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The Uptown Chamber Turns 100 Years Old!

Uptown’s cultural history is unique. Since the beginning, Uptown has been a shopping, entertainment, and dining destination for people of all walks of life; a port of entry for immigrants; and a home to generations of visual and performing artists. The histories of Uptown and the Uptown Chamber of Commerce are inextricably linked. After all, it was one of the Chamber’s founding members who coined “Uptown” as the name for our neighborhood. Since its incorporation in 1923, the Chamber has served and promoted Uptown’s vibrant business districts, connecting them to residents and visitors.

To honor its 100 years of service, the Chamber will host a free one-night only celebration of our community, Be Bold and Prosper! on Friday May, 5th at the historic Riviera Theater from 5:30-8p.m. Join us for:

Storytelling by past and present Chamber members
Art, music and theatrical performances
An international menu of food and drink showcasing the tastes and talents of our ​​​​​​members
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to come together and honor our history and vision for a bold and prosperous future. The Uptown Chamber is a uniquely diverse organization that represents a vast array of cultures, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The growth and longevity of our membership is remarkable–we are now over 260 members strong. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We have a lot to celebrate!” said Uptown Chamber Board Chair, Stephanie Foerster.

This free event is made possible by Platinum Marquee Sponsor Thorek Hospital, Flashing Lights Venue JAM Productions, Golden Hour Performance Sponsor Choose Chicago and Bronze Artist Sponsor Guesthouse and Special Service Area #34.

Join us at the Riviera on May 5th, and check out our Centennial banners, storytelling by Chamber Members, and special artwork commemorating our 100th anniversary during Uptown United’s Art Week from June 1-4, 2023.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:  Event organizers are available for interviews.

DETAILS: For complete details visit:

About the Uptown Chamber of Commerce
Uptown Chamber of Commerce is one of Chicago’s oldest business support organization. The organization was founded in 1923 by the early leaders and visionary builders of the roaring 20s who established Uptown as an entertainment district. 100 years later, our mission is to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community—all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving, and strong Uptown.

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