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Cocktails and Capone

Join us for a spirited evening on the 79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. John Russick, Director of curatorial affairs, discusses Chicago’s vibrant bootlegging and speakeasy scene of the Roaring 20s.

We’re also joined by Al Capone’s great niece, Deirdre Capone, who will share family stories of “Uncle Al”.
Bringing history out of the cellar, our friends from Templeton Rye Whiskey join us to chat about their connections to Prohibition and Al Capone. Stick around this juice-joint after our discussion to enjoy cocktails, mingle with fellow patrons, and catch a book signing. Deirdre Capone’s Uncle Al Capone and John Russick’s Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era will be available for purchase.
Don't forget to dress in your best Prohibition-era duds! Arrive in costume to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five a luxury gift basket full of items from the Museum and Templeton Rye.
Ticket price includes complimentary Templeton Rye Prohibition era cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Presented in collaboration with Templeton Rye Whiskey.

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