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Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour

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icon2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the ‘dark side’ of the Windy City thanks to this 2.5-hour, bus-based, nighttime crime history tour of Chicago. Explore the lives of notorious mobsters like Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Bugs Moran, and more as you explore infamous crime scenes like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, learn about ‘The Enforcer’s Safe,’ and stop by local watering holes.
  • Explore Chicago's 'dark side' on an evening crime history tour
  • Learn about Chicago's most famous gangsters like Al Capone and Frank Nitti
  • See notorious crime sites like the scene of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Tour famous landmarks like The Burwood Tap and Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
  • Great introduction into the Windy City's colorful crime 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
Test your knowledge with the Crime Quiz
Historic video footage
Keepsake brochure with special offers
Gratuity
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.

7:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet up with your tour in the evening at the southeast corner of N. Michigan Avenue and E. Pearson Street. Climb aboard and find a seat as your local guide begins a live narration that takes you deep into the annals of Chicago’s criminal past.

Follow in the footsteps of gangsters like Dean O’Banion, John Dillinger, Al Capone, and Frank Nitti, learning about their connection to Chicago and the scenes of some of their most infamous criminal acts. Imagine the blood-soaked crime scene of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre as you visit the former site of this famous gangster shootout, and then learn about “The Enforcer’s Safe” and tunnels. At each stop you’ll have time to get off the bus and take a look around.

Before finishing the trip you’ll also get to visit the Biograph Theater and see Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. You’ll finish back at your original starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chicago Crime Tours and Experiences
On this tour, you will learn about the histories of leading gangster and mobster figures like Al Capone, John Dillinger, Frank Nitti, Dean O'Banion, and Bugs Moran. You'll see famous gangster shootout sites like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the handshake murder, and 'The Enforcers'' safe and tunnels. You will be led by a local, informative guide and guests are able to get off the bus and explore these historic crime scenes.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Water Tower Place
Pick-up and drop-off for the tour are right across the street from this Chicago Landmark.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
North Avenue Beach
Pass by the beach on beautiful Lakeshore Drive.
Pass By:  
Lincoln Park
Drive by the park on the way to several historic crime scenes throughout Chicago.
Pass By:  
Biograph Theatre
Other sights you'll see include landmark buildings like Biograph Theater and Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse. The bus departs on time. Guests may not join the tour after the bus departs.
Pass By:  
Oz Park
Drive by Oz Park on the way to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre site in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Stop At:  
Marina City
Stop off the bus for a view of the Chicago skyline at night, learn about the history of how Prohibition shaped architecture and see the tallest speakeasy.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
Go inside to visit Nitti's Vault, a crime museum and see the historic bootlegging tunnel.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Holy Name Cathedral
Walk the last steps of Northside gangster Hymie Weiss.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Masks are required on the bus. Please bring your own.
  • Please advise at the time of booking if wheelchair assistance is needed in the Special Requirements field. Bus is able to hold collapsible wheelchairs but it is NOT equipped with an electronic lift.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early for check-in
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 Night Crimes Bus Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

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

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

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star-5
Very interesting
Sharon_B
, Oct. 2021
Fun and knowledgeable. Glad we did it. John Dillinger was the best bad guy. Seeing the theater was awesome.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
We are so happy you joined us. Thank you for your positive review!
star-4
Hidden secrets.
Donald_C
, Sep. 2021
The Dillinger story, and the secret hiding place and tunnel behind the wall, that was discovered after Harry Carey’s bar owned the building.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Donald: Thank you for sharing your positive experience!
star-5
😀
Jacqueline_W
, Sep. 2021
Katie was very informative and entertaining. Enjoyed seeing the neighborhoods we went through and many restaurants.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Thank you for your kind review! We are so pleased that you found the tour and Katie informative and entertaining!
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Peyton_K
, Aug. 2021
Great tour! Engaging, educational and entertaining. We weren’t just told facts, we were included in the conversation. The bus was comfortable, we got out at a couple sights but honestly the education of learning stuff was so cool, learning more than I already knew, and it was a blast.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Peyton: Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. We are so glad that you learned and had a blast! You made our day.
star-5
Experience Chicago Crime at its best
steinbers
, Aug. 2021
For anyone that enjoys the history of Chicago crime, this is your evening. With numerous stops and tours at significant sites and finished off with a sampling of deep dish Chicago pizza, this tour is a winner. Excellent guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Thank you for your 5 star review and positive comments. We are so happy that you enjoyed the crime history, stops off the bus and your guide. Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback!
star-3
A Few Bullits Short
BigErnieGabinski1
, Aug. 2021
Our narrator was very knowledgeable. But, we took the evening tour, and while we did stop and get out, I think we missed getting better looks. A number of years ago, we took a similar tour, but the narrator and driver were dressed like characters of the time and spoke the language. I enjoyed it a bit more.
star-4
Fun way to see the city
Christy_B
, Aug. 2021
Very interesting facts, tour guide was interesting. I happened to be interested in the Holmes Story and that was a small piece of the tour. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Christy! Thank you for your positive review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the facts and tour guide. Thank you for recommending us!
star-5
Two thumbs up! 👍
Jeanette_Seattle
, Aug. 2021
My favorite tour of my recent visit in Chicago. Very informative, fun, and interactive as well. We also got surprised with a slice of pizza at the end of the tour. 🙂 I highly recommend this tour!
star-3
Tight bus
Tim_L
, Jul. 2021
The tour was good, the bus was over crowded for the times, social distance was not practiced at all, people were told to sit in seats marked to be not occupied. Wife and I took the deluxe tour option because it should have had deluxe accommodations. We could not enjoy the experience
star-5
Mobs in Chicago!
JoAnn_P
, Jul. 2021
Had a great tour guide! Really made it informative and fun. Lots of details about early Chicago and a nice pizza snack at the end! Definitely recommend!

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