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Review: Chicago Crime Tours

Chicago has so much to offer in the way of attractions, food, art, and more. One thing that you can’t forget when it comes to Chicago are the crimes that have happened and even more so, The Mob and Gangsters. This is even more interesting when you realize that certain parts of Chicago are named after criminals! I learned this and more on Chicago Crime Tours!

I love history and I get a kick out of learning about it, especially when it is something as interesting as the different crimes that have happened around Chicago. Chicago is known for the mob as well as other crimes. When I found out there was a tour that explored this I was excited to check it out.
Chicago Crime Tours Review ©2015 HollyDayz
The Chicago Crime Tours are pretty popular.The big bus was sitting there waiting to pick up everyone. There were a handful of people waiting to see if those who were pre-booked wouldn’t show up. A couple of people lucked out and were able to happily join the tour. The bus is easy to spot with the crime tape on it.

Standing in front of the big Chicago Crime Tours bus ©2015 HollyDayz
Standing in front of the big Chicago Crime Tours bus ©2015 HollyDayz

The bus was nice with very comfortable seats. The AC, which was much-needed that day, worked very well. The driver was also a great. Our tour guide was nice and very knowledgeable. I later found out he was from New York, so I had to show him some hometown love. He stood the entire ride and made the tour fun. The tour guide also handed us pamphlet guides which came in handy.
The tour takes you to 3 different destinations where you get off the bus. In between those destinations the tour guide talks about different historic places, the areas, and what happened in them, points out many landmarks, and more. He kept things lively and interactive by asking questions, quizzing us, and telling jokes. Some of the patrons on the bus were rude to him making snide remarks, but he stayed professional and kept it moving entertaining everyone else.
Area where the feds took out John Dillinger ©2015 HollyDayz
Area where the feds were on a stake out for John Dillinger who was across the street ©2015 HollyDayz

The first stop we were taken to was were John Dillinger was killed, the Biograph Theater. We got off the bus and stood in front of the theater as he explained everything that happened. I could picture it all going down with how descriptive he was. He even showed us where his last few steps were taken as the feds shot him from across the street.
Site of the St. Valentine's Day Masacre ©2015 HollyDayz
Site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ©2015 HollyDayz

We also passed by the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and so many other historical crime places. It was all pretty awesome. Some of the building weren’t there any more, but between his descriptions and my imagination I could picture it all. The tour also took us to Harry Carry’s. There were tons of mob pictures and newspaper clippings hanging on the wall. It was so nostalgic.
Harry Carry's ©2015 HollyDayz
Harry Carry’s ©2015 HollyDayz

Newspaper clippings about Al Capone ©2015 HollyDayz
Newspaper clippings about Al Capone ©2015 HollyDayz

Downstairs in Harry’s Carry is a safe that legend has contained money, but there was nothing found inside. They allowed us to go down and see the safe. There was also a hole in the wall showing what used to be a speakeasy. Harry Carry’s was pretty awesome, I am sure the food is good, but I would go back to just to look more at all the mob stuff they have.
We were shown another speakeasy, places were people died, and much more mob related stuff. The tour guide also showed us the infamous McDonald’s that had employees selling crack by using a secret password in the drive thru area. We also were able to see the Walgreens were the Tylenol scare began, and even learned about the Chicago Black Sox.
The replaced stairs at Holy Name Cathedral after a shooting ©2015 HollyDayz
The replaced stairs at Holy Name Cathedral after a shooting ©2015 HollyDayz

Another stop we made was at the Holy Name Cathedral where a shooting took place. The original stairs were shot up to the point that they had to be replaced and part of the wall was covered. We were standing right where they shot and killed Hymie Weiss. There is also a theory that the hole is a bullet hole, but it isn’t. It is actually were the church used to have a plaque.
There was so much on this 2 hour tour that I don’t want to give it all away. It was such an informative and fun tour that takes you back in time to a different world. It almost made me wish they had a couple of TVs on the bus showing re-enactments or clips. It is certainly a tour that should be on your list of must dos when visiting Chicago! Even Chicagoans learned a lot on the tour. Both kids and adults enjoyed themselves on the Chicago Crime Tours.
Have you been on Chicago Crime Tours? How was your experience?
Disclaimer: Thank you to Chicago Crime Tours for having us. While receiving complimentary tickets all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Kita Bryant

    Now this I will stop and see. Much as I like to watch 48hrs and Fatal Attraction I would be on it. I am a sucker for crime shows because I like to try to solve the crime before the detectives do lol

    • Holly Dayz

      It is so awesome. I really liked it. I was imagining all the things that have happened. You would enjoy this tour, especially if you love all that.

  • thereviewchic

    I saw this on Mob Wives one time. I said I want to see this myself. So fascinating!

    • Holly Dayz

      You should it is a ton of fun and you learn a lot.

  • LaVonndra Johnson

    This seems really interesting. My boyfriend is from Chicago and he always talks about the landmarks and history there.

    • Holly Dayz

      There are a ton of landmarks and history in Chicago. This tour covers a lot of cool things. It is really interesting.

  • anerdatlarge

    Wow, it sounds like this tour is very much in demand.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it fills up quickly!

  • bernettastyle

    I am from the area and didn’t know this existed. WOW!! You learn something new everyday.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea and you will probably learn some fun things on the tour too!

  • Ty Knighten

    As many times as I have visited Chicago, I have never heard of this. Looks pretty cool. I will have to check it out next time I am in Chicago.

    • Holly Dayz

      I am so glad to bring it to the forefront for you! I hope you do, it is pretty cool to learn about all the different crimes and the mob.

  • Janelle

    Now I have personally been to Chicago once. For a few days and man is was FREEZING, COLD, and WINDY!!! lol. Didn’t get to tour much because I was there for a business / networking trip. This looks very very fun and I have plans to visit again. Definitely making sure I visit this spot. LOVE seeing new places and spaces carved out. Thanks for posting !!!

    • Holly Dayz

      Chicago is a nice city, very enjoyable. I went during some beautiful weather. I hope next time you get some down time to explore and try out some different things. This tour was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.

  • staciesayzso

    When I think of Chicago, I always think of food, and Navy Pier. This would be a fun alternative to the usual attractions.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea the normal stuff, which is also great too! This is certainly a fun alternative.

  • Deidre Harris McMillan

    Great post and I wish there was something like this available near me! Looks like a good time!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you. Maybe if you ever get to Chicago you can experience this tour.

  • kerriness

    What a fascinating tour subject! I’m a true crime type of gal, myself.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a fun tour. i had a great experience. This is certainly a tour for you then.

  • Christine K. St.Vil (@MomsNCharge)

    I’ve been reading a ton of posts on places to visit and things to do in Chicago. This looks like a great addition so will definitely have to look into it next time I’m in Chi-town!

    • Holly Dayz

      Chicago is a lot of fun. This tour was a different and fun experience. You should consider it when you visit.

  • Tyra (@BarrisTourista)

    I am from Chicago and have never done this tour. It sounds super fun, informative, and intersting!

    • Holly Dayz

      Next time you the opportunity take the tour, there were others from Chicago who said they learned things they never knew.

  • Aisha Adams

    This seems like a super cool adventure.. This was a great post too… This will be added to Chicago list!

    • Holly Dayz

      Thanks, I hope you do, I think you will enjoy it. It was a lot of fun.

  • Nicole @ Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge

    This made me think about all the time I said I would get on one of those tour in NY.

    • Holly Dayz

      lol sooner or later you are going to give in and try one.

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