I saw Roy rogers and Dale Evans at one of the stock shows / rodeos. they were pretty old by this time and I was very disappointed because they entered the arena in a jeep instead of on horses. I'm sure Trigger was already gone by this time. I think it was about 1967.
> In addition to all the things previously
> mentioned, YES, there were indoor drag races
> there. Believe it was twice, was in 1963, and Yes,
> I raced there. Was like racing on ice, and the
> ventilation was poor,lots of carbon monoxide. But
> what the heck, it was winter, and some drag racing
> was better than none.Believe that was the only
> year for that. A fun experience for sure!
Fun, yes. Slippery, most assuredly. Check out these pics:
> glassgypsy Wrote:
> > In addition to all the things previously
> > mentioned, YES, there were indoor drag races
> > there. Believe it was twice, was in 1963, and
> > I raced there. Was like racing on ice, and the
> > ventilation was poor,lots of carbon monoxide.
> > what the heck, it was winter, and some drag
> > was better than none.Believe that was the only
> > year for that. A fun experience for sure!
> Fun, yes. Slippery, most assuredly. Check out
> these pics:
> See anyone you know? I love the shot taken behind
> the building with the cars lined up for entry.
> Also love the '62 Pontiac, one of the prettiest
> cars ever to come out of Detroit.
What an insane idea, I love it! Looks like that Plymouth got sideways trying to make it through the doorway...was that the finish line? That '32 gasser is pretty cool, too. Great find!
I grew up a couple of blocks east of the "Amp" and have quite a few stories about it. My favorite memories were of a lot of concerts for free there. We'd either sneak in through a 2nd story window when the Stock Yards Inn was still there or have a "friendly" Andy Frain pop the door for us. Saw the Stones, Zepplin, Sabbath, Yes, REO, Foghat, just to name a few.
The smell was mostly gone by 1978 when the last of the meat packers were gone. There were a couple of packing houses left until a few years ago. AMPAC processed pork on Pershing near Canal St. Chiapetti's might still be there processing lamb on Pershing and Emerald. I know they were just recently sold.
I was there for Elvis in about 1958 or 59 and the auto show every year before McCormick Place. I saw the indoor drag races in the early 1960s and custom car shows. I remember it took about 1/2 hour to get used to the smell of the stock yards.
Just some memories;
Yes I visited the amphitheater many times..concerts, (sneaking-in was easy with a white hat and shirt like the vendors!), and of course the Stockyard Inn way. That took some nerve. Just dress well, and act like a rich kid.
Car shows, boat shows, sports shows. Wrestling...Little thought was given to political correctness, or air pollution. Midgets thrown from the ring was a common activity at the wrestling matches, Pabst Blue Ribbon was served in a bottle with a cup on top. The broken remains were swept-up later.
I honestly miss the fun. Sure people got drunk, hurt, smoked various things, drove loud fast, smoking cars. Beats the hell out of looking under my bed at night for carcinogenic monsters and expecting to live forever as is now preached.
My screen name is not real, anyone who remembers the name will smile. I contributed to the real Chicken Mans gin fund many times on the Halsted street bus.
Back in the 60''s I landed a small aircraft, Cessna 150, in the back parking lot of the Amphitheatre. It was for display during a sportsman's show of some kind. I also took off in it about 8 or 10 days later.
The circus always played there. Had season tickets to the Chicago Cougars of the NHA. Saw Bobby Hull skate there. Also saw Gordie Howe with his sons skate there. The Cougars played the Hartford Whalers -- the Whalers are now the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL. Go Skinner!!
We went to Roller Derby a few times there with my family. I also saw David Bowie around 1976. I bought a pair of Frye boots in a store they had either in the place or right next door. Wish I still had those boots today I could probably sell them on ebay for a lot of money.
The "Amp" was a big part of our young lives. We saw rodeos, circuses, auto shows, but our favorite were the Drill Shows which were Daring Feats by Chicago Firemen going up ladders that seemed to go into the sky and lots of other exciting stuff. There were always real cowboys at the Amp too.
Circa 1971 I went to the Ampitheater on an altar boy outing to see the livestock show/rodeo. I remember that it was sponsored by Jewel and a Jewel eighteen wheeler pulled into the arena with an open trailer in tow featuring "The Jewel Country Singers" (whatever happened to them?). Mayor Daley and a bunch of old cigar chompers were there to annoy everyone with some pointless blather and the headline feature was the guy who played Festus on "Gunsmoke" doing a stand up routine in character. I don't think he got more than a chuckle or two for the half hour he was up there.
Later in the seventies I saw Alice Cooper there (the "Detox Tour") and Alvin Lee ("Ten Years Later").
Now that you mention it I do remember seeing the Daleys there an awful lot. It was no big deal back then. My mother and father had their wedding reception dinner at The Stockyard Inn. It was a WW2 wedding, they were small. I bought boots from that western shop that was right inside the Amp. Was the name Morris's. I can't remember for sure. It was in the seventies or eighties probably during the Urban Cowboy craze. Oddly enough we didn't live near the Amp at all. We lived in Washington Heights but my mom took advantage of every entertainment the city offered.