Sunnyside and Broadway, 1950s

courtesy UHS archive

Here we have an undated view, likely during the 1950s, looking west along Sunnyside toward Broadway. The Wilson Yard Shops and “Little McJunkin” building (with the Byrnes Movers sign) are visible in the background. The building on the left is extant.

Broadway North of Lawrence

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The Sheridan Trust & Savings Bank, later known as Uptown National Bank and currently the Bridgeview Bank Building at Lawrence & Broadway (UHS archive)

Here is an undated, although late 1980’s seems likely, view of the Uptown Bank Building at Lawrence and Broadway. Note the Uptown Theater in the background as well as the parking structure visible on the right side of the photograph that once stood on the north side of Lawrence near the tracks. The parking structure is now a parking lot.

Digitized UHS Archive Coming Online

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The house of worship that preceded the current Buddhist Temple of Chicago at 1151 W. Leland. The temple that now stands on the site was dedicated in 2006. (UHS archive)

The Uptown Historical Society has been working to digitize a large amount of slides that have not been seen in many years. We will share some of our archive here on our website.

UHS Presents Walking Tour Of Graceland Cemetery


The Uptown Historical Society is proud to present the third tour of Uptown this year – a guided tour of Graceland Cemetery on Saturday, October 22 starting at 10AM. Arguably the most well-known cemetery in Chicago, you will learn about the history of the cemetery and some of its famous “residents” (including Daniel Burnham and Marshall Field). You’ll also visit the final resting places of prominent Uptown citizens and learn about their contributions to our community. Noted Uptown historian Martin Tangora will lead the tour.

The tour will meet in front of the Graceland Cemetery office inside the gates at Clark and Irving Park shortly before 10AM. No parking is available inside, so please park on the street if you plan to drive. The tour is rain or shine, and each participant needs to be able to walk for the duration of the two hour tour.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at

UHS Launched With Bus Tour Of Uptown, UCC Turns 60

The Uptown Historical Society held its kick-off event in the lobby of the beautiful Sheridan Plaza Hotel at the corner of Sheridan and Wilson. This also coincided with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Uptown Chicago Commission. Those in attendance, including Alderman James Cappleman who served as past president of UCC, learned about the history of UCC and also about the history of the Sheridan Plaza. A sold out bus tour of Uptown followed the event, led by Uptown historian Martin Tangora.