Formed in Chicago circa 1996, The Broadways were an integral part of the Chicago punk scene. Comprised of ex-Slapstick members Brendan Kelly and Dan Hanaway, as well as Rob DePaola and Tricky Dick guitarist Chris McCaughan, The Broadways released a total of two albums before disbanding. (Broken Star in 1998, and Broken Van, a compilation of various material in 2000).
After the Broadways split, Kelly and McCaughan would go on to form The Lawrence Arms, and Hanaway and DePaola went on to form The Honor System. The Broadways are considered to be part of the "Slapstick family tree", a list that includes the likes of Tuesday, Baxter, and Tricky Dick.