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Published June 30th 2013
It's a blast
While visiting my boyfriend's parents in Illinois we decided to take a long weekend in Chicago. My boyfriend Andy has always had a love or the city and has grown up going to gigs and concerts there, I, however have only been there once before, for a day but instantly regarded it in one of my favourite cities in the world.
We had both seen most of the sights before and after revisiting a few and going to a couple of new attractions, we decided to do something neither of us had done before. A gangster tour.
We were both interested in the history of Chicago and learning more about its gangster past was always something I regretting not doing first time around. I googled 'Chicago Gangster Tours' and 'The Untouchable Tour' was the first that popped up. I had a brief look on their website and comparing it to a couple of other sites we decided this was the best company for us.
We booked in the day before as recommended even though we couldn't see it being particularly busy on a random Tuesday morning. In fact I was dreading being the only ones on the tour, however to our surprise it was full.
A black school bus painted black turned up as two men dressed like gangsters jumped out and started piling people on to the bus. I knew straight away this was going to be cool and worth our money.
We were given a simple leaflet as a reference guide which came in handy when different names of different gangs kept popping up as it was sometimes difficult to keep up with who was who.
The tour was about 2 hours and took us all around Chicago, the guides taking it in turn to drive and to speak were very entertaining and funny but kept in character the whole journey.
We went past sites including Holy Name Cathedral where bullet holes from Al Capole's gang's tommy gun can be seen. The site of the St.Valentine's Day Massacre and the Biograph theater near to where John Dillinger was gunned down and also the filming of Public Enemy with Johnny Depp.
A majority of other important sites where not there anymore for example Schofield Flower Shop was now a normal looking restaurant but the guides did very well to keep your interest with interesting and funny facts, a great soundtrack and interactive sound effects, and some interesting driving!
While waiting for lights and being patient in traffic the guides also spoke about Chicago, again keeping in character but relating modern day Chicago to how it would have been back then. Pointing out important buildings and other interesting landmarks including Chicago's 'Underground' featured in the Dark Knight movies, and the 'orphanage' where the Blues Brothers was filmed. We also had a photo opportunity for Oprah's studio as we passed.
Over all I felt it was a nice touch to our day. I learned a lot and found the tour very interesting. I would recommend you check it out if in Chicago and have a couple of hours free, definitely worth the money.
Andy doing some dodgey dealings with the gangsters