Chicago Crime Tours in Chicago, IL

Chicago Crime Tours163 East Pearson St.Chicago, IL 60654
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Chicago Crime Tours offer luxurious 90-minute tours of the Windy City, revealing some of its darker history of infamous criminals and gangsters. Guests can ride comfortably in a luxury, climate-controlled bus while learning about Al Capone, John Dillinger, Terrible Tommy, and more, while seeing famous crime scenes, like the Biograph Theatre, Clark Street Bridge, Holy Name Cathedral and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 90 minutes.
  • Meet at 163 E. Pearson (east of Michigan Avenue) across from Water Tower Place mall.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the defined tour departure time.
  • Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

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Amy Wallace

Chicago Crime Tours is interesting and entertaining with a great mix of on the bus touring and off the bus experiences. Our guide, Mitch, was fantastic.


from Chicago Crime Tours
Escape into Chicago's underworld on a crime and mob tour with Chicago Crime Tours. Some of the world’s most famous criminals, mobsters and gangsters bamboozled their way through Chicago. Sit comfortably on a climate controlled bus and enjoy sightseeing famous Chicago crime scenes from the 19th century through modern times. Unlike Chicago walking tours, this luxury bus tour can't be stopped by Windy City weather.

Criminals and Mobsters
Investigate Al Capone, The Untouchables, The Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, H.H. Holmes, George Streeter, The Chicago Black Sox, Leopold & Loeb, and more. See the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder scenes.

Historic Landmarks
Stake out crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral and other Chicago landmarks. Grab your camera for a drive-by shooting of the historic criminal courthouse, a Chicago architectural landmark where some of Chicago's most notorious cases were tried.

Chicago Crime Scenes
Escape into the criminal past of Chicago's River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop and Magnificent Mile neighborhoods. Get off the bus and explore where Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss stood just before their deaths.

Reserve Chicago Customer Reviews

Kristine Price
1 Review
"Knowledgeable guide"
October, 2016
Lots of history and knowledge passed on through the tour. We had 3 stops, fun time. Ben excellent guide.

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Whitby, Canada
"Good, not great."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
I went on this bus tour with my husband yesterday and was...well...underwhelmed. We travelled around a couple of Chicago neighbourhoods on a bus and caught glimpses from the windows of some significant buildings (as well as the places where significant buildings used to be). We did have a chance to get off the bus at one point and look at a vault, a false wall, and some historical news articles on display in a restaurant that was a former mobster's home base. Overall, the bus tour was good, not great. The one thing that was really good was the storytelling and enthusiasm of our guide (I think her name was Sheila). Her storytelling brought the history and the mobsters vividly to life in my imagination. She made them real for me. She even included some of her own family history as her grandfather worked at the local court house. Overall, I'm not sure I would recommend this tour to others. The energy and enthusiasm of the guide can't really override the fact that this tour is just "meh." Maybe there is a better crime and mobsters tour available? I think it's worth investigating other options.
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Mark H
Cambridge, Canada
"Interesting, but a little too bussy for me."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
We spend a majority of the time in a smaller bus. At night. With tinted windows. Ok so i am not a fan of bus tours to begin with, but if I have to look out the window at things, I want a clear view in the day time. The factual parts were fascinating as it melds in with the whole history of Chicago. Obviously they stop and get us out as a few interesting spots. More of a look and run type of tour. For me I would have loved it during the day time.
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Jason N
"Mob Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2017 NEW
We had a great time! Our tour guide Jade was great. You need to make sure and book with them for a best mob tour!
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Greenview, California
"what fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2017 NEW
Everything about the tour was easy and organized. Our tour guide Mitch was excellent - amusing, informed and responsive to the odd question or comment. The sites and stopping places were very good. Mitch gave information that extended to more recent times/crimes, as well. I would recommend this tour to anyone. My teenage daughter loved it. Well worth the price. Get there early. Grab a seat near the front so that you can hear everything.
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Charlotte P
"So much fun thanks to Mitch"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2017 NEW
Mitch was the BEST. so fun, so informative and a great way to get around the city. I am a chicago native but I brought my boyfriend to visit for the first time and it was one of his favorite parts of the trip. It spurred us to look up more information afterwards and was overall a great experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago Crime Tours

Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts and ends outside 163 E. Pearson St. (SE corner of Pearson and Michigan Ave) across from Water Tower Place mall.  Look for Black Windy City Limousine Bus with Chicago Crime Scene tape.

How early should I arrive?
Arrive at least 10 minutes early to check-in with tour guide.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 90 minutes, subject to traffic and weather.

Is there nearby parking?
Paid parking is available in nearby public garages, including Water Tower Place.  Water Tower Place parking is accessible from Chestnut Street. Standard rates apply.

Is this tour kid friendly?
We are a family and kid friendly tour.  Please let us know if you have any questions regarding children or tour content. We highly recommend that children under six do not attend the tour.

What places will we visit?
We visit places of criminal historical significance in the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, River North & Loop neighborhoods.

Will we see actual physical crime scene locations?
Most of the crime scene locations still have an existing structure or building.

Do we get off the bus?
Yes, guests get off the bus multiple times, subject to traffic, weather and time. Walk in the footsteps of two famous Chicago gangsters just before their deaths.

Are restrooms available?
Please use the bathroom before the tour starts. There are no bathrooms on the bus.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
All are invited to participate on the tour.  Please let us know in advance if you have any special needs or requests.  We want to work with you.  The bus has storage for collapsible wheelchairs and strollers.  One of the stops includes walking up and down a stairwell.

Does weather affect the tour?
Chicago Crime Tours, at its exclusive option, reserves the right to cancel any specific tour due to extreme weather conditions and will offer customers a credit for a future tour.