Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Al Capone's Cicero Hangout


Al kept his wife, mother, and son at the family home in Chicago, but also kept this apartment building at 1600 Austin Blvd., in Cicero, as a crash pad for late night parties. Not far from his Cicero business headquarters, this unassuming home was protected by a heavy steel door (which appears to have been replaced -- see below), a 8 foot backyard fence, underground escape tunnels, and two or more bodyguards prowling the grounds at all times.

The block is one of the most well-kept in Cicero, but the current owners seem to have purposely allowed the shrubbery to obscure the entry and windows.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

where is this place? how do you know about the tunnels?

Kendall said...

The home is located at 16th and Austin Blvd., in Cicero, Illinois.

The tunnels are cited both in Herbert Asbury's Gem of the Prairie and in Laurence Bergreen's exhaustive biography, Capone: The Man and the Era.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I wouldnt do that if I were you

Shintaro Dee said...

My dads old gf used to own this building

Anonymous said...

It seems like every 6 months there is a For Rent sign up and I always wondered why. I was going to rent the first floor once. My kids' father checked it out and said it was huge and the layout wz different. This is cool to find out the history behind it.

Anonymous said...

i live here! not haunted no new renter every six months!! lol it is big spacios awesome theyre are blocked doors the chimney was covered, one closet in one room leads to another in another room! alot alot of mirrors i love my home its soo peaceful!

Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Berwyn and my grandmother lived 61st ave. how interesting and what a history Cicero and Berwn to have.
My dad use to tell me stories about Al copone and just lots of different goings on.
Tunnels, amazing those days...I always love to watch 1920-30 movies..