Originally, Cicero Township occupied six times its current territory but weak political leadership and subpar town services resulted in cities such as Oak Park and Berwyn voting to split off from Cicero, and other portions such as Austin were annexed into the city of Chicago. The main roads in Cicero are Cermak, Ashland, Roosevelt, Ogden and of course Cicero.
Just West of Chicago the town of Cicero has a long history of criminal corruption. During Prohibition in the 1920s, notorious gangster Al Capone established his headquarters there, as well as gambling dens, bistros, and bordellos. According to local legend, Capone built many of the area’s roads to speed up travel for his beer trucks. And more recently Betty Loren-Maltese was found guilty of helping to steal $12 million of the city’s funds in an insurance scam despite being a favorite of Cicero’s older residents.
The biggest draw bringing outsiders into Cicero is Hawthorne Race Course the oldest continually ran family-owned racetrack in North America. Unfortunately, residents of Cicero need to travel outside the city to get there rides customized. If you’re looking for tonneau covers, running boards, lift kits, custom exhaust or even just to upgrade to some Fox or Bilstein shocks. To reach our Truck and Jeep customization and modification shop in Tinley Park go South on Harlem Ave until you reach 191st Street then make a right and come down to the blue and white building.