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.

Biography

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.

References

*"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]


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