The Greenmap Project
New East Side/Streeterville
Dating back to 1907, The Green Mill boasts being the oldest jazz club in the U.S. Located at 4802 N. Broadway this famous bar was once a favorite of Al Capone. Once the headquarters for Chicago gangsters during the prohibition era the club has endured the test of time and exists as an alive a well venue for jazz and slam poetry to this day.
The Uptown neighborhood experienced some of the most rapid growth of any neighborhood in the city. When the Northwestern Elevated line expanded its service north a residential and commercial building exploded. The name Uptown was apparently borrowed from one of the fashionable department stores in the area. Many high-rise apartments and apartment hotel contributed to the increased density of the area. A flow of a variety of incoming ethnic groups began around the 1950's. American Indians and Appalachian Whites were some of the people who thought of their residence more temporary wanting to return to their family homes eventually.
Located at 1109 W. Lawrence the Aragon ballroom was built in 1926 and became famous for featuring Big Band Music. There is a spanish heritage found in the name as well as the architecture of the Aragon which was based on a spanish courtyard pavilion. The ballroom gained instant success charging only 90 cents admission and drawing a regular crowd of 18,000 people a week throughout the 20's, 30's and 40's. Over the years the Aragon has proved to be an excellent venue for a wide variety of activities; dances, concerts, boxing, conventions, etc... Today you can still visit the Aragon and admire the architecture, feel the history, and enjoy good music.