Uptown Neighborhood: Uptown Square

Uptown SquareOnce the city’s second-busiest commercial area, Uptown Square remains to this day vibrant night and day thanks to a concentration of entertainment venues such as the Aragon, Riviera Theater, the Green Mill, Uptown Underground, Preston Bradley Center, and the Uptown Lounge – all of which pack in over 240,000 attendees annually! Restaurants representing many cultures and cuisines are clustered here as well, popular with pre- and post-show crowds and neighbors. The district was also recently designated a Historic Landmark District by the City of Chicago, preserving the unique architecture of many nearby buildings.

A Growing Entertainment District

Uptown Square has a long and colorful history as an entertainment destination – derived from the many clubs and theaters that hosted stars of the silent film and jazz eras, movie palaces in the 1950s, and then rock shows in recent years. Today, long-standing establishments like the Green Mill anchor the area while more recent local businesses and national brands like Aldi, Target, and Jewel-Osco draw many to the area. Plus, several hundred new housing units are planned for this area in the next few years and massive public investment in sidewalks, a new plaza, and renovated transit stations – reinforcing the area’s vibrancy and continued appeal.

Tap into $600 million of public & private investment

Uptown Square is at the center of the tremendous public investment that is rebuilding the neighborhood’s transit and streets. The Wilson El station is undergoing a $205 million reconstruction, a $6 million Lawrence-Broadway streetscape project will add a public plaza and outdoor stage to Broadway in 2017, plus the Lawrence station will soon be rebuilt.
Additionally, 2,300 new residential units are proposed or under construction in the Uptown area, along with 150,000+ new square feet of retail space that includes Treasure Island Foods, Ross, and others. These public and private investments ensure continued vibrancy and growth in the neighborhood for years to come.