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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience a colorful side of Chicago history with this Gangsters and Ghosts Tour. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Visit onetime gangster hangouts and haunted sites like the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley.
  • Experience the dark past of one of Chicago’s most frequented areas, the Loop
  • Historian guide with expert knowledge of city history
  • Learn the true tales behind Chicago’s gangster past
  • Listen to ghost stories and visit spooky haunted sites
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Walking tour of Chicago’s gangsters and ghost stories
Gratuities
71 E Wacker Dr , 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

The tour meets outside under the "Hoyt's" sign in front of Hoyt's Restaurant at The Wyndham Grand Riverfront Hotel.

520 S Michigan Ave , 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Tours
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "The tour is a walking one so be prepared to be on your feet and keep an eye on the weather as well." See review
  • "It is a lot of walking be prepared wear comfortable clothes and shoes." See review

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star-5
Good afternoon to hear about Chicago's past
Jeremy_H
, Jun. 2022
Connor gave a very interesting discourse on Gangsters & Ghosts in Chicago - very enjoyable Sharing the highlights or stories would spoil it for future visitors so I simply recommend you go on it
star-5
Fun and Informative
Cesar_G
, Jun. 2022
Everything. The guide was great!! I would definitely do this again. Chicago has a crazy history....I went home and did mote research.
star-1
Walking your not bus
Jessica_R
, Jun. 2022
It’s a walking tour does not say in headline. Miss reading. We thought we were going on a bus or vehicle and they don’t tell you that you walk the whole two hours. We spent the money and skipped the tour, still waiting on refund.
star-5
Palmer House and Congress...
Tami_M
, Jun. 2022
Palmer House and Congress Hotel and Death Alley Our Tour guide Lizzie was 🤩 Thank you for the great time
star-5
Awesome tour!
Velma_C
, Jun. 2022
Entertaining and informative. Adam was the best guide! I learned so much about Chicago back in the day.
star-5
Great experience. Do it!
Teresa_B
, Jun. 2022
Kai was a great historian/tour guide. It was a hot day, but Kai did a great job of keeping us in the shade as much as possible. We had a great experience. Do this tour!
star-5
Wonderful tour
Steven_M
, Jun. 2022
Lizzie was a wonderful tour guide. My son and wife surprised me with the the tour for Father’s Day, I learned a lot and it was so much fun!
star-5
Chicago mobsters
Elizabeth_K
, Jun. 2022
When 1000 shots were shot in a cafe where Al Capone was and no one died. He said he would pay for all damages.
star-5
Fun and informational
Sarah_K
, Jun. 2022
This was a very informational and fun tour! We really liked the tour group. We unfortunately had to reschedule our original booking, and they were very flexible and understanding and let us come the following day.
star-5
Great gangster history
rgarnett928
, Jun. 2022
Kai was an excellent guide! Loved learning about Chicago history. The tour was more focused on gangsters with a couple ghost stories sprinkled in so don’t worry about it being a cheesy ghost tour.
star-5
Loved the stories and...
Charlene_S
, Jun. 2022
Loved the stories and getting to go into buildings I wouldn’t have walked into unless I was on a tour.
star-5
Exceeded expectations
David_B
, Jun. 2022
Very informative. Our guide Kai was great! Got a great feel of what gangster life in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s was.
star-5
Fun Tour!
Sierra_T
, Jun. 2022
My husband and I had a blast on the Ghosts and Gangsters tour. Andre, our excellent guide, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and a great storyteller. It was extremely hot that day, but Andre was thoughtful and let us stay indoors for most of the tour. We had an awesome experience and enjoyed learning about Chicago's history.
star-5
Great tour
Erin_L
, Jun. 2022
Tour was amazing. Learned a lot about the history of Chicago. Kai was very knowledgeable and answered every question we threw her way. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fun Chicago Ghost Tour
Laurel_M
, Jun. 2022
Loved the architecture and the gangster stories. The ghost story about the Congress hotel was really good!! Andre was really knowledgeable and personable.
star-5
Amazing Tour
Fatima_S
, Jun. 2022
Amazing tour ! Absolutely recommend it if you like to know the stories behind what’s in plain sight! I would not say it is a full gangster tour because you only get Al Capone story but all in all it’s a very complete and interesting tour specially if Heidi is the guide !
star-2
Not worth the money
Barbara_S
, Jun. 2022
Waste of money. Not interesting ghost stories. Gangster stories where average. At the end of the tour we were left in Grant Park looking at Congress Hotel which was about .5 mile away. The tour was about 3 miles including walking back to the start of the tour which is about a mile from where the tour started.
star-5
Al Capone should not be idealized
Audrey_H
, Jun. 2022
The guide (Kye) offered great stories and humor was right on point. The route was comfortable for a senior. I appreciate the pace and patience of the guide. Definitely a recommendation to other friends when they visit.
star-5
Very fun, engaging historical murder/gangster tour!
Nuzhat_C
, Jun. 2022
My friend and I always like to go to a ghost tour in every city that we visit. There are a lot of middling ghost tours out there--this is not one of them. The Gangsters and Ghosts tour is a little less spooky than most, but no less fun or rich for it. It's more a historical murder/crime tour of Chicago's gangster era, but it is worth it. Our tour guide, Connor, was engaging, knowledgeable, and a great storyteller. We were engrossed the entire time, and the tour takes you through downtown Chicago, which is just a lovely area to be walking through, especially on a nice day. We had a blast. 10/10 definitely recommend!
star-5
Great Tour!
Bill_C
, Jun. 2022
Conor, our guide, was knowledgeable and really great. I learned a lot. Really enjoyed the experience!

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