Glenview Prohibition: Bootleggers & Boondoggles

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Today, Glenview is one of the safest places to live in Illinois, but during Prohibition, speakeasies, saloons and “ice cream parlors” hijacked the small farming town. Good men and women, trying make a few bucks, opened scores of taprooms and lounges along Waukegan Road. Beloved institutions like Hackney’s restaurants, Meier’s Tavern and Grandpa’s Place were originally supplied by a bootlegging operation that was both local and friendly. Then the Chicago Outfit moved in. Author Jill Ruschli Crane traces the path the resilient citizens of Glenview took in carving a thriving community out of the tumult of Prohibition.
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ISBN: 9781467149280
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: Illinois
Images: 72
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Growing up, Jill Ruschli Crane was fascinated by family tales about the Roaring Twenties in Glenview. Offspring of bootleggers, bartenders and a gangster’s moll, she researched what it was really like in those dry days. Her scrutiny uncovered humble, hardworking people caught up in the Prohibition culture they didn’t want as they coped through a frantic time. Her previous endeavors included raising more than $1 million for a children’s hospital, running her own interior design business, golfing her way to an eighteen handicap (that lasted two weeks) and using her passion for history to author a country club centennial musical review. This is her first book, but more Glenview history is on its way, with her next book about Curtiss-Reynolds Airfield, Glenview’s premier airport, the precursor to the Glenview Naval Air Station.
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