The Lekington Hotel, located at the corner of 22nd Avenue St. Michigan and Avenue on the south side of Chicago, was the seat and nerve center of the Al Capone Empire for swimming and racket. Behind the innocent-looking cabinets and hotel uniforms was a secret door to a staircase leading into dozens of rooms, like a shooting gallery where Capone and his gangster colleagues practiced their goal. Other secret passageways led to Capone's own medicine chest, to cafes and brothels interconnected by hidden tunnels. Other tunnels led to the burnout on Levee, which provided escape routes for mobsters fleeing the onslaught of police and rival gangs.
Originally built in 1892, the Lekington Hotel was designed by architect Clinton Varren, who also designed the Congress Hotel. Lekington was quickly made of brick and terracotta to accommodate the masses expected to arrive in Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair. President Benjamin Harrison once addressed a large crowd in the street below from the balcony. Al Capone moved to Lekington in July 1928, and officially registered as "George Phillips," occupied a luxury apartment on the 5th floor. Capone's office had views of Michigan Avenue.
In the lobby, armed guards in hotel uniforms carefully watched all the front doors, patrolled by other guards armed with machine guns. From there he directed his far-reaching and very profitable illicit operations until October 1931, when he was escorted from the hotel to prison. The culmination of Al Capone's success – and at the forefront of his fall – was the 1929 Valentine's Day massacre, which wiped out Capone's last gangster competitor but also brought wrath on the public and the federal government (which sent Eliot Ness in aid) upside down. .
Al Capone reportedly had some vaults on the lowest levels of the Lekington Hotel, where he sheltered his loot. These vaults were so hidden that not even Capone's closest associates knew where they were. In the 1980s, after the glory days of Lekington were long gone, a women's construction firm considered rebuilding the Lekington Hotel. Researchers are exploring the ruins of hotel-housed rooms where Capone's hidden fortunes lay.
Geraldo Rivera, 1986, the renowned presenter of the TV show, took the audience live on national television to a flawless shirt uniform for a modern treasure hunt. IRS agents also attended in anticipation of their share of the spoils. The Rivera crew broke through a £ 7,000 concrete wall thought to be the secret hiding place of Capone's fortune … but when the smoke cleared, only old inscriptions and a few empty bottles were found. If there used to be wealth, it has long since been taken away.