In the late 1920s, gang warfare ruled the streets of Chicago, as chief gangster Al Capone sought to consolidate control by eliminating his rivals in the illegal trades of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. This rash of gang violence reached its bloody climax in a garage on the city’s North Side on February 14, 1929, when seven men associated with the Irish gangster George “Bugs” Moran, one of Capone’s longtime enemies, were shot to death by several men dressed as policemen. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as it was known, is still an unsolved mystery as it was never officially linked to Capone, but he was generally considered to have been responsible for the murders.
Sounds like a reason to throw on your best 1920’s costumes and drink the night away with some Gin Punch and your best friend! At our cities first prohibition bar, they wanted to bring in some entertainment so they turned the bar into a night of crime, corruption and extortion. It was an evening full of scandalous behavior done in a most fashionable way that rivaled the Prohibition Era.
Also, on the big screen they played the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. This 1967 film is based on the 1929 Chicago mass murder of seven members of the Northside Gang (led by George “Bugs” Moran) on orders from Al Capone, starring Jason Robards George Segal, David Canary and Ralph Meeker.
10/10 would recommend dressing up in sparkles, feathers and pearls and drinking the night away with your best friend by your side… but remember, beware of the rum punch.