Chicago mob’s history at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse


Chicago (CNN) — At first glance, the building looks like others in downtown Chicago. Home today to Harry Caray’s Steakhouse, its exterior is punctuated by a bright neon sign; for fans of Major League Baseball and the restaurant’s namesake, this is a destination.

The restaurant walls are covered in MLB memorabilia and photos of everyone who’s visited, from the likes of actress Mila Kunis to former US President Barack Obama.

Though celebrities have graced these hallways the last few decades, there’s a deeper and darker history within these walls. If these walls could speak, they’d tell the tale of many a mob operation during the Al Capone era.

Built in 1895, the building sits on Chicago’s very first designated block; now one of more than 20,000.

In that time, it’s passed through multiple, often notorious owners and lived even more lives. It’s been a museum for taxidermy animals, a bootlegged liquor distribution center and housed illegal slot machines.

During Prohibition, it became a speakeasy owned by one of Al Capone’s cohorts, Gustav Muller. The location held a dual purpose back then. It was kitty corner to the Cook County Courthouse, which according to the Chicago Tribune, was…

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