Oh, how the times have changed! We were tipped off to a really cool 1926 Gangland map of Chicago. And Uptown was noticeably free of gangs. Looks like most them in the vicinity were located west of Ashland, with a couple around Argyle and Marine, and one at Wilson and Broadway (okay, some things haven't changed that much). Uptown was a "Bright Light Area" (i.e., theatre and entertainment district) and also was Chicago's "Hotel Coast" (makes sense... many of our old buildings were hotels in previous lives).
Seems like there was a little gambling problem located around the back of the Uptown Theatre ... and we're not at all sure we want to know why Wells Park was known as "Pussyfoot Park."
The handwritten notations of various areas of the city ("No Man's Land," "Polack Town," "Bum Park," "Death Corner" and the like) are colorful as well as horrifyingly politically incorrect. If you're interested in Chicago history, as we are, this is a fascinating snapshot of 1926 Chicago.