This is the neighborhood in which Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson once made movies at Essanay Studios.

Near the intersection of Broadway and Lawrence are two grand old movie theaters, the Uptown (which is currently unused), and the Riviera (now a music club).

Argyle Street, at the northern portion of Uptown, is the commercial heart of Chicago's Southeast Asian community.

Neighborhood Notables:

Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway
773 / 878-5552
This jazz lounge - a notorious speakeasy and gangster hangout during prohibition, which opened in 1907, is still swinging.

To get to the Green Mill by 'L,' take the Howard Branch of the Red Line to Lawrence.

Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
773 / 561-9500
A stylish dance hall from 1926 until 1964, the extravagant edifice is now a popular venue for rock concerts.

To get to the Aragon by 'L,' take the Red Line to Lawrence.

4759 N Sheridan
773 / 271-6673
This Vietnamese restaurant offers unusual but delicious choices, from roll-it-yourself shrimp to sugar cane spring rolls.

To get to Pasteur by 'L,' take the Red Line to Argyle.

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