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Historic Gangster Sites in Chicago

07 Feb

Chicago has a rich history of gangsters.  Here at the Chicago Getaway Hostel, we know this and can recommend some really cool historic sites & tours….

The infamous Biograph Theater is the spot where John Dillinger met his demise.  It is literally a 5 minute stroll from our front steps.  Keeping the same architecture, The Victory Garden Theater has taken over and hosts some great stage performances.

Now an abandoned & serene lot, this quiet space was the site of the brutal Valentine’s Day Massacre, leaving 7 men executed, a result of a gangster blood fued featuring the notorious Al Capone.  Located at 2122 N. Clark St., this is about a 20 minute walk from our hostel.

This is not the first time we’ve recommended The Green Mill Lounge, and it probably won’t be the last.  The establishment is seeped in Chicago history that dates back to the Prohibition Era, and in the 20′s, the lounge was part-owned by one of Al Capone’s right hand men.  The ambience and essence of the place still exudes a retro character as live bands play jazz and the patrons truely feel a sense of stepping back into time.

Here’s an idea.  Learn about Chicago’s gang-riddled past by taking an Untouchables Tour!  Tickets are around $30 per person, and you will be educated in “all the old gangster hot spots and hit spots.”  This tour has been favorably recommended by many of our guests.

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