Saturday, October 29, 2016

WILLOW SPRINGS ILLINOIS - Fire Destroys Historic Willowbrook Ballroom - The Willowbrook Ballroom is often cited as the last place Resurrection Mary danced before her death

WILLOW SPRINGS, IL — A fire tore through Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs Friday afternoon, reducing the beloved venue to ashes.
Photos from crews on the scene showed flames tearing through the building at 8900 Archer, with black smoke visible for miles.
The fire started on the roof around 2 p.m., WGN reports. Firefighters battled the blaze for hours, and faced issues due to the building's bowstring truss roof—which prevented them from going inside—and poor water supply.

The ballroom opened in 1921.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't smoke cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

Drove by that place many times in the 70's.

Anonymous said...

Greek Lightning ?

Polish Popover?

stash the polski guy said...

attended many polski wedding partys there.

Anonymous said...


Jooish Lightning ?!?

Anonymous said...

Had to be Greek Lightning

Anonymous said...

Torch job?

Anonymous said...

Bourbon Street Ballroom is still available. Actually the CPD no tipping section is affectionately called The Ball Sack Room by the waitresses.

Anonymous said...

A witness against hillary witness was inside.

Anonymous said...

Biggest fire the burb guys have ever seen. Lots of beating off and selfies taken with the fire in the background.
Tshirts being made as we speak.

Anonymous said...

i have photos of the lugen owners pouring gasoline all over the roof friday morning..can i get some insurance to????

Anonymous said...

Another place cpd skipped out on tips

Anonymous said...

Insurance fraud ?

Anonymous said...

Now that's a fire!!!

Anonymous said...

This blaze was no doubt the result of a flicked cigarette butt from a passing vehicle. Retired CPD are notorious for post-coital smokes after engaging in man-sex with Reagan look-a-likes in the forest preserves down Archer way. A terrible thought that an insatiable lust for man goo by one of our own boys in blue destroyed such a great landmark.

-Cliff Woods

Anonymous said...

Faulty wiring?

Anonymous said...

My cigarette is on fire.

Anonymous said...

Resurrection Mary season.

Anonymous said...

Jewish lightening.

Anonymous said...

The Ghost of Mike Corbitt set the fire.....

Anonymous said...

Damn roofers! Torchdown.....it's not if, it's when

Anonymous said...

Very sad. This place was amazing - a throwback to a better day and age.

Anonymous said...

Anyone find a BBQ goat inside?

Anonymous said...

Shame it was a historical place that had been white only for decades, ah for the good old days!

Anonymous said...

Joo Lightning

Anonymous said...

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Mr. SouthSide said...

My senior prom from old St. Rita was held there. I played pinch and tickle with "Double Ds" Donahue in the back seat of my Ford Maverick. Good times.

J. Edgar Hooters said...

This fire could be a major piece of work
This fire could be
... Insurance
...Mob
...Accident
Why, it could be...Greek Light'nin'!
(Greek Light'nin')

Anonymous said...

Shut your mouth like the other 19th ward sheep and vote for Hillary.

Anonymous said...

It was all George Bush's fault. Soon to be Trump's fault.

Anonymous said...

It was all George Bush's fault. Soon to be Trump's fault.

Anonymous said...

Where's Johnny?

Anonymous said...

What a cool old place that was. Took my wife's grandmother there for 93 birthday. Old timers were all dressed up. Big band music. Better time back in those days. Sad that her great grand children will be muslim. Who would of ever thought. White people have had it to good for to long. Soft as baby shit now. Kids we hire at work don't last. Either pop a drug test or are just to big a pussies to do real work.

Anonymous said...

The drunken Pollack roofers torched the place. Too much wodka and slivovic!

Anonymous said...

Yep- went to wedding there and finger blasted a chics piss flaps than pounded on it and went back in to enjoy wedding with my dick pasted to my underpants. Great times

Anonymous said...

Another place vicrimized by mr bourbon street's mom explosive farts and putrid punanny.

Anonymous said...

good memories.big band music,NYE party's. probably won't be rebuilt.
too bad.