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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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • 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 canceled 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.
Q:
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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Meh
Cynthia_M
, Jun 2022
Not the worst tour I’ve been on or the best. Our tour guide seemed to have lost the plot towards the end and repeated herself. It is a walking tour and you’ll need to be able to handle stairs etc- and you’ll have a longer walk at the end of the evening. Also I don’t appreciate being emailed daily and told to give “five star reviews” etc.
star-5
A must see Chicago Tour
Jennifer_J
, Jun 2022
Our guide Lizzy was very articulate and informative. Her interaction with the group made the experience exciting as she took us through different events and history of Chicago’s underworld. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Fun
MS_S
, Jun 2022
It was a very nice experience. If you like hearing about history in a fun entertaining way you will love this. If you're not one to enjoy walking, you will hate it. I loved the walking, it was a 2 hour walking tour and it was pretty warm out but the breeze by the river was nice
star-5
Nice experience
Stephanie_M
, Jun 2022
Our guide Adam was very knowledgeable. Stories were interesting. Seeing the Palmer hotel was almost worth the price of admission alone.
star-5
Character of Chicago
Brent_A
, Jun 2022
It was very fun to learn about the gangster use of the city. Also to learn of the tragedies from fire that devastated the city.
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.

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