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What Its Known For

Montrose Beach
Theatres and jazz lounges
International cuisine


Affordable rent
Plenty to do


Commute traffic


Once a roaring 20s hotspot, this North side neighborhood remains a bustling entertainment district today. Along with a rich music scene and popular lakefront shoreline, you’ll find laid-back residential pocket neighborhoods like Buena Park and Sheridan Park within its borders.


Uptown is a music lover’s dream—here you’ll find some of the best venues in the city within steps of each other. Check out the jazz scene at The Green Mill—a prohibition hotspot known for being frequented by notorious figures like Al Capone that’s still serving up cocktails today. Down the street is Aragon Ballroom, a nearly 100-year-old venue that regularly hosts major artists of all genres. If you’re into the performing arts, be sure to add catching a show at Riviera Theater to your Chicago bucket list.

This neighborhood’s lakefront includes Montrose Beach, one of the most popular public beaches in Chicago. There’s plenty to do here—enjoy the delicious concession stand food, kayak along the coast, or host a sand volleyball tourney. If your plus one is your furry friend, head over to the off-leash dog beach—in our experience, watching dogs get the zoomies in the sand is an easy way to spike your serotonin.

Hungry? Head over to Argyle Street for its famously wide selection of Vietnamese cuisine—in fact, the area boasts the nickname “Little Vietnam”.

Getting around this neighborhood is straightforward—walking to your essentials is doable, there are a variety of bus routes to choose from, and the CTA red line runs directly from the Loop through Uptown.


If you’re looking for cost-effective rent, look no further. Even with its slew of entertainment options and direct shoreline access, Uptown is one of the most affordable neighborhoods on the North side.

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If you want to be close to it all without being in it all, Uptown is the best!

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