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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (3) Uptown vs. (11) Bronzeville

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A far north heavyweight takes on a South Side gem in the next round of voting

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In the first round of Curbed Cup voting, Uptown easily defeated the South Loop to cruise into the second round. However, they’re going to face perhaps a bigger challenge in Bronzeville. Like many neighborhoods throughout the North Side, Uptown has seen a slew of new proposals and redevelopment projects, including the reopening of art deco-era Lawrence House as a new apartment complex, the opening of the Argyle shared street, and the pending redevelopment of the old Cuneo Memorial Hospital/Maryville Academy campus, and the renovation of the Wilson Red Line station.

Uptown has been a formidable challenger since the beginning of the Curbed Cup challenge way back in 2010, but will they have what it takes to make it to the semifinals?


One of the crown jewels of Chicago’s South Side, Bronzeville has a vast inventory of historic greystone and brownstone buildings along its boulevards. It’s an area that is easily accessible for first-time homebuyers or folks looking to get a bigger place on a tight budget. It doesn’t mean that these old homes are just your run of the mill two-flats, many of them could be considered architecturally significant. But in addition to the level of individual investment in the neighborhood, there have been some bigger projects that may inject some new life into the area. The old Julius Rosenwald Apartments built in 1929 are currently being renovated into 239 fresh new residential units while a brand new suspension bridge connecting the neighborhood to the lakefront has opened.

But now, the decision is in your hands: Which area should advance? Cast your vote below, and may the best neighborhood win.