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Gangster sites today
View of Southside Chicago from the Willis (Sears) tower.
(Excellent photo courtesy of Mark Kennedy)


Here are some of the sites standing today thanks to the great photos and info supplied by my good friends, gangster researchers / historians Larry Raeder, Doug Snyder, Mark Kennedy and Capone collector Joe Walters.






Frank Rio's home at 1000 Belleforte in Oak Park.
(Photo courtesy Mr. Doug Snyder, info Mr. John J. Binder)




The back of Rio's home.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Paul "The Waiter" Ricca's home 812 Lathrop in River Forest.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Priviledged inside view of Ricca's home.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)





Another inside view of Ricca's old homestead.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Murray "The Camel", "Hump"Humphrey's home at 7710 S. Bennett.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)





922 Eastwood the spot where Louis Alterie got his.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Across the street of 922 Eastwood. Hitman and weapon fired from this building.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Torrio's apt. building where he was shot by Northsiders at 7011 S. Clyde.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Another view.
 (Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)




Rocco DeGrazia  one time home at 1040 Elmwood Ave North,Oak Park.
(Photo courtesy of  Mr. Doug Snyder)





One time Hymie Weiss lodging 3808 W Grand Ave.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Doug Snyder)




Chicago Heights mob boss Frankie LaPorte's former home at 1730 Cambridge avenue Flossmoor Illinois.
It was torn down and replaced by the new owner.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Matt Luzi)




Patsy LoLordo 1921 West North Ave. today and circa 1929.  LoLordo was on the top floor.
(First photo courtesy of Mr. Doug Snyder)






Pasqualino LoLordo's lifeless body near fireplace at 1921 West North Avenue. Right; closeup of fireplace.




The same very spot where Pasqualino LoLordo was killed in recent years.
(Photos kind courtesy of Mr. Dominic Armato)







Back of LoLordo's old domain.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Doug Snyder)





Lawrence "Dago" Mangano lived once at this apt.building 57 East.
 (Photo courtesy of Mr. Doug Snyder)






Dean O'Banion 3608 Pine Grove.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Doug Snyder)







Colosimo's
The day Big Jim was shot.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters

What was left of Colosimo's in 1966.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters

Today
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)

Colosimo's Cafe/ Restaurant at 2126 South Wabash Avenue as it looks today.Colosimo's underwent many transformations to keep it popular.Before Big Jim came along the restaurant had been around for 80 years.Jim Colosimo made it popular.After Big Jim's demise in 1920 the club continued as an entertainment restaurant run by Colosimo's half partner Mike "The Greek"Potson.( real name D.Mihail Bodoglou and died September 27,1955 in his native Greece).A deed was found in Poston's safety deposit box showing he had bought the property at 2126 S. Wabash from Colosimo for a sum of $412,000 in 1918.After Colosimo's death It was very popular and still visited by entertainers and hoodlums.It continued as a restaurant up to 1948 when it's doors finally closed.In 1953 it was rented as a house of worship to African Americans.Two years later it was vacant again.It finally fell to the wreckers axe in 1958 to be rebuilt as the headquarters of the Thompson Electric company.Many souvenir hunters converged to take items before it's demise(Mahogany bar, guilded statues and paintings). A huge alcohol still was found in the basement and new owner Mr. Ronald Thompson who bought the 75' by 125 ' property was quickly visited by the feds to make sure the still was inoperative. Potson had made a killing selling gin shots at $1 a pop and gambling after hours in Colosimo's. Still was probably producing the moonshine sold.





Famous Maxwell St. Police station taken in 1995.Many Chicago gangsters passed through this place.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)



5613 West Roosevelt Rd.(Cicero)Pony Inn Massacre.This is where Willliam H. McSwiggin an assistant state's attorney of Cook County was machinegunned at 8:40 p.m. on April 27th,1926.
Probably by Capone himself who took the charge to rid himself of the O'Donnells who were out drinking with their childhood pal McSwiggin in Capone territory.
 (Photo Larry Raeder)




Jake Lingle's parents home.(Reporter killed by mob for playing on both sides) had his wake at this home.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






738 North State street. There once stood William F. Schofield's flower shop. It is located across the street of Holy Name Cathederal ,the scene of Hymie Weiss' machinegun ambush by Capone forces. Also in this shop was where Scofield's friend and partner, Dean O'Banion was killed by three assassins in the famous 1924 handshake murder. Schofield continued on for many years at this location until the late thirties to early forties when the shop became a silversmith shop selling silverware.  
Later it was turned into a meeting place for the Young people's club of Holy Name Cathederal.
The church by this time owned the property. Schofield's flower shop relocated down the street from the original and later to 731 North Dearborn street when the block was razed. Schofield's by then was run by William Schofield's sons.
The original building at 738 North State street was torn down on August 13,1960 and later turned into a parking lot as it's still seen today.

(Photo Mario Gomes)



Schofield's moved down the street in 1973.
(Photo Courtesy of Mark Kennedy)





Further North up state street, not far from where Schofield's used to stand is still some beautiful remenants of what the architecture from that era looked like.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Kennedy)







McGurn's first house in Oak Park at 1114 Kenilworth.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. John J. Binder)







1224 N.Kenilworth Jack McGurn's 2nd home.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)









Holy Name Cathederal
(Mario Gomes)




Holy Name cornerstone with A.D. 1874.
(This photo of the cornerstone was taken by Mark Kennedy in 1973).




805 North Milwaukee avenue  today where Jack McGurn was slain.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)





Another view of the old Bowling alley where McGurn died. It's now an office furniture supply store.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)





Another view
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).






Jake Guzik's home.He was Al Capone's top accountant.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




Douglass Park  near where John Scalisi , Alberto Anselmi and Joseph Giunta's bodies where found.
It is now known as Pulaski Park.
( Info and photos courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)


 FOR MORE INFO PLEASE SEE

ANSELMI AND SCALISE





Gostlin Ave. now named Brainard. Site of old Burnham redlight district.
Note homes in the background are in Hammond.
( Info and photos courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)




Another view on other side of the street.
(Photos courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)





10 Gostlin (Goslin) in Burnham. On January 20 1921, Al Capone's once standing gambling dive is raided here. Slot machines are seized and people are arrested.
Al Capone, using the alias Al Brown is arrested for running two gambling establishements. (Other at 18 Gostlin) Capone pleads innocence and claims that the dives are owned by a man named Parker.
(Photo courtesy of A.J.B.)







63rd and Western avenue. Site of first machine gun attack in U.S. history.
Sept. 25,1925 by Frank McErlane against Spike O'Donnell in front of the J.J. Weiss drug store.
( Info and photos courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)






Al Capone 7244 South Prairie home view from the back.
Photo courtesy of ( Mr. Joe Walters).





1723 North Wood  this is where a car purportedly used in Valentine Massacre was cut up with a torch and an explosion ensued after the torchcutter didn't realize his omission in removing the reserve gas canister which automobles had then.The lightly burned victim rushed himself to the hospital. A fellow by the name of Tony "Tough Tony" Capezio.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




Bugs Moran's residence in the 20's and 30's The Parkway Hotel.
The Northside Hotel was also home to Gusenberg's brother Henry and Rienhardt Schwimmer later killed in the Massacre.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Klas Restaurant  5734 West 22nd St. Cicero. Al Capone regularly dined on the 2nd floor.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Cicero Town Hall
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Murder Site of gangster George "Red" Barker Norford Hotel 1512 N. Pulaski
Machinegunner was believed to be Willie Sharkey of the Touhy Gang.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder)



Ralph Capone's old home circa 1925 at 1117 S. Austin in Chicago.( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).






1924 South 49th . Cicero,Il  Ralph Capone's 2nd home.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).







Tony Lombardo's home at 2111 S. Austin ,Cicero.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters)




Tony Lombardo's residence in 1926.Aiello had  machine gun nests posted across the street. 4442 W. Washington Blvd.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






Al Capone's Party House at 1600 S. Austin in Cicero.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Inside view first floor view of 1600 Austin.
Photo courtesy of ( Mr. Joe Walters).




806 S. Oakley Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito was shot and killed in front in 1928.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




Claude Maddox "Screwey Moore" home at 3536 S. Harlem, Riverside.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).





Frank Nitti's home at 712 Selbourne in Riverside.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Louis "Little New York" Campagna's home at 2927 South Maple Ave.,Berwyn,Il.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).




2701 N. Clark St. (Bentley and Sons) Peter and Frank Gusenberg's and Kachellek's (James Clark) funerals were held there in 1929.Important to note; right after the massacre occured at 2122 North Clark street Coroner Herman Bundesen had all the seven bodies sent to the Braithwaite Undertaking rooms at 2221 Lincoln avenue for the coroner's inquest and family identification.Once the bodies were no longer needed the families made arrangements to have the bodies sent to the funeral parlors of their choice. John May was held at his home.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).





Home of Eddie Tancl ex- prize fighter, bohemian saloonkeeper who was killed in beer wars.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




Pete Gusenberg residence at 434 W. Roscoe




3105 W. Augusta Home of Samuel "Nails" Morton
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




Joey Aiuppa's home at1836 S. 58th Ave Cicero.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).




915 Franklin Ave. River Forest Tony Accoardo's first home.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).




Accardo's second home at 1407 Ashland Ave. River Forest.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).





Willie Heeney apt. home at 1538 S. Austin , Cicero
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).






Johnny Torrio's apt.home at 7011 S. Clyde. Site of the O'Banion mob ambush on Torrio.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).





708 N.Wells once Sbarbro's Funeral home where Weiss,O'Banion,Drucci and many other gangster had their funerals.( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).



Another view.( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).





Angelo Genna's  car crash and murder scene at  Hudson -Menomonee .
Ogden ave which Genna was driving on has now been built over.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).





Site were Al Capone's chauffeur was found dead August 3,1926.
View looking south was once 100th avenue in the 20's.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).









Klondike O'Donnell's home at 122 S. Parkside.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




800 Block of North Larrabee all that's left of what was known as "Little Hell" or Little Sicily"
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).




 103rd Roberts formerly known as Chicago Ridge. Site were John Dingbat Oberta and Sammy Malaga were found gunned down by Frank Mc Erlane.Oberta was in the car while Malaga was in a ditch.March 6,1930.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).





920 S.Wesley Oak Park.William"Three Fingered Jack"White is murdered 1-24-1934 on the top floor to the left.It is believed by Klondike O'Donnell and Murray Humphreys. Fred Goetz was also considered a suspect. He was killed for becoming a police informant.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






Sam Giancana's home and murder site at 1147 S.Wenonah Ave. Oak Park ,Il
   ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).




7427 W. Roosevelt Rd. Andrea's Restaurant formerly known as "The Armoury Lounge" Chicago mob HQ during 50's and 60's.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Joe Walters).


Salvatore Frank Capone's murder site. He was gunned down by police in a shootout.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Frank"Salvatore "Capone

April 2,1924 Obituary for Frank Capone who was killed April 1st





Johnny Patton's home.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Jack McGurn's once owned Guyon Hotel.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).



Pearl Hruby's once beauty salon where Capone's gunners first tried their Tommy gun.
 Miss Hruby was James" Fur" Sammon's girlfriend.He later fell under the fold of the Capone gang.
( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






Spike O'Donnell's 1930 headquarter's called The Highland Building at 7845 S. Ashland.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).







One of Spike O'Donnell's homes.
  ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).







Spike O'Donnell's Joliet brewery.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






Tony Genna's murder scene 1925 at Grand-Aberdeen.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).








Spike O'Donnell almost fatally wounded here in 1943.
 ( Photo courtesy of Mr. Larry Raeder).






Grass area near old folks home is 2122 North Clark Street Today.
(courtesy Jeff Maycroft)





First Posted March 2005








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