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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

Departure Point

163 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Departure Time

7:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
  • The City of Chicago recommends that everyone 2+ wear masks when inside and on the bus regardless of vaccination status. Please bring your own mask. Masking remains optional in outdoor settings. Unvaccinated are recommended to wear a mask over both their nose and mouth throughout the duration of the tour.
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Crime Tours and Experiences LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 39 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour.

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  • "I would recommend the tour to out of town guests as well as locals." See review

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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
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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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star-5
Great Tour
Kimberly_P
, Jul 2021
John did a wonderful job and kept the group engaged. My 12 year old son loved it! We were even surprised with pizza at the end of the tour.
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star-5
Shenanigans
Sandy_C
, Jun 2021
What a great time! Xavier was funny and informative. And….he bought us Pizzaria Uno deep dish pizza! Historic and quintessential Chicago on one fun adventure. He made the city come alive. Although it might have been with long dead gangsters, we were all in on the shenanigans.
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star-5
Awesome trip around the City!
Michael_M
, Jun 2021
John was incredible and even ordered the bus some awesome deep dish! He thoroughly explained much information and was very able to adapt to incoming questions to make part of his tour.
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Enjoyable
Cora_C
, Jun 2021
Javier was really good. You can tell he enjoys what he does. There were some other guest on trip who kept having their own other loud conversations as he was talking but he reigned them back in politely. Thank you Javier
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star-5
Overall great experience
Thomas_K
, Jun 2021
Overall informative! If you like the history of Chicago along with mob and crime history you’ll like this;)
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your positive review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the history and overall information. We really appreciate you!
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star-5
Fun tour
Juliet_T
, Apr 2021
Fun tour. John our tour guide was witty with a lot of energy! I would recommend the tour to out of town guests as well as locals. Fun interesting facts!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Juliet, Thank you for your positive review and for recommending the tour. That means a lot to us!
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star-5
Great tour!
Jacquelyn_M
, Apr 2021
My husband and I went on the tour. We had an awesome time. John was a great tour guide and does his job well!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for your kind review and positive feedback. We are so happy that you and your husband had an awesome time. Thank you so much for spending time with us!
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star-5
Cool night out
jkrobinson21
, Jan 2020
We went on the tour as a couple and really enjoyed it. Javier did a great job of sharing some of the more famous, or maybe i should say infamous, spots in Chicago. It was really interesting hearing about the notorious crime bosses and the underworld of Chicago.
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