Who was Big Jim?

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Giacomo “Big Jim” Colosimo is a big name around Tommy Gun’s Garage. In fact, one of our most popular dishes is named after him. Why the recognition? Big Jim was the leader of the South Side gang before Prohibition, but he met an unfortunate end in a building that stood where Tommy Gun’s Garage is today.

Giacomo “Big Jim” Colosimo was an Italian immigrant who built his legacy on organized crime. He started as a pickpocket only to work his way up to run the South Side of Chicago and build the infamous Chicago Outfit. He pulled together a group of street thugs and extortionists to build Chicago’s crime empire, which lasted more than a century. His crew of thugs even included the likes of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone.

Big Jim not only earned the trust of fellow gangsters, but that of his fellow immigrants as well. He built connections with politicians and started a restaurant attracting high profile guests. By the time of his death, Big Jim had left a considerable mark on the city. Johnny Torrio had him killed in 1920 at the Four Deuces at 2222 S. Wabash, which is thought to be where Tommy Gun’s Garage is now.