Many a night has been drunk away in Chicago, but this one was different. On December 5, 1933, the United States government finally lifted its 13-year ban on alcohol. On that storied evening, bars poured drinks until the sun rose over Lake Michigan. The night’s revelers would later tell stories of huge men sitting on tiny stools, their faces shrouded by smoke. Of newspapermen drinking into the wee hours of a weeknight. Of vixens in sparkling dresses, and of every other character—real or imagined—that has since become synonymous with the soul of Chicago.