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Al Capone’s Cicero “Playhouse”

One of two new clips uploaded by on Aug 30, 2011

In 1924 elections in Chicago ushered in a new mayor not friendly towards Johnny Torrio’s south side mob. So he dispatched his top gun Al Capone to take over the bordering town of Cicero. He established his headquarters at the Hawthorne Hotelbut needed a place where he could get away from business and his family. So this unassuming apartment building became his playhouse. Back in the day it had a steel door a couple of escape tunnels and around the clock guards.

This clip is part of the series “The Outfit Now & Then” produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView’s YouTube station. We show a mixture of crime scenes and homes associated with different Chicago mobsters and tell a little history with each clip. On our blog we have started posting a history of this organization that for many years had an incredible amount of influence and power over the second largest city in the country. While this may have been true for most of the big cities the level of influence in Chicago and many nearby suburbs was much stronger. In the HBO series Boardwalk Empire they have a storyline that is based the Chicago outfit and it’s where we start our series.

Follow this link to our blog then link up to different videos from there.
https://mindsimedia.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-outfit-a-look-at-big-jim-scar…

In researching our information we have come across some great sources. MyAlCaponeMuseum is a one for Chicago underworld history they provide a wealth of information and have a lot of photos posted.
http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm Another great resource is The Outlaw Journals:
http://www.babyfacenelsonjournal.com/index.html

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