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Al Capone and The Burnham Hotel
Sure, you’re heard of Al Capone. In the late 1920s and 1930s he ran organised crime rings in Chicago, moving about the city as quickly and mysteriously as a crate of bootlegged gin.
But few know Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham in downtown Chicago’s historic Reliance Building harbours its own piece of Capone history: room 809.
The 8th-floor guest room was an office when the building was first erected and touted as one of the city’s early skyscrapers. During the heyday of the gangster-ridden Prohibition era, Al Capone’s dentist,“Dr. Frank,” kept his practice there. The dentist was later discovered to be a drug dealer, and historians suspect that the room was a façade for Capone’s unsavory dealings.
Stays in room 809 at the Burnham Hotel can be booked through Bon Voyage