Learn about Chicago’s criminal history from an expert! Take a private bus tour with historian John Binder and explore Chicago’s checkered past.
Oak Park & River Forest Gangster Tour
"There Goes the Neighbor Hood"
- Senior (65+)
- Active Military
Visit the Houses of 13 Chicago Gangsters
Immerse yourself in the history of organized crime in Chicago from Prohibition until the 1990s, focusing on the lives and careers of many of Chicago’s most famous gangsters.The “There Goes The Neighbor Hood” tour focuses on gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest.
We visit the exteriors of 13 houses that were once owned by major Chicago hoodlums, including Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana, “Tough Tony” Capezio, and “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn.
Your guide John Binder, organized crime historian and author of The Chicago Outfit and Al Capone’s Beer Wars, discusses the careers of the former owners of the homes, the gangsters’ families, and the interesting features of each home (10 of which he has visited in person), including secret tunnels, hidden rooms, and gangland murders.
No walking is required on this luxury bus tour.The bus leaves promptly at the scheduled time, from the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL, 60301, so please try to arrive early to allow for variability in travel times.