The Aragon Ballroom was built in 1926 and is located 5 miles from downtown Chicago. Designed in Moorish style, it said that the interior resembles a Spanish village. It got its name from an autonomous region in Spain.
In its heyday, it became very popular until the 1940s. It hosted many of the big names of the big band era. They say Al Capone used to hang out in a nearby bar which tunnel led to the Aragon’s basement. In 1958, a fire in a nearby cocktail lounge forced the ballroom to close for a few months but never regained its popularity after that. By then ballroom dancing was in decline. It has changed hands through the years and now mainly is the venue for English, Spanish and Vietnamese language shows.
365 Project: Day 190