Posts tagged disco

Dancing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Rush and Chestnut, 1964, Chicago.

via the fantastic blog: taylorandracine.wordpress.com

Dancing at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Rush and Chestnut, 1964, Chicago.

via the fantastic blog: taylorandracine.wordpress.com

Dugan’s Bistro, 420 N Dearborn at Hubbard, opened in 1973, Chicago.

The premier gay (and mixed) club in Chicago, Bistro was disco heaven.

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Light on the South Side, 1975-1977, Michael Abramson

Over 2 years, Michael Abramson documented nightlife at several south side discos and clubs.

The book and accompanying vinyls are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Light-South-Side-Book-Vinyl/dp/B002PJ8AGA

Sad news for those of us of a certain generation: Frankie Knuckles (born, Francis Nicholls), the much beloved Godfather of House Music, passed away yesterday at the age of 59.

Frankie got his Chicago start at a disco at 206 S Jefferson, in the late 1970’s. It was here that he honed his skills, mixing acoustic disco with electronic music. It is often cited that the term “house music” got its name directly from the name of that dance club, The Warehouse.

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Under the sign at the famous Tony’s Cellar, Rush and Delaware, 1962, Chicago

Under the sign at the famous Tony’s Cellar, Rush and Delaware, 1962, Chicago

A night out at the original Exit Lounge, 1653 N Wells, 1985, Chicago.

Open since 1981 and simply known as Exit, Chicago’s oldest punk club closed on Wells in 1992 and reopened at 1315 North Ave in 1995 where it remains open.

Prom at the Playboy Towers disco (the Knickerbocker Hotel), 163 E Walton, 1979, Chicago. Rene Burri

Prom at the Playboy Towers disco (the Knickerbocker Hotel), 163 E Walton, 1979, Chicago. Rene Burri

The Whisky-A-Go-Go, corner of Rush and Chestnut, 1963, Chicago.
Known as America’s first real disco, the Chicago Whisky would spawn a chain of bars, including the famous one in Los Angeles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky_a_Go_Go

The Whisky-A-Go-Go, corner of Rush and Chestnut, 1963, Chicago.

Known as America’s first real disco, the Chicago Whisky would spawn a chain of bars, including the famous one in Los Angeles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky_a_Go_Go

Outside the Aragon, during its brief stint as a disco, renamed the Cheetah, 1967, Chicago.

Outside the Aragon, during its brief stint as a disco, renamed the Cheetah, 1967, Chicago.

Walter and Connie Payton gettin’ down at a Super Bowl Party, 1977.

Walter and Connie Payton gettin’ down at a Super Bowl Party, 1977.

Grooving at a disco on the south side, 1975, Chicago.
From Michael Abramson’s series, Light on the South Side

Grooving at a disco on the south side, 1975, Chicago.

From Michael Abramson’s series, Light on the South Side

Roller boogie fashion at Faces Disco, Rush Street, 1978, Chicago.

Roller boogie fashion at Faces Disco, Rush Street, 1978, Chicago.

Inside Le Bison, a private discotheque built inside a townhouse, 1966, Chicago.
The light installation was innovative and the first of it’s kind, as it was programmed to pulse to the music.

Inside Le Bison, a private discotheque built inside a townhouse, 1966, Chicago.

The light installation was innovative and the first of it’s kind, as it was programmed to pulse to the music.

For a very brief moment in 1967, the Aragon Ballroom was renamed the Cheetah and transformed into a disco. Notice that the sign has been covered.

Glad it stayed the Aragon…

Looking south on Rush from Oak, 1976, Chicago.
Faces was one of the most popular discos in the city.  Bourbon Street is roughly where the Starbucks is now. 

Looking south on Rush from Oak, 1976, Chicago.

Faces was one of the most popular discos in the city.  Bourbon Street is roughly where the Starbucks is now.