The Aragon Ballroom

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Chicago IL, United States

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Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, located on West Lawrence Avenue approximately five miles (8 km) north of downtown in the neighborhood known as Uptown, Chicago, was built in 1926. Designed to resemble a Spanish village and named for a province of Spain, the Aragon was extravagantly appointed. The hall was an immediate success, and remained a popular Chicago attraction through the 1940s. The Aragon’s proximity to Chicago’s ‘L’ (elevated railway) helped people flock to the hall, and crowds often exceeded 18,000 guests over the six open nights each week. Powerhouse radio station WGN broadcast an hour-long program from the hall each night to radio audiences throughout the Midwestern United States and Canada.

The Aragon hosted nearly all of the top names of the big band era. Among the best known names were Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Xavier Cugat, Glenn Miller, Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo, Dick Jurgens, Harry James, Kay Kyser, Benny Goodman, Sammy Kaye, Artie Shaw, Eddy Howard, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Wayne King, and many others.

A fire at an adjacent cocktail lounge in 1958 forced the Aragon to close for several months. After the reopening, crowds declined significantly. Regular dancing ended in 1964. A succession of new owners used the Aragon as a roller skating rink, a boxing venue, and a discothèque, among other uses, plus occasional efforts to revive it as a traditional ballroom.

Contact Information

Address
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago IL 60640
United States
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Phone
(773) 561-9500
Web
www.aragon.com/

Past Events

Friday 27 November 2015
Abigail In Concert 2015
King Diamond, ExodusConcert
The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018

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Thursday 15 October 2015
The Neighbourhood
Hunny, Bad SunsConcert
The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018

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Tuesday 13 October 2015
Bring Me the Horizon
IssuesConcert
The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018

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Friday 2 October 2015
10.2 FLUX PAVILION - ARAGON BALLROOM
Flux PavilionConcert
The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018
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Sunday 27 September 2015
Rocky and Tyler Tour
A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Tyler, the Creator, Vince StaplesConcert
The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018

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Saturday 26 September 2015
Breaking BenjaminConcert The Aragon Ballroom
Chicago IL, United States
41.969122 -87.658018

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  • BWalshy

    it only takes about 20 minutes to long to get out of this place because they keep all the extra stairways closed at the end.

    August 2009
  • Luginess

    NEED. TO. GO.

    June 2009
  • TheMonkeyFist

    SO FUCKING EXCITED =D

    June 2008
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