Uptown is full of gangster-related history.
John Dillinger’s body was on 4506 N. Sheridan Rd. in 1934.
Now it’s time for some life-giving history!
I was walking around my Uptown neighborhood on a recent evening, praying some, and inviting a few folks to our new Uptown Church on 939 W. Wilson Ave. On my journey, I made a stop outside the large dwelling located at 4506 N. Sheridan Rd. This was the building where John Dillinger’s (the notorious bank-robber) body was available for public viewing, a few days after he was gunned down by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934.
I had been aware of this building’s morbid history for at least the last 20 years. (Note: Unless one had been knowledgeable about Chicago’s crime history, one would never know this house’s ghoulish past. There are no historical markers of any kind.) I had even convinced the one-time landlord to let a friend and I view the basement room where Dillinger’s body had laid. And as I recall the room did seem to engulf us in a rather macabre, sickening atmosphere.
Well enough of that. But there is a quote of Dillinger’s that indicates that he knew “his luck” could not last. “I’m traveling a one-way road, and I’m not fooling myself as what the end will be,” he said. “If I surrender, I know it means the electric chair. If I go on, it’s a question of how much time I have left.”
So that is a part of Chicago history. Now it’s time for Uptown to become known for something that’s life-giving. And Uptown Church, just a block away for where Dillinger’s body once was laid, is now offering a place where one can find hope, deepen relationships, and discover the love of Jesus and a few of his followers.
Everyone is welcome. Sundays. 10 am.
Thanks for stopping by.