Uptown has always been a community where people from diverse backgrounds have come together. Community leaders are transforming that diversity into energy for positive change in the neighborhood bounded by Montrose, Foster, Clark and the lake.
Argyle Street is an economic dynamo similar to a shopping mall which attracts customers and generates substantial income for business owners and tax revenues for Chicago, according to a study which reports that merchants generate $30 million in annual income, as well as 300 jobs. This area is known as "Little Saigon" for its storefront restaurants, specialty stores and a Vietnam War Museum.
Entertainment options include the Dance Center of Columbia College, the Black Ensemble Theater, the Profiles Theater and the Pegasus Players Theatre. The Aragon Ballroom, once the premium place for big-band music is now a charming relic and home to modern rock and Latin concerts. The Riviera Theater, formerly a movie palace, also hosts live rock concerts. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is legendary for its late-night jazz sets.
The CTA's Howard-Dan Ryan line serves the area with stops at Berwyn, Argyle, Lawrence, Wilson and Sheridan. Sheridan, Broadway and Lake Shore Drive express buses travel downtown. The Metra commuter train stops at Lawrence and Ravenswood. Travel time by car on Lake Shore Drive is about 15 minutes to the Loop.