The history of one of Chicago’s most popular nightclubs is back in the spotlight

CHICAGO – On the corner of Belmont Street and Sheffield Avenue in Chicago, what is now the Milio Hair Salon, holds a lot of history.

It was once home to one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago. Havana Madrid was responsible for bringing names like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente to the city. She is best known for revitalizing the Latino community through music and dance.

It was located for a decade in the 1960s at the address of 959 West Belmont. But she was almost forgotten.

In 2017, writer and stage actress Sandra Delgado brought her story to life with a musical called The Club. She spent months doing research and eventually reached out to the family of the club’s original owner, Luis Aluma, including his daughter, Carolina Aluma Gibbs.

“My father was the founder and owner of Havana Madrid,” she said. “He was the second Cuban baseball player to come to the Chicago White Sox from Cuba.”

Their story sheds some light on the influence of Latinos on Lakeview community in the 1960s and beyond.

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