CHICAGO — It’s probably the most historic building in Chicago you’ve never seen.  

The oldest building in the Cook County jail complex, the notorious “Division 1,” once held Al Capone, hosted a Blues legend and housed the state’s original electric chair.  

It is the oldest building on a 96-acre campus that was once known as the “largest concentration of inmates in the free world.”


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The complex is still one of the largest local jails in the country, but the building has been empty for nearly a decade.

The century-old building is in disrepair and it’s being demolished to make way for a recreational area. 


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But before the bulldozer’s started, WGN’s Mike Lowe went on one last tour, the last reporter ever inside the walls of the old jail.  

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