Here's a great opportunity to experience and enjoy Chicago's historic Victory Gardens Theater at 50% off regular ticket prices. The Gospel of Lovingkindess will be featured from Feb. 28 - March 30, 2014. Use code "CRIME" for a 50% discount off your regularly priced ticket. Chicago Crime Tours is proud to present this great theater opportunity. Please contact Victory Gardens Theater directly for tickets and showtimes. See http://www.victorygardens.org/ for contact information and further details.
Chicago Crime Tours recommends Tommy Gun's Garage Special St. Valentine's Day Massacre performance. As they do every year, Tommy Gun's Garage will be re-enacting the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in honor of Valentine's Day. Please see www.tommygunsgarage for further information, including, schedule, menu items and to purchase tickets. This is a authentic Chicago experience that will make Valentine's Day a day to remember. Special performance dates include February 14-16.
Here is a recently released photograph of bystanders surrounding the blood of John Dillinger near an alley by the Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. The Chicago Tribune recently found this photograph in its basement archives. John Dillinger was gunned down by the G Men after viewing Clark Gable in "Manhattan Melodrama" at the Biograph Theater. John Dillinger remains Chicago's most famous bank robber. Following his death, spectators lined up to view his body for 10 days at the Cook County Morgue.
Lauren and Mark Singer from Chicago Crime Tours, Chicago's legit crime and gangster tour, attended the Chicago History Museum's "Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal" celebrating the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Attendees defied Prohibition while dressing the 1930s part. Party goers danced to the era's music, enjoyed hooch and listened to storytellers. Prohibition-era cocktails were crafted and provided by Templeton Rye, purveyors of "the good stuff." Deirdre Capone, great niece of Al Capone, was also on hand sharing stories about Chicago's most famous gangster, including the "true" story behind Al's scar and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Please join Bar Louie this December 5, 2013 to celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day. This will be the 80th anniversary since the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Come enjoy special drinks, good times and prizes, including Chicago Crime Tours gift certificates, all day long. Please visit barlouieamerica.com for further details and locations.
Lauren and Mark Singer from Chicago Crime Tours enjoyed a night of live theatre entertainment and a great dinner at Tommy Gun's Garage, Chicago's Roaring 20's Speakeasy located in Chicago's South Loop. A combination of live music, dancing, story telling and comedy, guests laughed, learned and had fun. The hosts and servers were gracious-a definite Chicago style experience that everyone would enjoy. In addition to being a lively performance, content included pointing out that Al Capone's 21st birthday was the same day that the 18th Amendment and Prohibition went into effect, an ironic historical fact.. The 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1920 and went into effect one year later on January 16, 1920. See www.tommygunsgarage.com for details and schedule.
Joseph "Joseph" Banks, who is a tailor by trade, recently penned a letter to the Chicago Sun Times detailing his escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago. He was being held in the federal prison pending bank robbery charges.
In December of 2010 renowned sculpture Dennis Downes' heroic sized bronze sculpture Captain George “Cap” Wellington Streeter was permanently installed in downtown Chicago. The installation increased interest and awareness of the Streeterville neighborhood’s namesake.
On September 22, 2013 Lauren and Mark Singer from Chicago Crime Tours attended an outdoor theatre performance by Theatre Hikes called Streeterville: The Play. The play showcased the life of Cap, his mishaps, and contributions to the neighborhood bearing his name. The brilliant performance took place on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Navy Pier’s Gateway Park South and was followed by a reception on the north wall of Ogden slip aboard the Celebration yacht, courtesy of Shoreline Charters. Dennis Downes is seen here (photo left) with Lauren Singer and a miniature version of the sculpture, and he is seen here (photo right) with a poster of Cap Streeter and Mark Singer at a social gathering before the performance..
This grassy lot is the site of the former Four Deuces at 2222 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL. Al Capone was recruited around 1920 from Brooklyn to work for South Side gangster Johnny Torrio at this "establishment" of ill-repute, which included drinking, gambling and prostitution. Also included in this photo montage are bricks discovered immediately behind the lot, which are likely from Four Deuces. If these bricks could talk, they could have their own blog.
Lauren and Mark Singer, founders of Chicago Crime Tours, were featured on WGN's Jonathan Brandmeier show Tuesday August 20, 2013 around 9:15 a.m. CST. The segment is available for listening on the show's website.
Listeners tuned in for trivia, prizes & discounts. Chicago Crime
Tours also shared the details of the new Untouchables Tour &
Speakeasy Bar Crawl on the show. The phone lines lit up with callers.
The Kerryman, currently a beautiful bar and restaurant at 661 N. Clark Street in Chicago, was once called McGovern Saloon. Former Chicago Gangster Dean O'Banion, one of the former leaders of the North Side gang during prohibition, once worked there as a waiter and singer. After waiting on and singing to customers, he would allegedly rob drunk customers after the left the bar.
This office building at 648 N. Dearborn, in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood, used to be the Raleigh Hotel, which served as a one-night flophouse for notorious mass murderer Richard Speck. Speck tortured and murdered 8 nursing students from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966. Here is a 1986 Chicago Tribune article retelling the role of the Raleigh Hotel in this horrific event.
The Volstead Act was intended to carry out the intent of the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the production, sale and transport of "intoxicating liquors." The 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933. Following the repeal of prohibition, The Berghoff was the first bar in Chicago to receive its liquor license. Here is a photo the original that is still on its wall.
Chicago Crime Tours guest shares his knowledge about the 1991 Chicago Rock N Roll McDonald's drug bust.
Here are photos of the dilapidated former Carol's Speakeasy at 1355 N. Wells Street in Chicago where in 1991Jeffrey Dahmer, one of America's most brutal murderers, picked up one of his victims, Jeremiah Weinberger, a 23 year old Gold Coast resident. Weinberger worked as a customer service representative at Images of the World, the video sales department of the Bijou, 1349 N. Wells St., an adult theater.
Dahmer committed about 17 murders and was known for dismembering his victims. Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate in 1994.
Chicago Crime Tours attended last night's 79th anniversary event commemorating the life and times of John Dillinger. A small crowd gathered at the Lincoln Station Bar and Grill across the street from the Biograph Theatre and the alley where Dillinger died. Participants enjoyed John Dillinger documentaries and learning more about his life and legacy. Shirts and mementos were available for sale, including the Society of John Dillinger Membership cards. We also learned that there is a John Dillinger Youth Foundation that uses its proceeds to help teens stay out of gangs. The evening concluded with a former professional Miami Dolphin football player playing the bagpipes following the final footsteps of John Dillinger.
These are the last remaining bricks from the former mob retail shirt store front at 837 N. State Street. If these bricks could talk, they would have a lot to say.
See earlier blog post about building at 837 N. State Street in the River North neighborhood that was slated for demolition. Well, the building that was used for Chicago Mob Meetings has been transformed into dust. See upcoming post for historic brick memorabilia!