The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious victory. For this week, we'll introduce two matchups per day, and on Friday, the results from the tournament bracket will be revealed. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Uptown is one of the quintessential Chicago neighborhoods. The area has a long history of being a destination for live music and nightlife. The neighborhood has also been a strong Curbed Cup contender since the competition began six years ago. Uptown took home the first two wins and then made it to the third round of voting last year. It's a neighborhood with a lot of action and an active online presence. The area is currently witnessing a flood of investment, with many of its aging apartment complexes and office buildings being redeveloped. Uptown may even get its own landmark district, which could finally see that the neighborhood's iconic Uptown Theater finally get the renovation it so badly needs.
Lincoln Park is another one of those neighborhoods that many outsiders think of when they think about Chicago. It's home to DePaul University, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and of course, Lincoln Park itself. The neighborhood is well known in Chicago for its very pricey homes, but it's also an area that was once an industrial center. This is likely to change in the coming years as much of the Planned Manufacturing District along the Chicago River's North Branch has been scooped up by developers who are likely to build new office space. There has been a lot of discussion as to what should replace these old industrial sites, and that discussion is likely to continue well into 2016.