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This being the 5000th post for Calumet 412, and as I have done for every 1000th post over the last 3 years, I will dedicate this entry to the Everleigh sisters, the patron saints and inspiration for my site.

Calumet 412 was the phone number for the famous sporting club (aka, brothel) The Everleigh Club at 2131-33 S Dearborn Street in the First Ward’s Levee District from 1900 to 1914. Known world-wide as a civilized and elegant place of “respite.”

Read here a chapter on the famous phone number from Charles Washburn’s 1934 biography of Ada and Minna Everleigh, Come Into My Parlor.

The full book is available here: https://archive.org/stream/comeintomyparlor00wash#page/n3/mode/2up

Thank you for your continued support!

Cranky Ann, The Street Walker; A Story of Chicago in Chunks, 1878, Chicago. Shang Andrews

Among the gems found in this novel of Chicago crime and vice:

' “My God!” exclaimed Mr. Baldwin, “is it possible that such a black spot (brothel) can be found in the very heart of the great city of Chicago - a christian city, too!” '

' “Woman, Mr. Baldwin, can descend to far lower depths or infamy than man! The very worst devils in the world are she-devils, and if there is a hell, as true as I stand here I believe it is governed by a woman!” ‘

via Newberry Digital Archives

Chicago, Satan’s Sanctum, 1899, L.O. Curon
Read the book here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/42830/42830-h/42830-h.htm
Skip to chapter III to learn of the city’s “sporty” women.

Chicago, Satan’s Sanctum, 1899, L.O. Curon

Read the book here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/42830/42830-h/42830-h.htm

Skip to chapter III to learn of the city’s “sporty” women.

This, being Calumet 412’s 4000th post (!) and as I have done for each 1000th, features the site’s patron saints, the ladies of The Everleigh Club, Chicago’s (if not the world’s) most famous brothel at 2131-2133 S Dearborn.

At the turn of the century, Chicago’s Levee District and First Ward was a place to which even today’s Las Vegas will never compare.

The Everleigh Club’s “butterflies” (as named by the Scarlet Sister proprietors, Ada and Minna) had names such as Brick Top and Doll.

Perhaps the most famous of them all was an asian courtesan named Suzy Poon Tang. This, being her actual last name, would become a vulgar vernacular for, well, you know…

Visitors to the club would often say they were going “to get Everleighed,” which eventually was shortened to ”get laid.” Who knew!?

Finally, as mentioned in previous posts, I must credit Karen Abbott’s Sin in the Second City (published 2007) as one of the books which inspired me to start my journey in learning more about our incredible city, and from where most information about the Everleighs has come. Visit: www.sininthesecondcity.com

Many thanks to everyone who visits the site!

1)A depiction of the Levee District in 1910 by the famous Chicago political cartoonist, John McCutcheon.

2) A Levee District “butterfly.”

3) Street-walkers in the Levee approaching a missionary, stationed on the street to preach to the sinners.

It’s that time again! This is the 3,000th post for Calumet 412 and in recognition, a picture of the site’s patron saints’ Everleigh Club at 2131-2133 S Dearborn, slated for demolition in 1933.
The former site of the infamous brothel is now home to the Hilliard Tower Apartments.
Chicago Tribune Archives

It’s that time again! This is the 3,000th post for Calumet 412 and in recognition, a picture of the site’s patron saints’ Everleigh Club at 2131-2133 S Dearborn, slated for demolition in 1933.

The former site of the infamous brothel is now home to the Hilliard Tower Apartments.

Chicago Tribune Archives

This to me is the most interesting thing I’ve ever posted. I could stare at these for hours.

Two meticulous maps showing the names and locations of every brothel, bar, casino and saloon that existed in the Cheyenne and Levee Districts of Chicago between 1870 and 1905.

Completed by Levee historian Bryan Lloyd.

Click to enlarge.

White slave traders, aka, pimps, 1911, Chicago.

White slave traders, aka, pimps, 1911, Chicago.

Interior of one of the rooms at the Everleigh Club, designed to resemble a Pullman dining railroad car, 1909, Chicago.

Interior of one of the rooms at the Everleigh Club, designed to resemble a Pullman dining railroad car, 1909, Chicago.

This marks the 2000th post on Calumet 412!

As with the 1000th post, I’m dedicating it our patron saints, Ada and Minna Everleigh, the sister-proprietors of the Everleigh Club ( CAL-umet 412 was their telephone number), Chicago’s most infamous “sporting club.”

Thanks to everyone for following the site…I hope you’re enjoying viewing and learning about Chicago history along with me!

A prayer group across the street from a “white slave” clearing house in the Levee District (around 22nd and Dearborn), 1910, Chicago.

A prayer group across the street from a “white slave” clearing house in the Levee District (around 22nd and Dearborn), 1910, Chicago.

Taking a break in the backyard of a brothel in the Levee District, 1909, Chicago.

Taking a break in the backyard of a brothel in the Levee District, 1909, Chicago.

1905 Photo of Kenna’s Workingmen’s Exchange at what is now 427 S Clark. Barrels of beer await delivery.
Perhaps Chicago’s most infamous bar, it was run by Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, a.k.a., the Lord of the Levee. Kenna was the alderman for the First Ward for many years and ran a protection/collection racket which kept every corrupt saloon, brothel and gambling house open despite contrary laws.
Read more here:
http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/2009/01/workingmans-exchange.html

1905 Photo of Kenna’s Workingmen’s Exchange at what is now 427 S Clark. Barrels of beer await delivery.

Perhaps Chicago’s most infamous bar, it was run by Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna, a.k.a., the Lord of the Levee. Kenna was the alderman for the First Ward for many years and ran a protection/collection racket which kept every corrupt saloon, brothel and gambling house open despite contrary laws.

Read more here:

http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/2009/01/workingmans-exchange.html

Mugshot of Mona Marshall, arrested for prostitution, c.1907, Chicago.
LOC.gov

Mugshot of Mona Marshall, arrested for prostitution, c.1907, Chicago.

LOC.gov

Ledger taken from a Levee District brothel, posted in the famous report, The Social Evil in Chicago, c. 1910, Chicago.
Mina was obviously the popular one…
Chicago Public Library Collection
Click through for more information.

Ledger taken from a Levee District brothel, posted in the famous report, The Social Evil in Chicago, c. 1910, Chicago.

Mina was obviously the popular one…

Chicago Public Library Collection

Click through for more information.

1,000th Post!

In honor of the 1,000th post on Calumet 412, I thought it would only be right to feature the site’s patron saints, the Everleigh sisters.

As I’ve stated before, Calumet 412 was the phone number at Chicago’s (if not the world’s) most famous brothel, The Everleigh Social Club.

To me, Madames Minna and Ada reflect the entrepeneurial, scandalous and eudemonious spirit of our great city.

If you haven’t read Karen Abbott’s, Sin in the Second City, do it now…it’s perfect on it’s own or a great accompaniment to Erik Larson’s, Devil in the White City. You’ll love the city even more for it!

P.S. - Thank you so much for your compliments and kind words. I truly love doing this!