Discover the lifestyles from the 1920s and 1930s alongside Chicago’s Art Deco architecture. Begin by exploring the history of speakeasies with a tour of a former Chicago establishment. Talk with the professional guide about the effects Prohibition had on Chicago, including the rise of the Chicago Outfit, a powerful, influential, and dangerous Italian-American organized crime syndicate.
Learn about the history of Art Deco architecture and see examples of it throughout Chicago. Using old pictures, brief videos, and music, discover more about this exciting era of Chicago history. At every Art Deco building stop, find at least one exciting topic that defined the era — like the World’s Fair in 1933 to 1934, Prohibition, Chicago flappers and Civil Rights activist Josephine Baker, plus notorious American gangster Al Capone, and more.