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Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

Al Capone’s Time Magazine cover, 1930.

A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

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A despondent (and dapper) Ed “Spike” O’Donnell, leader of the South Side O’Donnells, after arrest around 1930, Chicago.

http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id171.htm

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Spike_O’Donnell

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

Henry Earl J. Wojciechowski, most famously known by his alias, Hymie Weiss, 1924, Chicago.

A founding member of the North Side Gang, Weiss was famously shot to death on State Street near Superior in 1926.

Bullet holes can still be found in the facade of Holy Name Cathedral from this shoot out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Earl_J._Wojciechowski

http://boardwalkempire.wikia.com/wiki/Hymie_Weiss

A newspaper graphic illustrating the route bank robbers took to their awaiting getaway car, 1932, Chicago.

A newspaper graphic illustrating the route bank robbers took to their awaiting getaway car, 1932, Chicago.

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.

A murder is discovered at a LOOP ‘L’ station, 1937, Chicago.

Last weekend, the better-half and I revisited the classic film Some Like it Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis; written and directed by Billy Wilder, 1959.
I was surprised to be reminded that the opening scenes take place in 1929 Chicago. It’s worth a watch, as a thinly veiled St. Valentine’s Day Massacre is the catalyst for the protagonists to leave Chicago and head to Miami , disguised as women, with an all-girl jazz band.

Though convincing, the opening scenes were obviously shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles; however, there are many Chicago references, including the ‘L’, Clark Street, our winters, speakeasies and the vaudeville scene.

Mob murder in a Chicago speakeasy, c.1921.

Mob murder in a Chicago speakeasy, c.1921.

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Al Capone at a baseball game at Comiskey Park, 1931. Before the end of the baseball season, Capone would be indicted on charges of tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.
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Al Capone at a baseball game at Comiskey Park, 1931. Before the end of the baseball season, Capone would be indicted on charges of tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.

Want a copy of this photo?  
> Visit our Rights and Reproductions Department and give them this number: DN-0096548.

Want to buy a book?
> Purchase Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era