Villa Venice

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.

Historical Articles (complimentary inclusions in the binder):Villa Venice Chicago, Villa Venice Wheeling, gangster collectibles, Rat pack, Villa Venice, Sam Giancana, Frank Sanatra, the rat pack, Sanatra and the mob, villa venice fire, 1920s

"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

Villa Venice Entrance