Have Fun on These Gangster Tours of Oak Park

Chicago gangster holding a pistol in the dark.

Notorious gangsters have both fascinated and enraged Chicago residents for decades. A great way to learn more about these complex characters is to go on a historical tour. Near our apartments in Oak Park, you can join a bus tour that explores the complex and interesting history of organized crime in the area. Here’s what you need to know about gangster tours in Oak Park:

“There Goes the Neighbor Hood”

This unique historical tour uncovers the cloudy history of famous Chicago gangsters of a bygone era. “There Goes the Neighbor Hood” tour guests will travel by bus to visit the former homes of 13 gangsters in the Oak Park and River Forest neighborhoods. Expect to visit the homes of many familiar names, including Paul Ricca, Sam Giancana, “Tough Tony” Capezio, and “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. While observing the exterior of the homes, your tour guide will regale you with the interesting history of the mob in this area of Chicago.

Meet the Tour Guide

The tour is led by an expert guide and historian, John Binder. Binder is quite knowledgeable about Chicago’s long history of organized crime. He’s completed extensive research and written two books on the subject. Binder has also personally visited almost all of the homes on the tour. He’s happy to share interesting facts and little-known details about secret passageways and hidden rooms.

Far from gimmicky, this tour provides a real history based on years of serious research. You’ll walk away from this tour much more knowledgeable about the fascinating history of gangsters from the Prohibition era through the 1990s.

Schedule Your Tour

Tours are available on select Sundays in October and November, at 11am and 1:30pm. Check the online calendar to plan your visit and purchase tickets. Tours meet outside the 19th Century Club in Oak Park.

The “There Goes the Neighbor Hood” tour is a great way for Oak Park residents to discover the complex history of their community. Please contact us today to learn more about joining our community at Oak Park Place Apartments. We’d love to schedule a tour. You can also check out our layouts online.

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