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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Dadeville, Alabama
"Great tour of Chicago Crime Tours!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
Loved this tour! Great information and history! Loved all our stops and our tour guide was so funny, entertaining and informative! Highly recommend this to everyone visiting Chicago!
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Athens, Alabama
"Don’t waste your time."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
I have never been on such a boring and pointless tour in my entire life. It is not scary. It is not entertaining. It wasn’t informative. We even left early it was so bad! The guide was unknowledgeable and couldn’t complete a sentence without getting distracted. On top of that, he talked quietly, was awkward in front of the group, was overly confident, and his jokes were simply cringe-worthy. My sister fell asleep part way through. The stops were weird and badly located, and the guide went so far as to shushing the local residents of the neighborhood we were intruding. I normally am pretty easy to please, but really wasn’t satisfied with this tour.
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"Informative . Interesting. Great comfortable seating"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2017 NEW
We had Sheila as our tour guide. She was animated fun and kept your interest. She is a great story tell but also wants to make sure the facts she tells are true. She debunked a couple of Chicago wives tales. I highly recommend this trip. My husband and I go to the city at least 2 times a year this is the first tour we took. So worth it. The hour and half went quickly. We will do more of their tours in the future. This company offers a variety. Pre book they fill up fast. We got the last 2 tickets for the entire day. Enjoy this treasure. Good for all ages
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"Excellent, informative and very interesting tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2017 NEW
Our comfortable bus departed on schedule. Our excellent guide, Ben, began his nicely paced, droll and necessarily cynical delivery. We were informed right from the start, "No happy endings on this tour!", hence my use of the term, necessarily cynical. We were taken on a suitably dark mental tour, as well as a physical one, of the parts of Chicago most heavily involved with the most infamous mobsters in the city's history. We were able to witness over several stops, places where certain mobsters had met their various ends, as well as secret hideouts and other interesting locations, to back up Ben's excellent commentary. The bus ride also featured several newsreels to help cross the t's and dot the i's. This is a must do tour!
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ana r
"Chicago Crime tours: No crime here."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2017 NEW
Mitch was the tour guide for the Chicago crime tour I attended. He was very knowledgeable and funny. I loved it.
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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.