Chicago Mob History at the Villa Venice & the Rat Pack
The Chicago mob controlled Villa Venice restaurant and nightclub was formerly located on the site of the Northbrook Hilton at 2855 Milwaukee Avenue in Northbrook Illinois. It opened in 1920 and was once owned by Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. Much mystery surrounds the fire which destroyed the complex in 1967.
From November 26 through December 2, 1962, Giancana hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. It is rumored the performances were repayment of a favor from Giancana to Sinatra. Sinatra's mob connections favored John F. Kennedy due to his strong support of unions . Giancana helped elicit votes for John F. Kennedy in Illinois.
Here is Sammy trying to sing his hit song "Hey There" while Frank and Dean chime in from off stage. This concert was recorded in early December at the Villa Venice in Chicago.
"Hilton Northbrook" CLICK HERE to read article
"Mob's influence extended up Milwaukee Avenue" CLICK HERE to read article
"The Rat Pack at Villa Venice" CLICK HERE to read article
Sam Giancana bio. Wikipedia CLICK HERE
"Chicago Mob Boss had Sinatra Singing" CLICK HERE to read the Chicago Tribune article
"Villa Venice's Years of Glory Die in Flames" PICTURED HERE ← click to see the article