Looking for something to do to get out in Chicago, or find something for your holiday guests? I recently took the opportunity to be a tourist in my own city and went on something that I’ve long wanted to do… a Chicago Crime Tour!
Mike got this tour for me for my birthday a few weeks ago, and selected that we go with Chicago Crime Tours. While I’d originally wanted to see the “Gangster Tours” black school bus I’ve seen driving around the city, this tour company turned out to be super nice and have much more comfortable seating! We went on a Saturday morning and the tour left near Water Tower Place off of Michigan Avenue.
The first area we headed toward was Lincoln Park (who knew – a mobster hotbed!) and saw the spot where John Dillinger was shot. One of the other reasons we picked this particular crime tour is because it’s one of the only ones that has you get off the bus to see some of the spots. So we go outside of the Biograph Theater to hear about how John Dillinger was captured and shot, and see the Pizano’s next to it.
As we got back on the bus, we observe a man attempt to recreate the scene, complete with squirting a red liquid onto the ground in the alley.
We drove around other spots and learned of other places well known for various crimes. Like the Walgreens at North & Wells (by Fleet Feet Pipers Alley), which was the point of sale for the first of the Chicago Tylenol murders.
We had a lot of fun, and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone else looking to learn about the “underbelly” side of Chicago History!
What’s the most fun touristy thing you’ve done in your own city?