Al Capone (1899-1947) Principal author: Homer Johnson. Tom Nall and Dona Vitale also contributed. Gangster Al Capone reportedly came to Chicago in 1920 from New York at the behest of John Torrio, who was also from the Brooklyn neighborhood where Capone was born. A decade earlier, Giaccomo “Diamond Jim” Colosimo, a leading vice and gambling […]

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On May 25, 1979, American Airlines Flight 191 tragically crashed near O’Hare Airport in what remains the deadliest aviation accident to have occurred in the United States. Three siblings from a West Ridge family lost their parents. Kim Jockl, Melody Smith, and Jim Borchers tell the story of losing their parents in their book Safe […]

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A Living History Update from Alderperson Andre Vasquez. Since August 2022, Chicago has experienced a surge in forced migration. Over 19,500 asylum seekers have been bused from Texas to Chicago in order to stress the city’s status as a “Sanctuary City. Alderperson Andre Vasquez, Chair of the Chicago City Council Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will […]

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