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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
  • Chicago crime tour by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Explore Chicago’s most storied crime-related areas in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, the Loop and Magnificent Mile
  • Hear stories about Chicago’s most notorious criminals and mobsters including Al Capone and John Dillinger
  • Witness the sites of history’s most infamous crime scenes including the St Valentine’s Day Massacre
  • Hop off to explore some places by foot with your guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

For time-pressed travelers, this coach tour offers a speedy way to discover Chicago’s mob history.
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Luxury temperature controlled coach bus
Professional tour guide and chauffeur
Live commentary on board
Photo opportunities off the bus at infamous crime scenes
Exclusive access to crime quiz
Historic video footage
Keepsake brochure with special offers
Gratuities
163 E Pearson St , 163 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Bus pickup OUTSIDE 163 E. Pearson (SE side of Pearson St and Michigan Ave). Report 10 minutes early for check-in. Bus departs on time. Look for the tour guide at the bus.

This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour will begin in Chicago’s Near North Side, across the street from Water Tower Place, where you will board your coach vehicle.  On board, an experienced guide narrates during your tour of Chicago’s famed criminal and historical sights. Listen to thrilling stories of mobsters, violence and crime as your coach winds through Chicago’s historic River North, Gold Cost, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop and Magnificent Mile. Snap pictures and enjoy little-known tales of legendary mobsters Al Capone, ‘Terrible’ Tommy O’Conner, and Bugs Moran.  

Your mafia tour highlights Chicago’s most notorious crime scenes, including the courthouse where some of the most famed mob cases were tried, and the site of the grisly 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Other notorious mob haunts you do a drive-by on are the Biograph Theater and Holy Name Cathedral. (Along the way, you can hop out of your ride for pictures.) When it's all over, you'll get a ride back to the Near North Side to end the tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Water Tower Place
Meet your guide across from the Water Tower Place shopping mall in Chicago’s Near North Side at your selected time. Hop aboard a luxury climate-controlled coach and begin your 1.5-2 hour tour of the history of Chicago crime, from 19th century to today.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Museum of Contemporary Art
Drive by the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Stop At:  
The Magnificent Mile
See the Magnificent Mile.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
John Hancock Center
One of the tallest buildings in the city and home of a beautiful observation deck.
Pass By:  
North Avenue Beach
Drive by on tour bus.
Stop At:  
Biograph Theatre
Stake out crime scenes including the Biograph Theatre.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Oz Park
Drive by en route to the St. Valentines Day Massacre.
Stop At:  
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Go inside to see Nitti's vault, a mob museum, and historic bootlegging tunnels.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lincoln Park
Drive through historic and beautiful Lincoln Park and it's surrounding neighborhood on the tour route.
Stop At:  
Marina City
Hear fascinating stories about Al Capone, The Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, ‘Terrible’ Tommy O'Conner, Leopold and Loeb and ‘Cap’ George Streeter, all who made their notorious criminal mark on Chicago. Grab your camera for a ‘drive-by shooting’ of the historic criminal courthouse, an architectural landmark where some of Chicago's most famous cases were tried.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holy Name Cathedral
Pass by the Holy Name Cathedral, and see the site of the 1929 St Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder scenes. This Prohibition-era conflict between two powerful Chicago gangs -- the South Side gang led by Al Capone and the North Side gang led by Bugs Moran -- ended in the brutal murder of seven Mob members. In addition to your comfortable, narrated drive through the city, you’ll also hop off the coach to visit some areas by foot for a more immersive experience. Your guide will offer in-depth narration as you follow the path that Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss walked right before their deaths. Hop back on the coach and return to the Near North Side to conclude your Chicago crime and gangsters tour.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thirty Five E Wacker
The Jewelers Building and historic landmark building.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Masks are required on the bus. Please bring your own.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to actual tour departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required in the Special Requirements field. Bus is able to hold collapsible wheelchairs but it is NOT equipped with an electronic lift.
  • Eating or drinking is not allowed on the bus.
  • Please do not attend the tour if you are sick or have been with someone who is sick.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Crime Tours and Experiences LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour .

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  • "Don’t sit in the back row of the bus if it’s hot." See review

Reviews

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1,105 Reviews

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star-5
Loved this tour!
Jodi_Y
, Oct 2021
John was a great guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly! I did the tour with my husband and 3 teenagers and we all enjoyed it! Great tour even on a cold rainy day!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Jodi, Thank you to you and your family for a great attitude and for sharing your positive experience with us on a cold, rainy AND windy day!
star-5
Informative
Teresa_V
, Oct 2021
All is so interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the ride was comfortable. Definitely would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Teresa: Thank you so much for your review and for recommending us. Greatly appreciated!
star-5
FUN
Mary_F
, Oct 2021
Great information and clarification of some myths with humor and a great bus group of people that we met. I’m really glad we did this!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Mary, Thank you for spending time with us on the tour. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the guide and other guests. We appreciate you.
star-3
Cool to see historic...
Lisa_F
, Oct 2021
Cool to see historic sites. Would’ve liked to see more of that. Where the gangsters lived and places they frequented.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Lisa, We are happy that you enjoyed the historic sites. Thank you again for joining us.
star-5
Harry Carey and mementos....
Diane_S
, Oct 2021
Harry Carey and mementos. Tour leader was informative and interesting. Mike was fun, even with his bad jokes.
star-5
Our Tour Guide was great...
Pamela_B
, Oct 2021
Our Tour Guide was great and kept the tour light-hearted and even added some humor to it. A nice way to spend part of an afternoon in Chicago.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Pamela, We appreciate your review and are happy that you could spend time with us. Thank you.
star-3
I don’t know what we were expecting. This wasn’t it.
Carly_S
, Oct 2021
I’m not sure that I would describe this as a crime tour of Chicago. There were many stories that were glossed over without much detail. Many of the sites visited were now modern buildings. Which makes sense, but that resulted in it feeling like just driving around the city. The bus was very clean and spacious. The tour guide was very kind and did her best with the content provided. But I feel like when people sign up for a “Crime” tour they are wanting a little more of the spooky details. Our party left at Harry Carey’s before the end.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very informative
Parker_B
, Oct 2021
I enjoyed the biograph theatre and alley. John was a very good guide. He provided animation, information, humor, and history.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks Parker! We are so glad that you could join us and John!
star-5
Snitches Get Stitches
Terry_H
, Oct 2021
Memorable! Walk the exact same last steps as Dillinger.. right up to the last moment. Open Frank Nitti's secret safe in the basement of Harry Caray's Bar. Finally, hear the real facts behind the St. Valentines Massacre from a tour guide who loves his job. Well done.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Terry! We love your colorful review! Thank you!
star-5
Great guide with loads of...
Christina_C
, Oct 2021
Great guide with loads of information. Would definitely recommend. It was very interesting. My favorite was the movie house and alley.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are so happy that you found the tour informative and interesting! Thank you for your review!

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