Uptown feels like a city within a city. When you step off the Red Line at Lawrence, the buildings feel a little taller. There's an air of old Chicago hanging over the area, which roughly runs from Irving Park Road to Foster Avenue, and from Ravenswood Avenue to the lake. The Green Mill was the preferred jazz club of Al Capone. The adjacent Uptown Theatre was once the largest movie palace in the United States. Of course, we're talking about the 1920s. The neighborhood is a little more rusty and crumbling around the edges today. Though the Green Mill and music halls like the Aragon have kept the 'hood alive, the Uptown Theatre sits unused.
But Uptown is on the uprise, and not just because of the Targets and Sonics of the world moving in. The Little Vietnam neighborhood around Argyle Street, long a culinary destination, has been joined by arguably the best restaurant in the city. Boutiques line the shopping corridor on Clark Street south of Foster. Plus, there's one of Chicago's top beaches. That never hurts.