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Chicago Lawn is emblematic of the changes that many Chicago communities underwent during the last century. A melting pot for immigrants both historically and during the present, this Southwest Side neighborhood is often referred to by the name of the large park in the community’s center, Marquette Park. Apartments for rent in Chicago Lawn can be found in studio apartments, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom configurations.
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Thomas “Terrible Tommy” O’Connor was a legendary Chicago criminal who was sentenced to hang for gunning down Detective Sergeant Patrick J. O’Neill. O’Connor was wanted on other charges, and on March 23, 1921, the police had him surrounded inside a house owned by his brother-in-law, William Foley, at 6415 South Washtenaw Avenue. O’Connor burst through the back door and fired at Detective O’Neill, who collapsed on the ground and died at a hospital a short time later. O’Connor managed to escape, but authorities apprehended him later. On December 21, 1921, four days before his scheduled rendez-vous with the gallows, he and three other prisoners overpowered their guards and escaped from the Cook County Jail on Hubbard Street. O’Connor was never found.
Source: "Capone: The Man And The Era" by Laurence Bergreen.