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Al Capone – Master Of The Mob
February 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Organized crime came in with a bang – literally – with the rise of prohibition. And no city was more under the control of the mob than Chicago. This exciting look at the rise of the Chicago mob in the early days culminating with Al Capone finishes with a fascinating look at how Sam Giancana changed the Syndicate in Chicago from a group of bootlegging dogs to an international powerhouse that influenced American presidential elections and American foreign-policy. We’ll examine how ethnic neighborhoods, Chicago city politics and the Kennedy administration all played into the tremendous influence of organized crime in Chicago.
Al Capone was one of the most famous gangsters in American History. Unlike many organized crime leaders, he did little to hide his identity. He was seen at Wrigley Field chatting with star catcher Gabby Hartnett.
hosting soup kitchens for the unemployed and even appearing on the cover of Time Magazine.
The true story of Capone’s rise and fall is complex and unexpected. He began a hoodlum in Brooklyn, working for Frankie Yale, the first man to begin organizing the mob in New York. Capone moved to Chicago to assist Frankie Torrio, second in command of the Chicago mob. With ferocity and force, Capone would come to head the Chicago outfit – before a meek bookkeeper and the tax laws brought him down!
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