Music Venues in Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood: Blending Culture and History

By Rachel Ernst and Stephanie Escobar

Chicago is known to be joined by 77 neighborhoods filled with iconic architecture and salient culture. The Uptown neighborhood is located on the city’s north side and consists of rich histories of music and culture.

Uptown is easily accessible by way of the el’s Red Line. Right off the Lawrence stop, commuters can instantly discover the area’s entertainment district by uncovering some of Chicago’s oldest and most influential music venues.

From Blues to Hip-Hop to Rock, Chicago is a place where a variety of music is always present. These influential music venues hold memories of iconic performances, and there are still more to be created.

“The thing about Chicago, Chicago is a city that is made up of neighborhoods, and every little neighborhood has its own identity and every neighborhood is so different than the last. For a lot of these neighborhoods, a part of their identity is these venues that exist there,” said Jordan Kamps, a visiting Music lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago in an interview.

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10 Music Videos Filmed in Chicago

Music Videos often showcase beautiful scenery to enhance a song or to give meaning to a song. Chicago is known for it’s beautiful skyline and some artist have shown appreciation of this beautiful city by showcasing some of it in their music videos. The city has beautiful venues that are showcased in some of the videos. Chicago is the hometown of artist such as Chance the Rapper, Jamila Woods and Kanye West, all who have payed tribute to this city with their music. Other artist such as Bon Jovi, The Fray and more have showed Chicago through their lens. Check out the videos below.

Google Trends: School Shootings and Guns, Gun Control vs. 2nd Amendment

Why are guns searched up more after a school shooting? 

Over this past year we witnessed one of the most horrendous mass shooting taken place at a school. A place were students are deemed safe is gone within seconds. As news strikes the country there seems to be an influx of people searching for guns after one of these events takes place. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, we can see that around February, which is when the Parkland Shooting was, there was a spike in guns (Red) being searched. As well around May, there is another spike for both school shootings (Blue) and guns due to a school shooting in Texas.


Often after one of these attacks takes place there is controversy surrounding guns and gun control in the United States. This quick surge that follows a school shooting can be people wanting to find out what firearm was used in the attack. Often these attacks are carried with military style weapon which to many is an argument of why they should not be sold at all.

In some cases after mass shootings there are spikes of guns being searched or bought due to a fear of tougher laws coming in which could restrict fire arm in the future.

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Quinn: MAP Grants critical for low-income students

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

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