August 23, 2010

Uptown History Article Featured in Chicago Now

Montrose and Broadway, Uptown, Chicago
Montrose and Broadway, 1928

"People from all over Chicago came to Uptown for entertainment. The action centered around the Broadway-Lawrence intersection. The major movie palaces included the Riviera and the 4,000-seat Uptown, the city's largest. For dancing there was the Aragon ballroom. The Green Mill was the place to go for hot jazz, and over on Clark Street, the Rainbo Gardens complex offered assorted cabaret shows. After a busy Saturday night, there were churches available. All Saints Episcopal and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic were architectural treasures. The biggest congregation gathered at the People's Church, where flamboyant Unitarian pastor Preston Bradley held forth. Summer Sundays might also include a visit to Lake Michigan, for fishing off the Horseshoe or swimming at Montrose Beach. And when you died, you could still find what you needed in Uptown. Graceland Cemetery, the city's most fashionable burying ground, was located in the community..."

Read the rest of the article and see dozens more photos of Uptown here: Uptown in Chicago Now.

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