Checking into Chicago? How about a gangsta-style stay that pays tribute to Al Capone, Americas most notorious mob boss? Some 63 years after his life of crime, there are hotels, tourseven theater productions that offer an inside glimpse into Capones life. With a crime circuit that stretched across Chicagos North and South sides, Capone carried out his business dealings in some of the citys top rate hotels.
He first set up shop at the Metropole Hotel before moving his headquarters to the Lexington Hotels fifth floor suite (the notorious planning site of the Saint Valentines Day Massacre); survived a lunch of machine gun fire at the Hawthorne Hotel; and was often seen in the barbershop at The Blackstone Hotel (also the site of the first crime convention in 1931 overseen by Charles Lucky Luciano.) So whether youre looking for classy Chicago digs or some insight into the man himselfheres your chance to do both.
The historic Hotel Burnham, originally built in 1895, is one of Chicagos landmark buildings and predates the modern skyscrapers around town. Stay here and you'll be knocked out by its architectural beauty--there are mosaic floors and red marble walls--and the building itself can claim ties to the criminal activity of the Prohibition era. Interested guests would do well to check out the Capone 809 package, named after the room and former office of Capones dentist, Dr. Frank (later discovered to be a drug dealer.)
The package comes with other amenities like a copy of Untouchable Chicago, A Ride Through Prohibition, by Don Fielding; two Al Capone cocktails; and a $10 theater discount to Tommy Guns Garage. The Capone 809 package is available through Dec. 31, 2010, and five days advanced booking is required prior to arrival. Rates start at $179 per night and reservations can be made by calling 877-294-9712 and giving code CAPONE 809, or at www.burnhamhotel.com by entering CAPONE in the rate code box.