Going to California, in Chicago, typically means going to Cook County Jail on California Avenue between 26th and 31st streets. It is certainly an incongruously busy corner, or string of corners, in the family oriented neighborhood of Little Village.
Cook County Jail is apparently the largest jail in the US—really the “largest (96 acres) single-site county pre-detention facility in the United States. It houses close to 13,000 inmates; in the past, famous people, such as Al Capone and John Wayne Gacy were inmates. It also used to have an electric chair.