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Chicago: Mob and Crime Bus Tour

1. Chicago: Mob and Crime Bus Tour

Experience Chicago’s underworld of criminals and gangsters on a luxury bus tour. Find out how some of the world’s most famous criminals, mobsters, and gangsters conned their way through the city. Ride comfortably in an enclosed, climate-controlled bus, as you see famous Chicago crime scenes that range from the 19th century through modern times. Unlike Chicago walking tours, this Mob and Crime Tour isn’t affected by the Windy City weather. Learn from a local expert tour guide giving interactive live commentary about Al Capone, the Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, Terrible Tommy O'Connor, H. H. Holmes, the Chicago Black Sox, Leopold and Loeb, bank heists, Cap George Streeter, and more. Grab your camera for a drive-by shooting of the historic criminal courthouse, a Chicago architectural landmark where some of Chicago's most notorious cases were tried. You'll also view historic video footage, receive an informative pamphlet with photos, and can even take part in a crime quiz. Stake out crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral, Clark Street Bridge, and other Chicago landmarks. See the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder scenes. Get off the bus and walk the path that notorious Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss followed just before their deaths. Travel into the criminal past of Chicago's River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop, and Magnificent Mile neighborhoods.

Chicago Crimes Night Tour

2. Chicago Crimes Night Tour

Uncover how some of the world’s most famous criminals, mobsters, and gangsters conned their way through the Windy City. Ride in an enclosed, climate-controlled bus, as you explore famous Chicago crime scenes ranging from the 19th century through to modern times. Learn about Al Capone, the Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, The Lady in Red, Captain George Streeter, Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, Bugs Moran, Johnny Torrio and more. Grab your camera for a drive-by shooting of historic and architectural landmarks, and stake out crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral and St. Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder sites. Walk the path that notorious Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss followed just before their deaths. Travel into the criminal past of Chicago's River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop, and Magnificent Mile neighborhoods.

Chicago: Windy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

3. Chicago: Windy City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point then set off on an unforgettable walking tour through Northside Chicago. Travel back in time as you visit some of the city’s most haunted locations in the mysterious Lincoln Park neighborhood. Learn about the forgotten burial ground that forms the foundation of this bustling district. Check out the bathroom mirrors at Lincoln Park Zoo, home to the ghost of a Victorian woman in white. And, hear about the spirit that haunted Al Capone in his final days.  Throughout the tour, you’ll listen to the strange and disturbing tales of each location. On the standard tour, visit eight historic sites, or opt for the extended tour which includes 12 ghoulish locations. By the end of the tour you’ll have learned about and experienced firsthand the alternative side of Chicago.

360 Chicago Observation Deck with Crime and Mob Bus Tour

4. 360 Chicago Observation Deck with Crime and Mob Bus Tour

First, explore Chicago's underworld of criminals and gangsters on a 1.5-2 hour true crime history bus tour with stops on and off the bus. See the places where infamous mobsters conned their way to riches as you visit historic crime scenes. Learn about Al Capone, the Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, and more. Second, go to 360 Chicago, one of the city's most impressive landmarks. Ride up to the 94th floor and soak up panoramic views of Chicago from the observation deck. See the city’s famous skyline as well as the lakefront and 4 neighboring states.

Chicago: Private 3-Hour Al Capone Gangster Tour

5. Chicago: Private 3-Hour Al Capone Gangster Tour

Experience amazing stories of true crime coming to life on this three-hour private tour. Visit many of the old venues where gangsters used to operate, including old speakeasies and historic hotels. Your expert historian guide will accompany you and your private group in luxury accommodation to historically significant locations in the city. View crime scenes immortalized in vintage news footage, the theater where the law caught up with Dillinger, and the restaurant where the North Side Gang riddled Al Capone’s motorcade with rounds from their Tommy guns. See the site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and sit in Al Capone’s booth at the Green Mill. Finally, visit the location where Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger was assassinated by the FBI.

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What people are saying about Biograph Theater

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 474 reviews

Awesome tour filled with lots of interesting and cool factoids about Lincoln Park/Chicago! Definitely would recommend!!!

We had a great time! Jay was a fantastic tour guide and was very animated in the story telling.

Great tour. Enjoyed very much and learned a lot about Chicago’s past.

Guide was very fun and knowledgeable. Learned lots on this tour.

enjoyed very much interesting and our guide was great