There are fewer reminders left that Chicago was once a rough and tumble town where gangsters like Al Capone once roamed, as new development has forced the demolition of several haunts. But there are a few remaining, so take a look at 10 of the more prominent restaurants and bars where Chicago's Outfit once rumbled.Read More
It's Good To Be A Gangster: 10 Chicago Haunts Where the Mafia Hung Out
1. Butch McGuire's
Several gangsters frequented this former speakeasy (known as Kelly's Pleasure Palace) during Prohibition. It's also one of the first to serve Guinness and Harp on tap.
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2. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
The restaurant sits across the street from the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and may have served as a lookout for Al Capone's gunmen.
3. Exchequer Restaurant & Pub
Al Capone frequented the joint when it was known as the 226 Club.
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4. Fox's Restaurant & Pub
The Beverly location of the Fox's chain was owned by Al Capone's sister where she once ran a deli.
5. Green Door Tavern
Constructed in 1871, the Green Door was one of the first buildings erected after the Great Chicago Fire. A gangster hang out, a green door signified a speakeasy during Prohibition.
6. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
Open late and serving up arguably the city's best martinis all while some of the country's best jazz and blues artists perform, The Green Mill was owned by "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Al Capone's right-hand man and the gangster who put together the St. Valentine's Massacre.
7. Halligan Bar
Lincoln Park was full of gangster activity as Bugs Moran was in charge of Halligan.
8. Klas Restaurant
This Czech restaurant opened in 1922 nestled in south suburban Cicero and attracted guests including Al Capone.
9. Mama Luna's Restaurant
In 1975, a hitman with gangster ties, Harry "The Hook" Aleman, fatally-shot a bookie inside the restaurant.
10. Renaissance Blackstone
The hotel continues to prodigally run its "Good to be a Gangster" special, as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano routinely hung their hats here.