The song was talking about a street in a different city, but that doesn`t make the neon lights any less bright on Broadway. Uptown`s major artery is a long, wide street running from Irving Park to Foster, dotted along the way with dive bars, casual restaurants and a wide range of storefronts.
From roughly 1920-1950, Uptown was an entertainment mecca. Jazz bands and Prohibition-era gangsters abounded in the neighborhood`s heyday, with hotspots like the Aragon Ballroom, Riveria Theater and the Green Mill gaining international fame. All of those spots are still in operation, making modern Uptown one of the city`s best-kept entertainment secrets and a popular destination for Chicago history buffs.