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Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died


June 9-October 8, 2017

It started as an off-beat baseball promotion called “Teen Night” designed to sell tickets at Comiskey Park and gain listeners for a fledgling FM radio station—until it devolved into one of the most infamous events in Chicago’s rich baseball history.  Disco Demolition Night exploded on July 12, 1979 in the middle of a White Sox doubleheader and it remains one of the city’s most controversial sports history moments. Inspired by the book by Steve Dahl with journalist Dave Hoekstra and photographer Paul Natkin, the exhibit uses video footage, artifacts, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs by Natkin to examine the culture, the music, and the conflict that came to a head on a warm summer night when the wheels came off a promotion—and disco met its demise.  Media sponsor: WLUP-FM 97.9


  • Rare artifacts including a letter of apology from White Sox owner Bill Veeck to a disappointed baseball fan;
  • Video clips from a documentary on Disco Demolition;
  • Personal items from Dahl including Insane Coho Lips fan club membership and other memorabilia; Teenage Radiation records, Loop promotional items and more;
  • An interactive quiz on disco vs. rock music;
  • A one-of-a-kind Hamer guitar on loan from Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist and songwriter Rick Nielsen and a Hamer-designed Disco Demolition guitar on loan from Dahl;
  • Vignettes featuring the music and culture of the 70s;
  • The game jersey worn by White Sox catcher Mike Colbern on Disco Demolition Night;
  • A play-by-play timeline of the July 12th events.
Location: Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
Hours: Sun., Tues.–Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: FREE
More info:  630-833-1457


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