Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ghosts Of Gangsters And Some Tasty Soda Pop A Dispatch From Forest Park Il.

As you may well or not know the world headquarters of MindsiMedia is located in Forest Park Il. A small town just west of downtown Chicago. It might not be a upscale bustling metropolis but it has it's quirky charm and a bit of history. Today we share some video snap shots from ChiTownView of both aspects with you.

Forest Park's “main street” is Madison Ave. and on it you will find Shaure's Hardware. Inside of it I recently came across some tasty beverages which led to a couple of videos.

Published on Sep 24, 2014
I found some Capone family soda pop at my local hardware store the other day and decided to give it a taste test. As I sipped the beverage I ruminated a couple of Al Capone related stories. Including one involving Chicago legend "Weird" Harold Rubin. Then to wind things up I recited a quote from “snorky” himself. The quote is included on the post card shown at the end of the clip. It can be found at the MindsiMedia shop at Zazzle.

Published on Oct 4, 2014
Last week we taste tested the green apple soda part of the line of Capone Family Secrets line of pops. Today we have a double header of small label soda pop samplers first up is a Soviet soda called Leninade and thena blast from the past called Kickapoo Joy Juice. All three of these fine beverages I found at my local hardware store. This would be; Shauer's Hardware 7449 W Madison, Forest Park, IL 60130, (708) 366 – 1100,
Kickapoo Joy Juice dates back to the 1950's and has it's own song.

While Forest Park itself wasn't home to any of Chicago's gangster elites a whole lot of them lived in neighboring Oak Park and River Forest. So they did do a lot of business here Sam Giancana aka “momo” held court at a nondiscript tavern on Roosevelt Rd.

Published on Nov 9, 2013
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.

For more looks at Forest Park check out our playlist of videos about the town.

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