February 27, 2008
Arcadia Ballroom, 4450 Broadway at Montrose
The Arcadia Ballroom on Broadway at Montrose opened in 1910. During the 1920s, it was one of the most popular dance halls in the city and one of the few establishments were white audiences danced to all-black jazz bands. You can read up on its history at Jazz Age Chicago, which also has an exterior shot of the building.
The Arcadia suffered a bad fire in the 1950s and was demolished.