Uptown Chicago Commission.


Uptown Chicago Commission records




Chicago History Museum


40.0 Linear feet



Historical note

The Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), a representative community organization, was founded in Chicago in 1955 to serve as a forum for communication and a catalyst for neighborhood action for Uptown residents, civic and community organizations, institutions and businesses. Formation of the commission began when Robert C. Lewis of the Bank of Chicago convened a meeting to establish an organization and apply for a charter. Robert J. O’Rourke, who later became president of the commission, alderman of the 48th ward and state’s attorney, took the responsibility of ensuring a charter was properly drawn up. The UCC thus became a functioning legal entity for the area from Irving Park to Bryn Mawr and the Lake to Clark Street, and it’s first permanent office was established in February of 1956.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memos, reports, minutes, financial records, press releases, and topical files of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), a representative community organization, founded in 1955, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago (Ill.) to serve as a forum for communication and as a catalyst for action for Uptown residents, community organizations, institutions, and businesses. Also present in the collection are reports, proposals, and memoranda from the local Model Cities Program, a cooperative program of federal, state, and local government that assisted neighborhood planning to organize block clubs, foster economic development plans, and promote projects to improve housing, education, transportation, and health and medical facilities in the community. Topics include the creation and maintenance of the UCC, its major projects relating to housing, zoning; the UCC's relations with other community organizations; and UCC's role in the administration of Model Cities projects in the Uptown area.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 June 6 by Andrew Steadham.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Visual Materials of the Uptown Chicago Commission, Uptown Chicago Commission Photographs of Buildings.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this collection is restricted; please contact the holding institution for details.