Episode 11: 1920s Prohibition from Chicago to Kankakee


Schuyler Avenue in downtown Kankakee in the 1920s.

It’s that time of the month already where we are joined by the Kankakee County Museum to put out a special episode of Kankakee Podcast! Executive Director, Veronica Featherston, and Research Coordinator, Jorie Walters, take us back to the Prohibition era of the 1920s. As you probably already know, Chicago’s Al Capone was one of the most prolific bootleggers of that time in history. Jorie tells us about the possible connections between Capone and the Kankakee area. I’m using the word possible because there is no hard evidence to back this up. It certainly is fun to imagine and talk about though! After all, there is a good chance that these stories are true given Al Capone’s character and nature. If it wasn’t Capone, it could have easily been another bootlegger from Chicago. 

Upcoming Kankakee County Museum Events:

Voyageur Classic 5k Run/Walk – August 21st

Cemetery Walk – August 29th

Learn more at kankakeecountymuseum.com.

Much Love,

Jake LaMore