Broadway Armory Key Dates

 

Date
Event
Source
 
 
 
1916-09-23
Permit issued for building as ice skating rink
Economist
1917-03-01
Opens to public as Arena ice skating rink
Chicago Tribune 3-1-1917
1917-05-20
Closes for season
 
1917-10-00
Reopens for season
 
1918-00-00
Ice skating rink closes
 
1919-10-09
Building leased as an Armory
Chicago Tribune
1920-02-07
Governor Frank Lowden dedicates Broadway Armory
Chicago Tribune
1921-05-12
First day of circus sponsored by the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Tennant’s Protective League
Chicago Tribune 5-7-1921
1921-05-14
Last day of circus sponsored by the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Tennant’s Protective League
Chicago Tribune 5-7-1921
1921-12-07
Uptown Chicago Association hold mass meeting
Chicago Tribune 11-30-1921
1922-04-00
Roller skating, 6 day competition
Chicago Tribune
1924-10-31
Circus sponsored by the Ku Klux Klan
Chicago Tribune
1924-11-09
First day of two day Conclave of the Ku Klux Klan
Chicago Tribune
1936-10-00
Frank Keenan, 49th ward alderman holds roller skating rally for Gov. Horner
 
1938-00-00
Lease of Armory to Fred Leiser for use as a roller skating rink renewed
 
1942-00-00
Roller skating rink closed
 
1979-00-00
Park District signs 25 year lease with the National Guard for partial use as a recreational facility
Chicago Park District website, accessed 2-11-24
1985-04-01
Armory opens to the public as a Park District facility
Chicago Park District website, accessed 2-11-24
1995-00-00
Parking lot north of Armory opened
 
1996-00-00
Petitions brought to Gov Edgar’s office in Thompson Center by ECC
 
1996-01-00
Edgewater first learned that National Guard planned to sell building
 
1998-00-00
National Guard sells Armory to City of Chicago
Chicago Park Distict website, accessed 2-21-24
2004-10-30
Barack Obama speaks at rally when he ran for US Senator
 
2008-07-27
Barack Obama speaks at rally when he sought the Democratic nomination for President
 
2023-07-27
Public meeting at Armory to learn of decision to end many Park District programs there to allow building to be shelter for migrants; protests before
 
2023-08-01
First day migrants are sheltered.
Chicago Park District website, accessed 2-11-24
2024-06-08
Opening of Armory for Park District Programs