Chicago Crime Tours
Until relatively recently, notorious mobsters like Al Capone and John Dillinger were the characters who may have come to mind when someone mentioned the Windy City. Chicago Crime Tours takes visitors on a bus tour highlighting these gangsters' lives. The route weaves across the city, highlighting memorable crime scenes and educating travelers on Chicago history from the 19th century to modern times. There is also a walking tour option that includes samples of the city's famous pizza.
Recent reviews of the tour frequently mention how comfortable the air-conditioned bus is, which makes this excursion a great way to see Chicago on a hot summer day. Visitors also rave about the tour guides' willingness to engage with the group, and their general knowledge of crime history. There are three tour types to choose from: the Chicago Crime Tour, the Night Crimes Tour and the Crime & Pizza Walk.
Chicago Crime Tours picks up groups at the intersection of Pearson Street and Michigan Avenue, just off of northern Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The Crime & Pizza Walk starts at the Pizzeria Uno at 29 E. Ohio St. Both points are most easily accessible from the Red Line's Grand station, part of the L public transit system. Tours depart several times during the day (for all ages) and the night tour operates most evenings at 8 p.m. (must be 21 years or older). Tickets are $39.95 for the Chicago Crime Tour, $45 for the Night Crimes Tour and $50 for the Crime & Pizza Walk. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or from a guide at the bus. For additional information or to book tickets, head to the company's website.
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