Life of the Party


Invitation to a party at the Harris mansion following the 1930 Illinois-Northwestern game

The Harris family frequently hosted opulent parties such as the event on the night of the heist following the Fighting Illini's victory. Reflecting the wealth and status of its owners, the events hosted at the mansion were luxurious. On the night of November 9, 1929, there were approximately 60 guests in attendance at the Harris Mansion party. The guests included many well-known locals of Urbana-Champaign as well as notable guests from Chicago and across the Midwest, as the Illinois-Army game earlier in the day drew many notable out-of-towners into Champaign.