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Gangster Sites part 2



1310 West 51st St. former saloon where DeLaurentis and Tuccello were abducted by the Saltis- McErlane gang.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).






Hawthorne Hotel / restaurant next to Anton's Hotel  / restaurant right after Hymie Weiss' 1926 eight car caravan machinegun blast into the Hawthorne.
Capone escapes unhurt while hiding in the Hawthorne restaurant. The Hawthorne is renamed several times and ends up as the Towne Hotel / restaurant in the hands of Caponeite Joey "Doves" Aiuppa. The Towne burns down on February 17,1970.  
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer)




In this photo, Capone's old headquarters, the once Hawthorne Hotel is now a parking lot next to the once still standing and re-christened Alton (Anton) hotel and restaurant. This was taken in the mid 80's and sadly, as of this writing, the Alton is also gone.
(Photo courtesy of Bill Helmer)




205 North Kolmar.  It is here that Joe Aiello exited just before being mowed down by more than 50 machine gun bullets.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).





A fully renovated 205 Klomar today.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)






Close up of the entrance. Notice the smoothed over bricks to the left window where it was pock marked by .45 caliber rounds.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)






Empty lot where one of the buildings where Capone machine gun nests once stood to get Aiello.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)






4946  West Washington Boulevard. William H. McSwiggin's home and where his wake was held.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).





7316 S Merrill Ben Newark murder site 1928.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).






Marquette park near 71 st - California. A car with "Dynamite Joe Brooks and Ed Harmenings bodies found
here.December 22,1925 Saltis - McErlane gangs suspected.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).




The old McCormick hotel (now a Lenox suites hotel).This is the site where Jack Mcgurn was attacked by machineguns wielded by the Northsiders (Frank and Pete Gusenberg, Al Kachellek and Frankie Foster).
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).




Another view of hotel.




Site where Charles O'Donnell was fatally machinegunned allegedly by Georges Downes and Walter Zwolinski of the McGeohegan gang.O'Donnell (younger brother of Spike) was shot in the courtyard and took almost a month to die from gangrene, March of 1932.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).





6500 S. May 1943 Danny Stanton murder site at the once 6500 Club. Sam "Golf Bag" Hunt suspected as one of the triggermen.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).




Spike O' Donnell's home once machinegunned by the Danny McGeoghegan gang.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).







8253 S. Laflin
Walter O'Donnell's wake held here in 1925.
Charles O'Donnell's wake held here in 1932.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).




Joe Aiello's last residence at 2553 West Lunt.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).




Angelo LaMantio's gun nest (2ndFloor) across the street from Tony Lombardo's home.
4441 West Washington Blvd.
(Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).



One of Angelo La Mantio's hideouts raided by police at the time of his plot to kill Capone and Lombardo in 1927.37 sticks of dynamite was found here.
7002 N.Western.
 (Photo courtesy of Larry Raeder).





Gangster John "Dingbat" O'Berta's flower shop at 1725 W. 47th street circa 1920's
(Joe Walters)






1725 W. 47th today. Flower shop entrance was at the corner via black door. It is now a Mexican restaurant
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)




John "Dingbat" O'Berta
(Joe Walters)





This used to be the door entrance of O'Berta's tenant, who was a physician and surgeon.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)







Entrance to John Genero's former and deadly speakeasy at 2900 South Wells.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)







Five gangsters lost their lives in and around this building. James Vinci and " Machine gun Joe"Joseph Granata shot it out here on July 18,1925, over Granata's forfeiture of  bail bonds and property.
On April 20,1930,  Capone affiliated gangsters Walter L. Wakefield, Frank Delre, and Joe Special, (a cousin of Phil Special whom Specialville was named after) were shot and killed in this same speakeasy over a union fight by rival gangsters.
(Photo courtesy of Joe Walters)







8129 Phillips. It was at this location that Frank McErlane pulled over and shot his common law wife Elfreida Rigus, also known as Marion Miller.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Randy Miller)





7753 S. Bennett. Frank McErlane's home.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Randy Miller)




5941 Artesian. This is the house where Mike Genna jumped through the basement window after the gunfight with police at 59th and Western.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Randy Miller)






Two views of where a young Dean O'Banion got his start as a waiter. McGovern's Liberty Inn situated at 661North Clark street circa 1940's and later in 1995.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Bill Helmer)









LaSalle - Wacker building ( in center) where Frank Nitti was shot on Dec. 20,1932.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Kennedy)







Jake Lingle's place of work. The Chicago Tribune building. Jake rarely made an appearance here and mostly called in his stories to the trib.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Kennedy)





Subway entrance behind tree at SW corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph. This is where Tribune reporter Jake Lingle entered before being shot near the East side exit.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Kennedy)


Gangster Tours

http://www.oprfgangstertour.com/
From Chicago's Prohibition era to Chicago's later mobsters, be sure to contact John Binder at wsidejack@yahoo.com
He can take even take you on a custom tour not normally shown by others. For the beginner or the real serious gangster buff.


http://www.gangstertour.com
Untouchable tours run by Craig Alton. Tongue and cheek basic tour.



http://www.tommygunsgarage.com/
No tour but a Dinner Show featuring gangsters and flappers.



http://www.weirdchicago.com/
If ghosts and the paranormal are your thing.


First Posted April 2005