History in River North

Southern border of the Chicago River between Clark and Lasalle Streets

S.S. Eastland Disaster

The worst disaster in Chicago history, measured by loss of life, claimed 844 victims on July 24, 1915, when the S.S. Eastland capsized in the Chicago River at Southern border of the Chicago River between Clark and Lasalle Streets.  Just 18 minutes after reaching its capacity of 2,752 passengers, the Eastland keeled over and sank to the bottom of the river, which was just 20 feet below.  

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History in River North

11 East Superior Street

Hugh Hefner's First Playboy Office

Hugh Hefner moved out of his apartment in 1954 and created the first Playboy offices in a four-story brownstone at 11 East Superior Street, across the street from Holy Name Cathedral.  The building no longer exists.  Today a massive condominium building, The Fordham, occupies the site.

431 North Rush Street

John Dillinger at Bert Kelly's Stables

John Dillinger liked to catch jazz shows Bert Kelly's Stables, a famous nightclub located at 431 North Rush Street.  (Back then, this area was known as "Towertown.")  Bert Kelly, a banjoist from San Francisco, was an early bandleader in Chicago, and his team of house musicians included trumpeters Freddie Keppard and Joe "King" Oliver, clarinetist Johnny Dodds, and drummer Baby Dodds.  

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54 West Hubbard Street

Old Courthouse

The 1924 Leopold & Loeb murder trial (featuring renowned criminal defense attorney Clarence Darrow) and the 1919 Black Sox trial were two of a great many cases tried in the so-called Old courthouse" at 54 West Hubbard Street.  The building was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 9, 1993.

10 East Ontario Street, 39th Floor

mrskin.com First Launched

Jim McBride launched Mr. Skin, a website dedicated to cataloging on-screen female celebrity nude scenes, in his 39th-floor apartment at this location in August 1999.  His offices are now located in Bucktown.