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You might be a Mobster if you live in one of these Chicago homes

If you’re like me and have an unhealthy fascination with the mafia — past, present and fictional, you might enjoy this list of homes. Except for a couple, they’re not currently on the market, but … make them an offer.

Supposedly, a relation of mine drove a truck for Al Capone … but that’s unconfirmed.

I can’t help it. My favorite movies are The Godfather, II & III, Goodfellas, anything Scorsese. I’m excited about his latest venture, The Irishman, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. I hope it happens. While I’m on Scorsese, I’m equally excited about The Devil in the White City, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as H.H. Holmes. This isn’t mafia — H.H. Holmes was a notorious serial killer during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

On with the list …


Al “Scarface” Capone

Mob Boss: 1925-31
House was up for sale last year, not any more.

7244 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL

al capone's house

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John “Papa Johnny” Torrio

Mob Boss: 1920-25

7011-13 South Clyde Avenue, Chicago, IL

john torrio's house

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Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti

Mob Boss: 1931-43

712 Selborne, Riverside, IL

frank nitti's house

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Paul “The Waiter” Ricca

Mob Boss: 1943-47

1515 N. Bonnie Brae, River Forest, IL

paul ricca's house

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Paul “The Waiter” Ricca

Mob Boss: 1943-47

812 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL

paul ricca's house

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Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo

Mob Boss: 1947-57

915 N. Franklin, River Forest, IL

tony accardo's house

Carole Kuhrt-Brewer


Sam “Momo” Giancana

Mob Boss: 1957-66

1100 South Wenonah, Oak Park, IL

sam giancana's house

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“Machine Gun” Jack McGurn

Al Capone’s top trigger man and ace Thompson machine gunner involved in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 1929.

1114 N. Kenilworth, Oak Park, IL
FOR SALE: $885,000

jack mcGurn's house

John Binder


“Three-Fingered Jack” White

Chicago Outfit gunman involved in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 1929.

920 S. Wesley, Oak Park, IL

FOR SALE: Unit 3 – $69,900

jack white's house

Carole Kuhrt-Brewer


Joseph “Doves” Aiuppa

Mob Boss: 1973-86

1836 South 58th Avenue, Cicero, IL

joseph aiuppa's house

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James “Big Jim” or “Diamond Jim” Colosimo

Mob Boss: 1902-1920

Colosimo’s Restaurant
2126 South Wabash, Chicago, IL

I guess you could call this his home away from home.

colosimo's restaurant

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4 Chicago Secrets You Didn’t Know About

A secret? Where?

Chicago – but don’t tell anyone!

Going to the same places can be boring and we get it but did you know that place you just drove past or visited might have a little secret?

Chicago has so many fun and exciting places that not many people know about. Below are a few places that you need to visit especially if you’re a Chicago native. The history behind each place is thrilling. You might already even know about these! If so, A+ for knowing your Chicago facts.

Check out 4 Chicago secrets below:

1. There’s a missing terminal at O’Hare airport
Have you ever flown out of Terminal 4? Probably not unless it was back in the late ’80s. The terminal was poorly constructed and it only existed between 1985-1993. For now, the terminal is referred to as “O’Hare’s ghost’ but may be used in the future.
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2. The famous barbershop at Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
The Barbershop at the hotel is gone now but you can still see the marble floors. Guess who would get a shave and trim at The Barbershop back in the day? Teddy Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Al Capone! Al Capone especially loved the place because it didn’t have any windows. He also had a secret room as a hiding place for his alcohol during police raids. Crazy!
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3. Woodlawn Cemetery holds a zoo underground
A zoo? Yes, you read that right! Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park holds the final resting place for the victims of the Hammond Circus Train Wreck in 1918. It’s guarded by elephant statues.
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4. Costco in Melrose Park used to be an amusement park
From an amusement park to a major wholesale store: The amusement park used to be called Kiddieland which offered pony rides and entertainment for families during the Great Depression. Now, we can stick to Six Flags Great America.
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How amazing are these facts? The history behind Chicago is truly fascinating. What are some other secrets you’ve heard about The Windy City?

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