Tuesday, 5 June 2018

brother what a fight it really was

Though far more grim and gallowsy than another Prohibition Era map, we found this 1931 chart of Chicago’s gangland in terms of its breadth and detail to be a rather outstanding cartographical feat. Each grid and call-out is chocked full of information on violent clashes between authorities and the syndicate, heists and turf-battles—plus well-known haunts and infamous speakeasies. Be sure to visit Atlas Obscura at the link above to see the panels in full detail and context and to learn about the composition’s antecedents.