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The Metropole Hotel
Al Capone and crew occupy it 1925-1928

The Metropole Hotel once a Capone hangout is shown here still standing in 1975.
Like many other Capone related buildings it will become derelict and eventually torn down.
What a waste of beautiful architecture.



The hotel was built in 1891. It was designed by Clinton Warren as was The Lexington Hotel. While Al Capone was staying at The Metropole, he went under the alias of Mr. Ross.



Al Capone and his gang had occupied the Metropole Hotel before moving into the Lexington in 1928.
(Joe Walters)




Early view of the Metropole
(Mario Gomes collection)




Metropole Hotel Marble floor tile.  
(Mario Gomes collection)







Metropole Hotel plate Chicago circa 1926
(Mario Gomes collection)






Another view of the Metropole Hotel
(Joe Walters)





The Lexington and Metropole Hotels were shortly remembered.

In February of 2010, a commemorative pylon erected by the City of Chicago was put up for a short time in front of where the Lexington once stood with mention of The Metropole Hotel.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)





Text mentioning Al Capone.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)





Joe Walters and I acknowledged at bottom of sign for contributing to the project.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)



Why a short time?
Of course, as always with the near mention of Al Capone's name, the dictator supposedly representing the city's Italian community made a big brouhaha about this sign on the news, and it was soon taken down thereafter. The sign had merely stated a small mention that Al Capone was one of the many who had once resided at these two exquisitely built Chicago architectural masterpieces. So much for preserving history when you can cherrypick all the nice stuff that happened and erase all the bad. One wonders if the guy would have been so pumped to have it taken down if Capone was Irish? I think not!

The empty sign today
(Photo courtesy of Mario Gomes)


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The Lexington Hotel