Stealth83 : Which place was that? We saw several mob headstones.
@vegas777 : i am going to ping my ex for the exact name. US Steel bought it as an executive center. We went there one night for dinner and part of it was a tour through the caverns with cells for mobsters.
@Stealth83 : I love that cemetery! It's like a beautiful park set with history. Gene Tierney is there, and Clark Gable's step daughter (that's a whole 'nother, scandalous story). I took a docent led tour thru there a few years back, if they still do it, you get a lot more history that way. "Also buried here are more than 300 veterans of nine wars, from the Black Hawk War of 1832 to Vietnam, including more than 135 Confederate and Union veterans." Edited to correct my mistakes.
1. Butch McGuire's 20 W Division St Chicago, IL 60610
Several gangsters frequented this former speakeasy (known as Kelly's Pleasure Palace) during Prohibition. It's also one of the first to serve Guinness and Harp on tap.
2. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. 2121 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614
The restaurant sits across the street from the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and may have served as a lookout for Al Capone's gunmen.
3. Exchequer Restaurant & Pub 226 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60604
4. Fox's Restaurant & Pub Chicago IL, 60655
The Beverly location of the Fox's chain was owned by Al Capone's sister where she once ran a deli.
5. Green Door Tavern 678 N Orleans St Chicago, IL 60654
Constructed in 1871, the Green Door was one of the first buildings erected after the Great Chicago Fire. A gangster hang out, a green door signified a speakeasy during Prohibition.
6. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge 4802 N Broadway St Chicago, IL 60640
Open late and serving up arguably the city's best martinis all while some of the country's best jazz and blues artists perform, The Green Mill was owned by "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Al Capone's right-hand man and the gangster who put together the St. Valentine's Massacre.
7. Halligan Bar 2274 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park was full of gangster activity as Bugs Moran was in charge of Halligan.
8. Klas Restaurant 5734 W Cermak Rd Cicero, IL 60804
This Czech restaurant opened in 1922 nestled in south suburban Cicero and attracted guests including Al Capone.
9. Mama Luna's Restaurant 5109 W Fullerton Ave Chicago, IL 60639
In 1975, a hitman with gangster ties, Harry "The Hook" Aleman, fatally-shot a bookie inside the restaurant.
10. Renaissance Blackstone 636 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605
The hotel continues to prodigally run its "Good to be a Gangster" special, as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano routinely hung their hats here.
In the art-filled River North neighborhood, this former Prohibition-era hotel is building a sense of community
Walking through the doors of Freehand Chicago feels like stepping into a 1920s speakeasy, but with all the makings of a modern-day millennial hang out. It's no surprise the location once played host to Chicago's Mafia elite in the Prohibition era, when illicit liquor trade fueled secret soirées lasting well through the early morning hours. Thriving on the original foundation as a meeting place for locals, conversation is plentiful at Freehand Chicago, and guests don't feel the need to stick only to their rooms, instead mingling throughout the hotel.
I know this is resurrecting an old thread, but my fav speakeasy (Detroit Speak: blind pig) besides the one I did frequent in Detroit, was the Balinese Room on the pier in Galveston. It was already old when the Rat Pack went there, and was lost during Ike. It was next door to Murdoch's trinket palace (another place I hold dear), but was an amazing space. The cops would attempt a raid, and even if the owner's weren't notified in advance, the pier was so long that by the time the officers got to the back with the illegal trade, all traces of gambling and alcohol were gone. Oh, and another favorite trivia bit of mine, Al Capone tried to move in from Chicago into Detroit. Easy access to Canadian liqour across the Detroit River. The Purple Gang was in control and was so ruthless, they scared him back home. If you've ever listened to Jail House Rock, "the whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang".