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  • Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    1. Chicago: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

    See a different side of Chicago on a family-friendly guided tour and hear the tales of the ghosts that haunt the city. Explore the famous Chicago Loop district with interesting stories hidden behind each turn.

    Embark along the Chicago Loop, known as the vice district during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as Al Capone used to party, make deals, and carry out business.

    Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes led by historians. Stop at the Congress Hotel, Death Alley, and the Palmer House. Enjoy a refreshment along with way, with frequent stops and a restroom break.

    We loved this tour, Stephan was very funny and knowledgeable. Will suggest to friends and family:)

  • Chicago: 3-Hour Private Speakeasy Cocktail VIP Tour

    2. Chicago: 3-Hour Private Speakeasy Cocktail VIP Tour

    Spend an evening visiting the Chicago speakeasies that have been open since the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, many preserved in their original conditions. With your own private group, enter by way of secret entrances and enjoy the same cocktails ordered by infamous Chicago gangsters and bank robbers at these venues nearly a century ago. Relive the glamor of the 1920s while listening to stories of the rampant racketeering and bootlegging of the era.   Alcohol is available for purchase at the three to four different speakeasy stops. Your private tour guide will make Prohibition Era drink recommendations and tell you the stories behind them. Travel around with your young, professional guide and be chauffeured in luxury transportation, ranging from a luxury SUV to a full-sized luxury motor coach.

  • Chicago: Private 3-Hour Al Capone Gangster Tour

    3. 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.

  • Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

    4. Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

    Get to know Chicago on this guided walking tour around The Loop. See Chicago come to life as a local guide shows you the iconic history, art, and architecture of the city. See the Palmer House’s golden peacock doors, the Tiffany Dome, and more. Start by meeting your guide at a coffee shop near the Monadnock Building. The Monadnock Building is famous amongst engineering circles for its impressive characteristics. Move on to other notable places like the Chicago Federal Reserve. Enter the Chicago Board of Trade Building and Rookery Building for up-close views of their ornate surfaces. Visit Inland Steel Building and the Palmer House, a hotel famous for its intricate golden peacock doors. Along the tour, get to see one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first masterpieces. Finish off your tour at the iconic Chicago Cultural Center. Stand under the Tiffany Dome, the largest Tiffany glass dome in th...

    Great tour. Interesting and relevant information. Length of tour was perfect. Tour guide was top notch.

  • Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

    5. Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

    Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your local tour guide, an expert on the architecture of Chicago. Travel through the city in luxury private transportation to discover its rich architectural history. See famous buildings such as the Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building Discover Gothic gems along the Magnificent Mile, historic brownstones, and the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Oak Park. Enjoy a unique added value opportunity to view not only the outside but the amazing hidden interior of many of the buildings on the tour. At your discretion, make numerous stops along the tour to go to the top of the sky decks of famous skyscrapers. Walk along the Chicago River and enter the inside of buildings designed by many famous architects. This tour has several different options. Enjoy the sites of the downtown Chicago area with its many skyscrapers, amazing inte...

    We enjoyed our day with Stefan. He was friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant. With COVID restrictions and so many things not open yet, I think this made the tour a little difficult. We drove around a long time with Google Maps to find the Frank Lloyd Wright homes. I feel that guides should remember this info or have a cheat sheet to use. Otherwise, we enjoyed it. Also, upon signing up, it says someone from the local place will contact you. This did not happen. I had to email and confirm the night before that the tour was happening and the time/pick up location was correct. They should’ve reached out to me.

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What people are saying about Palmer House A Hilton

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 225 reviews

Great tour. Interesting and relevant information. Length of tour was perfect. Tour guide was top notch.

We loved this tour, Stephan was very funny and knowledgeable. Will suggest to friends and family:)

The tour guide was excellent he was funny and very informative. I loved it so much.

Wonderfully interesting, engaging guide who kept the group wanting more.

Fun guy, and good info. Not very spooky but gangster stuff was fun.