“Chicago is one town that won’t let you down. It’s my kind of town.” Frank Sinatra
Chicago is a city that’s easy to love. It’s a little more laid back than New York City, but not as easy going as LA. There might not be an ocean, but there’s plenty of Midwest charm, and the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Chicago has an impressive 26 miles of public beaches, 552 parks, and a public transportation system that most Americans are jealous of.
With a population of almost 3 million people, it’s no wonder the Windy City has always been an epicenter for American innovation. Chicago gave us the very first cell phone, sky scraper, and Playboy magazine. Deep dish pizza, Twinkies and Cracker Jacks, all thanks to Chicago. Not enough? You can also thank them for Walt Disney, Chance the Rapper, and Jennifer Hudson.
They may be known as the “Second City”, but when it comes to drinking, Chicago is second to none. So, it comes as no surprise that Chicago has always brought the progressive vision of its residents drinking. During the dark days of prohibition, the best place to be was sweet home Chicago. Hundreds of bars remained open. But not only that, they went above and beyond. Chicago speakeasies weren’t just a place to drink. They offered good food, live entertainment, and of course, the best of all illegal libations.
Over four dark years the nation suffered sans-liquor. 227 brave gangsters died delivering bootleg libations to the good people of Chicago. In 1927 Al Capone made nearly 60 million dollars from his illegal alcohol empire alone. Adjusting for inflation, that’s $814,376,878…
Chicago, you’re one hell of an alcohol loving, enterprising, and innovative city. Cheers!