Al Capone Hotel Hideout For Sale On eBay

A Northern Illinois hotel turned historical site that was once used by notorious gangster Al Capone as a hideout has been put up for sale as an eBay auction.

Located in Fox Lake the hotel named “The Mineola Lounge and Marina,” is being listed with a starting bid of $2 million.

Since being listed last Monday there have been zero bids placed on the 128-year-old lake front hotel, which is considered one of the largest wooden structures in Illinois.

In 1979 the 100-room hotel was placed on the National Ledger of Historical Places.

Included on the 17-acre property is a five bedroom, 3 full 3 half bath home, along with a full service marina.

After unsuccessfully trying to sell the property for years now, current owner Pete Jakstas thought that maybe posting the hotel on eBay may attract a wider array of interest from around the country.

According to the county’s historical blog, Capone and members of his entourage would hideout at the hotel during the time of Prohibition, drinking and gambling during their stay.

The president of the local Historical Society says that after years of neglect, the hotel has fallen into disrepair but a potential buyer willing to invest could make it beautiful again.

Capone ran the Chicago area Prohibition-era crime syndicate along with members of his gang dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor and other illegal activities such as prostitution in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.

Capone was eventually imprisoned for tax evasion in 1932, although he was suspected of having several of those that opposed him murdered.

He served most of his 11 year sentence at Alcatraz.

Capone died in his Florida home at the age of 48 in 1947 after battling with complications from pneumonia caused by an earlier stroke.




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