The Capone Connection
A notorious connection. Hotel Julien Dubuque became known as one of the finest hotels in the Midwest and hosted many grand banquets and famous guests. But of all the personages said to have stayed at Hotel Julien Dubuque, none has aroused more curiosity and speculation than the notorious Chicago gangster AI Capone.
Local lore alleges that when things got “hot” in Chicago, Capone would travel with his entourage to Dubuque and hide out at Hotel Julien. He reportedly made use of a nearby underground garage to hide his cars and further conceal his presence in Dubuque. Some say he even owned the hotel at one point.