)). 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 1900s. Little Vietnam Due to budget constraints Chicago eliminated the traditional July 3 fireworks in Grant Park, instead opting for a down-scaled fireworks displays in three different locations in Chicago on the 4th of July, the north side display will now be held at Montrose Beach every year. http: gochicago.about.com b 2010 06 29 4th-of-july-fireworks-in-chicago.htm


fact book

and Appalachian Migrants to Chicago, 1950-1970 last Guy first Roger year 2007 publisher Lexington Books location Lanham, MD isbn 0-7391-1833-1 * *


nursing

stories theworks 081211 work The Chicago Reader accessdate 2009-01-08 In December 2009, a ''Chicago Tribune'' story reported on the problem facing eastern sections of Uptown where several nursing homes clustered in the area house

the mentally ill, including felons. Many of these residents have committed a variety of serious crimes including murder, and 11 nursing homes in the area house 318 convicted felons and 1350 mentally ill people.


social service

helped organize the Intercommunal Survival Committee, a sort of white support arm of the Black Panther Party. The committee evolved into the Heart of Uptown Coalition, a political and social service organization then steeped in the rhetoric of Marxism. In the coalition, "comrades" were expected to organize "cadres." "We must have the frame of mind that as revolutionaries we have (to) be able to solve any problem that comes our way..." Shiller said. The Uptown Coalition provided an array of programs geared toward providing essential services for the poor, including medical clinics for pregnant women, mothers and young children; a legal aid clinic, food pantries and distributing clothes and meals to the poor. Due to budget constraints Chicago eliminated the traditional July 3 fireworks in Grant Park, instead opting for a down-scaled fireworks displays in three different locations in Chicago on the 4th of July, the north side display will now be held at Montrose Beach every year. http: gochicago.about.com b 2010 06 29 4th-of-july-fireworks-in-chicago.htm


big band

in the Gilded Age, the Lyceum Movement, the jazz age, the silent film era, the swing era, the big band era, the rock and roll era, has been a filming location for over 480 movies, has ties to significant spectator sport athletes and organizations, including the Chicago Blackhawks and three Olympic figure skaters, as well as theater, comedy clubs, dance performers who later became nationally famous, and even "The People's Music School," a needs-based, tuition-free music school for formal classical music training. By the 1950s, the middle class was leaving Uptown for more distant suburbs, as commuter rail and elevated train lines were extended. Uptown's housing stock was aging, and old mansions were subdivided. Residential hotels which had housed wives of sailors attached to the Great Lakes Naval Station during World War II now served low-income migrants from the South (Southern United States) and Appalachia. Uptown developed a reputation as "Hillbilly Heaven" during the 1950s and 1960s. The Council of the Southern Mountains, headquartered in Berea, Kentucky launched the Chicago Southern Center in 1963 in Uptown, with help from Chicago philanthropist W. Clement Stone. Roger Guy, ''From Diversity to Unity'' (Lexington Books, 2007). Chicago's anti-poverty program (poverty reduction) opened the Montrose Urban Progress Center. Students for a Democratic Society (Students for a Democratic Society (1960 organization)) initiated a community organizing project, JOIN (Jobs or Income Now) in 1963. Todd Gitlin and Nanci Hollander, ''Uptown'' (Harper & Row, 1970) Large-scale urban renewal projects like Harry S. Truman College eliminated much low-cost housing, and the low-income Southern white residents dispersed. New waves of Asian, Hispanic, and African-American migrants moved into the remaining neighborhoods. Latinos forced out from other near downtown and lakefront areas by urban renewal settled close to the border with Lakeview at Sheridan, near Irving Park. In 1975 Young Lords founder Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez joined with a broad coalition of whites, blacks and Latinos and ran unsuccessfully against Daley-sponsored Christopher Cohen. They still were able to garner 39% of the vote. His main campaign issue was housing corruption, which was then displacing Latinos and the poor from prime real estate areas of Chicago. Most recently, since 2000, gentrification has spread north from neighboring Lakeview (Lakeview, Chicago) and south from Edgewater (Edgewater, Chicago). Median condo prices jumped 69.1% from 2000-2005. "5 pockets stand out in city makeover" (http: www.bluesmatters.com modules.php?name News&file print&sid 1981). Neighborhoods right thumb Neighborhoods located in Uptown, in the city of Chicago (File:Neighborhood map uptown chicago.jpg) Buena Park Buena Park is a neighborhood bounded by Montrose Avenue, Irving Park Road, Graceland Cemetery and Lake Shore Drive. At the core of the neighborhood is the Hutchinson Street Historic District, a tree-lined stretch several blocks long featuring mansions that make up "one of the best collections of Prairie-style architecture in the city." Due to budget constraints Chicago eliminated the traditional July 3 fireworks in Grant Park, instead opting for a down-scaled fireworks displays in three different locations in Chicago on the 4th of July, the north side display will now be held at Montrose Beach every year. http: gochicago.about.com b 2010 06 29 4th-of-july-fireworks-in-chicago.htm


popular music

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 Touhy ("Terrible Touhy") and others. The Annoyance Theatre Aragon Ballroom The Aragon Ballroom (Aragon Ballroom (Chicago)) is still a very popular music venue. During the 1920s and 1930s, most

;ref Due to budget constraints Chicago eliminated the traditional July 3 fireworks in Grant Park, instead opting for a down-scaled fireworks displays in three different locations in Chicago on the 4th of July, the north side display will now be held at Montrose Beach every year. http: gochicago.about.com b 2010 06 29 4th-of-july-fireworks-in-chicago.htm


development called

on weekends, hockey-playing groups would rent the ice at all hours of the day and night. The south end of the building housed a pro bowling alley in the 1960s which was converted in 1968 into the original Electric Theatre Kinetic Playground music venue. In the 1970s and thereafter, Rainbo was a popular late night roller rink until it was torn down for a new housing development called Rainbo Village. When the building was being demolished in 2003, an assortment of human bones and tennis shoes were


successful career

and left for dead in his apartment. Lewis survived and continued his successful career in California. The Green Mill still hosts top jazz performers. Patricia Barber, internationally acclaimed jazz performer, plays there most Monday nights, as she has for the past 15 + years. In 2008, Kurt Elling was a regularly featured performer with his current band. The Green Mill also hosts a weekly Poetry Slam. Poet Marc Smith (Marc Smith (American poet)) is credited for developing the Poetry

Uptown, Chicago

'''Uptown''' is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas (Community areas of Chicago). Uptown has well defined boundaries. They are: Foster (Foster Avenue (Chicago)) 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 (Clark Street (Chicago)) (Montrose to Irving Park) on the west. Uptown borders three community areas and Lake Michigan. To the north is Edgewater (Edgewater, Chicago), to the west is Lincoln Square (Lincoln Square, Chicago), and to the south is Lake View (Lakeview, Chicago). left 500px thumb Skyline of Uptown, Chicago, looking northeast (File:2004-07-25 3180x600 chicago uptown pan.jpg)

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