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Hi, my mother and gang used to go there
once in awhile. They usually went to the
Argon on the south side. But she did say
that the Trianon was not in a hotel, but
stood by itself.
Ginny
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Today's Topics:

  1. Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s ()
  2. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s (Ruth Rooney)
  3. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s ()
  4. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s ()
  5. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s (Annette)
  6. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s ()
  7. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s (Beth Walsh)
  8. Re: Hotel on Michigan Avenue in the 50s (Mary Mullarkey Wentzell)


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My 85 year old dad asked me to find the name of a hotel where he use to take my mom to dance to Lawrence Welk's Band. He said it was on Michigan Ave. Does anyone know what hotel that would be? I searched on google.com and could only find the Trianon Ballroom in the forties. Was that in a hotel? Thanks for your help!

Alice


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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 19:26:33 -0800 (PST)
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No, The Trianon was THE Ballroom, the Hotel I think your Dad is trying to think of is the Edgewater Beach Hotel.? I'm sure others have ideas.




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My 85 year old dad asked me to find the name of a hotel where he use to take my mom to dance to Lawrence Welk's Band. He said it was on Michigan Ave. Does anyone know what hotel that would be? I searched on google.com and could only find the Trianon Ballroom in the forties. Was that in a hotel? Thanks for your help!

Alice

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Thank you!







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No, The Trianon was THE Ballroom, the Hotel I think your Dad is trying to think
of is the Edgewater Beach Hotel.? I'm sure others have ideas.




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My 85 year old dad asked me to find the name of a hotel where he use to take my
mom to dance to Lawrence Welk's Band. He said it was on Michigan Ave. Does
anyone know what hotel that would be? I searched on google.com and could only
find the Trianon Ballroom in the forties. Was that in a hotel? Thanks for your
help!

Alice

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Alice,

I don't know where Lawrence Welk played, but the hotels along Michigan 
Avenue were:
                    The Pick Congress,  the Blackstone, The Stevens (now the
Hilton).  If  it were in a hotel
                          on Michigan Avenue, my guess would be the Stevens,
one of the largest hotels in  the 
                          world at the time.
Maureen N


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My 85  year old dad asked me to find the name of a hotel where he use to take
my mom  to dance to Lawrence Welk's Band. He said it was on Michigan Ave.
Does anyone  know what hotel that would be? I searched on google.com and could
only find  the Trianon Ballroom in the forties. Was that in a hotel? Thanks for
your  help!


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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 21:52:12 -0600
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a book called That Toddlin' Town By Charles A. Sengstock mentions Lawrence Welk at the Trianon and the North Side Ballroom.  He said LW played at the Trianon so often his band almost became a house band.  The book has some other interesting information on ballrooms in Chicago.



I also saw this on another website, someone recalling childhood memories and mentioning the Aragon (Lawrence Welk), at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway on the north side.


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Thank you Ruth, Maureen and Annette for your suggestions. I'll check with my dad tomorrow to see if the names you've suggested ring a bell.



Alice




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a book called That Toddlin' Town By Charles A. Sengstock mentions Lawrence Welk
at the Trianon and the North Side Ballroom.  He said LW played at the Trianon so
often his band almost became a house band.  The book has some other interesting
information on ballrooms in Chicago.



I also saw this on another website, someone recalling childhood memories and
mentioning the Aragon (Lawrence Welk), at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway on the
north side.


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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 21:40:14 -0800 (PST)
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Alice,

There were so many different places that had dance bands back in the late 30s, 40s and early 50s. The Edgewater Beach was actually on Sheridan Rd. The bands would play in the Marine Dining Room and also on the Beach Walk at the Edgewater. Welk also spent the majority of his time in Chicago at the Trianon ballroom on the north side and then would switch to the Aragon ballroom on the southside.
I have just spent an hour or so looking at old news articles regarding the dance bands and the other entertainment during that time period. Now I want to go and pull out all our old records (yes, vinyl) of Lawrence Welk, Dick Jurgens, etc. That is something that I would have loved to have done, to get all dressed up and go out dancing in the ballrooms and dance clubs of the big band era. My aunt and uncle used to go to the Edgewater Beach Hotel frequently. They owned a beauty salon across the street and did the hair of some of the performers. One of my cousins (obviously much older than me!) was a professional dancer and appeared at many of these venues. To keep it in the theme of Irish in Chicago, my cousin's father's family was from Dublin! Her maiden name was Dunne,  but she had a couple of different stage names.
So thank you Alice for setting me off on this interesting respite! Please let us know what your dad says and if he has any more to add. I for one would love to read about his memories of that time period.
Another list that you could try would be the Chicago Memories list.

Beth


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> Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009, 11:24 PM
> Thank you Ruth, Maureen and Annette for your suggestions.
> I'll check with my dad tomorrow to see if the names
> you've suggested ring a bell.
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>  Alice
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Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 01:12:26 -0600
From: "Mary Mullarkey Wentzell" <>
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Alice, This link gives a detailed timeline of Welk's career. The only hotel
mentioned is The Edgewater - also that he played at the Aragon (1106 W
Lawrence) and Trianon Ballrooms (Cottage Grove & E 62nd).

Snip: The next engagement was the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. The
Edgewater was one of the nation's top hotels, and Lawrence was thrilled to
be there. His fame soon made him a target for song-pluggers, and he was too
kind to turn them down. His charity resulted in a decline in his popularity.
He finally asked a critic in one audience for advice, and discovered that he
was failing to follow a rule he already knew. He wasn't playing enough of
what the audience wanted to hear. He promptly began playing more popular
tones, and invited the critic to lead the band as a token of his gratitude.
The critic went away converted, and the band regained their success playing
favorites. The Edgewater engagement was followed by the Chicago Theater
engagement.

The next engagement, the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was
where Lawrence began to do his own announcements consistently. He was
fortunate to have the good personal and professional advice of Eddie
Weisfeldt, the theater manager, who helped him improve both his speaking and
his clothing. The band continued to enjoy successful runs at many hotels
around the country, and while at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas,
Lawrence became a father again. Larry Welk was born on March 11, 1940, in
the same hospital where Shirley Welk had been born years earlier.

Following the birth of his son Larry, Lawrence finally was able to settle
down for an extended period. The band played at the Trianon Ballroom and the
Aragon Ballroom in Chicago for most of the 1940's. Jayne Walton was the
Champagne Lady at that time.

http://www.bobralston.com/welk_bio.htm

Looks like he also did a 10 stint at the Trianon.

Snip: In 1940, at the height of the big-band era, Welk secured a booking for
his group at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago; it proved such a success that
Welk moved his family to Chicago and wound up with a ten-year residency
there.

http://www.answers.com/topic/lawrence-welk

Your Dad is probably remembering the Edgewater Hotel - maybe he's thinking
that Sheridan Rd was Michigan Ave because it was so close to the lake.

Also, here's a great link with remarks from people who visited and worked at
The Edgewater. There's a lot images on the link - hopefully, the images will
help!

http://www.compassrose.org/uptown/EdgewaterMemories.html


-Mary

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My 85 year old dad asked me to find the name of a hotel where he use to take
my mom to dance to Lawrence Welk's Band. He said it was on Michigan Ave.
Does anyone know what hotel that would be? I searched on google.com and
could only find the Trianon Ballroom in the forties. Was that in a hotel?
Thanks for your help! Alice



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