First listed on Landmarks Illinois’ Ten Most Endangered List in 1996, and then
again in 2001, the 1925 Uptown Theater remains vacant, deteriorating, and
without an active restoration project. It has been on the National Register
since 1986 and a Chicago Landmark since 1991. The City of Chicago and a
dedicated group of volunteers have diligently protected the theatre through
nearly three decades of absentee ownership and disinterested management.
Finally, in 2008, a new owner purchased the theatre and has plans to restore it
as a live performance venue. However, the recent economic climate has made it
difficult to secure the $40 million required to restore and reuse the building.
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Photo Credit: 1, 2, 7 Courtesy of
Theatre Historical Society of America, Elmhurst, Ill.; 3 Bob Nick, Friends
of the Uptown Theatre; 4,9, 10 Landmarks Illinois; 5 Courtesy of Jack
Miller; 6 Suzy Poling,
www.suzypoling.com; 8 Jan Theun van Rees,
www.onewallaway.com; 11 unknown