Here's a 1936 ticket to the Zeta Chi Sorority roller skating party held at the Arcadia Gardens. The Arcadia was originally built as a ballroom/skating rink around 1910. It was one of Chicago's most popular jazz dance halls.
A few decades later, in the 70s, I frequented a Chicagoland roller rink called The Axle. Does anyone else have fond memories of The Axle? Those Saturday afternoons at the Axle in Niles were bittersweet. The place was regularly packed with suburban tweens. Every hour they'd have a "couples" skate. Which meant, of course, asking a young lady to skate hand-in-hand a few times around the oily rink, while Styx Babe blared from the loudspeakers. More often than not, I'd skate over to a sweet, young princess who would shoot me down like a WWI Fokker pilot over France. But, oh, when she said yes! Sweaty palms. Heart-pounding glory. And maybe, just maybe, a peck on the cheek at the end of the song.
[Photo attribution: ticket image by vintageroadside.com]