Luis Levrato

Heavy Snowfall Damages Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom

Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, the historic music venue and go-to spot for many an EDM event has suffered significant structural damage following the city’s recent 18″ snowfall.

On Tuesday at 8 AM, a stretch of wall collapsed after the Chicago Fire Department doused the roof in order to dislodge at least a foot of heavy snow and debris. “When you get a foot of heavy snow, you start to get roof failures,” CFD spokesman Larry Langford explained. “We haven’t had too many so far, but that’s what happens when 12, 14 inches of snow sit for a while on a roof that’s already old and may be compromised.”

Chicago’s Department of Buildings reportedly missed the theater’s inspection in July because the venue was shut down due to the COVID-19. Thankfully, much of the 94-year-old building remains in sound condition and the structure appears sturdy. Prior to its pandemic-related hiatus the Aragon hosted shows for the likes of Subtronics, Jauz and Habstrakt, Galantis, Steve Aoki and more.

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