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Aragon Ballroom

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12x12 Original art, on a 20" square frame and matted, now available!

High resolution Print* of the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown, Chicago. Construction was completed in 1926. The Aragon was designed in the Moorish architectural style, with the interior resembling a Spanish village. Named for an autonomous community of Spain, the Aragon was an immediate success and remained a popular Chicago attraction throughout the 1940s. The ceiling looked like the sky, the clouds moved across the stars.

According to legend, the secret tunnels under the nearby Green Mill bar, a Prohibition-era hangout of Al Capone, lead to the Aragon's basement.

A fire at an adjacent cocktail lounge in 1958 forced the Aragon to close for several months. After the reopening, crowds declined significantly, to the point that 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. There were also occasional efforts to revive it as a traditional ballroom.

The Aragon hosted nearly all of the top names of the big band era. During the 1970s, the Aragon was home to so-called "monster rock" shows; which were marathons of rock and roll acts often lasting six hours or more. The shows gained a reputation for attracting a tough crowd, leading to the nickname, "the Aragon Brawlroom."

In 1973, Latin promoters Willy Miranda and Jose Palomar, who had promoted Hispanic dances and concerts in Chicago for years, became owners of the Aragon. They soon teamed up with rock promoters Arny Granat and Jerry Mickelson, who used the hall for their rock concerts.

In the late 1990s, the Aragon was bought by Luis Rossi, Ivan Fernandez, and Mercedes Fernandez. In September 2014, Mercedes Fernandez sold all of her interests in the Aragon.

Today, under the name Aragon Entertainment Center, the hall hosts a variety of Spanish language and Vietnamese language shows as well as English language rock concerts. The occasional boxing events are also still held there.

In 2015, the theatre was used in the filming of Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, doubling as the theatre where Thomas and Martha Wayne get shot. The sign for the venue and the marquee was temporarily reconstructed, and taken off once the filming had been completed.

This is a print of my original drawing done with Japanese ink Super Fine Fountain Pen.
Printed on: White Canon Ink Jet Fine Art Paper "Museum Etching" (350 g).
Printer: Canon Pro 9000 Mark II.

You can mat and frame it or just directly pop it into a 5" x 5" frame.
It is also available at 8" x 8".

The print will be signed by the artist and a Certificate of Authenticity will be included!

*Please note that you are purchasing the print only.

The print is signed and dated. It will be shipped to you in a protective paper envelope, between two rigid pieces of cardboards to protect from bending.

- I will ship most orders within 3 business days after payment is received.
- Payments received Friday/Saturday/Sunday will ship the following Monday.
12x12 Original art, on a 20" square frame and matted, now available!

High resolution Print* of the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown, Chicago. Construction was completed in 1926. The Aragon was designed in the Moorish architectural style, with the interior resembling a Spanish village. Named for an autonomous community of Spain, the Aragon was an immediate success and remained a popular Chicago attraction throughout the 1940s. The ceiling looked like the sky, the clouds moved across the stars.

According to legend, the secret tunnels under the nearby Green Mill bar, a Prohibition-era hangout of Al Capone, lead to the Aragon's basement.

A fire at an adjacent cocktail lounge in 1958 forced the Aragon to close for several months. After the reopening, crowds declined significantly, to the point that 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. There were also occasional efforts to revive it as a traditional ballroom.

The Aragon hosted nearly all of the top names of the big band era. During the 1970s, the Aragon was home to so-called "monster rock" shows; which were marathons of rock and roll acts often lasting six hours or more. The shows gained a reputation for attracting a tough crowd, leading to the nickname, "the Aragon Brawlroom."

In 1973, Latin promoters Willy Miranda and Jose Palomar, who had promoted Hispanic dances and concerts in Chicago for years, became owners of the Aragon. They soon teamed up with rock promoters Arny Granat and Jerry Mickelson, who used the hall for their rock concerts.

In the late 1990s, the Aragon was bought by Luis Rossi, Ivan Fernandez, and Mercedes Fernandez. In September 2014, Mercedes Fernandez sold all of her interests in the Aragon.

Today, under the name Aragon Entertainment Center, the hall hosts a variety of Spanish language and Vietnamese language shows as well as English language rock concerts. The occasional boxing events are also still held there.

In 2015, the theatre was used in the filming of Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, doubling as the theatre where Thomas and Martha Wayne get shot. The sign for the venue and the marquee was temporarily reconstructed, and taken off once the filming had been completed.

This is a print of my original drawing done with Japanese ink Super Fine Fountain Pen.
Printed on: White Canon Ink Jet Fine Art Paper "Museum Etching" (350 g).
Printer: Canon Pro 9000 Mark II.

You can mat and frame it or just directly pop it into a 5" x 5" frame.
It is also available at 8" x 8".

The print will be signed by the artist and a Certificate of Authenticity will be included!

*Please note that you are purchasing the print only.

The print is signed and dated. It will be shipped to you in a protective paper envelope, between two rigid pieces of cardboards to protect from bending.

- I will ship most orders within 3 business days after payment is received.
- Payments received Friday/Saturday/Sunday will ship the following Monday.

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