Tuesday, September 30, 2008

O'Banion Homes

448 W. Surf (above), and 2800 N. Pine Grove (below) were among the homes occupied at various times by the founder and leader of the North Side Mob, ex-singing waiter and floral artist, Dion O'Banion, in the early 1920s. 2800 N. Pine Grove stands opposite the Commonwealth Hotel, where, a few years later, entertainer Joe Lewis was brutally attacked after he switched venues from a Capone-controlled bar to a North Side Mob saloon.


adgorn said...

Apparently Charlie Chaplin lived in the penthouse of 2800 N. Pine Grove, aka Brewster Apartments. I also have a note that it was featured in the movies Running Scared, She's Having a Baby, Child's Play, Hoodlum.

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