Al Capone--Office At Hawthorne Hotel
Al Capone was one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history. He and his henchmen made their money primarily by bootlegging and operating casinos and speakeasies in the "roaring twenties." He was on Chicago's first "most wanted" list, and he became the face of 1920s American gangster violence. Capone made the suburban Hawthorne Hotel at this location one of his many business headquarters. On September 20, 1926, a rival group of gangsters (including Vincent Drupi, Bugs Moran, and Hymie Weiss) attempted to kill Capone while he was eating lunch right here at the hotel (which is now the parking lot for a bank). In the middle of his afternoon meal, the sound of machine gun fire flooded the restaurant, and Capone hit the deck. Once the noise abated, Capone got up and walked to the front door in an effort to get a glimpse of his assailants. At that moment, his bodyguard noticed that there was no damage and that the shots had been blanks designed to draw Capone into the open. Again, Capone hit the deck just in the nick of time. A fresh wave of machine gun fire promptly ensued, this time with more than 1,000 live rounds fired into the hotel. Somehow, Capone survived the assault.