Join us as author William Hazelgrove discusses his book, "Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago," a historical look at Chicago during the darkest days of the Great Depression.
Mr. Hazelgrove provides the exciting and sprawling history behind the 1933 World’s Fair, the last of the golden age. He reveals the story of the six millionaire businessmen, dubbed The Secret Six, who beat Al Capone at his own game, ending the gangster era as prohibition was repealed. The book also reveals the story of Sally Rand, who embodied the World’s Fair with her own rags to riches story and brought sex into the open, and includes the story of Rufus and Charles Dawes who gave the fair a theme and then found financing in the worst economic times the country had ever experienced. Hazelgrove's books gives us the scoop the most corrupt mayor of Chicago, William Thompson, who owed his election to Al Capone, and the mayor who followed him, Anton Cermak, who was murdered months before the fair opened.
This event is free and open to the public.