Kelly's Stables (Chicago)

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Bert Kelly's Stables was an influential American jazz venue in Chicago that flourished in the late 1910s. It was founded in 1915 by jazz pioneer Bert Kelly.


Kelly's Stables was a small, first-floor (second story) night spot located at 431 Rush Street, in Tower Town.[1] It operated throughout U.S. prohibition until authorities closed it on April 5, 1930. Legendary jazz musicians performed at the club, including Johnny Dodds, who led a small house band from 1924 to 1930.[2] Success of the Chicago venue led to the opening of a Kelly's Stables in New York.


  1. ^ "Bert Kelly’s Stables" The University of Chicago Library. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ Jazz, A–Z, by Peter Clayton and Peter Gammond, Guinness Superlatives (1986) OCLC 15353474