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Gangster Hangout From The 1950's and 60's, The Armory Lounge Forest Park Il.

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The south side of Roosevelt Rd. west of Harlem has been home to a racetrack, a golf course, a torpedo plant, a shopping mall and a church. The north side of the street is a nondescript collection of apartments and businesses including this restaurant. In the 1950's and 60's it was called the Armory Lounge and was the headquarters for Sam Giancana head of the Chicago outfit.
The powerful Mafia boss choose this location because it was out of the way and a two minute drive from his house. Not far enough out of the way though because the FBI stumbled onto the joint and ended up planting a wiretap here and another in a Michigan Ave. clothes store. Together they provided the first insights into the inner workings of the Chicago outfit. And began a series of legal problems that eventually forced Giancana leave the country for awhile.
This spot began its life, in a different building, during the 1920's as the Roosevelt Gardens. It has also been called The Lodge and the Torpedo Tap.

This clip is another in our series "Chicago Crime now & Then" check out our playlist.
http://www.youtube.com/user...

I have many sources for this series but the two sites that are at the top of my list are.

MyAlCaponeMuseum. http://www.myalcaponemuseum...
Chicago Crime Scene Project. http://chicagocrimescenes.b...

Presented by ChiTownView and produced by MindsiMedia. Please stop and visit our web portal.
http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The south side of Roosevelt Rd. west of Harlem has been home to a racetrack, a golf course, a torpedo plant, a shopping mall and a church. The north side of the street is a nondescript collection of apartments and businesses including this restaurant. In the 1950's and 60's it was called the Armory Lounge and was the headquarters for Sam Giancana head of the Chicago outfit.
The powerful Mafia boss choose this location because it was out of the way and a two minute drive from his house. Not far enough out of the way though because the FBI stumbled onto the joint and ended up planting a wiretap here and another in a Michigan Ave. clothes store. Together they provided the first insights into the inner workings of the Chicago outfit. And began a series of legal problems that eventually forced Giancana leave the country for awhile.
This spot began its life, in a different building, during the 1920's as the Roosevelt Gardens. It has also been called The Lodge and the Torpedo Tap.

This clip is another in our series "Chicago Crime now & Then" check out our playlist.
http://www.youtube.com/user...

I have many sources for this series but the two sites that are at the top of my list are.

MyAlCaponeMuseum. http://www.myalcaponemuseum...
Chicago Crime Scene Project. http://chicagocrimescenes.b...

Presented by ChiTownView and produced by MindsiMedia. Please stop and visit our web portal.
http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Show less

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One of the greatest architects of the 20th century Frank Loyd Wright made his home in Oak Park in Chicago's western suburbs. There are dozens of buildings throughout the Chicago area designed by Wright that are still standing. On ChiTownView we are assembling a complete collection of clips of these magnificent homes so those who would like to visit them can get an idea where they are and what they will see We also have expanded our list to include all Wright designs as well as videos about Mr. Wright. A colorful character in his own right.

We offer throughout MindsiMedia other Wright related photos, videos, interviews and more.
On Flickr we have a Wright photoset.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/sets/7215762965034631­0/

And a board for him posted on Pintrest.
http://www.pinterest.com/mike83/frank-lloyd-wright-prairie-s­chool-master


You may find Wright related items at ChiTownView, our Shopify store.
http://20th-century-retro.myshopify.com

A Google map of Wright designs in the Chicago area.
http://goo.gl/maps/7UspJ

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There are other neon playlists found on MindsiMedia's YouTube station http://www.youtube.com/user/MindsiMedia#grid/user/4DE863D...

We also have a neon photo galleries on our web site.
http://www.mindsimedia.info/Neon/index.htm

And we have several sets of neon photos on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/

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