History in Lakeview
Alumni

4015 North Ashland Avenue

Lake View High School

Lake View High School opened its doors on May 4, 1874 at 4015 North Ashland Avenue.  Home of the Wildcats, it is the oldest operating public secondary school in the State of Illinois.  

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History in Lakeview
Clubs and theaters

Northwest corner of Clark Street and Diversey Parkw

The Rendez-vous Cafe

The Rendez-vous Cafe was located at the northwest corner of Clark and Diversey in the street-front space presently leased by Jamba Juice.  In the 1920's, the cafe was the scene of some outstanding early jazz.  Bix Beiderbecke lived upstairs and frequently played the club, and Louis Armstrong recorded some records in a back room lined with burlap bags.  

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History in Lakeview
Mobsters

424 West Diversey Parkway

Vincent “The Schemer” Drucci

Vincent “The Schemer” Drucci (born Lorveco di Ambrosia) was a member of the North Side Gang, rivals to Al Capone’s south side “Outfit.”  Drucci was involved in several efforts to kill both Johnny “The Fox” Torrio and Al Capone, was reputed to be one of the “drive-by shooters” in the death of mobster Angelo Genna, and was one of the two assailants who killed Samuzzo Amatuna in his barber’s chair. 

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