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Most of Uptown United’s programs fall into its partner group categories. However, we have undertaken a few organization-wide initiatives:
Explore Uptown Website
Uptown United has created and maintains the Explore Uptown site to serve as a portal for neighborhood news, resources and events. Check frequently to discover hidden "Uptown Finds," unique activities, and great information on investing in the neighborhood.
Winthrop Family Community Garden
The Uptown neighborhood is known for its rich, dynamic history and its mingling of cultures and customs. In the pre-World War II days of restrictive land covenants and legal segregation, the 4600 block of Winthrop Avenue was the only Uptown block available to African Americans to live. With the formal dedication of the Winthrop Avenue Family Garden in Fall 2009, these residents' stories will continue as we work together to plant and harvest the offerings of this community project. Gardeners include a diverse mix of community residents, businesses and organizations. Stop by to see what’s growing!
Community Arts Initiatives
Uptown United has led a number of arts and beautification efforts over the years, including the remarkable Roots of Argyle Mural located at the southwest corner of Winthrop and Argyle Streets, a centennial celebration of the historic movers and shakers of the community that made up Argyle Street from 1900 to 2000. This year, we're excited to collaborate with Indira Johnson on her Ten Thousand Ripples project, a multiplatform project in which, with community direction, emerging Buddha heads are placed throughout neighborhoods together with community engagement activities, an interactive website, and a city-wide culminating exhibition.
Uptown United hosts or partners on a number of events throughout the year, including Open House Chicago, our annual Gala (in 2011, including tours of the Uptown Theater and dinner at one of Argyle Street’s fabulous restaurants) and Chicago Book Expo. Check our events page often to see what’s coming soon!
Uptown United is a member of the Truman College Community Advisory Council, Organization of The Northeast (ONE), the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee and the 20th Police District Advisory Council.