The Chicago Stadium
Location 1800 W. Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612
Opened March 28, 1929
The Chicago Stadium was an indoor sports arena and a theater in Chicago, Illinois. The Stadium hosted the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL from 1929–1994 and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA from 1967–1994.
My memories are going there when I was a kid to see the Shipstads & Johnson ice follies.
In the early 70s the second balcony of the stadium may have the most exciting place to watch a sports event in the city. The area was filled with a totally rabid and raucous fan base for all 'Hawks games. Cigarette smoke and the smell of adult beverages permeated the stadium. Years before the media found the bleachers at Wrigley, the stadium and specifically the second balcony were the hot ticket.
The had some pretty awesome concerts there as well. The one that I will never forget was the The Beachago Tour in June 1975. The Beach Boys along with Chicago played for six nights. I had main floor center, fifteenth row tickets!