The fascination with Chicago gangsters continues today despite the height of the gangster culture having taken place even before World War II. Here are some ways you can take a Chicago gangster tour and immerse yourself into the world of the likes of Al Capone and John Dilinger.
(prices as of time of this writing, subject to change)
- Address: 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
- Address: 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois
- Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Address: Canal Street between Adams and Jackson
Valentine's Day Massacre SiteOn February 14, 1929, seven gangsters were shot and killed at a garage in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in what became known as the "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre." While it was never proven, it's commonly believed that the men were murdered by members of Al Capone's gang, or hit men hired by Capone. The killers tricked the gangsters into letting them in by dressing as police officers. The main intended target, "Bugs" Moran, escaped injury when the "go ahead" signal was mistakenly given early and Moran had not arrived at the garage yet. Unfortunately a visit to the site is just to have an "I was there" moment, as the original building is long gone.
- Address: 2122 N. Clark Street, Chicago
- Address: 2114 S. Wabash, Chicago
- Phone: 312-225-0273
- Tickets: $60 - $70 per person
If a guided tour is more your thing, then consider Untouchable Tours which bills itself as "Chicago's Original Gangster Tour." You'll go on a 2 hour driving tour in a jet black school bus and be shown many of the gangster landmarks and hangouts. The tour guides wear period costumes and get into the gangster role -- expect to hear a lot of "dees, dems, and does," as in "dees guys, dem dolls, and does times."
- Address: Tours leave from 600 N. Clark Street, Chicago
- Reservations: 773-881-1195
- Price: $30 per adult
- Hours: Tours run at several times 7 days a week. View the tour schedule