6. Chicago once had a deadly red-light district
Now where Columbia College and pricey condos stand in South Loop, there was once the Levee, one of the most notoriously dangerous red-light districts in the world. In the 1880s it was where men could go to drink, gamble, fight, and find prostitutes, maybe even (probably even) in the same night. Custom House Place -- now Federal St -- was lined with brothels and panel houses where, while a man was in a room with a prostitute, another woman would reach through a panel in the wall and rob him of his clothes.
Madams and pimps would beat, often to death, men they did not care for or that they wanted to rob. Judges in Chicago ruled that men who ventured into the district should know better, and would not uphold their cases against prostitutes who robbed them. Marshall Field Jr., the eldest son of Marshall Field, was rumored to have received a fatal gunshot while at the infamous Everleigh Club, the world’s most high-end brothel, with his body then dragged home out of respect.