The Mob Wives Chicago Cast Announced


New York is but one many hotbeds of organized…activity, which is why Mob Wives is branching out to places beyond Staten Island. We’re thrilled to announce that Mob Wives Chicago will be premiering this spring, and the cast is going to give the original Wives a run for their money. Funny enough, there’s also a Renee in this group of women whose loyalty to her family and hatred of rats defines her, but that’s about where the similarities end. Check out the press release below to meet all the women in this new series.



Franchise’s First Spin-off to Premiere Spring 2012

Los Angeles, CA (March 7th, 2012) – As the second season of VH1′s ratings hit “Mob Wives” continues to captivate fans with the never-ending, real-life drama in New York, the network introduces a new group of “Syndicate Sisters” with the debut of the franchise’s first spin-off, “Mob Wives Chicago,” to premiere Spring 2012.

“Mob Wives Chicago” follows the lives of five women allegedly connected to “The Outfit,” Chicago’s version of the Mob, as they bear the cross for the sins of their Mob-associated fathers. With lives that are right off the pages of a story book, each woman has chosen her own way to live her life in the city that was once home to Al Capone, sometimes in spite of and many times because of who her father is. Along the way these women battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what’s best for themselves and their children. But ultimately, it is the ghost of their fathers they battle, living and dead, as they try to overcome and persevere in the face of these men’s notorious legacies.

Meet the cast of “Mob Wives Chicago”:

RENEE FECAROTTA RUSSO: Renee is a strong independent businesswoman who was raised by her uncle, “Big John” Fecarotta, following the death of her father. An alleged loan collector and hit man for “The Outfit,” Fecarotta was Renee’s mentor and best friend until being gunned down by fellow mobster Nick Calabrese. Fiercely loyal to his memory, Renee still abides by the “code”: never associate with rats…take it to the grave.

NORA SCHWEIHS: Nora is back in Chicago to take care of some unfinished business. Nora’s father, Frank “The German” Schweihs, was reputed to be one of the most notorious hit men for the Mob. Schwiehs, whose alleged “hits” were not limited to the Mob, has long been rumored to be responsible for the death of Marilyn Monroe. Shortly after his death in 2008, the government confiscated his remains before he could be properly buried. Nora has returned to Chicago to learn the whereabouts of his body. Despite growing up hearing stories of his viciousness and brutality, Nora idolized her father and she continues to defend him… even to his grave.

PIA RIZZA: Pia may have a mouth like a trucker, but she’s spoken zip about her father since she was a little girl. Vincent Rizza was a dirty Chicago cop who worked for the Mob, testified against the Mob and then went into the Witness Protection Program. Pia has struggled all her life to hide from the shame of having a “rat” for a father. It’s been especially difficult to avoid the judgments and finger pointing in a town that celebrates the folk heroes and glory days of the Mob.

CHRISTINA SCOLERI: As an unemployed divorced mother of a 9-year-old, Christina is struggling to provide a stable environment for her daughter. Christina is the daughter of Raymond Janek, a one-time thief and alleged fence for the Mob. Serving 20 years off and on for various offenses, Janek finally went straight in 1987, and his relationship with his daughter remains distant. Christina’s father is a reminder of her own unstable upbringing, and she’s determined not to repeat the sins of her father.

LEAH DESIMONE: Leah is the over-protected daughter of William “Wolf” DeSimone, a supposed “associate” of the Mob, but Leah’s keeping mum. Leah never knew, and knew never to ask what her Dad did for a living. Leaving one day in a suit, Wolf would return days later in street clothes with no explanation and none expected. Now “retired,” Wolf still keeps tabs on his little girl. But as vigilant as he is of her safety, Leah is equally secretive of her Dad’s profession … if you’re “connected,” you NEVER talk about it!

For additional information about “Mob Wives”visit the official VH1 Mob Wives site at Viewers can also find series updates on Facebook and on Twitter @VH1 with the hashtag #MobWivesChicago.

Created and produced by Jennifer Graziano of JustJenn Productions, “Mob Wives”is produced by The Weinstein Company (Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, and Meryl Poster), Electus (Ben Silverman, Jimmy Fox) and Left/Right (Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Nina L. Diaz, and Jack Tarantino), with Electus International distributing the series internationally. Executive producers for VH1 include Shelly Tatro, Kari McFarland, Rick Hankey and Jeff Olde. Sean Gottlieb serves as supervising producer for VH1.

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  1. Cary says:

    Hopefully better writers than Mob Wives NY. There was no story!!! The feud between Drita and Karen got old fast.

  2. fred says:

    can not wait !!!!!!

  3. Corine King says:

    Cant wait. Love the Mob Wives of New York. Lets see how Chicago does..

  4. Cristina says:

    @Cary……um ya thats because its real life- not made up stories!!!!

  5. cristina says:

    ohhhhh yeaaahh i hope its good even tho my 2 fav gals are in ny lol

  6. Robert Comorote says:

    Where are the “Mob Wives” on this show? All daughters & a neice but no wives. Defeats the purpose of the show’s title.

  7. wendy frost says:

    i hope it’s as good as mob wives NY. i love renee, drita big ang! won’t they do another season?

  8. Gabrielle says:

    I don’t see why I should watch this. What are they going to talk about?

  9. Eileen says:

    I totally love the show from NY, but wonder how many of these shows you gonna do?? Ya, going to do Boston, LA too? I’ll tune in to the Chicago one and check it out.

  10. Amber D says:

    woww are you serious??? this isnt going to be nearly as good as the one thats on now Sundays at 8! IM Dritas bigest fan and I lovee all the personalities on the show, hope you guys are not swaping them out for these people.

  11. JL says:

    How come are there no ladies associated with Sam Giancana on this show? He was the Chicago outfit! His daughter wrote a tell all! There have to be some granddaughters or great-nieces or something! Bo to the gus. At least the NY ladies are legit.

  12. Michelle Middleton says:

    Finally!! A reality series based here that will be juicy!! We have a history of corruption, from politicians to cops, all across the board. I love my city but I can’t wait!! :)

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  14. steven says:

    i want to be on the show so bad I live in chicago !!!

  15. rob says:

    Why would they make a L.A show!The chicago and new york families are the real deal! Thier not making a show about gangbangers wives!

  16. Sweeta says:

    Looking forward to the show……….good luck!! and Welcome to Sweet Home Chicago!!

  17. Robin says:

    Love the Mobwives, because it is straight up,real life events,and stories. It is a look at a different way of life, attitude, personality, and, problems. These ladies, don’t seem afraid of much.