Music - Free by Chicago
Photographed in 1985, 1991, 1994 and 2003 using film. I never saw the "whole" Coliseum, just the ruins after it was demolished.
Chicago Coliseum - Opened in 1899 and demolished in 1982. Site is now the Soka Gakkai USA Culture Center.
The Chicago Coliseum was another well used arena that was located at 16th Street and Wabash, just south of the loop. It was located in an area now known as printers row. The Coliseum was built by candy magnate Charles Gunther in 1899. Like it's ugly stepsister the Amphitheater, the Coliseum had its share of conventions and concerts.
The coliseum housed the Chicago Blackhawks from 1926 thru 1929. Disputes with Chicago stadium had the Blackhawks playing at the coliseum for 3 games in 1932. On November 21, the Blackhawks defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, in their final game on Coliseum ice. Canadiens superstar Howie Morenz was the last player to score an NHL goal at the Coliseum, assisted by Aurel Joliat.
The Coliseum was refurbished in 1961. The NBA Chicago Stags used the Coliseum as well as the Amp for their home court during the 1961-1962 NBA season. When the team changed its name the following year, the Coliseum was again a home court for the Zephyrs.
The Coliseum stood for another 19 years after the Zephyrs left. It served as a venue for many major concert acts during the 60's and 70's. It also served as protests for the 1968 democratic national convention. But as newer more modern facilities opened in Chicago, the old Coliseum faded away. It was finally demolished in 1982. Part of the front wall stood thru 1999. Coliseum park now sits a block north of the old Coliseum. The site is a parking lot now, with no marker stating the history of the area.
Location - Wabash Ave. Chicago, Illinois. Between 14th St and 16th St.
Looking up Wabash Ave., towards downtown Chicago and the south Loop. 9/91
The entrance to the old Coliseum. 3/85
How many people passed thru these doors on cold Chicago winter nights? 10/94
The Coliseum site today. 7-03
What is left of the old Chicago coliseum. It was torn down in 1982, and the outer wall was left standing for 22 more years. 3/85