The hotels in North Riverside, Illinois, will give you more than a quieter place to rest your head and body after you spend the day taking in everything there is to do and see in Chicago, just 20 minutes away. The villages they reside in or near offer the same kind of community activity as many local areas in Cook County. Stay in North Riverside hotels and enjoy small theater productions, annual local events and block parties, beautiful park access, and unique shopping. The area also has a bit of history worth knowing.
North Riverside was the home to the Melody Mill Ballroom, a significant dance hall that opened during the Great Depression. After suffering fire damage from suspicious sources in 1930, it reopened on New Year’s Eve 1931 with a big band lead by Jack Russell. In the next decade, more than 3,000 dancers could be found on the floor. It host names like Benny Goodman, Sammy Kaye, and Les Brown. Though attendance dropped to 500 or so in the 50s and up into the 80s, more than 5,000 people showed up for the last New Year’s Eve at the mill in 1983. When it closed it doors in April of ’84, due to the expense of meeting codes, a local legacy went with it. It may be a venue of the past, but it remains a mainstay in the hearts and minds of the North Riverside community.
A Wonderful Addition
Being only moments from the Midway Airport and less than 15 miles from the Windy City, the hotels in North Riverside, Illinois, present an opportunity to add one more memorable destination to your next trip. From the Hampton Inn to the Extended Stay America, you can find just what you need to not only enjoy the big city but also the smaller villages and towns, like North Riverside, that huddle around it. Make the most of your visit to Cook County with a reservation at one today.