This coming SUNDAY at 11AM, meet at the Lawrence Red Line Stop.
Let's head north for a walk back in time to the Uptown neighborhood, visiting places like the Aragon Ballroom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aragon_Ballroom_(Chicago)), Uptown Theater (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uptown_Theatre_(Chicago)) and Green Mill nightclub (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Mill_Cocktail_Lounge)! Along the way, we'll catch a glimpse of Chicago's other Chinatown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Argyle_Street_Historic_District), the Lakewood Balmoral Historic District (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakewood_Balmoral_Historic_District) and even a stretch of Andersonville (http://www.andersonville.org/) along Clark Street, passing by places like Georgie's Ice Cream (http://www.georgesicecreamandsweets.com/), Simon's Tavern (http://www.chibarproject.com/Reviews/Simon's/Simon's.htm) or the Swedish American Museum (http://www.swedishamericanmuseum.org/). After walking right by Charlie Chaplin's Essanay Studios (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essanay_Studios) complex, we'll finish off with a drink at Green Mill and/or some Dim Sum at Furama on Broadway (http://www.furamachicago.com/html/general.html)!
The weather (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Chicago&state=IL&site=LOT&lat=41.837&lon=-87.685#.Ud8MIWTwLvg) is supposed to be excellent ...... so come on out and enjoy the afternoon with the Windy City Explorers!
This walk is approximately 3 miles long, following this route:
Walking Route Link (http://files.meetup.com/1457526/Screen%20Shot%202013-07-11%20at%203.09.08%20PM.png)
Here's a video of some Capone-Era tunnels underneath our walk route. Too bad we cannot all take a tour down there! This video is the next best thing!
Below is a video documentary of the Uptown Theater. The video can be a bit slow at times, but watch it all the way through to understand the one-time glory of this structure. How sad to see the condition of this place today!
Uptown: Portrait of a Palace (2006) (http://vimeo.com/5812171) from John Pappas (http://vimeo.com/user1957456) on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com).
Here is a Chicago Tribune Article about grand plans for restoration of this theater.
Article Link (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-11/entertainment/ct-ent-1012-focus-uptown-rehab-20111011_1_uptown-theatre-uptown-neighborhood-jewel)
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