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Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tour – tickets, prices, what to expect

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This Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago is a two-in-one tour where you learn the city’s history and also about its underbelly.

It is a history-based guided tour of Chicago’s gangsters and ghost stories, right in the famous Chicago Loop Vice District.

A historian takes you around the city’s important landmarks and helps you travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties when the Chicago Loop was a hotbed for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like Al Capone.

As part of the Ghosts and Gangsters tour of Chicago, you will also visit the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley, which were all once gangster hangouts.

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What to expect on the Gangsters and Ghosts Tour

One of the best ways to learn about the infamous city of Chicago is to do it from the streets, through a guided Chicago Gangster Tour or Ghost Tour, detailing the crimes, deals, and charisma that turned the city into what it is today.

This tour is a live guided tour, and the local expert stays with you all through the experience.

There are four Gangsters and Ghosts Tours daily – at 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm.

The tour lasts around two hours and includes only ten travelers, guaranteeing an intimate experience. 

During these two hours, you will walk 2.5 km (1.5 miles) in the area of “The Loop.” 

This area was known as the vice district during the 1920s and 30s, and shady partying, deal-making, threats, speakeasy saloons, bootlegging, etc., were part of daily life here. 

Visiting these haunted locations and old crime scenes where it all went down 100-years ago is an adrenalin-rush like no other. 

Chicago’s Gangsters and Ghosts Tour is not a theatrical tour but is led by historians. 

You can cancel this tour ticket up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

Cost of ticket: US $35

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From where does the tour start

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The tour meets outside under the “Hoyt’s” sign in front of Hoyt’s Restaurant at The Wyndham Grand Riverfront Hotel.

Departure point: 71 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA. Get Directions

Gangsters and Ghost tour’s timings

Gangsters and Ghost tour starts four times daily – at 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm.

Since this is a premium experience and is limited to only ten guests per tour, book much in advance to get your preferred timing. 

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Chicago’s Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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Tens of thousands of tourists go on the Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour every year.

Or all the crime tours, the best is offered by Chicago Crime Tours and Experiences LLC. 

On this 90 minutes to two-hour mafia tour, which happens on an air-conditioned coach, you learn about Chicago’s gangster background.

Drive around Chicago to see where thugs like Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger hung out.

A knowledgeable tour guide takes you through some of Chicago’s most infamous criminal haunts, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the brutal St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

Cost of tickets

Adult ticket (3+ years): US $46

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