Neighborhood guide to Uptown on the North Side of Chicago.

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Mark Smith runs a tight ship at the poetry slam held on Sunday nights at the Green Mill.

UNDER THE ‘L’ — Lawrence Red Line

UNDER THE ‘L’ — Lawrence Red Line

Follow UPchicago.com and host Jessie Stegner as we explore some of the city’s coolest CTA “L” stops, checking out unique spots within walking distance of public transportation! Next stop: Western Brown Line. In this episode, we visit the Uptown Theater District, Shake Rattle & Read, and other great local spots!

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Montrose Harbor: The North Side’s Natural Playground

Located at the north end of Lincoln Park, Montrose Harbor has a little something for everyone: swimming, fishing, sledding, bird watching, a dog beach, a great restaurant and tons of bunnies!

Essanay Studios: “The MGM of the Silents”

Essanay Studios: “The MGM of the Silents”

The only allusions to this building’s history as an American film hot bed are the golden letters spelling “Essanay” above one entrance. But for one decade in the early 1900s, Essanay Studios was the hub of the silent film industry, “the MGM of the silents.”

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

Owned by Jam Productions, which also owns and operates the Chicago venues of Park West and The Vic, the Riviera Theatre, colloquially referred to as “The Riv,” is the center of Uptown’s theatre district.

Ba Le (French-Vietnamese Café, Uptown)

I realize with increasing frequency that so much of the joy in my life comes by way of happy accidents. So I suppose it was no surprise that an impromptu lunch date turned out to introduce me to a new favorite restaurant in this wonderful city.

The Argyle Street Melting Pot

While Chicago as a whole offers a slice from countless countries and regions of the world, this tiny stretch of Argyle, from Sheridan to Broadway, brings several in concert with one another.

The Annoyance Theatre & Bar

The Annoyance is home to a casual bar in the front and a cozy theater space in the back. Seven nights a week you can see some of the funniest sketch, improv, and musical shows that Chicago has to offer.

Fat Cat (Bar, Uptown)

Don’t be afraid of cheating on the Green Mill… Fat Cat holds its own with great cocktails, a spot-on beer list, and a yummy kitchen menu — not to mention a fantastic atmosphere.

Dib Sushi Bar and Thai Cuisine (Restaurant, Uptown)

Dib manages two cuisines successfully, which is a feat: Thai, but also sushi, which is traditionally Japanese. I am usually leery of restaurants that purport to exercise mastery of both, but Dib gets it right.

Beer Bar Godfathers: The Map Room vs Hopleaf

Everyone and their mom is serving a beer aficionado’s selection of micro brews and imported ales these days, but before most would dare consider beer “artisanal” there were two brew belching powerhouses in Chicago showing everyone how it’s done.

Graceland Cemetery

Learn a little Chicago history from the deceased on the North side at Graceland Cemetery.

Furama (Restaurant, Uptown)

If you can’t get to Chinatown, this is the best you’ll get on the North side.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge (Bar, Uptown)

Check out great jazz in Uptown.