"The Old Deadman's Corner" Chicago Off The Beaten Path Tip by dlandt

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  Deadman's Corner, now Cabrini Green
by dlandt

Between Division, Chicago, LaSalle, and the River is an area formerly known as Little Hell, which is where a lot of the mobsters, most notably Dion O'Banion (and my grandmother)grew up. Originally, it was a group of loose buildings for survivors of the Chicago Fire. As time went by, it disintegrated into yet another slum, this time for Irish and Italian immigrants. The corner of Oak and Cleveland at one time. had a murder every other week, thus earning it the nickname, Deadman's Corner. Later, some genius bulldozed the area and built the notorious housing project, Cabrini Green. In Chicago, the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you go here to visit, do it in the daytime and don't enter the actual projects. You would probably survive, (the projects are mostly empty now) but that's what we call doing a dumb thing. Don't do dumb things.

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  • Updated May 8, 2003
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