Located on the corner of 22nd Street and Michigan Avenue on the south side of Chicago, the Lexington Hotel is the headquarters and nerve center of Al Capone’s smuggling and extortion empire. Behind the seemingly innocent sheets and the closet of the hotel uniform are the secret doors leading to the stairs, leading to dozens of rooms, such as the shooting range where Capone and his gang cronies achieve their goals. Other secret passages lead to Capone’s own medicine chest, as well as taverns and bordellos interconnected by hidden tunnels. Other tunnels lead to hatches on the levee, providing escape routes for gangsters fleeing attacks by police and hostile gangs.
The Lexington Hotel was built in 1892 and was designed by architect Clinton Warren, who also designed the Congress Hotel. Lexington was built in rush with bricks and terracotta to accommodate the masses expected to travel to Chicago in 1893 for the World Exposition. President Benjamin Harrison once addressed a large audience on the street below from the balcony. Al Capone moved to Lexington in July 1928 and was officially registered as “George Phillips”. He occupied a luxurious 5th floor suite. Capone’s office can see Michigan Avenue.
In the lobby, an armed gunner in uniform carefully observed all the front doors, and other machine gun guards patrolled the floor above. From here, he directed a wide range of profitable illegal operations until he was escorted from the hotel to the prison in October 1931. The pinnacle of Al Capone’s success-also a harbinger of his collapse-the Valentine’s Day massacre of 1929 effectively wiped out the last of Capone’s last competitors, but also to the public and The federal government brought angry Eliot Ness to rescue his head.
It is said that Al Capone hid some vaults on the lowest floor of Lexington Hotel, where he hid stolen goods. These vaults are so hidden that even Capone’s recent colleagues don’t know where they are. In the 1980s, long after the glorious years of Lexington passed, a women’s construction company studied the possibility of restoring the Lexington Hotel. Researchers explored the crumbling ruins of the hotel and found sealed rooms that reportedly hide Captain’s fate.
In 1986, Geraldo Rivera, a well-known TV talk show host, wore a perfect shirt uniform and brought live broadcast national TV viewers to the scene for a modern treasure hunt. IRS agents also participated in their robbery. Rivera’s staff blew up a 7,000-pound concrete wall, which was once considered the secret hideout of Capone’s fate… But when the smoke disappeared, only an ancient sign and several Empty bottles. If there was once a wealth there, it would have been taken away long ago.