In almost a century at Lawrence and Winthrop, the Aragon Ballroom has hosted everyone from Benny Goodman and Bob Dylan to Barack Obama and Al Capone.
It’s survived changes in tastes from big band to disco and on through generations of rowdy rock shows that spawned the Aragon “Brawlroom” moniker, all while catering to fans of bingo and boxing.
It’s been shuttered by fire, flood and pandemic, and now the storied Uptown venue’s considerable lifespan is being put to the test by snow.
A buildup of thick, heavy snow caused a partial collapse of the Aragon’s west wall Tuesday, sending bricks tumbling into an alley and disrupting CTA service nearby.
A stretch of the wall came down shortly before 8 a.m., but the 94-year-old’s structure and roof still appear to be sturdy, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
— to chicago.suntimes.com