Capone’s Chicago

Well I am in Chicago for one more day, folks—I fly out late tonight and will be posting from Philly later this week. But, before I get back to my holiday, here’s a tidbit I snapped a photo of for you all from my trip to Las Vegas earlier this year.

Since I am not so much a gambler, I had the opportunity to visit the Mob Museum in Old Las Vegas. And I have to say that even if you are a gambler, it is well worth a few hours of your time the next time you visit Sin City. They happen to have the actual wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which originally stood at 2122 N. Clark St, Chicago. Until I visited the museum, I never realised I lived quite so close to the event. And so I took this photo from a contemporaneous map of the various gang territories by the Chicago Tribune.

The gangs of Chicago
The gangs of Chicago

For those of you curious, in my eight years in Chicago, I first lived almost at the dot below the A in Moran. And then I lived very close to the second dot north of the Aiellos area. Clearly I have a thing for Irish gang hangouts.

Credit for the piece goes to the Chicago Tribune’s graphics department.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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