Living In Chicago’s Uptown
Convenient transportation to Downtown Chicago, the beachfront and proximity to all the activities offered along the city’s lakefront parks plus a diverse and hip vibe make Uptown a great place to live.
Uptown was originally a part of Edgewater. Like Edgewater, the lake is the top attraction here. Uptown was built in the late 1800s as a lakeside resort community for Chicago’s wealthy and the lake is still the top attraction. Uptown began to decline after World War II and the majority of its more wealthy residents fled to the suburbs. Over the past 20 years, revitalization efforts have paid off in that Uptown is now abuzz with a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, exciting clubs and eclectic shops and boutiques.
Chicago Uptown real estate consists mainly of larger apartment and condo buildings, three and six-flat condos and some single family homes. The neighborhood is located 6.5 miles north of Downtown Chicago and is in zip code 60640. Many of the area’s architectural gems have been renovated and restored thereby salvaging the heritage of this historic lakefront neighborhood.
While it has grown in popularity, there are still plenty of real estate deals to be found in Uptown as well as the bordering neighborhoods of Edgewater, Buena Park, Lakeview, Ravenswood and Andersonville. Uptown’s entertainment district’s popularity vanished throughout the second half of 20th century, but over the past 10 years it’s been experiencing a genuine revival. New clubs, bars, restaurants, and shops are opening every year.