Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair
The next Coffee Talk at the Des Plaines History Center, on Thursday, January 10 from 1:30–2:30pm, features historian William Hazelgrove, best-selling author of the nonfiction book “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago.” Mr. Hazelgrove will discuss the end of prohibition, it’s implications for organized crime in the Windy City, and how the 1933 World’s Fair theme of “100 Years of Progress” represented hope for all Chicagoans during the gloomy years of the Great Depression.
Elaborating on his interest in Chicago history, Mr. Hazelgrove said “I loved ‘The Devil in the White City’, Erik Larson’s book about the 1893 World’s Fair, and wondered if Chicago ever had another—and they did!” The 1933 World’s Fair turned out to be even more exciting. Mr. Hazelgrove’s book tells the intriguing story of six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the Coffee Talk series, which always includes a lively Q&A. Coffee and treats are provided. Admission is free. We always appreciate receiving the $3.00 suggested donation.