CHILDHOOD HOME OF NAT KING COLE - Singer/pianist Nat King Cole was a baby when his family moved into a ground-floor flat in a four-flat apartment house here in 1919. Their apartment had 3 bedrooms, living room, bathroom and dining room. The family moved in 1936. 4036 So. Prairie.
WORLD FAMOUS ATTORNEY - Clarence Darrow, one of America’s most famous lawyers, was living here in 1897 at 4219 Vincennes.
Gangster Peace Conference.
AL CAPONE GANG HANGOUT - Louis Armstrong joined Earl “Fatha” Hines and the Carroll Dickerson Orchestra here at the Sunset Cafe at 315 E. 35th on April 10, 1926. The place held 600 people, had 12 chorus girls and 12 show girls. Al Capone and his gang hung out here. Musicians Benny Goodman and Muggsy Spanier came here often to listen to Armstrong. King Oliver was playing across the street at the Plantation Cafe at the time.
UPDATE - Meyer’s Ace Hardware was located here in 1991.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S FIRST CHICAGO HOME - When Louis Armstrong first came to Chicago in 1922, he rented a room here in a boarding house at 3412 S. Wabash.
HOME OF AUTHOR OF “THE WIZARD OF OZ” - L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wizard of Oz,” moved into a 3-story home here at 3726 Giles in 1903. The family moved in 1906.
UNTOUCHABLES RAID CAPONE BEER WAREHOUSE - Eliot Ness and the “Untouchables” raided The Old Reliable Trucking Company here in 1929. The building was a front for one of Al Capone’s breweries. Over 50,000 gallons of beer were destroyed along with fourteen 2,500-gallon tanks and five 1,800-gallon cooling tanks. Two of Capone’s master brewers were caught in the raid, 3136 So. Wabash.