I’ve written before about the Uptown Theater and it’s lofty place in music lore here in Chicago. Opened in 1925 the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Paul Whitman, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Benny Goodman to name a few of the previous generations superstars that graced it’s stage. My era brings the likes of Bruce Springsteen: imagine seeing Bruce in a smaller venue…I actually saw him at the Quiet Knight at the beginning of his carer, more on that and many other stories in my book “Doin The Cruise, Memories from a Lifetime in Radio and Rock n Roll Others who hit the Uptown stage include the likes of Foreigner, The Allman Bros., Santana, Supertramp, Rod Stewart, Thin Lizzy, Peter Gabriel, ELO and the list goes on and on. The Uptown closed in 1981. It was such an incredible venue with 4381 seats (bigger by 500 seats than The Auditorium Theater) and just a classic place to see show. In the past few years my old friend and Jam Productions co-founder Jerry Mickelson bought and has been raising money to redo and renew the Uptown. A large project with a need for great passion and finesse and Jerry truly is just the man for the job. He tells me his hope is have it ready in late 2020 or early 2o21. There are many great acts who are already clamoring to be on the list to play the Uptown again! They’re not just restoring the Uptown, they’re bringing back many of it’s precious treasures! I saw this story by Chris Jones in today’s Trib. Here a short taste:
“Hidden away in boxes and barns — or merely hanging in sumptuous plain sight — the gorgeous chandeliers and fixtures of the Uptown Theater have been vacationing these past few years in Barrington Hills. They have been cared for by an eccentric but loving crew of collectors, restorers and guardians, rescued from avaricious thieves and the neglect of a convicted slumlord as if they were evacuees rushed to safety from a war zone. And starting on Tuesday of this week, under the careful watch of most of those who have cared for them for so long they all began their journey back to Uptown, Chicago, home.
All I can say is I can’t wait to go back!!!
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