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Chicago Mafia

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The Chicago Mafia, also known as “The Chicago Outfit” is a crime syndicate based in Chicago, Illinois. Unlike the Five Mafia Families from New York, the outfit has a monopoly on the criminal underworld of Chicago and only answers to The Commission.

The Chicago Outfit was born around the 1910s and rules throughout the western US to places as far away as LA, California and some parts of FL. The Outfit is also known to have vast control over neighboring states including Iowa, Wisconsin and other areas of the Midwest.

To this day, the Chicago Outfit is always linked to its best-known leader, Al Capone. In fact for decades after Capone had left the underworld, the Outfit was known as “the Capones” or “the Capone Gang” to those not in the know. Its membership is estimated to be -at least- between 300-400 made members as its core group with more than 1000 associates.

Since its early days, the Outfit has had a business and personal rivalry between the Northside (North Side Mafia) and Southside Chicago Gangs of which Al Capone was the southern and George “Bugs” Moran was the northern. Worth noting is the fact that the Northern Mob was mostly comprised of Irish-American members while the Outfit had mostly Italian-American members.

The Outfit is also famous for it’s involvement with the CIA during Castro’s overthrow of the Cuban government. In return for their help, the Outfit would be given access to their former casinos if they helped to take down Castro (The infamous “Operation Mongoose”). Since the endeavor failed, the deal broke down and the Outfit started facing increasing indictments under President John F. Kennedy (JFK) administration, the Chicago Mafia is usually subject of conspiracy theories regarding JFK’s murder, as well as JFK’s brother Robert. The Outfit has controlled Vegas casinos and “skimmed” millions over the course of several decades.

The Chicago Mafia Bosses since it’s inception

  • 1910–1920 — Giacomo Colosimo (“James,” “Big Jim”) (1877–1920)
  • 1920–1925 — John Torrio (“Johnny The Fox”) (1882–1957)
  • 1925–1932 — Alphonse Capone (“Al,” “Scarface”) (1899–1947)
  • 1931–1943 — Francesco Nitto (“Frank Nitti”) (1888–1943) Probably a figurehead under “Paul Ricca”
  • 1931–1947 — Felice DeLucia (“Paul ‘The Waiter’ Ricca”) (1897–1972)
  • 1945–1957 — Antonino Accardo (“Tony,” “Joe Batters,” “The Big Tuna”) (1906–1992) – Remained as top Outfit consigliere until his death and approved every major decision it was made
  • 1957–1966 — Salvatore Giancana (“Sam,” “Momo,” “Mooney”) (1908–1975)
  • 1966–1967 — Samuel “Teets” Battaglia (1908–1973)
  • 1967–1969 — John Cerone (“Jackie the Lackey”) (1914–1996)
  • 1969–1971 — Felix Alderisio (“Milwaukee Phil”) (1912–1971)
  • 1971–1986 — Joseph John Aiuppa (“Joey Doves”) (1907–1997)
  • 1986–1989 — Joseph Ferriola (“Joe Nagall”) (1948–1989)
  • 1989–1993 — Samuel Carlisi (“Sam,” “Wings”) (1914–1997)
  • 1993–2003 — John DiFronzo
  • 2003–2007 — James Marcello (“Little Jimmy”)
  • 2008-present, John DiFronzo

Associates and Members

  • Jake Gusik (“Greasy Thumb”)
  • Willie Bioff
  • Jack McGurn (“Machine Gun”)
  • Pasqualino Lolordo (“Patsy”)
  • Antonio Lombardo (“The Scourge”)
  • Anthony Spilotro (“Tony the Ant”)
  • John Roselli (“Handsome Johnny”)
  • Jimmy Torello (“The Turk”)
  • Fiore Buccieri (“Fifi”)
  • Frank Buccieri (“The Horse”)
  • Sam DeStefano (“Mad Sam”)
  • Christopher West (“CW”)
  • Mario Anthony DeStefano
  • Louis Campagna (“Little New York”)
  • Charles Gioe (“Cherry Nose”)
  • Louis Fratto (“Cock Eyed”)
  • Gus Alex (“Gussie”)
  • Murray Humphreys (“The Camel”)
  • William Daddano (“Willie Potatoes”)
  • Marco D’Amico
  • Gordy Weems (“Northside Gordy”)
  • Dominic Burgo
  • Frank Calabrese, Sr.
  • Joseph Lombardo (“The Clown”)
  • Jim Distler/Gambino
  • Dominic Cortina
  • Donald Angelini
  • Dominic DiMaggi
  • Nicholas DiMaggi
  • Robert Urbinatti
  • Joseph Andriacchi

Fictional portrayals

The Chicago Outfit has been subject of Hollywood films and television for a long time, including the highly fictionalized Scarface (1932), Chicago Syndicate (1955), The Scarface Mob (1957), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967 and later in 2006), The Outfit (1973), The Untouchables (1987). During the late 60s and into the 1970s The FBI showcased numerous, fictionalized, real Outfit cases on its television show.

Martin Scorsese’s 1995 masterpiece “Casino” is a fictionalized portrayal of the Chicago Mafia’s skimming operations in Vegas. In the movie Payback, Mel Gibson fights against the crime organization called, The Outfit.

Learn More

If you want to know more about the Chicago Mafia, we recommend you read the book “The Outfit” by Gus Russo in which Russo combines hundreds of his own interviews and newly revealed govt files with the latest in exposes to present an in-depth history of the Chicago Mafia from the 1920s through the 1960s.

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  • jackel

    The Chicago police work for the outfit, I can prove this 100%, They are corrupt and trying to set me up instead of going after the white MOB.

  • Danny

    Quit whining! You’re just upset thay your’re the one that got caught.

  • John Jr.

    Chicago was a safer place when the Outfit was in full swing…from the Gold Coast of Michigan Ave. to the Western and Northern Suburbs!!
    These men had a way of keeping people in line.
    They kept the neighborhood respectable for the elders, and only killed those who got involved with them and their business.

  • they do set people up

    I believe you jakel. Mafia is trying to set me up too. The mafia is in bed with some serious big time power house people. Looks like it’s gonna be a wild ride for both of us eh. The mafia is in control of this country. If the people havn’t figured it out yet ,they soon will. I’ve seen the future brother-it’s really evil. Corruption, bribery, threats and intimidation it’s rampant. And the people who cowar in fear and do the bidding of the mafia ,should grow a pair and stop helping them. They only get in if you let them,if you have no fear then they can’t get in.Don’t let them blackmail you either. Even if they frame ya. It’s gotta be stopped by someone somewhere along the line. If everyone would stop letting them blackmail ya, then they wouldn’t stand a chance.The mafia is the most evil you will see in this lifetime. I’m afraid they have some powerful help and it looks bad. But don’t give up hope. The sun WILL come out and dry up all the rain. BTW- The mob sent me a lollipop with swirls on it (like a hypnotic swirl) and a cut out construction paper sun with the eyes closed-should this worry me? lol-seriously-they did.

  • chitowntony

    they do set you up,,,, you are a scared little fool. What you say is all lies

  • Nick DiMaggi

    You guys crack me up ! Whoever got the lollipop with the swirls in it and the construction paper with the eyes closed means your probably going to be killed if we ever find you. But I don’t know your real name so I cant tell you if you are going to be killed ….

  • John Jr.

    Steet gangs are causing this city is self destruct!

  • Mad Mac

    Is it just me or has anyone else wondered why only the New York families were arrested by the attorney general. Did the administration make the Chicago outfit off limits for prosecution? Are they clearing out the competition in New York so The Outfit can move in. Ooh. Sounds like the plot for a juicy political thriller.

  • Bunts

    Jackel… they didnt work for them, they were on a pay roll!

  • AJL

    NICK DIMaggi.

    lol like you are really him

  • Red Dress

    I know who was really in the “Red Dress” I know who was really in the garage that one crazy Valentines day…. They mess the story around so you won’t know the truth. I know who set Dillinger up and who drove his car. I know who Dillinger’s first born son is. I know who killed the “Black Dahlia, Liz Short. It’s crazy that once she died it all came out….

  • MadSam

    Okay all you wise guys out there who say that these men are monsters who kill and destroy innocent civilians for nothing more than financial gain. Well, these men are not the ones hanging out on street corners, peddling their crack rock and heroin packets in broad day light with no concern for the public, the neighborhood, the only thing they are watching is the cash coming in and product going out, while their armed youths look out for police from their key positions. This takes place daily, and in some cases 24/7, 7 days a week, it all depends on how good the dope is or how big the product they are serving. The people stuck living in these neighborhoods could care less about the Mafia/Outfit…they have the wild wild west out side their own windows, not that they all are innocent, for some of the elderly neighbors decide to get their “earn” on and act as a stash holder/gun holder, warm up or cool down area to escape the outside extremeties whatever the season may be. West Side, and South Side residence know all too well what I’m blabbing about, but when you have to sit on a floor, no matter that brand new, furniture is present, the odds of a stray bullet coming into the house is just to great and families spend their home time on the floor, away from all windows which are curtained and usually barred. Hey you don’t want a dope fiend creeping in through the window at 2am because he thinks this is where they are selling out of due to his whacked out condition. Stranger things have happened.

  • Frank

    im a mafia, my name is frank, im coming over and shoot vanessa

  • Jay

    we should have killed her

  • Jay

    kill wong’s family HAHAHAHAHA

  • Ang

    I remember as a kid growing up on Cicero Ave. and personally knowing Michael and Anothy Spilotro, Dickie and a few others. Michael and his wife Ann are/were sweethearts. I remember Michaels jewlery store. My Father used to take me everywhere and my Mom was so upset that my Father would take me everywhere, especially around powerful people. Tony was all about bussiness. Tony and Dickie both wanted to hire my Father to help them run one of the establishments in Las Vegas, but he couldn’t for very good reasons. I remember my Dad taking me to this establishment in Chicago were all you saw were very well dressed me, don’t don’t remember the name because I was little, but everytime I came in this nice man would ALWAYS buy me a clark chocolate bar. I remember a guy named Alex, I was told he was a former mob boss-not sure what rank he was, would always stop in and check in on us and seeing if we needed anything. I do know that Michael Spilotro had NOTHING to do with his brother’s bussiness out in Las Vegas. And no Micheal did not do any booking keeping for his brother either. The rat gave the wrong info to James Maceilo, Frank Calabreses Sr and a few others. A hit should have never been put on Michael. Tony was all about business. The only other reason Michael died was because he went out to breakfast with Tony and then went to and got into that damn trap. I remember the morning

  • Ang

    I remember as a kid growing up on Cicero Ave. and everyone knew everyone whom was Italian – I knew Michael and Anothy Spilotro, Dickie and a few others. Michael and his wife Ann are/were sweethearts. I remember Michaels jewlery store way back in the day. My Father used to take me everywhere and my Mom would get so upset that my Father would take me everywhere, especially around powerful people. Tony was all about bussiness. Tony and Dickie both wanted to hire my Father to help them run one of the establishments in Las Vegas, but he couldn’t for very good reasons. I remember my Dad taking me to this establishment in Chicago were all you saw were very well dressed men, I don’t remember the name because I was little, but everytime I came in, this nice man would ALWAYS buy me a clark chocolate bar and then I was told to sit at the table and wait because my Dad would go talk to whomever. I remember a guy named Alex, I was told he was a former mob boss-not sure what rank he was, would always stop by our home and check in on us to see if we needed anything. I do know that Michael Spilotro had NOTHING to do with his brother’s bussiness out in Las Vegas. And no Michael did not have anything to do with his booking keeping for his brother either. Michael wanted nothing to do with that. The rat, gave the wrong info to James Maceilo, Frank Calabreses Sr and a few others. A hit should have never been put on Michael. Tony was all about business. The only other reason Michael died was because he went out to breakfast with Tony that morning and then went to and got into that damn trap. I remember that late morning seeing on t.v. the discovery of both Anthony and Michael Spilotro’s bodies buried in the cornfield in Indiana, I was just starting highschool. That was a HUGE funeral. Never seen so many people in my life and the sea of limos looked endless. What a sad day. I know the old mob bosses wanted nothing to do with drugs, but the younger genertaion got rich in the drugs, strip clubs, and movies . I am part of the Fanelle family and want to know what really happend to us and why we got disconnected. I’ve heard a few reasons why put would like to find out more from that side, the Fanelle side. I don’t know how reliable the source is but I hear some of the Fanelle family still lives in Chicago, and my GrandFather lives somewhere in California but not sure how true this is. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thank you

  • Ang

    ooppss this darn computer or its probably me, half way through the first posting it somehow went through…disregard that one the last one is the full story, uuuggghhh, technology.

  • Ang

    somebody mentioned, I believe it was Jackel about the police being corrupt, that has always been the case. Way, way back in the day Chicago had a department on the force called I.B.I -Internal Bureau of Investiagtion, it was undercover covert missions which was short lived for a very good reasons. This dept, was responsible for taking out the rotten cops whom were on the take from All mobs- Italian, Jewish, and Irish, and also cops on the take from drug dealers. IBI was helping the FBI bring down some of the cops and mob members. I know this because I knew someone whom worked for the IBI in Chicago Police.

  • Ang

    I agree with John Jr. Back in the day Chicago was safe, Neighbor hoods were safe, I’ve even seen a few times where money would be handed to a poor family or elders for food and or medicine. Now, unless you tried to testify against the mob or get in the mobs way I remember seeing a few cars blown up, a home, an apartment bombed just so those would not be in court. But a professional hit had to go through proper channels, one just couldn’t put out a hit. But there were a few, won’t mention names, that automatically took upon themselves to shoot a few people with out thinking or going through proper steps-meetings. Forget about getting into the protection witness program because you’d be killed anyway. The only way one can get a way is to run and get a judge to change your names and social security numbers.

  • lonely assasin

    so if i wanted to join the mob.. i would have to….?

  • Mel

    I don’t live in Chicago,but I do live in a small,out in the middle of no where town.Less than 5000 population,our DA,drug enforcement group and cops are all corrupt.BUT they are corrupt for themselves.They stick together to the point to where the DA and DEG steal from the dealers and then plant stuff on ppl that they don’t like.Hell we would welcome mafia members in our area. I own my own business with my husband and I would welcome them just to stop the corruption from cops and other crooked politicians in our area.

  • Felice

    Does anyone have a photo of Frank j Maltese ?

  • The Greek

    its one big happy family including the feds

  • Charlie_D

    I have to say i have never read so much BS in my life.One thing to Ang you must have never went to Mikes strip joint in Lyons. Michael’s magic touch, and i find it hard to believe that anyone would tell anyone they were a mob boss. oh and i’m from Elmwood Park 2 blocks from johnnies hot dogs and hung out at kiddie land with “the boys” so i think you answered your question yourself. lot a talk, lot a talk

  • Big Mike

    I know a greek mafia member who is from the windy city and he was the enforcer he now is located in bloomington IL. and he is snitching on the family so he doesn’t get time his new alais name is Demetri he turned on the money man he is in court today in chicago to help the feds indite some of the family he is the owner of wild berries restraunt in bloomington and peoria Illinois

  • whitey

    Much respect to the true La Cuesta Nuestra members, I have a uncle that was lucky enough to be a part of the big mafia push 70′s and 80′s. And we all know the true control in this country is the powers that be!! true gangsters dont need to say it people know what crew you are with.

  • rick

    Cops and FBI will not go after Chicago MOB members I wonder why, It looks like they work with the chicago MOB to frame people. The MOB commits the crimes and the Cops and FBI will do the rest.
    These people are by far the worst criminals in illinois their are no other criminals who get away with hundreds of crimes and are friends with the cops. I dont know anybody else that does that.

    I knew Chicago cops were bad, Now I know they are a million times worse then I thought, they are gangstalking, conitelpro, corrupt, racist , lowlifes. You cant get any worse then this

  • Greek

    The greeks never had an oath like the omerta. They were never loyal to anyone and can never be trusted. The chicago greeks consist of hoods from an area in greece called tripoli. They can never be trusted. And by the way the scum bag at wild berries restaurant is from tripoli. there is another scum bag that is being watched carefully and that is Dimitri at omega restaurant in downergrove. He has also turned rat…..

  • Michael

    The mob has a system that worked for many years before the Feds regrouped with RICO. They got around the government and had their own government. I sure like the idea of having cash and not answering the the IRS or govt. regulations and the thought of bringing in more money than we could bring in a lifetime scrubbing toilets.

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