Collectibles from Capone’s Chicago Speakeasy
Match book & gambling coin from Capone’s Chicago speakeasy “The Stratosphere Club.”
Great price for incredible, one-of-a-kind pieces of Chicago’s prohibition and mob era history! Own this matchbook and gambling or drinking token from the former Stratosphere Club, which was located in the still-standing downtown Chicago office building on the southwest corner of Wacker drive and Wabash avenue.
This beautiful building, its exact address being 35 East Wacker Drive, was built in 1926 and was originally known as “the jewelers building”, because so many Chicago area jewelers maintained offices and showrooms in the building. In those days, 35 E Wacker had a very unique security procedure in operation for their tenants, many of whom carried thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in their salesman’s sample suitcases and were naturally fearful of walking down a big city street with it. So a jeweler was able to drive into an elevator the building had under lower Wacker drive and be taken up to their office floor, car and all!
In the mid to late 1920’s, al Capone controlled and/or supplied illegal alcohol to thousands of speakeasies around Chicago. In many instances, he employed “front men” to act as official owners in an effort to conceal his involvement or ownership of many clubs. In the case of the stratosphere club, the name Paul Streeter appears on the matchbook cover.
If you visit the building today and you want to get to the top dome of the building, the doorman will direct you down a hallway, past the regular passenger elevators, to what they call “Capone’s elevator”. It is a vintage 1920’s “birdcage” elevator with all the original hardware and fixtures. It is the exact elevator Capone, his men and patrons of the club would use to reach the top dome, where the stratosphere lounge was located.
If you are a Chicago resident, or if you will be visiting Chicago sometime, this would be an interesting little side attraction to check out that is free. (if you are interested in chicago history/the prohibition era/capone) the top floors where the stratosphere club once operated is currently occupied by world-renown architect Helmut Jahn. Jahn is best known in chicago for his design of the very unusual and controversial state of Illinois building in downtown chicago.
Please contact Rich Larsen if you are interested in any of these Stratosphere Club Collectibles.
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