It was at this time that the facility became a part of the Chicago gang history. Officially, a soda bottling plant, the facility began supplying the Southwest Side. Many speakeasies sprang up around Thornton and were the target of various raids by the authorities. As Al Capon’s empire grew, the distillery fell under his control and remained so until his fall in 1931. From there, various breweries would run out of Thornton. These included Thornton Brewing, Illinois Brewing, Frederick’s Brewing, McAvoy Brewing and White Bear Brewing, Inc.