Uptown United, Business Partners, and many other local organizations host public events that enliven Uptown throughout the year.
These programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE
The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Parade is a decades-old tradition that features a processional of local groups and floats starting at the Argyle “L” stop–all to celebrate the start of the new Lunar Year! Come for music, lion dances, and other celebrations of local Asian cultures.
TOAST OF UPTOWN: A BUENA PARK WINE WALK
The Toast of Uptown features an afternoon of strolling and sipping in beautiful Buena Park. This wine walk will take you on a tour through the many businesses that call Buena Park home while you enjoy wine tastes and small bites at each stop along the route.
UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHTS
Various Saturday nights from late spring to early fall
Uptown Saturday Nights showcases the Uptown Entertainment District with free performances on Saturdays. This seasonal event brings free entertainment to multiple venues and cultural hotspots around the neighborhood.
CHICAGO PRIDE PARADE
Last Sunday in June
Each year, the annual Chicago Pride Parade kicks-off in Uptown! Look for rainbow “Uptown Proud” flags in Uptown businesses all month long and redeem your pride flag for perks and discounts at local businesses. For more information on the parade, visit chicagopridecalendar.org
WINDY CITY RIBFEST
Late June/Early July
The Windy City RibFest features top local and national “ribbers” and brings in over 25,000 attendees each year. The fest also offers a lineup of musical acts featuring local and national rock/pop, classic, indie, and tribute bands. Ample stage time is reserved for Chicago-based artists. Specialty performers rove throughout the festival grounds.
ARGYLE NIGHT MARKET
Thursday evenings in July and August
The popular Argyle Night Market features food from local restaurants plus live cultural and musical performances. This free summer-long event draws more than 3,000 people each week and continues to grow in popularity. Part market, part street festival, this vibrant and award-winning event is located on the city’s first and only shared street.
TASTE OF UPTOWN
The Taste of Uptown is the neighborhood’s restaurant stroll event. It is designed to showcase and support the diverse mix of locally owned restaurants. Guests are taken on a global, culinary adventure as they taste delicious samples from Uptown eateries.
Casino Uptown features a variety of casino games, food from Uptown restaurants, libations, prizes, and live jazz performances—all at the historic Aragon Ballroom. This annual fundraiser benefits Uptown United and Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.
WINTER WALK ON WILSON
This free event invites guests to stroll along Wilson Avenue during the holidays to get to know the business community. Each business provides some type of holiday treat, menu sample, or activity for the public to enjoy. In addition, several musicians can be heard spreading holiday cheer as they stroll through the neighborhood.
UPTOWN WALKING TOURS
Explore Uptown’s many landmarks and rich history through the free seasonal Uptown walking tours. These hour-long tours are led by knowledgeable local docents from Choose Chicago’s Greeter Program.
OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS
Uptown United sponsors summertime outdoor movies and live music in parks and public areas throughout the Uptown neighborhood. As the weather cools, community events include Halloween events and holiday pop-up markets as well.