Chicago, Illinois<br />
USA<br />
October 2010<br />
<br />
The term "speakeasy" might have originated in Pennsylvania in 1888, when the Brooks High-License Act raised the state's fee for a saloon license from $50 to $500. The number of licensed bars promptly plummeted, but some bars continued to operate illegally. The era of Prohibition saw the growth of organized crime in the United States..Gangsters such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, and Lucky Luciano made fortunes by supplying illegal beer and liquor to speakeasies across the country. Some speakeasy were used as homes and offices by gangsters, who adopted an extravagant and easily identifiable lifestyle. Successful gangsters could be identified by their fashionable silk suits, expensive jewelry, and guns. Four years ago I traveled to Philadelphia to attend an art show that my friends Michael Genovese and Juan Angel Chavez  were a part of. After the show we ended up going to a speakeasy the experience was pretty wild. Michael and Juan took that experience and created an art show that an undisclosed location in Chicago Illinois.

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speakeasy
Chicago, Illinois
USA
October 2010

The term "speakeasy" might have originated in Pennsylvania in 1888, when the Brooks High-License Act raised the state's fee for a saloon license from $50 to $500. The number of licensed bars promptly plummeted, but some bars continued to operate illegally. The era of Prohibition saw the growth of organized crime in the United States..Gangsters such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, and Lucky Luciano made fortunes by supplying illegal beer and liquor to speakeasies across the country. Some speakeasy were used as homes and offices by gangsters, who adopted an extravagant and easily identifiable lifestyle. Successful gangsters could be identified by their fashionable silk suits, expensive jewelry, and guns. Four years ago I traveled to Philadelphia to attend an art show that my friends Michael Genovese and Juan Angel Chavez were a part of. After the show we ended up going to a speakeasy the experience was pretty wild. Michael and Juan took that experience and created an art show that an undisclosed location in Chicago Illinois.

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Photographer: Facing Change: Documenting America
Source: Carlos Javier Ortiz ©
Date 29 Oct 2010
Location: Chicago Illinois USA
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Copyright: Carlos Javier Ortiz 2010
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