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To All Friends of the Uptown:

For the 16 years that I’ve lived in Uptown, I’ve been taken with the Uptown Theatre. I know I’m not alone when I say that I sense how undeniably special this building is. It holds a singular place in the history of Chicago entertainment, and exemplifies architecture we may never see again.

I believe that next chapter of the story of this great theater will be written very soon, and there has never been a better time for this project to move forward. With support from Mayor Emanuel, this venue will be the centerpiece of the revitalized Uptown Entertainment District.

This building embodies the spirit of Uptown, full of rich history and a future bright with possibility. I’m honored to have the opportunity to be part of the future of the Uptown Theatre.

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[Ald. James Cappleman, 46th Ward]


Friends of the Uptown, which has represented longtime volunteers since 1998, is a volunteer advocacy organization dedicated to the renovation and reuse of the theatre.

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Joseph R. DuciBella, ASID, of Chicago
1945 -- 2007
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