It’s Back, Folks! Al Capone’s House is Back on the Market, and Just in Time for Valentine’s Day <3

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Capone’s old Chicago haunt, 7244 S. Prairie Avenue

Al Capone’s home is back on the market, and just in time for Valentine’s Day! So go buy it for your sweetie…or inflict it on your worst enemy. πŸ˜‰

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It’s baaaaack, folks! πŸ˜€ Al Capone’s house, which his extended family occupied from 1923 through 1931, is on the market again as of February 8th, for the low, low asking price of $109,900! This is a big change from back when I wrote about this in 2016, when the previous owner couldn’t get anyone to take a look at the place, and again later that year, when it was listed for $179,900.

Since then, it’s gone into foreclosure, and now it’s back on the market—but it’s looking a little different now. Check out these cool new pics of the interior:

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This interior shot seems to show a few sets of iron bars still on the windows, ones which Al had installed to help protect his family from his adversaries. Photo Source: Chicago Curbed

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Another interior shot, with some odd paneling painting. Photo Source: Chicago Curbed

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This is a pretty cute little retro bathroom. Photo Source: Realtor.com listing

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That is one small old school kitchen, very 1950s. Love the old cabinets, though! Photo Source: Chicago Curbed

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A shot of the basement, which just might have a door that leads to a secret tunnel! πŸ˜€ Photo Source: Chicago Curbed

While it definitely needs some love, Al’s former home could be a really interesting buy for anyone with an interest in Chicago history (plus it’d make a really cool Air BnB listing, just saying πŸ˜‰ ).

And unlike in 2016, it looks like this time the realtors aren’t shying away from those underworld connections. Here is one of the new listing write-ups from Realtor.com, which promotes the Al Capone connection rather than hiding it like the last few times around:

“This building is unique in many ways!! Truly a piece of Chicago history, this is one of the first homes Al Capone purchased in Chicago, not to mention it is also located on a wide 68 foot lot and features a very spacious layout in each unit! The building boasts character and charm throughout, hardwood floors in the entire building, tons of wood trim, wood molding, each unit offers large octagon style living rooms, full basement, rare all brick garage- This home is the multi unit you want to buy! Live in one unit, rent the other out, rent them both out and collect passive income, either way this is a win win for any buyer! the location is phenomenal as well, sandwiched between Skyway & Dan Ryan, walk to Red Line, close to Deneen Elementary and in the hear of sought after Park Manor! This is your chance to own Chicago history, do not let is escape you!”—Realtor.com listing for 7244 Prairie Ave.

Interestingly, one new thing I learned about the property this time around is that there’s supposedly a secret tunnel that connects the home’s basement and the garage, presumably so Al could get to his car without having to risk possible machine gun fire…andΒ the realtors claim it’s probably true, though if the tunnel exists it’s been filled in with rubble by now. It seems there’s a door in the basement that has no key, and is locked, so….maybe? Who knows! πŸ™‚

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If you’re interested in buying Al’s old home, you can find the full listing here at Realtor.com. Otherwise you can contact Ryan Smith, the Re/Max agent who represents the property, directly at his office website.

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What about you, Dear Readers? Would you want to live in Al’s old home, and why or why not? Please share in the Comments below!

About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
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1 Response to It’s Back, Folks! Al Capone’s House is Back on the Market, and Just in Time for Valentine’s Day <3

  1. Pingback: There Goes the Neighborhood: Al Capone’s House Has Finally Been Sold! | A Smile And A Gun

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