Chicago’s history is intertwined with a notorious legacy of organized crime, including being home to mobster Al Capone. Whilst modern day has left Chicago’s checkered past behind, supernatural traces of the past are still rumored to reside…
And where better to discover this than at the Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tour?
If you’re planning a stay at Freehand Chicago and love all things spooky and true crime, then be sure to add this to your list!
The History of Crime in Chicago
In 1868, Michael Cassius McDonald moved to the city and became known as Chicago’s, “first true crime lord.” This marked the dawn of a dark era, entangling the city in the clutches of criminal enterprises. The Genna crime family, the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and the Chicago Outfit further etched this sinister saga into the city’s fabric.
The 1920’s and 30’s were the peak decades of organized crime, with the infamous ‘Vice District’ being the centerpoint. Now known as the Chicago Loop and River North, these landmarks were the home of speakeasies, shadowy figures and a whole lot of organized crime. It’s no wonder this legendary district has become a popular place for fans of history and the supernatural alike!
What can you expect?
The Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tour explores the Chicago Loop Vice District and its checkered past. This immersive journey explores the city and its turbulent past, discovering the lingering echoes of bygone days.
Hosted by historians, you’re guided on an intimate and historical tour which focuses on the real history of Chicago – no gimmicks!
The tour is family-friendly with frequent stops including a stop for refreshments.
You’ll visit infamous locations such as:
Known to be a hotspot for hauntings, this hotel has had many deaths and is home to the Shadow Man of the Congress and other ghostly figures. It’s also where Al Capone’s ghost is said to reside. If you love The Shining and creepy hotels, then you’ll love it here!
In December 1903, the Iroquois Theatre hosted a show which was interrupted by one of the deadliest single-building fires in US history. This tragic night claimed the lives of 600 people, who were placed in the alley awaiting identification. Known as one of the most haunted places in Illinois, you may feel a chilly breeze or a phantom hand on your shoulder as you walk through the alley.
Keep your eyes out for ghosts, maybe you’ll catch one on your camera!
How long is the tour?
The tour is two hours and 1.5 miles, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
How do you book?
To book for the Gangsters and Ghosts Tour, head over to their website and click ‘BOOK.’ You’ll then be able to select your date and time.
You can also book over the phone by calling 708-239-8542.
What time are the tours and where is the meeting location?
Four tours run each day and the times are:
- 11.00 AM
- 1.00 PM
- 4.00 PM
- 8.00 PM
The meeting point is next to the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 71 E. Wacker Drive on the corner of Wacker Drive and N. Wabash.
How do I get there from Freehand Chicago?
The Freehand Chicago Hotel in River North serves as the ideal base for travelers eager to explore River North and the Chicago Loop. The meeting point is just a 10-minute walk away, across the Irv Kupcinet bridge.