Ike Bloom

Ike Bloom (died December 15, 1930), an associate of "Big Jim" Colosimo, was an organized crime figure in Chicago and owner of the successful nightclubs "Midnight Forlics" and "Kreiberg's", a well known dance hall in The Levee vice district. The "Midnight Frolics" was the club in which comedian Joe E. Lewis first began his career in 1926.


Born Isaac Gitelson Bloom, he ran numerous social clubs after opening the popular "Frieburg's Dance Hall" in 1895. Although "Freiburg's" closed in 1914, it was later reopened during Prohibition and renamed "Midnight Frolics" [ [http://members.aol.com/KSchessler/wizzt.html Unusual Guide to Chicago - Tour, Explore the Near South ] at members.aol.com] among other speakeasies during Prohibition. Known as "King of the Brothels", he was involved in white slavery as well as prostitution as a partner with Colosimo and others in the Everleigh Club following its grand opening in 1911. [ [http://www.americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_32.html AmericanMafia.com - Feature Articles 32 ] at www.americanmafia.com]

He and his brother-in-law Sol Friedman were ensured a monopoly on the sale of bulk whiskey in the Levee by Aldermen "Bathhouse" John Coughlin and Mike "Hinky Dink" Kenna in exchange for making collections for the two Aldermen.

In 1920, the licences for his and Colosimo's restaurants were temporarily revoked during the fall elections by Mayor Thompson when it was discovered the two were supporting the Democratic nominee for the office of State's Attorney. Bloom refused to abide by the one o'clock closing time and was arrested [ [http://chicago.urban-history.org/ven/dhs/dh_ar04.shtml Jazz Age Chicago--Dance Hall News Archive ] at chicago.urban-history.org] later bringing an injunction against the city. Attorney's for Bloom and Colosimo successfully appealed the Mayor's decision. [ [http://chicago.urban-history.org/ven/dhs/dh_ar08.shtml Jazz Age Chicago--Dance Hall News Archive ] at chicago.urban-history.org]

Following Colosimo's death, he would give the eulogy at his funeral which was attended by more than 5,000 people. [ [http://members.aol.com/KSchessler/wizzm.html Unusual Guide to Chicago - Tour, Explore the Far South ] at members.aol.com] He would later become involved with John Torrio and Al Capone, with Capone later owning 25% of the "Midnight Frolics".

His club, the Deauville Cafe, was held up by two gunmen who escaped with over $2,000 and a diamond ring worth $1,000 on the afternoon of January 30, 1926. Although few were present during the robbery, Samuel Cole (then owner of the Southern and Astor Hotels) was one of the robbery victims.

Active in local politics, he eventually became head of the First Ward Democratic Organization before his death on December 15, 1930 following a two year illness.


*"Chicago Cafe Is Held Up". New York Times. 31 Jan. 1926
*"Obituary". New York Times. 16 Dec. 1930

External links

* [http://homicide.northwestern.edu/context/timeline/1914/421/ Homicide in Chicago: Ike Bloom]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ike Barinholtz — Infobox actor name = Ike Barinholtz caption = birthdate = birth date and age|1977|2|18 birthplace = Chicago, Illinois occupation = Film, television actorIsaac Ike Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American actor. Barinholtz is most… …   Wikipedia

  • 1930 in organized crime — See also: 1929 in organized crime, other events of 1930, 1931 in organized crime and the list of years in Organized Crime . Events*In a prelude to the Castellammarese War in New York City, New York mob boss Joe Masseria attempts to mediate a… …   Wikipedia

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Kōraku-en — This article is about a garden located in Okayama, for the garden in Tokyo see Koishikawa Korakuen Garden nihongo|Koraku en Garden|後楽園庭園|Kōrakuen Teien, is a Japanese garden located in Okayama Prefecture. It is one of the Three Great Gardens of… …   Wikipedia

  • One Hundred Famous Views of Edo — The Plum Garden in Kameido Artist Hiroshige Year 1856–58 Type ukiyo e One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (in Japanese 名所江戸百景 Meisho Edo Hyakkei ) is a series of …   Wikipedia

  • William H. Milliken, Jr. — William H. Milliken, Jr. (b. August 19 1897, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –d. July 4 1969) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.Milliken graduated from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. After graduating he… …   Wikipedia

  • Compositions by Liliuokalani — The following is a list of compositions by Liliʻuokalani. Queen Liliʻuokalani was the only queen and the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, having been deposed by the Committee of Public Safety in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Minnesota — This is a list of notable persons who were born or spent important time in the state of Minnesota. People not born in Minnesota are marked with §. Contents: Top · 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z …   Wikipedia

  • Earth Sciences — ▪ 2009 Introduction Geology and Geochemistry       The theme of the 33rd International Geological Congress, which was held in Norway in August 2008, was “Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development.” It was attended by nearly… …   Universalium

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.